Archive | January, 2012

Sport England funding set to improve tennis club’s service

Sport England funding set to improve tennis club’s service

Delighted officials, members and community leaders gathered last Friday to celebrate the news that Sport England had awarded Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club a substantial £35,000 to help develop the reception and social rooms. Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield and Shadow Minister for Small Business, presented the cheque which will help the Club develop young local talent for years to come, and improve the hospitality for all involved in the Hawksley Avenue facility.

The investment is part of Sport England’s Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club will receive £35,000 to open up the lounge and bar, reconfigure the office / reception areas and improve the changing facilities with a new central heating system.

John Field of Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club said:

“Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club greatly appreciates the £35,000 award granted from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund. The award will give the club a great boost in its efforts to provide a dynamic and modern place to play tennis, both for members and the local community”

Toby Perkins MP for Chesterfield said:

“2012 is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Sport all across the UK, and Sport England’s Inspired Facilities is part of providing a long term legacy for all areas of the country. I am delighted for the Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club which is a popular, good quality sports facility in the centre of Chesterfield. The refurbishment, including a new reception area and catering facilities, will ensure that the tennis club can continue to grow and develop in the future, and will hopefully go on to produce top class local tennis players for generations to come”

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Any Questions? Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins visits Parkside Community School for ‘Question Time’ debate

Any Questions? Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins visits Parkside Community School for ‘Question Time’ debate

Around 50 Year 8 Students at Parkside Community School attended a ‘Question Time’ style debate today with local MP Toby Perkins. Mr. Perkins, a former Councillor for Rother Ward, from which many students who attend Parkside reside, hailed the students as ‘very impressive’ as they quizzed the Shadow Minister on subjects from his job as an MP to his talent for X Box computer games.

Chaired by a representative of the Parkside School Council, almost all those present had the opportunity to ask a question to the Shadow Minister for Small Business. When asked about his priorities as an MP, Mr. Perkins described his work alongside businesses in Chesterfield, both big and small, to do everything possible to protect jobs in the Borough.

The students also asked Mr. Perkins where he thought future jobs in Chesterfield would come from, the most enjoyable parts of being an MP, as well as outlining a typical week working in the House of Commons.

Following the event, Mr. Perkins said:-

“I was delighted to be invited to answer questions from Parkside students today, and it was very clear that a lot of thought had gone in to the questions which were asked. It is great to see government and politics being taught in schools, as young people learn about the world in which they live. Politics is all about helping others and improving communities, and it was so encouraging to meet students who are involved in the School Council at such a young age”.

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Credit where it’s due! MP Toby Perkins joins local politicians in support of Credit Union

Credit where it’s due! MP Toby Perkins joins local politicians in support of Credit Union

With pay day loans companies exacerbating the financial problems of hundreds of people across the region, local politicians have come out in support of the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Credit Union in an attempt to promote responsible lending. Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield, joined the leaders of both Chesterfield Borough and North East Derbyshire District Council and Manager Karen Peck at the Town Hall on Rose Hill where the Credit Union had temporarily set up stall in the foyer.

Financial exclusion is on the up, as people who for one reason or the other cannot access reasonable credit facilities from high street banks. Quite often they have no bank accounts at all and either no or poor credit history. People who cannot access reasonable credit are prey to loan sharks who charge exorbitant interest rates. Small emergencies in people’s lives, such as a broken washing machine, can result in people becoming trapped in a cycle of debt as the interest charged on even small loans can prove to be unaffordable. The rates of interest charged by companies willing to lend to these people vary from 85% to over 2,000% for pay day loans.

The credit union is one of the only affordable resources for people who are categorized as financially excluded. The credit union charges 28% apr and offers advice on managing money as well as sign posting people to other agencies for advice on benefits. The Credit Union offers savings accounts to those people not wishing to borrow, from which capital is made available for short and medium term loans. Money put into the Credit Union is, like any other reputable financial institution, is safe and insured.

After speaking to the Manager of the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Credit Union, Karen Peck, about the vital work done by the organization in the town, Toby Perkins said:-

“With unemployment at record levels, it is a shocking reality that many people become stuck in a debt trap with no real means to escape. The Credit Union is an excellent organization, based in Theatre Yard, which provides a good service at more reasonable levels of interest. But of course, the Credit Union relies on savers as well as lenders to provide this service so I would urge people to visit the CU to see for themselves the ways in which they can help support a fairer, more equitable method of lending for those people who would otherwise have no option but to take on astronomical rates of interest from loan sharks”.

He added:-

“I am working hard in Parliament to limit the most pernicious loan sharks across the UK, and supporting Credit Unions is one action which almost anyone can do to join that campaign”.

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EXPENSES UPDATE SEPT – NOV 2011

The expenses claimed over the period 1st September to 30th November 2011 were as follows:

Constituency Office costs:

The quarterly rent for the constituency office is £1495 per quarter.

There was also a bill for £640 for decoration of office in November.

Phone Bills

I claim for only 75% of the cost of my mobile phone, this came to £29.69 in September, £42.11 in October and £47.67 in November.

Travel costs

Train/ underground travel from Chesterfield to London:

July (not reported last time) £494

01/8- 24/9 – £569.50

4/10- 22/10 £351.50

27/10- 18/11 £987.10

Taxi in Chesterfield September £4

November/ December £9

My mileage costs were

August £49.05

September £103.34

October £194.58

November £93.83

Costs associated with London flat

Gas- September £12.53

Electric £48.12

Rent

My monthly rent on the one bedroom London flat is £1490, however it took a while for IPSA to update it, when it went up, so it was paid at £1430 per month with a payment in September of £330.08 to cover the backlog that developed.

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 £31.30

October £54.65

November & December £89.55

Travel within constituency

Mileage attending constituency appointments was:

July £116.10

August £ 49.05

Also a parking bill of £7.80.

Stationery, Toners and Ancillaries

There was a  toner bill for £359.16 in September and £258 in November.

And stationery bill for £68.64 in September and £23.79

There was also a bill for ££102.24 for installation of the computer and £109.82 for a broadband line.

I also received a bill for £78 for business cards.

We bought a shredder at £74.99.

Staff Training/ IT Software

There was a bill for £398 to train two members of staff in our casework training software and a bill for overnight accommodation for 1 night of £91.45.

I believe that this summarises all the invoices claimed between September and November  2011, 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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Toby Perkins MP demands action to help small businesses

Federation of Small Businesses right to call on Government to take action to help small businesses – Perkins

16 January 2012

Toby Perkins MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Small Business, commenting on today’s survey from the Federation of Small Businesses showing that small business confidence fell to a record low at the end of last year, said:

“This survey from the Federation of Small Businesses highlights what Labour has been saying for months – that the Tory-led Government’s decision to cut spending and raise taxes too far and too fast has hit businesses hard and choked off the economic recovery.

“And it is particularly worrying that the survey reports that a growing number of firms have laid off workers, with more planning to reduce staff further. Higher unemployment and slower growth means the Government is now set to borrow £158 billion more than previously planned – with billions more added to the welfare bill.

“The Federation of Small Businesses is right to call on the Government to take urgent action to help small businesses. Labour’s five point plan for growth and jobs includes a national insurance holiday for all small businesses taking on extra workers and a temporary VAT cut to provide a much needed boost to our economy. It’s time this Government changed course and worked to help hard-pressed businesses so we can get the deficit down in a fairer and better way”.

Mr Perkins appeared on today’s episode of the Daily Politics to discuss business confidence. You can watch the episode here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01b4v9x/Daily_Politics_16_01_2012/

 

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Toby Perkins MP calls last orders on Pub Companies

Tory-led Government has let down our pubs – Perkins

12 January 2012

Despite promises made in opposition, the Tory-led Government is failing to take the action needed to help publicans and stop pub closures, Shadow Minister for Small Business Toby Perkins MP said on Thursday January 12th in a House of Commons debate on pub companies.
 
Pubs are closing at a rate of around 25 a week and despite promises the Tories made in opposition, the Government has failed to take the action needed to help publicans and stop pub closures, and is refusing to introduce a statutory code to protect pub tenants or take steps to ensure that a non-tied option is offered by pub companies to tenants.
 
Toby Perkins MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Small Business, said:

“Pubs play a vital role in communities across Britain in villages, towns and cities. They also contribute hugely to the Government’s tax revenues and employ hundreds of thousands of people, including many young people who are currently finding job hunting so difficult.

“Despite their promises, the Tory led Government has refused to take action needed to give pubs the best chance of fighting their way through the recession. We are calling on ministers to implement our action plan in full and to work with the BIS Select Committee to bring forward a statutory code and a non-tied option for publicans.”

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45 Timberline jobs saved

45 Timberline jobs saved

Dozens of staff at under-threat Timberline celebrated with the news that a Barnsley firm had been successful in a take-over bid – saving 45 jobs. Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield and Shadow Minister for Small Business, hailed the news as “a fantastic result” for all those people who have worked around the clock to ensure the Sheepbridge based firm has a long term future.

Timberline, based on the Sheepbridge Industrial Park, which produces bespoke outdoor equipment to schools and other organizations across the UK went into administration on November 2nd. However, following Mr. Perkins’ meetings with joint administrators from Hart Shaw LLP, Metalliform, a South Yorkshire firm has been announced as the new owners to the relief of dozens of staff who have feared the worst since the administrators were called in last year.

The new owner, Metalliform, has manufactured furniture for schools, colleges and universities for more than 60-years. The company employs 90 staff at its Barnsley production site and has a turnover of £8m. The take-over will allow Timberline to continue to produce the high quality products, with the hope of taking on new products to help compete within an increasingly fierce market.

Mr. Perkins said:-

“This is a fantastic result for so many members of staff who have remained loyal, driven and upbeat despite the very serious doubts about their futures. This buy-out should give Timberline the opportunity to become a successful business once again, producing quality products to organizations across the country. This news is the reward for so much hard work from all those involved in saving Timberline from closure and gives hope to so many other businesses struggling to cope in the current economic situation”.

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