My Newsletter 11/8/17

 

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Welcome to my latest newsletter as Member of Parliament of Nottingham North.

At the end of last month, we had the awful news that Bulwell Forest Councillor Alan Clark had passed away. His funeral will be next Monday, with details as follows:

Monday 14th August 2017
10:45am – 12:15pm
St Mary’s the Virgin Church, 40 High Pavement, The Lace Market
All are welcome.

As I have mentioned before, Parliament is now in recess. As there is less national news to talk about I’ll continue to use this space to give extra coverage to some of the really interesting and important groups that I have met, such as the National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) last week. Let me know what you think.

 

 NPP I met with Jamahl Peterkin from Nottingham Peace Project (NPP) recently. NPP is a non-profit organisation established to support union within communities who, through a range of fun holistic life style workshops and projects, aim to help people improve their mind-states and ultimately their health and well-being.

In Nottingham there are over 2200 children age 11-16 suffering from mental health disorders. NPP have recognised the need for not-for-profit organisations to assist in early intervention and promote good mental and emotional health and themselves work towards that goal.

 

They offer a variety of projects – both open to the public and in collaboration with schools and other organisations (including both Forest and County!). They also offer specialised projects, which range as widely from those for the BME community to support groups for sickle cell anaemia. They even offer ‘community band projects’ giving the younger generations a great way to see what my fellow politicians and I do to support their community, needs and interests.

NPP understands that health is physical, mental and social well-being. Improving mental health is an important aspect behind NPP workshops, which are delivered and designed by life coaches who promote feeling happy, balanced, self-aware and assist with social skills. I believe that having a positive state of mind can make a significant difference to other facets of life, and the services provided by NPP are a wonderful way to help everyone in our community achieve this. At a time where our Conservative Government is leaving ordinary people in areas like Nottingham North to struggle, this support can be vital in maintaining strength and willpower when things can get particularly tough.

There’s much more to say than I can fit into this newsletter, so have a look at the NPP website here, where you can find more information about the great work they do, hopefully find something suitable for you or your family, or even get involved yourself.

 

As I’ve said before, I will strive to send you a newsletter like this each Friday to keep you updated on the work I’m doing in Parliament as well as in our community, and to inform you of any interesting events taking place in our area. To help me with the latter, if you are running or know of anything that you think may be of interest to others, feel free to drop me an email at alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk and I will include it in future issues. Please also forward it onto anyone you think may be interested.

In the constituency

Although I’ve not had my usual busy schedule of meetings, things certainly haven’t slowed down in our community.

Last Saturday was the annual Strelley Green Fun Day in Bilborough. I’m afraid I couldn’t make it as I was away. But having seen the pictures it looks like a great deal of fun was had by all, and even the weather looked good! With rides, inflatables, face painting, costumes, a tug of war and much more on offer it’s no surprise that such a large crowd came down to join in the activities.

 

The Fun Day isn’t all Bilborough has had to be proud of lately, with the Parish of St Martin of Tours church being selected as one of 42 to feature in a new book about some of England’s most beautiful and extraordinary parish churches and college chapels.

The church, which dates to the 1300s, was chosen to be Nottingham and Southwell’s entry into the book, and that’s no surprise to me at all. Recent restoration work, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has only made the church even more beautiful by uncovering previously hidden treasures such as the Evelyn Gibbs mural. I’m very pleased the hard work has been noticed and everyone involved should be incredibly proud. You can read more about this achievement here.

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Our NHS

Parliament being in recess doesn’t mean everything comes to a standstill nationally, and that’s certainly not the case for the Labour Party. We are using the extra time afforded by the Summer break as an opportunity to campaign on those issues which are most important to the people.

Seven years of Tory neglect and underinvestment have left our National Health Service in a desperate state, failing the ordinary people like us up here in Nottingham that they vowed to work for. Patients have been put behind cost-cutting as the Government has continued underfunding our health and care system. This has resulted in a crisis extending into the summer months, with yet another winter crisis inevitable if action is not taken now.

Health services have been pushed to the brink and the Tory manifesto clearly demonstrated a failure to recognise the serious challenges that the NHS is facing.

Cuts to social care have left patients stuck in hospital across the country, unable to go home for appropriate follow-up treatment, and the ‘Dementia Tax’ U-turn demonstrated the Tories’ failure to properly think through the imminent and serious challenges facing the social care system.

By comparison, Labour’s health manifesto was fully costed and well received. The public and the sector supported our promises, which included:

  • Delivering record funding for the NHS with a £37 billion investment over five years, including £10bn of capital funding to make sure that NHS buildings and IT systems are fit for the modern day.
  • Scrapping the NHS pay cap, putting pay decisions back into the hands of the Independent Pay Review Body to give NHS workers the pay they deserve, and legislating to ensure safe staffing levels in the NHS.
  • Making our children the healthiest in the world, including breaking the scandalous link between child ill-health and poverty.
  • Having a moratorium and reviewing the NHS ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’, which are looking at closing health services across England.
  • Tackling the social care crisis, by increasing social care budgets by a further £8 billion over the lifetime of the next Parliament.
  • Tackling the mental health crisis, by ringfencing money for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services and ending out-of-area placements by 2019.
  • Guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks, taking one million people off NHS waiting lists by the end of the next Parliament.
  • Guaranteeing patients would be seen in A&E within four hours.

Urgent action is needed and I will continue to call for a sustainable funding package for health and social care, with an appropriate Brexit strategy and pay settlement for staff, to ensure our health service remains a world-class service in years to come.

What’s On

I want these emails to be as interesting as possible. That means there’ll be some politics – it’s important that I am held accountable. But I also want to offer information about what’s on locally. So, if you have an event you’d like me to advertise, let me know.

Melbourne Meltdown
Free activities include a climbing wall, water zorbs and an assault course!
Melbourne Park, Aspley
Saturday 12 August, 12-4pm

Nottingham Caribbean Carnival
Carnival Village and Parade with music stages, workshops, stalls and even a large funfair
Victoria Embankment
Sunday 20 August 2017, 12-8pm

Bulwell Family Fun Day
Nelson Park (Crabtree Park), Bulwell
Tuesday 22 August, 12-3pm

Bestwood Park Church’s Bestop Kitchen
Social Eating Event, Donations Welcome
Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Road, NG5 5NG
Every Tuesday, 12-3pm

School’s Out Summer 2017
School Holiday Activities for just £1 per day!
Southglade Leisure Centre, John Carroll Leisure Centre, Clifton Leisure Centre, Portland Centre (doesn’t run on a Tuesday), Minver Crescent Sports Centre
Monday to Friday (except bank holidays), Between 31st July and 25th August, 9am-4pm
For further information please see http://www.nottscountyfitc.org.uk/our-work/projects/schoolsout/

If you would like your events advertised here, or further information on those advertised, please email me at alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk.

 

That’s all for now! Details of how to get in touch or to have a look at the things I’m doing are below…

All the best,

Alex

 

 

 

 

How to contact me

If you would like to contact me, please email alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk or give my Nottingham North constituency office a ring on 0115 975 2377.

If you are a constituent from Nottingham North e-mailing me regarding a casework issue you are my priority, so please ensure your message includes:

  • your full name
  • your full postal address, including postcode
  • a contact telephone number and
  • any helpful details relevant to your case such as date of birth, reference numbers etc.

Strict parliamentary protocol means I can only deal with issues on behalf of my own constituents. If you aren’t sure whether you live in Nottingham North, you can check who your local MP is by entering your postcode online here: findyourmp.parliament.uk.

You may also wish to write to me with your concerns. If so please send your correspondence to Alex Norris MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A OAA. All constituents who take the time and trouble to write a personal letter will receive a reply as a matter of priority.

 

Other useful links

·         Alex’s Website: click here.

·         Alex’s Twitter: click here.

·         Nottingham City Council: click here.

·         Find your MP: click here.

·         Register to vote: click here.

·         School term dates in Nottingham: click here.

LABOUR PARTY

·         If you’d like to learn more about the Labour party their website is here.

·         To join the Labour Party click here.

LOCAL NEWS

·         Nottingham BBC news: click here.

·         East Midlands BBC news: click here.

·         Nottingham Post: click here.

·         Notts TV: click here.

LOCAL INFORMATION

·         Benefits Information: Here’s an excellent site that allows you to find out exactly what benefits you are eligible to claim: EntitledTo

·         Housing: please contact your City Council

·         Problems with benefits or the Child Support Agency? The Citizens Advice Bureau and the Nottingham Welfare Rights Service can give advice. Remember to have your National Insurance number handy if you make an inquiry.

·         Local schools / education matters: please contact your City Council.

·         Employment rights: see Citizens Advice Bureau or the Trades Union Congress for info.

·         Social services, environmental health, noise nuisance, parking, and Council Tax should all be addressed to the City Council.

·         Another useful website on public services is Direct.gov.

NATIONAL LINKS

For the main Parliamentary website click here and to explore the Parliamentary education site click here.

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