What a busy week! I met so many people in so many different places.
Perhaps the thing that surprised me most was when I asked a classroom full of John Leggott students how they would have voted in the EU Referendum and 100% backed Remain whilst 50% of their parents backed Leave.
This was a stark reminder to me of the Government's responsibility to ensure that Brexit is achieved in a way that meets the aspirations of the whole country - the 48% as well as the 52%. In fact only 35% of people eligible to vote backed Brexit and we don't know what they meant by that so all this talk at the Conservative Party Conference of going for a 'hard Brexit' is worrying. 'Hard' is hard for the British people, like people living and working locally.
Visiting local manufacturers, Karro there was real concern about the impact of Brexit on their business unless Government moves quickly to support greater investment in capital equipment and skills.
It was great to see Little Tots Nursery in action. Like the many great nurseries we have locally they are carrying out one of the most important jobs, giving our children the best start in life. I was concerned to hear that proposed changes in funding of 3 and 4 year old provision form April 2017 could have a negative impact on what's being provided locally. Something I will be definitely taking up in Parliament now we are back in session this week.
Another thing to chase is whatever happened to the consultation on the future of the British Steel Pension Scheme. A meeting of local steel pensioners confirmed that concerns are still understandably high about the impact of any changes on them.
Ongo, our largest social housing provider, gave me a really first class briefing about the challenges coming down the track from a Conservative Government that seems uninterested in tackling the real challenges people find in getting and keeping a home.
I've had meetings with the Chief Executives of both the mental health trust RDaSH and the Hospital Trust. In both cases I was keen to learn on how things are improving and what more can be done to ensure that health provision locally is where we want it to be. I was pleased to meet with the new Patient Transport provider, Thames Group, who struck me as having some very positive ideas about working with others to help improve service. And it was great to join Lindsey Lodge Hospice and Scunthorpe Baptist Church for the Harvest Festival celebrations at Bridgewater Park Care Home.
I enjoyed my visit to Outwood Foxhills to learn more about the successes they are having and their hopes for this year.
Handlesbanken also seem to be doing very well and reported a growing business locally which is hopefully a good sign about the state of our local economy.