My Newsletter 4/8/2017

 

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

As I mentioned last week Parliament is now in recess. This means that there is less national news to talk about. So instead what I intend to use this space for is to give extra coverage to some of the really interesting and important groups that I have met. Let me know what you think.

 

In last week’s newsletter, I mentioned that I’d met with the
National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC).
With their headquarters in Nottingham the NACCC are a
tremendous organisation who provide recently-separated
families with a safe space for children to meet with their
non-resident parents at the 400 contact centres – run by 6000 volunteers – across the UK.Sadly, over a million children in the UK have gone through the separation of their parents without any contact with one or both of their parents. Sadly, it’s no surprise that this leads to some children experiencing behavioural issues including antisocial
behaviour, distress, unhappiness, and both physical and emotional problems. The NACCC is the only charity in the UK dedicated to solving this problem, providing help for over 22,000 children a year.
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I met with Elizabeth Coe, CEO of the NACCC, to talk about their work and discuss ways in which I can support it. Their #lostparents campaign aims to raise awareness of the work centres do in keeping children in touch with parents. A
short video can be found on their website here which will show you more.

 

 upset_boy More needs to be done to help children through the trauma that comes from the separation of their families. Being able to avoid some of the potential psychological pitfalls can be instrumental in preventing those issues from affecting their whole lives. Three quarters of adult mental illness begins before the age of 18 so that is when we need to act to prevent it.

This doesn’t just mean supporting the children though. I hope there aren’t many couples with children who are going through a separation or divorce who wouldn’t want the best for their children, so providing support to the parents is important to ensure they’re aware of both the damage that can be done and how they can act to prevent it.

I’ll therefore be working with Elizabeth and the NACCC over the next 5 years to help increase awareness of the help being offered and persuade the Government to support these children with the legislation and funding needed.

 

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

 

One thing I left out of last week’s newsletter was last Thursday’s #ScraptheCap demonstration in the city centre, supporting the Royal College of Nursing’s campaign. You may have already seen my interview with Core Politics on Facebook, but if not I said that if there was one thing I could get done while in Parliament it would be to get rid of the 1% pay cap that public sector workers have had to endure for the last 7 years.

Since 2010, nurses have suffered, in real terms, a 14% pay cut. Not only is it fundamentally unfair for any employees to be paid less for no reason, this cap puts patient care at risk. It devalues nurses and nursing, means people are not joining the profession and many people are leaving. And because there are not enough nurses, patients cannot get the care they need. Many members of their own party know that the Government need to scrap the cap, and I’ll continue fighting until they do.

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This week I have been away on holiday but before going away I had a wonderful Saturday in Nottingham beginning with Nottinghamshire Pride in the city centre before heading to Aspley for Coming Together Day. Both events were supremely fun as well as being very important.

 

 pride Pride was a booming success, with over 7,000 people taking part in the march from the Castle to Hockley – the largest ever turnout! I was very proud to be involved and do my bit to keep up the fight for LGBT rights. Even though it’s been 50 years since homosexuality was partially decriminalised in the UK, we need to press on and ensure that advances in LGBT rights do not get eroded.

Coming Together Day in Aspley was just as fun, with a wide range of activities on offer to help us celebrate all the cultures in Aspley. It was great to see people of the community wearing their culture’s traditional dress while enjoying the activities, ranging from face painting and a bouncy castle (just for children, regrettably!) to more informative entertainment and stalls. I spent quite a bit of time with my old friends from the Check Tings Out group. I worked with CTO during my time as health lead on the Council. I’ll be covering these in a future bulletin!

 

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.

Riverside Festival
Nottingham’s biggest and most popular free festival weekend!
Victoria Embankment
Friday 4 August to Sunday 6 August, 6:30-9pm
There will also be the Dragon Boat Challenge from 10am-5pm Sunday!

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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