Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin has pledged his support to a new partnership which will help train, recruit and attract the people needed to build Britain’s homes.
The Home Building Skills Partnership, a joint initiative between the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Home Builders Federation (HBF), was officially launched at a House of Commons event in London last week.
The partnership will help attract new and experienced workers, provide construction businesses with ways to respond to their skills needs and develop new homebuilding training qualifications.
It comes as the Chancellor announced in the Autumn Statement today an investment of £3.7bn to help build 140,000 new homes.
Mr Dakin MP attended the event, organised by CITB, along with construction employers and apprentices. Speakers at the event included, Chair of the partnership, John Tutte, CITB Chief Executive, Adrian Belton, PPS to the Housing Minister, Rebecca Pow MP, and Shadow Housing Minister, Ruth Cadbury MP.
The Home Building Skills Partnership represents an investment of £3.8 million which, over the next four years, will:
- Train tens of thousands of new home building workers
- Upskill 1,000 experienced home building workers
- Support 3,500 construction businesses to identify and respond to their training needs
- In addition, a separate £1 million fund will provide non-trade graduate training, such as training for sales and marketing staff, across the home building sector.
Nic Dakin MP said: “Getting good quality homes built is a crucial issue both in Scunthorpe and across the country, but we need the skills to build them. That’s why I’m pleased to see CITB and the HBF working with industry to train people up so we can successfully meet the home building challenge. It was also a pleasure to meet with Martin Hind and colleagues from a successful local construction company."
Adrian Belton, CITB Chief Executive, said: “We know that home building is a huge issue, both for the construction industry and for people looking to buy homes. We need many more workers in the sector to build more homes, and this partnership will help deliver that.
Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin has pledged his support to a new partnership which will help train, recruit and attract the people needed to build Britain’s homes. The Home Building Skills...
Nic Dakin recently attended RNIB’s (Royal National Institute of Blind People) parliamentary reception to find out if time is running out for his constituents with conditions that can lead to sight loss.
Eye clinics that cancel appointments put their patients at risk of irreversible sight loss because many treatments for sight-threatening conditions require frequent follow-up appointments.
RNIB is campaigning for patients to be seen by eye clinics in the time advised by their consultant, and for patients to keep their appointments.
"I support RNIB's campaign to make sure people are given timely eye clinic appointments. I will work with RNIB to ensure people in Scunthorpe receive their treatment on time.”
Sally Harvey, RNIB's Acting Chief Executive, said:
“Patients must be seen by their eye clinic within an appropriate time for their condition. No-one should lose their sight needlessly because their eye clinic was too busy to treat them on time.
Patients can also help themselves by attending their eye clinic appointment and not miss or cancel them. Doing so puts their sight at risk, prevents other patients being given timely appointments, and costs the NHS money.”
Nic Dakin recently attended RNIB’s (Royal National Institute of Blind People) parliamentary reception to find out if time is running out for his constituents with conditions that can lead to...
Nic Dakin MP is spreading the word about the vital need for more funding for pancreatic cancer research, and calling on local people to know the symptoms of the disease, after he hosted a reception at Westminster in his role as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for pancreatic cancer.
At the event, held on Monday (21st November) to mark Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Nic heard that 836 people in Yorkshire and the Humber are diagnosed with the disease each year. In the UK, just five per cent of patients will live for five years or more after diagnosis. Yet, over the last decade, the disease has only received one per cent of the UK’s cancer research budget.
Nic highlighted the results of a recent survey commissioned by Pancreatic Cancer UK, the secretariat of the APPG on the disease, which found that three quarters of people across the UK were unable to name a single symptom (1). Symptoms include tummy pain that can spread to the back, significant and unexplained weight loss, yellow skin or eyes or itchy skin (jaundice), oily floating poo and indigestion. Nic is now joining Pancreatic Cancer UK in encouraging local people to find out more about the disease by taking part in the charity’s new symptoms quiz at www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/symptomsquiz.
Nic said: ““I am proud to act as Chair of the APPG on Pancreatic Cancer. We’ve worked tirelessly since the group’s formation in 2012 to keep pancreatic cancer high on the political agenda.
“Pancreatic cancer is a disease which sadly affects many people in Scunthorpe, and that’s why I am calling for increased research investment into the disease, and encouraging people to know the symptoms.
“It truly is crucial that this disease attracts far more funding for research, so new and more effective tests and treatments can be created. And at the same time, we all need to raise awareness of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer. I was shocked to hear how few UK residents are able to name a symptom, but I’m confident that people in Scunthorpe will rise to the challenge of finding out more about the disease this pancreatic cancer awareness month.”
Alex Ford, Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK, who spoke at the APPG on pancreatic cancer reception, said: “We are delighted to have Nic’s continued support as Chair of the APPG on pancreatic cancer. So little progress has been made for patients and their families in decades. In fact, survival rates for the disease have barely improved in over 40 years. This is partly due to a pitiful lack of research which has meant we have not seen the developments in tests and treatments which we have in so many other cancers in that time.
“This simply must change, so it is great to have Nic's support in our ongoing efforts to increase pancreatic cancer research funding. His support will also be vital in helping us raise awareness about the symptoms. We are urging people in Scunthorpe to join us by taking part in our new symptoms quiz, and sharing that crucial knowledge with their loved ones.”
The APPG on pancreatic cancer was created in 2012, and aims to keep the disease high on the political agenda, through debates and oral and written questions. The APPG allows MPs and Peers to meet people affected by pancreatic cancer, researchers, GPs and other healthcare professionals, and other stakeholders to share ideas to ultimately change the future for people affected by the disease.
For more information about the APPG on pancreatic cancer, please visit www.pancanappg.org.uk/
Nic Dakin MP is spreading the word about the vital need for more funding for pancreatic cancer research, and calling on local people to know the symptoms of the...
I have received an initial petition containing around 300 signatures predominantly from residents living in the Canada Farm and Low Leys area of Bottesford regarding their opposition to proposals to build a Waste Transfer Station on the adjacent South Park Industrial Estate.
It seems a nonsense to build such a facility so close to residential homes and for my part I have written to North Lincolnshire Council’s Planning Department supporting local residents.
I have also presented the petition against this development in Parliament so that there is maximum public exposure of the proposal.
Although the original consultation closed on 3rd November 2016, at the time of writing North Lincolnshire Council are still accepting representations on this and comments can be submitted on their website under Planning Application WD/2016/1556.
I have received an initial petition containing around 300 signatures predominantly from residents living in the Canada Farm and Low Leys area of Bottesford regarding their opposition to proposals to...
The equalisation of the state pension age has had a devastating impact on many women who were born in the 1950s. I have repeatedly called on the Government to deliver on its promise to look at transitional arrangements, but they have failed to engage. It is simply not good enough for the Tories to continue to try and close down this issue of injustice and the growing pressure makes it impossible. The recent WASPI campaign received considerable support across the constituency and was further backed by hundreds of thousands nationwide. I was proud to be one of 88 MPs who presented a petition from local WASPI women in October.
I fully support Labour’s recent policy announcement which would alleviate the worst of the impacts for the most vulnerable women. The policy announcement proposes to return eligibility for Pensions Credit to the state pension age timetable of the 1995 Pensions Act, but with the qualifying age continuing to increase to 66 by 2022. The cost of this policy would be funded by reversing the tax cuts for the wealthy and big business which have been promised by the former Chancellor. The Labour Party is calling on the Government to implement these plans in the Autumn Statement, to give vulnerable women in Scunthorpe and across the country some stability until their delayed state pension is available.
The lack of notice given to 1950s women regarding changes in the state pension age by the Government has left many facing real hardship. By extending Pension Credit to those who would have expected to retire under the previous timetable we would help the most vulnerable WASPI women now. We are also developing solutions for those affected who would not be entitled to means-tested Pension Credit under these proposals.
It is vital that action takes place now, to end the hardship faced by women who have worked all their lives, but find that they cannot retire as planned.
The equalisation of the state pension age has had a devastating impact on many women who were born in the 1950s. I have repeatedly called on the Government to deliver...