|As well as learning about the Asda Foundation’s amazing work, I was given a rundown of Asda’s monthly Income Tracker. Since 2008, they have been tracking the average UK household’s spending power. This is the money left after paying for essentials such as electricity and fuel, food and housing costs. This information shows us just how difficult the Government is making life for those in Nottingham North who struggle to even provide the ‘essentials’ for their families while working full-time on minimum wage. It’s evidence just like this that my Labour colleagues and I will be using to hold the Government to account, and improve everyday life for those who deserve an easier time.
I finished the day by meeting with Lyn Bacon the Chief Executive of Nottingham CityCare. Having held the Health Portfolio on Nottingham City Council before becoming an MP, I have worked alongside CityCare for years, as they continue to provide high quality community health services locally. This meeting was therefore more of a catch up than anything, where we discussed their plans going forward and how I can continue to work with them for the people of Nottingham North, and in my new role as part of Labour’s health team. I also asked for an induction into their Small Steps Big Changes work including some time with the team. I’ll be reporting on that in future issues!
Next surgery is booked for 15th September – please call the office on 975 2377 if you’d like to book a slot.
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.
Bestwood Park Church’s Bestop Kitchen
Social Eating Event, Donations Welcome
Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Road, NG5 5NG
Every Tuesday, 12-3pm
Basford Bash Family Fun Day
Music, Activities, Arts and Crafts, and much more
Old Basford Community Centre, Bramble Close, NG6 0QG
Saturday 2nd September, 12-5pm
For further info please call 0115 978 5095
Poems in the Pub
Poetry Open Mic Night
The William Peverel, Bulwell
Thursday 5th October and Thursday 2nd November, 7pm
If you would like your events advertised here, or further information on those advertised, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
How to contact me
If you would like to contact me, please email email@example.com or give my Nottingham North constituency office a ring on 0115 975 2377.
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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
If you’d like to learn more about the Labour party their website is here.
To join the Labour Party click here.
- 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.
For the main Parliamentary website click here and to explore the Parliamentary education site click here.