Sadly the Conservative Government has confirmed its decision to close the Scunthorpe Magistrates’ and Family Court, despite a very good case being put by local people to keep it open.
This is a very poor decision by the Conservative Government. As the consultation showed it is against the wishes of local people and stakeholders. It is unlikely to save any money and I fear that it will reduce access to justice locally, make it less easy for local people to serve in the magistracy and put further pressure on our hard pressed local police. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have worked in our local Family and Magistrates' Court and local JPs for their service on behalf of local people over many years.
Sadly the Conservative Government has confirmed its decision to close the Scunthorpe Magistrates’ and Family Court, despite a very good case being put by local people to keep it open....
Thank you to everyone who took part in our first ever Small Business Saturday Awards. This turned out to be a fantastic celebration of the richness and diversity of our great local small businesses.
There were over 700 votes for the Champion Small Business award and over 1000 votes for the Great Customer Service award in the on line poll.
Sixty Six Design organised the Star Network event at the Admin Centre where I presented the Champion Small Business award to The Crows Nest Barbers in Bottesford and the Great Customer Service award to Taylor’s Family Butchers in Ashby. Massive congratulations to both of these businesses who I am sure will continue go from strength to strength.
Nic with Rachel and Gemma (centre) from the Crows Nest.
Nic with Ash from Taylor's Family Butchers.
Congratulations are also in order for the other Highly Commended businesses:
Flower Theatre, Cleatham Hall Hotel, Peekaboo Day Nursery, One Click Photographer, CrossFit Scunthorpe, Twin Tigers, Ashby Funeral Care, The Button Box, and Regal Leaf.
Over a hundred local small businesses were nominted by over a thousand local customers for an award. That shows how much local people value the work that local small businesses do in our community and the contribution they make to our economy. The comments people made about the businesses they nominated were passionate and enthusiatic. In the run up to Christmas we all need to remember to do some of our shopping in these fantastic local businesses.
To watch the awards ceremony, you can find it on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/NicDakinMP
Thank you to everyone who took part in our first ever Small Business Saturday Awards. This turned out to be a fantastic celebration of the richness and diversity of our...
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...