Archive | February, 2011

Toby Perkins MP helps HEART UK to tackle the next challenge for heart disease services

Toby Perkins MP helps HEART UK to tackle the next challenge for heart disease services

Toby Perkins MP, for Chesterfield is calling for coordinated action to improve post-event care for people who have heart attacks.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the UK’s biggest killer – around one in five men and one in seven women die from the disease. CHD causes around 94,000 deaths in the UK each yeari – this is around 140 deaths in every parliamentary constituency.

Encouragingly, in the last 10 years there has been a 50% reduction in mortality from CHDiii.  This is largely due to prompt care for patients when they’ve had a heart attack, with many more specialist centres and wider use of clot busting drugsiv.  Secondary prevention has also improved with a greater emphasis on prescribing drugs which lower cholesterol among those at riskv

However, fewer than 50% of patients receive cardiac rehabilitationvi despite the fact that NICE guidelines recommend this is offered to all patientsvii.  Toby Perkins MP met representatives from HEART UK to find out more about heart disease services in Chesterfield and the importance of improving post-event care for patients. 

By getting the treatment and support given to patients after an event right, the NHS will not only improve the experience and outcomes for patients but also save money which could contribute to the £20 billion efficiency savings that the NHS must deliver between 2011 and 2014.

Toby Perkins MP said “I want to thank HEART UK for raising these important issues with me and showing me a picture of heart disease services in Chesterfield.  I am committed to working with the local NHS and in parliament to ensure that heart disease services are coordinated and delivering for the local population”.

Jules Payne, Chief Executive of HEART UK said, “I would like to thank Toby Perkins for supporting the work of HEART UK in improving outcomes for people with heart disease.  Coordination across the NHS, Public Health England and social care services is vital at both a national and local level to continue to deliver improved outcomes for heart disease and tackle the post-event care challenge.”

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“Save cash and go green for free” urges local MP

“Save cash and go green for free” urges local MP

Toby Perkins, Member of Parliament for Chesterfield, is urging his constituents today to save money on their household gas and electricity bills and reduce their carbon emissions by taking up the energy efficiency measures that energy companies in the UK offer.

Following an agreement with the government in September 2008, the major energy suppliers are committed to improving the energy efficiency levels of much of the UK’s housing stock to the tune of £3bn. Through this scheme, many vulnerable people have access to free energy efficiency measures. With £1 in every £4 spent on heating wasted due to poor insulation, taking up offers of free home insulation can save you cash and help tackle climate change.

British Gas, for example, offers free insulation to anyone over the age of 70 or on income or disability-related benefits.  The other major energy companies have similar offers.

The UK’s housing stock is among the least energy efficient in Europe. The government has therefore introduced the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) scheme which aims to lower the CO 2 emissions from UK households by improving energy efficiency levels

Mr. Perkins MP said:

“The best way for people to cut their energy bills is to use less energy.  The best way to do that while staying warm and keeping the lights on is to make our homes more energy efficient. Energy companies are committed to providing free loft and cavity wall insulation for their vulnerable customers. People should take advantage of this and during these financially difficult times save money and help save the environment.”

Jon Kimber – Managing Director, British Gas New Energy, added:

“British Gas is spending more than £1bn to help British households become more energy efficient. In the past year, we carried out almost 156,000 free loft and cavity wall installations for our vulnerable customers. We offer a large range of energy efficiency products and services to help people reduce their bills. If customers want to find out more about saving energy, they just need to contact us – our energy experts can provide them with advice on how to cut their energy usage and help them find the products that best suit their needs.”

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Expenses Update November- January

The expenses claimed over the period 1st November to 31st January were as followed:

Constituency Office costs:

The Chesterfield constituency office cost £1495 per quarter; this includes rent, gas, electric, water, rates and car parking spaces. The payment for Quarter 1 2011 was claimed in this period.

In addition there was office furniture cost of £497.02 &287.29

Decorating of MP’s office £560.00

New carpet £600.00

All of these are one off costs associated with the fact that we have set up a new office and hopefully won’t need to be replaced for some time.

Phone Bills

I claim for only 75% of the cost of my mobile phone, in total between September- November this totalled £137.98

Constituency office phone bills:

September £111.04

October £129.93

November £289.01

Plus telephone equipment £139.91

Hire of Staveley Hall for surgery £46.50

My surgeries are weekly at my offices in Chesterfield, but once a month, I hold a surgery in Staveley, this bill covers surgeries for August- October.

Travel costs

Train travel from Chesterfield to London

August/ September £316.05

October – £309.70

November £333.30 (although £103.00 of this was for staff travel for 3 staff members attending training courses)

 On 1 occasion I drove to London and on this occasion there were costs of:

Congestion charge £16

Petrol £121.60

Usually my wife picks me up and drops me off at the station but if I am very late I get a taxi home in Chesterfield. The taxi is cheaper than parking at Chesterfield station.

Taxi Bills

November £12.00

December £9.30

Taxi from parliament to London flat after late night sitting £7.40

Costs associated with London flat

Electricity bill £46.98

Gas £4.67


November £1430

December £1430

January £1430

Food (Food is only claimed for evening meals in the event of parliament sitting past 8.00pm, receipts are provided for any food claimed)

September – £9.35

October £50.10

November £46.30

December £23.65

January £60.00

Travel within constituency

Mileage attending constituency appointments was:

October £74.80

November £58.80

Staff Training

3 members of staff attended training courses. Costs incurred other than travel, which is listed elsewhere were:

Training £199

Overnight accomodation £196.90

Finally there was a petty cash bill totalling £55.96 which included items like basic stationery and keys. Receipts were provided.

I believe that this summarises all the invoices claimed in Novem,ber, December and January, although there will be a petrol bill for December and january to be added and further reconcilliations of train travel for December and January, if you have any queries with any of these, then contact me and I will be happy to answer your questions.

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

Contact Toby

Tel: 01246 386286
Post: 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF


I hold regular surgeries for my constituents.
Please call 01246 386286 or email to make a booking.

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