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The sooner we can get control for planning and transport devolved from Whitehall to the local area the better , says Toby Perkins MP

Town is hit by ‘North-South divide’, says MP

New figures show that Chesterfield lags behind in building new homes.

The sooner we can get control for planning and transport devolved from Whitehall to the local area the better , says Toby Perkins MP

The sooner we can get control for planning and transport devolved from Whitehall to the local area the better, says Toby Perkins MP

The town is falling victim to the failure of Government policy to address the North-South divide, according to the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) latest figures, undermining claims a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ is already benefitting places like Chesterfield.

The NHBC, who work to raise the standards of new homes and provide consumer protection for buyers, say almost 140,000 homes were built across the UK last year. This works out at an average of 214 per parliamentary constituency.

In Chesterfield, just 56 new homes were built in 2015, representing a fall of 33 homes in the constituency from the previous year.

Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, estimate that the UK needs 250,000 new homes a year to meet demand; this works out at about 384 residences per constituency.

Commenting on the NHBC’s figures, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said: “The Council have identified and approved plans for many new sites across Chesterfield but Government failure means developers aren’t prioritising plans in areas like ours.

“The figures released by the National House Building Council show we’re falling well short of meeting demand.

“A housing shortage hits the young hardest as it makes it harder to get on the housing ladder.”

Mr Perkins added: “I’m calling on the Government to give meaning to the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ by ensuring that they aren’t consistently reducing our buying power compared to wealthier areas.

“Local services here have faced much bigger cuts than some in the South. That impacts on the local economy and isn’t helped when major infrastructure projects like the Midland Mainline electrification have stalled.

“The sooner we can get control for planning and transport devolved from Whitehall to the local area the better it will be for the families in Chesterfield, who need more homes to be built.”

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Toby Perkins MP with St Hugh’s Youth Group members, outside Chesterfield Labour Club

All cisterns go to flush away poverty

Chesterfield’s MP teamed up with youngsters from St Hugh of Lincoln Church to spend a penny for charity.

Toby Perkins MP with St Hugh’s Youth Group members, outside Chesterfield Labour Club

Toby Perkins MP with St Hugh’s Youth Group members, outside Chesterfield Labour Club

The Newbold-based church youth group is raising money for Toilet Twinning- an initiative led by Tearfund to pay for toilet facilities in the developing world.

A coffee morning was held at Chesterfield Labour Club, raising over £300 for the charity. A toilet, donated by Buildbase, was also auctioned for £50.

One in three people across the world don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet and bad sanitation is one of the planet’s biggest killers. Providing people with clean water and basic hygiene is one of the most cost-effective ways to release people from poverty.

Toilet Twinning involves people in the developed world making a donation to help finance a lavatory in a community where no facility currently exists. For £60, you can twin the toilet in your home or business; you will receive a certificate and picture showing the toilet you have sponsored.

Joseph Lea, 12, of the St Hugh of Lincoln Youth Group, known as SHY, says it is important to support this cause. He said: “Every minute, three children under the age of five die because of dirty water and poor sanitation.

“For a small donation, you can really make a big difference.”

Toby Perkins says he is glad to help the young people from St Hugh’s support this cause.

He said: “For every pound spent sanitation, £8 is returned through saved time, increased productivity and reduced health costs.

“I’ve made a donation to Toilet Twinning so that the facilities at my office can be twinned. I hope other local organisations will get involved too.”

You can find out more about Toilet Twinning here.

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Toby flying Derbyshire Flag in Westminster

BLOG: Toby Perkins: Chesterfield will always be part of Derbyshire

The upcoming EU referendum and the proposed devolution deal being considered by the Borough Council, which could see Chesterfield voters get a chance to vote for a Sheffield City region mayor have caused many of us to consider the question of our local and national identity.

I have always been very conscious of the importance of how we see ourselves- as Chesterfieldians, Derbyshire folk, Englishmen (and women), Brits and possibly Europeans. Each part of my identity is important to me and not diminished by the others. 

Chesterfield is and always will be part of Derbyshire, this will never change. The proposed devolution agreement is about getting a better financial deal for Chesterfield, improving infrastructure, boosting economic activity and helping local businesses. The government have imposed a City focussed model for areas that want access to the funds to drive their own regeneration, and so we are faced with a choice between a North Midlands (Notts/ Derbyshire) combined authority or the Sheffield City Region.  

Chesterfield is an inextricably-linked part of Derbyshire. When people think of Derbyshire they think about our cobbled market square, our Mock Tudor buildings and the Crooked Spire, as much as Bakewell tarts, Chatsworth House or the hills of the Peak District.  Whatever choice the Borough Council makes regarding devolution, nothing will alter our Derbyshire identity, just as being part of the EU doesn’t make me feel less British.

Working collaboratively to achieve our own ends, whether on a County wide or European wide basis doesn’t change who we are. But the question of English identity is an important one, in times of devolution and the treat to the union posed by Scottish independence. I introduced a bill to parliament calling for England to have its own national anthem, to retain God Save the Queen for Britain, and allow England (as a separate entity to have an anthem that recognises our Englishness not Britishness). 

I have always rejected the idea that patriotism is the preserve of the far-right or the separatists. Patriotism is not about xenophobia or supremacism, it is about being proud of a shared heritage, of celebrating our fellow countrymen’s past achievements and working towards future achievements, making our country the best it can be. Patriotism is not feeling superior to other nations but acknowledging and celebrating the idiosyncrasies and differences that define us, divide us and link us. 

I hope that all Twist readers share my pride in being Derbyshire, England and Britain, as that will endure whoever we choose to work with.

Toby flying Derbyshire Flag in Westminster

Toby flying Derbyshire Flag in Westminster

 

 

 

 

 

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Toby with the 3rd Brampton Cub Scouts

MP Message to Future Scouts in Time-capsule Launch

MP for Chesterfield Toby Perkins visited the 3rd Brampton Cub Scouts to celebrate the launch of their time-capsule project, to be put into the ground later this year to commemorate their centenary, and opened by the Scouts of the future in 2116. Toby provided a letter for whoever will open the capsule telling them about the UK and Chesterfield in 2016, and answered questions from the Cubs on what it’s like to be an MP today and whether he had ever met the Prime Minister.

Toby with the 3rd Brampton Cub Scouts

Toby with the 3rd Brampton Cub Scouts

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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.

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