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Staveley Matters- Tell us your views on Banking and GPs

Toby with local business owners Keith Bannister and Tony Kay

Chesterfield Labour candidate Toby Perkins needs to hear your views on two issues that are crucial to Staveley and its people.

Banking

NatWest have suggested that they will be closing their branch in Staveley. Hundreds of local residents have already signed a petition in an attempt to keep the branch open. Local business owners have said that the closure of the NatWest branch in Staveley will be hugely damaging, both for the running of the businesses and the local economy.

Toby Perkins has spoken to senior management at NatWest who have said that they will provide a weekly mobile branch for businesses and training for internet and telephone banking. However, it is clear that many people in the area remain unhappy. Toby would like to hear your views below.

Doctors Surgeries

Doctors Surgeries in Staveley have been problematic in the last few years. Toby arranged for 600 people to attend a public meeting regarding the problems at Holywell Medical Group in 2014. This resulted in a change of ownership to Royal Primary Care which resulted in immediate improvements. However, whilst the administration has improved, there are again reports of problems with obtaining appointments. Are you a patient at the Inkersall or Rectory Road surgeries, What are you views?

Promoted by Chris Williams on behalf of Toby Perkins. Both at 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF

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Toby with Tesco staff and Usdaw organisers

MP backs campaign to protect shopworkers from abuse

Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, backed the ‘Freedom from Fear’ campaign, led by shopworkers’ union USDAW, calling for an end to abuse in the workplace.

Toby joined staff, shop stewards and Usdaw organisers at the Tesco superstore on Lockoford Lane in Chesterfield to raise awareness about the unacceptable abuse and violence that is often directed at shopworkers.

Toby said, “I am proud to support Usdaw’s ‘Freedom from Fear’ campaign and will do all I can to help protect our retail workers from threats, violence and abuse in the workplace. Retail staff are an

Toby with Tesco staff and Usdaw organisers

Toby with Tesco staff and Usdaw organisers

important part of our communities and our economy, they should be valued and respected.”

A recent survey of retail staff by Usdaw showed that in the last year alone one in ten shopworkers have been physically assaulted, a quarter have been threatened and 44% verbally abused.

Toby added, “Coming up to the Christmas period, shopworkers will be doing longer hours in hectic environments and probably missing a lot of time with their families. I would urge shoppers to keep cool heads, treat all staff with respect and remember that they are simply there to do their jobs”.

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Toby Perkins MP with sixth formers from St Mary's Catholic High School

First-time voters say ‘we’re stronger in’

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins was invited to St Mary’s High School in Chesterfield as part of a series of talks at the school to discuss the forthcoming EU referendum.

Toby Perkins MP with sixth formers from St Mary's Catholic High School

Toby Perkins MP with sixth formers from St Mary’s Catholic High School

Sixth-formers, many of whom will be first-time voters when the crunch vote takes place on the 23rd June, engaged Mr Perkins in an energetic discussion to test the arguments for reforming the EU from the inside versus Brexit.   

Mr Perkins told the students that whilst he felt the EU ‘isn’t perfect’, Britain’s future is best served by shaping the EU from the inside rather than risking jobs and growth by pulling out.

Almost half of all UK exports go to the EU with global firms, such as Toyota and Rolls Royce, locating their European operations in Derbyshire to give them access to the single market. If Britain left the EU, UK-based firms could be hit by hefty tariffs and restrictions.

At the end of the session, a show of hands from the young people showed a majority want to stay in the EU.

Commenting on the robust discussion, Mr Perkins said: “I was grateful to be invited to St Mary’s to talk about this crucial vote.

“So many of the 21st-century challenges we face, such as climate change, cybercrime and terrorism, are best dealt with by working with our partners in Europe. That’s aside from more than 4 million British jobs that are dependent on being able to sell half of our exports to EU countries.”

St Mary’s pupil Harry Smith, who will turn 18 just in time to cast his vote, said: “This referendum is really important because a lot is at stake. It’s important that young people have their say because so much of our futures depends on the outcome.”

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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 Perkins MP with the Community First Responders in Chesterfield and one of their defibrillators.

Chesterfield MP calls on supermarkets to install defibrillators in stores

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has called on major supermarket chains to install defibrillators at their stores to help increase the survival chances of those who suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest, one of the UK’s biggest killers, and has urged Chesterfield stores to pledge to install them as soon as possible.
Toby said “I’ve recently had this campaign raised with me by my constituents and I think it has immense value. CPR is an invaluable skill and can save lives, but a defibrillator on-hand massively increases the chances of survival for someone who has had a cardiac arrest – I think all supermarket stores, large and small, should have one on site in case someone suffers from cardiac arrest either in store or nearby.”
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is one of the biggest killers in the UK and claims the lives of 100,000 people each year. Around 30,000 people will experience a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year, in a public place or community setting, and there has been a growing campaign to get more defibrillators into the community to help increase survival rates. Defibrillators (‘AEDs’) don’t deliver a shock unless one is needed, and many don’t require special training to use, so campaigners view defibrillators which are publicly accessible as a viable way to try to increase survival rates.

Toby Perkins MP with the Community First Responders in Chesterfield and one of their defibrillators.

Toby Perkins MP with the Community First Responders in Chesterfield and one of their defibrillators.

The supermarket chain Asda pledged to install defibrillators in 600 of its stores nationwide in 2014 in recognition of their importance to the fight against Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and the campaign has been boosted locally by the East Midlands Ambulance Service’s commitment to install defibrillators in public spaces and the work of the Community First Responders – who aim to get to incidents local to them before ambulances in order to administer first aid and emergency medical support such as defibrillation.
Toby said “Every 1 minute without defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10% according to the British Heart Foundation (BHF). I’m committed to supporting education for children and adults about emergency first aid and ensuring we are more aware of how to save lives as a nation, and I think increasing the availability and accessibility of defibrillators is an important element in that campaign.”

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Toby Perkins with a personal message for the #BleedForEngland campaign

Toby Perkins MP encourages people in Chesterfield to become blood donors

Toby Perkins with a personal message for the #BleedForEngland campaign

Toby Perkins with a personal message for the #BleedForEngland campaign

Toby Perkins has called on people in Chesterfield to show their support by registering themselves as blood donors and join the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) #BleedForEngland campaign.

Toby said, “Over the last few weeks we have seen amazing support for the England rugby team and the NHSBT’s #BleedForEngland campaign. We may not have been successful in the World Cup, but I am calling on people in Chesterfield to help make this campaign a success.”

The NHSBT wants people to go on to support in a different way – by registering to #BleedForEngland and help patients in hospitals across the country. They hope to register over 100,000 new donors before the end of the World Cup.

Nationally, less than 3% of people living in England aged 17 – 70 have donated blood in the last 12 months, and in Chesterfield only 1.9% of people are active blood donors. Since the launch of the #BleedForEngland campaign on 15 August, NHSBT has had an amazing response to the rallying cry to sign up new blood donors by the end of October.

Toby stated: “I believe that together, people in Chesterfield can help this campaign reach its goal. Donating blood is vital to the NHS – by donating you are literally saving and improving lives!”

If you are 17 or over and interested in donating, please visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 today to find out if you are eligible to donate, register as a blood donor and to book your appointment

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Chesterfield MP urges people to step up and join the Big Pathwatch

Toby Perkins MP for Chesterfield is encouraging people in across Derbyshire to step up and help survey their local paths as part of the Ramblers’ Big Pathwatch.Big Pathwatch Logo

With an enviable 140,000 miles of rights of way in England and Wales people can enjoy walking, the Ramblers needs people to step out in Derbyshire and walk their favourite paths and report back on what they find using a free smartphone app – and Toby is hoping as many people as possible get involved in the project.

Toby said: “The Big Pathwatch is the perfect opportunity for people to get involved in protecting the places they love to walk, as well as enjoying the health benefits of walking. We’re incredibly lucky to have the Peak District National Park right on our doorstep, as well as lots of other local paths around Chesterfield, and we all need to do our bit to make sure these places are well cared for.

“That’s why I’m supporting the Big Pathwatch and asking as many people as possible to step out and survey their local paths, reporting back on what they find.”

People can download the free Big Pathwatch app and share their experiences as they walk every right of way within a specific grid square. They’ll be asked to share the positive features of the walk, the beautiful views or interesting landscapes they see, as well as noting any problems they encounter.

The results of the Big Pathwatch will allow the Ramblers to create a comprehensive report on the state of the path network, which will be used to help identify ways to keep paths open. Where possible, Ramblers’ path maintenance teams will be heading out to fix problems found through the survey, clearing brambles and other overgrown vegetation, improving path surfaces and fixing bridges and gates.

Toby on the Gritstone Edge Walk near Baslow in the Peak District National Park

Toby on the Gritstone Edge Walk near Baslow in the Peak District National Park

Importantly, the results will enable the Ramblers to come up with the long term solutions to ensure the path network is protected for years to come.

Those who don’t have a smartphone can still get involved by downloading materials from the Ramblers website.

To find out more, or to take part in the Big Pathwatch, visit   www.Ramblers.org.uk/bigpathwatch.

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Toby at Chesterfield Canal encouraging people to request a water saving pack

Toby Perkins MP calls for constituents to ‘Save a little, Save a lot’ and help give people around the world access to clean safe water

The MP for Chesterfield, Toby Perkins, has joined forces with Yorkshire Water to ask local constituents to help reduce the region’s water use by applying for a free water saving pack.

Yorkshire Water provides around 1.24 billion litres of water a day and is aiming to highlight how using water more efficiently is not only good for the environment but can help lower utility bills. Greater water efficiency will also help ensure the region’s reservoir levels, which are currently at a healthy 92 per cent, remain full.

Called ‘Save A Little, Save A Lot’, the campaign aims to encourage customers to think more carefully about how they use water in their homes, such as turning the tap off when brushing your teeth and spending less time in the shower. This will help reduce the current 100-150 litres of water each customer uses on average per day, which is the equivalent of up to two full bath tubs!

Yorkshire Water will donate 10p to WaterAid for every pack ordered to help give people around the world access to clean safe water. Yorkshire Water has supported WaterAid for many years and lots of colleagues from across the business have given their time, energy and money to help change lives in developing countries.

Neil Dewis, Head of Service Delivery at Yorkshire Water, said: “Our ‘Save A Little, Save A Lot’ campaign is about providing our customers with information on how they can save water and why it’s important to do so.

“Some people take water for granted but it is a precious resource and we need to ensure that in the future we can continue to meet the demands of a growing population and the challenges climate change could bring. We work really hard to manage our own leakage and to supply our water in the most efficient way, but we need our customers to play their part too. To help our customers we‘re offering free water saving packs via our website that include simple to install devices that can reduce household water consumption. For every pack ordered we’ll donate 10p to WaterAid to help give people around the world access to clean safe water.”

Toby at Chesterfield Canal encouraging people to request a water saving pack

Toby at Chesterfield Canal encouraging people to request a water saving pack

Toby Perkins MP for Chesterfield, said: “By ordering a free water saving pack and following Yorkshire Water’s useful water saving tips, we can all play our part in helping the environment whilst saving money on our water and energy bills.

“Simple changes like turning the tap off when brushing your teeth could save seven litres of water per person per day! Order your free water saving pack online by visiting yorkshirewater.com/savewater.”

Last year, 25,000 free water saving packs were ordered by Yorkshire’s residents and the company is hoping they prove equally popular this year.

Water Saving tips:

  • Turning the tap off when brushing teeth could save seven litres per person per day!
  • A bath can use as much as 80 litres of water. Swapping this for a short shower can save on average 10 litres of water per day
  • Fixing that dripping tap could save £18 a year. A dripping tap wastes around 5,500 litres of water a year.
  • Simply by making sure the washing machine is full before using could save eight litres of water per household
  • Fitting a free flushsaver in the toilet cistern will save one litre of water every time the toilet is flushed

To order a free water saving pack and for useful water saving advice visit yorkshirewater.com. Yorkshire Water will donate 10p to the charity WaterAid for every pack ordered.

You can also watch a video from the ‘Save a Little, Save a Lot’ campaign on how to get involved and save water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpOcmT3xIyw

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Welcome

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 in Chesterfield and Staveley 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
Email: toby.perkins.mp@parliament.uk
Post: 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF

Surgeries

I hold regular surgeries for my constituents.
Please call 01246 386286 or email toby.perkins.mp@parliament.uk to make a booking.

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