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Toby with Jennifer Calverly from the Elm Foundation and John and Jeannie Benger from Ikon Church

Generous donation to Toby’s nominated local charity

 

The Elm Foundation, a Chesterfield-based charity that supports victims of domestic abuse, has received a £1,000 from the IKON Church.

Toby Perkins said, “I was approached by Paul & Jeannie Benger from IKON Church Chesterfield who kindly offered to donate £1,000 to a charity of my choice. I have visited The Elm Foundation on a number of occasions over the years to see the work they are doing and I know that they have provided vital support to victims of domestic violence and their families when they are at their lowest ebb. There are many worthy charities in Chesterfield who have all struggled for funds during these tough economic times, but the nature of The Elm Foundation’s work makes them less public and so it can be more difficult for them to attract donations. I know they will make excellent use of this money.”

The Elm Foundation offers a range of services to help and support men, women and children who are affected by Domestic Abuse, with an aim to increase safety, reduce risk and promote independent living.

Toby added, “I would like to say a big thank you to the members of IKON Church for their donation. The church groups in Chesterfield do a massive amount for the community, such as daily meals to homeless people, supporting those on low incomes and providing charitable donations such as this.”

Paul Benger from Ikon said “We were so thrilled when Toby suggested the Elm foundation as a recipient for one of our £1000 gifts. Their work is exceptional and aligns perfectly with the vision and values of our church.”

Jennifer Calverly from the Elm Foundation said “We would like to thank the Ikon church for the generous donation to our Children’s Service and to Toby Perkins for recommending our charity. Your financial support to help displaced children in our community who have been effected by domestic abuse makes all the difference. Last year we supported 100 children living in our refuges after they had to leave their homes due to domestic abuse, your donation will help to purchase outdoor play equipment for them to enjoy whilst they are with us.”

 

Toby with Jennifer Calverly from the Elm Foundation and John and Jeannie Benger from Ikon Church

Toby with Jennifer Calverly from the Elm Foundation and Paul and Jeannie Benger from Ikon Church

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Toby with Newbold Outwood Academy Head Teacher Steve Roberts

Toby visits a new and improved Newbold Outwood Academy

Following good results and a noticeable transformation, improvements to Outwood Academy Newbold were proudly shown to Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, by Principal Steve Roberts.

Improvements in the school have already generated successes and an increasing interest in places for students and parents hoping to join the academy. Now the school are looking to consolidate these improvements and increase the number of 6th form students and subjects.

Toby said “I am pleased that many more pupils at Outwood Academy Newbold are performing well and it was reassuring to hear about the aspirations and belief in the school from the leadership team. The pupils, teachers and staff I met were very positive and the work I saw was incredibly impressive. I visited several classes, including maths, English and science and I was fortunate to be shown a very moving and impromptu performance from some Drama students, who were fantastic.”

Principal Steve Roberts said about the visit “It was a privilege to be able to take Toby Perkins MP on a tour of the academy and more importantly give him the opportunity to see our wonderful students and amazing staff at work. We are very proud of our transformation over the last few years and would like to thank our entire community for their support”.

Latest reports show that 59% of Newbold students achieved grade 5+ in English and Maths, which is an increase of 10% on last year and three quarters of all students achieved grade 4+ in the same subjects. The school has also boasted increases in students achieving top grades in A level results, with 18% gaining A*-A and the number of students with AAB or above has risen 11% since last year.

Toby with Newbold Outwood Academy Head Teacher Steve Roberts

Toby with Newbold Outwood Academy Head Teacher Steve Roberts

 

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‘No Deal Brexit’ could have disastrous effects on the UK car industry

 

MP for Chesterfield, Toby Perkins, recently visited the Toyota UK factory at Burnaston near Derby. Toyota UK employs over 3000 ‘members’ in the UK, with 2600 at their plant in Burnaston. Nearly 80 people from Chesterfield are employed here, making them a large local employer.

 

During his visit, Toby was given a tour of the P-Lane, the facility where parts are brought into the factory and sent to the production line and given an in depth briefing of how Toyota’s ‘Just in Time’ delivery process operates.

The factory at Burnaston receives 2 million parts per day. These parts have come from a network of suppliers and have often, at some point in the process, been in another country. The ‘Just in Time’ process means that 4 hours after these parts arrive at the factory they can be driven away on a completed vehicle. For Toyota to have a stockpile of parts would require an unrealistic amount of storage space. As a result, any delays involved in receiving parts could have a huge impact on the manufacturing process.

Toyota UK are not just competing against other car manufacturers. As Toyota have multiple factories across Europe, Toyota UK are also competing against other Toyota facilities and if there are added delays or a rise is costs from tariffs then it will put them at a disadvantage, not only against rival car manufacturers but also other Toyota factories.

Toby said: ‘It is important that the Government secures a deal with the EU that protects jobs and my visit highlights that a deal with no customs union could have a potentially devastating impact on the motor industry in the UK’

 

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Chesterfield MP celebrates Parliament Week with Inkersall Beaver Scouts

The Inkersall Beaver Scouts welcomed Toby Perkins MP to their November meeting to learn about politics and his life as an MP as part of UK Parliament Week.

UK Parliament Week is a UK-wide festival that takes place from 12-18 November, which aims to engage people, especially young people, from different backgrounds and communities, with the UK Parliament and empower them to get involved. This year’s UK Parliament Week is part of the UK Parliament’s Vote 100 programme, celebrating equal voting rights and other milestones in the UK’s democratic history.

Toby said, “Parliament Week is all about connecting the public with Parliament and MPs getting out into schools and community groups to speak to children helps them engage with politics from an early age. The variety of questions I took from the beaver Scouts shows that even at just 6 and 7 years old, children are ready to start learning about what MPs do and how our country works.”

 

 

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The handmade poppies cascade at Chesterfield Town Hall

BLOG: Toby Perkins MP shares his thoughts as Chesterfield commemorates the Centenary of the end of the Great War

This year sees the centenary of the end of the Great War and has renewed our focus on the sacrifice that was made by so many millions of men then, and which are still made today by those that serve in our Armed Forces. Remembrance Sunday in Chesterfield has grown over the last few years, with an increase in events and a real feeling of the town coming together to honour those who have given their life for their country.

The handmade poppies cascade at Chesterfield Town Hall

The handmade poppies cascade at Chesterfield Town Hall

There are numerous important documentaries and articles regarding the Great War and it is important that, as the events pass from living memory, we never forget the catastrophic conflict the world went through and hopefully ensure it never happens again. The War cost the lives of 10 million soldiers worldwide, including 886,000 British military personnel, and almost 7 million civilians. And whilst we remember those who served, on this centenary the Royal British Legion is asking us to thank the entire First World War generation, commemorating not just those who fought and died on the battlefield but all of those who played their part on the home front and those that returned to build a better future for generations to come.

It is also important that whilst we recognise the contribution that has been made in the past, we also support today’s generation of Servicemen and women. The Armed Forces are not in the news as much lately as there are no major conflicts that we are currently engaged in, but our personnel are still in service across the world, spending months away from their families and maintaining a level of preparedness and professionalism to ensure they are always ready to step into action in our defence.

As an MP, and as Chair of Labour Friends of the Forces, it is my duty to ensure that the interests of the defence community are at the very top of Parliament’s priorities and to ensure that our Armed Forces’ personnel and veterans are getting the recognition that they deserve.

Toby in Kenya with the British Army Training Unit Kenya

Toby in Kenya with the British Army Training Unit

This is the main reason that I signed up to Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, which I proudly ‘graduated’ from last month. I and several colleagues volunteered to spend a minimum of 15 days in a year witnessing our Armed Forces in action. The scheme is designed to increase the knowledge base of MPs about Service life and give serving soldiers, sailors and Airmen the opportunity to question MPs too. Over the last couple of years I have spent time in Kenya with the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) taking part in battle ready exercises and seeing what it is like setting up camp out in the field. I also spent time with the Navy, sailing to Amsterdam on a Type 23 frigate, HMS Sutherland and on our new destroyers, as well as witnessing the new Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. Though these trips could never replicate a long term life in the Forces, it did give me a good idea of the conditions our Armed Forces have to live in, how they feel about their roles and learning about why people join and leave our Armed Forces.

In Chesterfield, I am always proud of the effort, pride and community spirit on Remembrance Sunday. You may have already seen the cascade of poppies adorning the town hall and other public buildings, presenting a powerful public reminder of this important occasion and put together through the hard work of many volunteers and contributors from across the borough.

Toby at the Graduation ceremony for the Parliamentary Armed Forces Scheme

Toby at the Graduation ceremony for the Parliamentary Armed Forces Scheme

There will be numerous events in Chesterfield over the next few days to mark the Centenary and I hope that you will be able to join me at one. I will be speaking at the Festival of Remembrance at the Winding Wheel on 8th November at 7pm, I will be joining the Staveley Annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service on Sunday 11th November at 10am, before joining the Borough Council’s ‘Service of Remembrance’ at 2.30pm when I will lay a wreath at the War Memorial on Rose Hill.

I hope that whilst we stop and take time to remember the fallen from the Great War, that we also think about our servicemen and women who are serving today and I resolve to always fight their corner in Parliament.

Toby has taken part in battle ready exercises as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

Toby has taken part in battle ready exercises as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

 

 

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Toby with Marcus King and Jack Day from HS2 Ltd

HS2 Construction Expected to begin in Staveley in 2024

Chesterfield received a major boost last year when it was confirmed that High Speed rail would serve the Town and that a key maintenance depot would be built at Staveley to service the line. Local MP, Toby Perkins, recently met with representatives from HS2 Ltd who have confirmed that construction of the depot in Staveley is expected to begin in 2024, if their plans are given Parliamentary approval.

HS2 Ltd have published their Working Draft Environmental Statement for the consultation into the Staveley to Aston part of the route and an online tool will be available for people to look at and comment on the plans.

Toby said, “There is still a long way to go for these plans, which will be subject to consultation and parliamentary scrutiny before securing Royal Assent, but it was good to see HS2 Ltd are committed to the current plans that provide Chesterfield with the benefits of High Speed rail serving the Town, but will have a relatively low impact on my constituents. I have stressed the importance of reducing the impact on local residents and businesses and HS2 Ltd have detailed a number of steps they will be taking to mitigate any visual or noise impacts on the area and address environmental concerns. The Staveley depot will become the first part of building the route from Staveley to Aston and will mean that Chesterfield is the first to benefit from the new jobs the project will create.”

As part of the mitigation steps planned for the area HS2 Ltd plans to reduce the visual and noise impact on the area through landscaping, hedgerow creation and noise-reduction barriers. There could also be work completed on a number of road bridges along the line which will need to be raised to allow for overhead electrical lines. HS2 Ltd would initially build two compounds at Staveley to store the construction materials for the line. These compounds would then become the maintenance depot, which will be a permanent site.

Toby added, “I also raised issues on behalf of the Chesterfield Canal Trust, as they need clarity from HS2 Ltd regarding the plans and how it may impact on their own developments and ability to secure funding. There are ongoing talks between HS2 and the Trust but HS2 need to do more to ensure that their plans cease to blight future funding applications made by the Canal trust. The Trust need certainty about the plans and a letter that showed HS2’s intended plans might be helpful as they make future bids. There is also an argument that the Trust should be compensated for funding that they have already been denied due to the uncertainty caused.

A major project of this sort will always bring upheaval and uncertainty but it is important this exciting regeneration project is not at the expense of the Canal which is another one. ”

You can view more information and give your views as part of the consultation by visiting https://www.hs2.org.uk/in-your-area/have-your-say/

Toby with Marcus King and Jack Day from HS2 Ltd

Toby with Marcus King and Jack Day from HS2 Ltd

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Toby with Anne Wright, Managing Director from Workpays Ltd and gold medal winning boxer, Frazer Clarke

New Chesterfield firm aim to ensure that ‘Workpays’

A local Training and Skills firm have launched a new office in Chesterfield to help people into work.

Workpays Ltd, welcomed local MP Toby Perkins to the launch of their new Chesterfield office which aims to support young people, adults and employers, to develop the skills needed to progress into an apprenticeship or gain and sustain employment.

Toby said, “It is good to see Workpays expanding into Chesterfield. Anything that provides a supportive and non-judgemental approach to supporting people back into the world of work is to be welcomed, and in Chesterfield we have too many people who have found it difficult to make their working lives pay, so improving skills and ensuring that we have people available to take advantage of any opportunities that arise is important.

The Borough Council has put a lot of work into attracting growth and new businesses to the town and we’re hoping for a significant number of skilled jobs to be brought to Chesterfield over the coming years. I want as many of these jobs as possible going to local people so it is vital that unemployed people or those battling illness get all the support they can get.

Workpays also works directly with large national and local employers to help them recruit and train new staff and upskill their existing employees through the Apprenticeship Levy, delivering nationally recognised qualifications across various sectors.

Anne Wright, Managing Director from Workpays Ltd said, “Workpays has had a presence in Chesterfield for over 2 years, working from remote locations to support local people to improve their confidence and skills to gain employment with local businesses. We are delighted to solidify our commitment to the area through the opening of our new Employability and Skills centre on the Newbold Road, which enables us to help more people.  We look forward to welcoming young people and adults in need of support, to gain the skills to get the job or an apprenticeship. Workpays is equally delighted to be working with local employers to fill job and apprenticeship vacancies as the area continues to attract growth. ”

Toby was joined by Frazer Clarke, the winner of the Super Heavy Weight Gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, who is the Ambassador for Workpays Ltd.

Toby said, “Frazer is an example of someone who has overcome a tough situation to achieve, and I hope he provides some inspiration to others who are facing other difficulties. When a super heavyweight champion tells you that he believes in you and the programme you are on, it might well give you a boost!”

Toby with Anne Wright, Managing Director from Workpays Ltd and gold medal winning boxer, Frazer Clarke

Toby with Anne Wright, Managing Director from Workpays Ltd and gold medal winning boxer, Frazer Clarke

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Chesterfield firm calls on MP to help get Firedoor supply moving again

Rutland UK, a global manufacturer of designer door closers with their Head office and Distribution hub based in Chesterfield, has asked for the help of local MP, Toby Perkins, to help get the composite fire safety door industry moving again.

Toby said, “An important review of fire safety door standards has been implemented since the Grenfell tragedy. It is very important that the Government ensures that the standardisation of fire safety doors ensures that safety standards are improved. However, delays in the standardisation process and conflicting advice from Government, has seen landlords, developers and landlords cancelling orders for fire doors, sending back deliveries or refusing payment.

This is not only bad for business but is delaying the replacement of potentially less safe fire doors and impacting on businesses in the supply chain. I have now written to the Government to urge them to complete the new standardisation as quickly as possible and provide an update as to their thinking around issues such as the length of time a firedoor should be fireproof for, to enable the construction industry to place orders with confidence.”

Rutland UK has been manufacturing door closers for over 20 years, but the original family engineering background dates to the 1930s. They have locations in the UK, USA and Canada, with distributors in several other countries around the globe. Their products are used in universities, schools, hospitals, care homes, social housing and a variety of other buildings.

A spokesperson for Rutland UK, said “Thankfully Rutland are in the fortunate position with our door closers being fire tested on timber and metal fire doors. However, housing associations and contractors need “low maintenance” firedoors and we hope the Government can help give end users confidence in composite type door manufacturers that have successfully had their doors tested from both sides”.

Toby added, “Rutland UK is another high-quality manufacturer that many people might not be aware is here in Chesterfield. People frequently say to me that “we don’t make anything in the UK anymore”, but here in Chesterfield we are still maintaining a solid manufacturing base with companies supplying customers all over the world.”

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