I have long campaigned for funding to be increased on post-16 funding, after the last 6 years of severe cuts, so I am delighted that the Government has announced that it will be making some increases in the budget. I hope that Government will respond as positively to my Ten Minute Rule Bill. I argued for a significant improvement in the quality and consistency of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. It was good to meet up with the Careers Coordinator from Frederick Gough School and hear about the great work that they are doing.
It was also fantastic to visit Crossrail at Paddington Station and see the investment they are making in skills through apprenticeships as well as the Scunthorpe rail being used at the heart of the project. British Steel held a hugely positive event for stakeholders where we learnt about their progress since 1st June. There is massive good will towards the British Steel from everyone which needs to be capitalised on. Steel was an important topic of conversation amongst the people I networked with at the busy Hull and Humber Chamber Dinner in this Hull's City of Culture Year.
Visiting LAS Metals I was pleased to learn more about how this longstanding recycling business is performing. It was good to spend a couple of hours meeting staff and students at North Lindsey across a range of areas including childcare, business and higher education. Meeting with St Hugh's School Headteacher I was updated on this outstanding school's plans for the future. With pressures still being felt by our local health services I had meetings with North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospital Trust. I also spent a morning going round the medical wards in Scunthorpe Hospital and met some amazing people working very hard for local people. Everyone recognises that something needs to be done to address the ongoing difficulties our health services are facing locally.
I was pleased to catch up with the local head of probation services to hear about how things have settled down since the significant reorganisation they went through. I've continued my ward walkabouts with local councillors, looking at the redevelopment of the Albert Marsden Court area with Cllr Tony Ellerby. The new homes that have been built look good and are appreciated by tenants. I went round Ashby Market with Councillors Andrea Davidson and Mick Grant. Talking to the market traders it's clear that if the Council are considering moving the market they need to engage in some thorough and genuine engagement with the people who currently use the market - traders and shoppers.
I had an extremely busy surgery at Sainsbury's before ending the week with my first ever Scunthorpe Park Run where over 400 people enjoyed themselves this Saturday and popping along to Glanford Park to see Scunthorpe United's frustrating afternoon as their run of bad results continues.