I was honoured to speak at an APPG on Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) event yesterday, which brought together survivors of ABI at a reception in Westminster.
The group has done a great job of raising awareness of ABI and the need to improve neurorehabilitation services across the UK.
ABI is a hidden epidemic with life-long consequences. Neurorehabilitation is a vital part of the brain injury care pathway that ensures the best possible recovery for survivors – it is one of the most cost-effective treatments in the NHS. But neurorehabilitation services are variable and difficult to access, in-patient beds are lacking, community services are poor, and there is a lack of skilled personnel.
That’s why our group recently published a report on ABI – ‘Time for Change’ – which gives some key recommendations to the Government.
You can read our group’s report here: https://www.ukabif.org.uk/campaigns/appg-report/
Earlier today I asked the Leader of the House if she would grant a debate on the importance of culture to local economies. The Angel of the North celebrates its 21st birthday this week, and I am very proud that this magnificent landmark is in my constituency and has been one of the most famous symbols of the North East for the last 21 years.
Tomorrow I will be visiting the Angel to celebrate this milestone. Members of the Low Fell Community Choir and Art Diamonds project will also be there to sing a very special rendition of Happy Birthday, along with another song or two. People have also been invited to come along and board the Go North East Angel bus to take part in some angel themed creative activities with local artists (10am–2pm). Do come along if you can!
- Date Added: 03 January 2019
- Closing Date: 14 January 2019
- Job Title: Caseworker
- Working For: Liz Twist MP (Blaydon)
- Location: Blaydon Constituency Office
- Salary: £22,000 per annum in line with IPSA pay scale
Liz Twist MP is seeking to appoint a caseworker to support her role as the Member of Parliament for Blaydon. The position would suit a flexible, proactive and hard-working individual who can act on their own initiative. Key to the position will be your prior experience in welfare rights, knowledge of Universal Credit. ability to absorb new information and support constituents in resolving a variety of casework enquiries. Excellent written and verbal communication, research skills, the ability to draft correspondence and understanding of the welfare benefits system are essential.
The successful applicant with be a team player, a self-starter, have good knowledge of welfare rights, housing, health, education and other public service. They will work in the Constituency office alongside the Senior Caseworker and will be line-managed by the Office Manager.
Experience of working in welfare rights, politics, public services or a trade union is desirable for this role. Flexibility and team work skills are essential.
Dealing with complex casework issues and attending advice surgeries
Drafting responses to constituents
Logging and monitoring all cases in line with GDPR
Undertaking research and preparing briefings for the Member
Flexible evening and weekend work will be required with time off in lieu
Liaising with constituents, agencies, the local authority and other public services
Develop and maintain knowledge in specialist areas as required by Member
Support the Member’s work on APPGs and Select Committees
Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal with a keen attention to detail
Knowledge of welfare rights and current social issues
Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Office
Good organisation skills, with the ability to prioritise and manage own workload and work to tight deadlines
Ability to work proactively and independently as well as part of a team
Sympathetic to the aims and values of the Labour Party
Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.
Closing Date: 14 January 2019
Please note, due to the high volume of applications that are expected, only suitable applicants will be contacted. If your address and contact details are not on your CV, you will not be considered.
Interviews: 25 Janaury 2019 in Blaydon
Start Date: Subject to agreement
To apply for this position please send an email titled “Application for caseworker post” your CV (2 pages max) with a covering letter explaining your interest and suitability for this role to Chris McHugh, Office Manager and Senior Parliamentary Assistant on Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information telephone 01914142488.
Yesterday I asked the Home Sectretary about the cuts to Northumbria Police.
Since 2010, Northumbria Police have had funding cuts of £140m and lost 1000 jobs. They now face an additional cost of £11m. I therefore asked if the Home Sectretary if he had pressed the Treasury to fund this cost before more police jobs are lost.
We need to fund our Police properly. They are already too stretched as things stand.
Last Friday I was delighted to attend the unveiling of the memorial to those who died in the Stargate Pit Disaster of 1826.
Brighten Ryton have been working hard on this project for a number of months, so I was very pleased to see it come to fruition.
The memorial remembers the 32 men and boys who died in the explosion – some as young as 10. It’s very important that we remember the terrible conditions that coal-mining families lived and worked in – particularly in the north east.
i was therefore pleased to hear the wonderful readings by the children from Crookhill Primary School, and was glad to see them learning a little more about the coal-mining history of our area.
Yesterday I spent the day with Northumbria Police to find out about their work on the ground. I started at Whickham Police station, went on to the control room at Ponteland, met the Safeguarding team based in Gateshead and visited the custody suite at Forth Banks and finished by going out on patrol with my local neighbourhood police team.
Thanks to all the officers and police civilian staff who took the time to show me policing on the ground.
The Government must give our police service the funding it needs to protect us. Our local police are doing a great job but are really stretched to do all that we ask them to do.