A lot of education related stuff going on this week. I got the Government to admit it has underspent the 16-18 budget by £276 million. As I pointed out to the Secretary of State this is cash that should go back to the sector while she looks carefully at how to increase the funding overall.
I have secured a debate on this very issue when we get back in September after recess.
There appear to be real difficulties with parents trying to sign up for the 30 hour free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds. The website keeps crashing. I was able to raise my concerns about the impact on parents, nurseries and pre-schools if this isn't sorted in double quick time. A highlight of the week was catching up with the group from Melior who had triumphed in the Maths Skills challenge.
Their reward was a trip to parliament. They were an impressive bunch of young people full of ideas and questions.
The same is true of Frederick Gough students who I chatted to when I caught up with the fantastic work they have done this year on the last day of term. I was really impressed with the extremely positive attitude from all students and staff I met.
Finally on the Education theme I was re-installed as the Chair of the Education All Party Group.
The other area of focus this week was health. I am pleased that the hospital now has a new substantive Chief Executive coming into post. It's important that he works with staff, patients and partners to turn things round.
The move to centralise emergency urology on the Scunthorpe site and centralise ENT at Grimsby is probably a sign of how things are likely to be in future. What matters to me is that the community is fully involved in any future decisions and that only changes that will improve medical outcomes are supported.
It was good to meet up with UNISON and agree to work with them on a campaign to get more resources and support into our local health services. I was re-elected Chair of the All Party Group on pancreatic cancer.
I had a very useful meeting with the local MIND group who raised concerns about the increases in need for mental health services support. I also visited the Crosby One Centre to learn more about the excellent work they are doing in the community. It is great that they have opened a Food Bank dispensing point at their centre, working with Scunthorpe Baptist Church.