Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

My Diary Week Ending 29th April 2018

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With no local elections in North Lincolnshire it was good to go across to Immingham and support The Labour Party team there in getting our message across. There was a good response from the doorstep.

The Conservative Government has been found wanting on treating people fairly as exposed through the Windrush fiasco. Eventually it was right and proper that the Home Secretary resigned but the central issue of doing the right thing remains.

This is the case with leaving the EU as well. As I pointed out in the Commons' debate people locally voted to come out but not to lose out. It is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that the new relationship with the EU and the wider world is one that benefits us, is good for jobs and wellbeing. That is what I have consistently argued for and will continue to do so. Locally it's good to see the Conservative Council at long last taking my campaign to tackle potholes seriously. They have filled some of them in, which is welcome. But there are still a lot left for them to sort out!

And they really do need to improve their performance in using Discretionary Housing Payments to support local people who are struggling. A point I made when I met with the Council officers carrying out the policy. To be one of the worst performing councils in the country in this area is something to be ashamed of - so I hope that the review of policy and procedures results in better performance next year.

Another service under pressure is Citizens Advice North Lincolnshire. It's having its core funding cut by the Conservative Council. This follows the removal of core funding from VoluntaryAction NorthLincs and The Crosby Community Association in recent years. It is so short sighted! Core funding for these voluntary bodies allows them to draw in more funding - all of which benefits local people. I am really worried that the attack on these voluntary agencies by the Conservative Council will result in fewer people getting the help they need.

It was good to join Lindsey Lodge Hospice for their inaugural Art Exhibition held at Scawby Village Hall. There was some brilliant stuff by local artists on display. So much talent!! Lindsey Lodge does so much valuable work so it was pleasing to see how well they were supported by the community.

I met with the Scunthorpe General Hospital Chief Executive to be updated on how things are going. It remains challenging times but there are signs things are beginning to improve. It was good to be part of the panel inquire by the All Party Group for Children and Young People with Cancer looking into the patient experience. Finally I enjoyed visiting Coritani Academy, formally YPEC to discuss with students what they learnt about parliament.

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