Archive | February, 2014

Springwell FA Football skills Tesco Partnership

Back to Basics with the stars of the future

 

Toby Perkins MP with Derbyshire FA Tesco Skills coaches Samantha Griffiths, Bobby Green and Richard Allen

Toby Perkins MP with Derbyshire FA Tesco Skills coaches Samantha Griffiths, Bobby Green and Richard Allen

Football fanatic local MP Toby Perkins went back to basics today in joining children on the FA sports partnership skills building course at Springwell Community College.

The FA Tesco Skills Partnership is a unique football coaching programme that gives 5-11 year olds of all abilities the opportunity to get active, learn new football skills and enjoy the game.  Children from across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire have the opportunity to work with dedicated coaches who link in with clubs, schools and local teams.

Toby Perkins said “the Spireites have reached the Johnstone Paint Trophy cup final at Wembley and we need to think of the next generation and the one after that.  I’d like to think some of the children I met today will be firing in the winning goals for Chesterfield FC in the future”

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Mayor Paul Stone and Toby Perkins MP cut the ribbon, flanked by Lindsey Wallis, left, and Chesterfield Mayoress Barbara Wallace.

Civic seal of approval for new out-of-hours centre

Mayor Paul Stone and Toby Perkins MP cut the ribbon, flanked by Lindsey Wallis, left, and Chesterfield Mayoress Barbara Wallace.

Mayor Paul Stone and Toby Perkins MP cut the ribbon, flanked by Lindsey Wallis, left, and Chesterfield Mayoress Barbara Wallace.

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins joined the town’s first citizen to officially open a brand new out-of-hours clinic and 111 call centre.

Mr Perkins and Mayor Paul Stone took centre stage on Thursday (20 February) to cut the ribbon outside the new offices of Derbyshire Health United (DHU) in Ashgate Manor. The premises in Ashgate Road house the GP out-of-hours and NHS 111 services provided by DHU across the entire county. Until December, the two services were based at Scarsdale Hospital, off Newbold Road but moved across town after outgrowing their original home. The out-of-hours service at Ashgate Manor is open from 6.30pm to 8am Monday to Friday, and 6.30pm Friday to 8am Monday. Patients attend appointments there after calling 111.

Mr Perkins said: “The opening of this out-of-hours centre brings together two of the key themes I am working on, namely improving local health services and reducing unemployment. I hope that this development strengthens local health provision at a critical time for the NHS.”

Guests at the official opening included some of the 20 call centre workers who were previously employed by CPP in Chesterfield before it closed down. The plight of these staff was brought to light by Mr Perkins MP who went onto local radio trying to find alternative employment for them. Mr Perkins had previously called on large local employers to take on the redundant workers if at all possible.

Luke Mosely, PA to DHU chief executive Lindsey Wallis, worked with Lindsey to arrange DHU recruitment teams to cooperate with CPP to take on as many staff as possible. Former CPP employee Stephen Reddish said he was delighted to have been taken on by DHU: “I’ve never before worked for an organisation with such a strong ethos of family and team work. Derbyshire Health United has been a rock for me during these times of economic uncertainty.”

His words were echoed by new recruit Gary Morton: “DHU came in and offered me a lifeline. The amount of responsibility and trust placed in me makes me feel more than just another number. “DHU is different to anywhere I’ve worked before and has definitely been a silver lining in the situation I found myself in.” “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to help 20 of the people made redundant by CPP.”

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Munitions 1

Shadow Minister deplores ‘unrepresentative’ Local Enterprise Partnerships

New figures revealed today by Toby Perkins MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Regional Growth, demonstrate the clear unrepresentative nature of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

  • A mere 16% of LEP board members in the country are female
  • Just 4 of the 39 boards have a female chair
  • 7 of the 39 LEPs boards have 1 or 0 female board members

Munitions 1Toby Perkins said:

“One Nation Labour wants to see sustainable growth which leaves no one behind.  LEPs have an important role to play in securing this growth and regional development, but their ability to do this is undermined when they are so unrepresentative of the communities they were set up to serve.”

The research was undertaken by Toby Perkins after the government confirmed in a written parliamentary answer that they have no targets for ensuring that boards of LEPs are representative and do not even monitor the composition of boards.

Toby Perkins added:

“The Tory-led government must take a lead to ensure these boards are more representative, at the moment they simply set up the LEPs then left them to their own devices.”

Local evidence also shows that individual LEPs are doing nothing to promote gender balance and inclusivity.

Sharon Taylor OBE was the only female representative on the Hertfordshire LEP when she was voted off in 2013.  She is Leader of the Council in Stevenage, the second largest settlement in Hertfordshire, leaving the LEP unrepresentative of geography and gender.

Sharon explained:

“After I was voted off I wrote to the Chair of LEP asking him to ensure that there would be some female representation, even in my absence. 

“His response was simply to say that while he appreciated that there are very many successful women both running their own companies and working in business in Hertfordshire it was not his responsibility to find women to be on the board and that positions would be filled simply by who came forward.

“The local Chambers of Commerce rep on the board is now a women, but such a piecemeal approach cannot ensure that the LEP is representative of the growth needs of the whole community.”

>>ENDS<<

Notes to editors

For further comment call Toby Perkins on 020 7219 2320

Local Enterprise Partnerships were set up by the Conservative-led government in 2011 to replace Regional Development Agencies help determine local economic priorities and lead economic growth and job creation within its local area.

PQ answer to Toby Perkins: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm131016/text/131016w0001.htm#13101685002154

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Carbon Monoxide

As the cold snap hits, Toby urges residents in Chesterfield to protect themselves from carbon monoxide poisoning

Research suggests over 35 million Britons are at risk because they don’t have an alarm

With storms continuing to hit the UK, and households using their heating more, Toby Perkins MP is reminding people in Chesterfield to install an audible carbon monoxide alarm.

The Department of Health estimates that 40 people are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, and at least 4,000 are treated in hospital, in the UK each year. Meanwhile research from the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign has found that 35 million households in the UK could be at risk of poisoning as they don’t have an alarm in their home which will warn them of the poisonous gas.

Carbon MonoxideCarbon monoxide is produced when fuel such as gas, coal or wood doesn’t burn properly – usually because of a faulty boiler or other appliance or because ventilation has been blocked. The symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness and a loss of consciousness and it is often mistaken for a cold or flu. The poisonous gas has no colour, taste or smell so the only way to be fully protected is to have a carbon monoxide alarm that makes a loud noise when the gas is present. They are widely available and cost around £15.

Supporting the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign, Toby said:

“Many people don’t realise that they’re at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning as they have their heating on more often during the cold weather. Carbon monoxide can kill without any warning, but it is very easy to prevent. That’s why I am urging everyone in [PLACE] to make sure they and their loved ones are protected by installing a carbon monoxide alarm.”

For more information about how to stay safe, visit www.co-bealarmed.co.uk, or follow them on Twitter @COBeAlarmed

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Toby Perkins with year group winners from Hady Primary School

Queen thanks Hady Pupils

Toby Perkins with year group winners from Hady Primary School

Toby Perkins with year group winners from Hady Primary School

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins addressed a special assembly with a royal theme on Wednesday.  He took a letter from Buckingham Palace that was received in response to a Christmas Card he sent on behalf of Chesterfield.

Her Majesty the Queen had written to express her thanks to Hady Primary School pupils, the people of Chesterfield and Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins for their ‘kind message of Christmas greetings’.

Budding young artists from the school participated in the MP’s Christmas card competition and Mr Perkins invited each year group winner to sign the card he sent to Her Majesty.

Mr Perkins said: “I was really touched that the Queen acknowledged the Christmas card we sent her and that she has sent the children her ‘best wishes’ for 2014. It’s nice to think that a little bit of Chesterfield might have sat on the royal mantelpiece as she enjoyed her Christmas dinner!”

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Toby pointing

Post Office under fire from ‘dismayed’ MP over move decision

The decision to relocate Chesterfield’s Crown Post Office into WH Smith’s Pavements Centre premises has been met with ‘dismay’ by the local MP.

Post Office bosses made the announcement to staff this morning, after a ‘public consultation’, saying the current New Square branch would close at 1730 on 26th March with the new facility opening the next day. They claim the upheaval is necessary to ‘reduce operating costs’.

Toby pointingChesterfield’s MP Toby Perkins has blasted the consultation as a ‘sham’, which has ‘failed to take onboard public concerns’. He also questioned whether the new premises is fundamentally suitable to accommodate this vital service in a town of Chesterfield’s size, and expressed his ‘deep concern’ that the iconic current Post Office building in New Square is likely to sit empty following the move.

He said: “I’m far from convinced that this move is in the best interests of customers. The number of service points at the new outlet will be six, reduced from the offering of twelve in the current building,  with staff employed by WH Smith’s, rather than directly by the Post Office, on lesser terms and conditions.

“Nineteen staff, with decades of experience between them, work at the New Square facility; it’s my understanding that there has been little appetite amongst them to move to the Pavements Centre.

“It seems that the ‘public consultation’ has had little or no input in the Post Office’s current plans and was little more than a PR exercise”.

Mr Perkins added: “Once again, it seems that Chesterfield is losing out on a vital public service. I will be monitoring the new premises closely as it opens and will be taking up any concerns or detectable falls in service with Post Office management.”

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Toby Perkins MP with Heather, Joshua and Sarah, students who registered to vote today.

‘Bite the Ballot’ or be bitten?

 

Toby Perkins MP with Heather, Joshua and Sarah, students who registered to vote today.

Toby Perkins MP with Heather, Joshua and Sarah, students who registered to vote today.

Toby Perkins MP visited Chesterfield College to encourage young people to register to vote, as part of the national, youth led campaign, Bite the Ballot.

Toby Perkins said “Voting determines the kind of society we live in.  If you are not registered to vote, you don’t have a say.  I am concerned that young people and those from less privileged backgrounds are under-represented and so the laws we make in society do not always reflect their best interests”. 

In 2010, only 44% of 18- to 24-year-olds voted, while 76% of those aged 65 and over cast their vote. At the moment, only half of all young people are registered to vote. Certain groups are disproportionately under-represented. Only 56% of people living in private rented homes are registered. Nearly half of those not registered to vote mistakenly believe that they are.

Toby Perkins said  ‘”We must try and do better. The more people speak -out the more government has to listen, so I encourage everyone to register to vote to ensure your voice is heard in the debate”.  

Toby Perkins MP with Brian Carrol, Head of Student Experience at Chesterfield College and Catherine Taylor, President of the Students Union.

Toby Perkins MP with Brian Carrol, Head of Student Experience at Chesterfield College and Catherine Taylor, President of the Students Union.

“The electoral register performs a hugely important civic function. You can only vote, and choose the politicians who represent you, if you are on the register.  It also ensures citizens are properly counted for the drawing of political boundaries – by ward and constituency – meaning the voice of Chesterfield is heard”.

From next year, each individual will have to register, rather than the traditional method of a household survey. To register and to ensure you have a voice, simply visit AboutmyVote.co.uk, or contact Chesterfield Borough Council.

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Probation debate

Perkins speaks about the importance of Voter Registration Day

Toby Perkins speaks about the importance of Voter Registration Day tomorrow:

“On the 5th of February 1832, the Great Reform Act introduced voter registration for the very first time. Then, the number of eligible voters in a borough varied from six to 12,000, with the selection of some Members of Parliament controlled by one person. We have come a long way since then, but there is still much more we can do.

Probation debate

In 2010, only 44% of 18- to 24-year-olds voted, while 76% of those aged 65 and over cast their vote. At the moment, only half of all young people are registered to vote. Certain groups are disproportionately under-represented. Only 56% of people living in private rented homes are registered.

Nearly half of those not registered to vote mistakenly believe that they are.

We must try and do better. The electoral register performs a hugely important civic function. You can only vote, and choose the politicians who represent you, if you are on the register.  It also ensures citizens are properly counted for the drawing of political boundaries – by ward and constituency – meaning the voice of (Name of Locality) is heard. For our criminal justice system, the register enables selection for jury service.

From next year, each individual will have to register, rather than the traditional method of a household survey. To register and to ensure you have a voice, simply visit AboutmyVote.co.uk, or contact (the local authority). ”

Toby Perkins is Labour MP for Chesterfield

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