My casework team has plenty of appointments available at the moment. As there will be no surgeries in the month of August, please do get in touch with my office if you need support or advice – there is no need to wait until September.
If you require support or advice, you can contact my office by telephone on 0191 414 2488 to make an appointment.
Keepmoat Homes, an award-winning partnership home builder, has started work on 183 new homes in Blaydon.
The redevelopment of the former Bleach Green estate is another significant step forward in the improvement of Blaydon. This is an ideal site for a mix of new family homes to buy and rent and the development will bring new construction jobs and families to the area which will support the shopping centre. I’m delighted to see that work is finally under way.
The site was granted planning permission in December 2018 and the first residents are expected to be able to move into their new homes in March 2020. For more information about the development visit www.keepmoat.com
A letter signed by sixty five MPs and councillors from across England has been hand-delivered to Downing Street expressing the need for urgent investment in young people.
The letter is explicit in explaining the idea that those from disadvantaged backgrounds in particular were paying a heavy price for austerity and demands that Theresa May uses her last weeks in office to save children’s services. Hundreds of Libraries and youth centres which once thrived, have closed as a result of severe cuts to local government from central government over the last nine years.
The letter comes in response to wider pressure that central government is putting on local councils to deliver these vital services without the adequate funding as a result of cuts.
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/
I recently spoke in a debate on the nationwide ban of the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.
It’s about time we moved on from this archaic practice and realise that our entertainment comes at a price. I’m therefore glad that this ban will be introduced – but it is long overdue.
It is frustrating that we are way behind the times in this country, as many countries across the globe have already implemented similar bans. It is simply unacceptable that the UK is left lagging behind other countries with regards to animal welfare standards. And while this legislation is welcome, it does not go far enough to protect animal rights. We want to see more animals protected under legislation.
This is an issue I know is of great concern to my constituents, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to put these points to the Government.
On 14 May, Liz attended the launch of the Primary Futures Parliamentary Champion programme, a major cross-party initiative that aims to raise the aspirations and broaden the horizons of primary school children.
Primary Futures is an exciting initiative pioneered by the charity Education and Employers and the National Association of Headteachers. The programme helps inspire children by connecting primary schools with local role models through an innovative online service. Volunteers from apprentices to CEOs, architects to zoologists, then give an hour a year to go into schools and chat informally to children about their work.
Children can only dream about what they know. Primary Futures shows pupils exciting futures and helps them understand that by aiming high and working hard, they can realise their dreams. In focussing on young children, the initiative can have a markedly positive effect on attainment. It is also underpinned by technology that gives schools more control over the type of event they believe would be most valuable for their pupils.
Liz commented: “Children’s career aspirations are formed at a young age and influenced overwhelmingly by who they know. All children should have an equal opportunity for a fulfilling career that is not limited by their background. I’m going to be championing Primary Futures in Blaydon as it will help open the eyes of local children to what’s possible and what they could achieve.
“I will be writing to regional business, charity, and public-sector leaders, encouraging them to volunteer and spread the word about Primary Futures in their professional networks, as a growing number of volunteers is essential to boosting these careers events. I will also be registering as a Primary Futures volunteer to share the exciting work of politics with local children.”
Nick Chambers, CEO of Education and Employers, added: “I’m delighted that Liz is supporting Primary Futures and I have no doubt that her involvement will go a long way to raising the aspirations of children in Blaydon.”