Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

My Diary Week Ending 10th September 2017

Parliament is back in full swing, suddenly everything is flying at us again: constituents concerns, lobbyists pushing issues, me getting local issues and concerns back on the agenda and then - of course - the process of leaving the European Union. So it's been pretty full on!

 

Support_Our_Sixth_Forms.jpg It was good to meet with John Leggott's Principal and Grimsby's Franklin College Principal to hear first-hand how cuts in funding of 16-19 year olds are affecting college and school sixth forms. I led a very well attended debate on the issue, where MPs from all parties were urging the Government to respond positively to the joint campaign from Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Association of Colleges (AoC) and Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA) to SupportOurSixthformers and deliver an immediate £200 per student uplift in funding whilst carrying out a fundamental review of sixth form funding. I also raised in Parliament my very real concern about how the changes to the British Steel Pension Scheme will affect local pensioners. I was promised a response from Government to my concerns. I am also writing to TATA and the BSPS Trustees to raise a number of questions from constituents who've contacted me.  

 

 

 Scrap_The_Cap.jpgIt was good to join local nurses who came down to Westminster to protest at the Conservative Government's policies on nurses pay. I am very happy to echo their call to ScraptheCap on nurses pay. it was also good to join colleagues celebrating the birth of the National Education Union formed from a merger of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

 

Worryingly Conservative North Lincolnshire Council is riding roughshod over local people's views across the patch. The decision to serve notice on Sandfield House has upset the mental health service locally and caused dismay amongst many service users. I was very pleased to join protesters on Saturday Morning and pleased to see the very positive response they were getting from local people. It would be good to think the Council would listen properly to concerns. Instead they look like they are taking steps to shut people up by significantly by reducing the number of unpaid, voluntary Town councillors for Bottesford and Kirton-in-Lindsey. They have given no reason for this attack on local representation. I can only guess that it is because these Town Councils do a good job on behalf of local people in campaigning against changes like the cuts in bus services carried out by Tory North Lincolnshire. Other people tell me the Conservative Council are trampling over them without listening to their concerns as they threaten to build on green open space or tell the market traders that they need to move out from their current location. Doing things to people rather than with them seems to be the new Conservative way!

 

It was good to visit Carisbrooke Manor and learn more about the excellent work of the Kapil Group of care homes locally. It is always good to learn from people at the sharp end of delivery what is working well and what the current challenges are. My visit to Oswald Road Medical Centre was equally illuminating. As always I was incredibly impressed by the professionalism of the staff I met. Finally it was wonderful to join North Lincolnshire Bangladesh Welfare Association for their wonderful, colourful Eid Mubarak celebrations at Scunthorpe Central Community Centre.

 

Parliament is back in full swing, suddenly everything is flying at us again: constituents concerns, lobbyists pushing issues, me getting local issues and concerns back on the agenda and then - of course - the process of leaving the European Union. So it's been pretty full on!

 

It was good to meet with John Leggott's Principal and Grimsby's Franklin College Principal to hear first-hand how cuts in funding of 16-19 year olds are affecting college and school sixth forms. I led a very well attended debate on the issue, where MPs from all parties were urging the Government to respond positively to the joint campaign from Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Association of Colleges (AoC) and Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA) to SupportOurSixthformers and deliver an immediate £200 per student uplift in funding whilst carrying out a fundamental review of sixth form funding. I also raised in Parliament my very real concern about how the changes to the British Steel Pension Scheme will affect local pensioners. I was promised a response from Government to my concerns. I am also writing to TATA and the BSPS Trustees to raise a number of questions from constituents who've contacted me.  

 

It was good to join local nurses who came down to Westminster to protest at the Conservative Government's policies on nurses pay. I am very happy to echo their call to ScraptheCap on nurses pay. it was also good to join colleagues celebrating the birth of the National Education Union formed from a merger of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

 

Worryingly Conservative North Lincolnshire Council is riding roughshod over local people's views across the patch. The decision to serve notice on Sandfield House has upset the mental health service locally and caused dismay amongst many service users. I was very pleased to join protesters on Saturday Morning and pleased to see the very positive response they were getting from local people. It would be good to think the Council would listen properly to concerns. Instead they look like they are taking steps to shut people up by significantly by reducing the number of unpaid, voluntary Town councillors for Bottesford and Kirton-in-Lindsey. They have given no reason for this attack on local representation. I can only guess that it is because these Town Councils do a good job on behalf of local people in campaigning against changes like the cuts in bus services carried out by Tory North Lincolnshire. Other people tell me the Conservative Council are trampling over them without listening to their concerns as they threaten to build on green open space or tell the market traders that they need to move out from their current location. Doing things to people rather than with them seems to be the new Conservative way!

 

It was good to visit Carisbrooke Manor and learn more about the excellent work of the Kapil Group of care homes locally. It is always good to learn from people at the sharp end of delivery what is working well and what the current challenges are. My visit to Oswald Road Medical Centre was equally illuminating. As always I was incredibly impressed by the professionalism of the staff I met. Finally it was wonderful to join North Lincolnshire Bangladesh Welfare Association for their wonderful, colourful Eid Mubarak celebrations at Scunthorpe Central Community Centre.

 

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