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- 09 February 2018
The link between music and mental health benefits is well known. A new fundraising initiative, Music for the Mind, has been set up with the aim of raising much-needed funds for local Mind charities and to raise awareness of mental health illness. It is hoped that businesses and individuals will affiliate with Music for the Mind, to stage an array of musical extravaganzas across Bristol, Bath and South Somerset as organisers, volunteers or sponsors. To get involved, contact participating Mind charities or download a Music for the Mind fundraising pack from the following website:
- 05 February 2018
As temperatures drop below freezing it’s welcome to see that emergency beds are being made available for the homeless. Many in Bristol are, justifiably, concerned by the number of people sleeping on the streets. While local councils are doing all they can to house the homeless, they are being undermined by a Government which is slashing their budgets and failing to tackle our country’s housing crisis.
- 04 February 2018
Are you a homeowner, landlord or private tenant living in a property without cavity wall/loft insulation? E.ON is currently fitting free insulation to people regardless of energy supplier, in a installation which usually costs around £775 and can save up to £285 a year in energy bil
- 01 February 2018
You may be eligible to get £140 off your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount if you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit or if you are on a low income and meet British Gas’s criteria for the scheme. To find out if you're eligible, you can get in touch with British Gas by: 1) Visiting their website 2) Calling 0800 072 8625 3) Calling 0800 294 8604 for pay as you go energy customers
- 30 January 2018
I’m pleased to see that the winning film in Bristol City Council’s Litter Superheroes competition was from West Town Lane Academy in my constituency. Their entry was filmed and produced by the pupils, and features a team of superheroes teaching people not to drop litter. It’s clear a lot of work went into this, and I hope it will make potential litter-droppers in Bristol think again! The entry can be seen here -
- 24 January 2018
It’s great news that Sky the Pitbull has been saved from being put down, after campaigners successfully fought to overturn a destruction order in court. Sky is legally registered and there has never had any concerns about her behaviour – her only crime was being considered as looking like an illegal breed by the flawed Breed Specific Legislation. In this way, the Dangerous Dogs Act has resulted in hundreds of friendly, family-owned dogs being put down since the legislation was introduced – regardless of whether the dog is well behaved or has a suitable owner. I have been fighting hard against Breed Specific Legislation – most recently writing a series of letters to Ministers both on behalf of Sky and highlighting the legislation’s deficiencies. This issue has strong cross-party support, and the fact that dog bites have increased since the legislation was introduced only shows that it is not fit for purpose.
- 24 January 2018
A few constituents have contacted me regarding fines being issued to dog-walkers who had let their dog off the lead in a public park. Fortunately I’ve now been informed that these fines were issued in error, as they were in places where dogs are permitted to be off the lead, and the fines will be cancelled (and refunded to those who have already paid). Following a Public Space Protection Order the Council issued last October, dogs must now be kept on a lead at all times when on public land, save for some areas which are exempt from the order, which includes most parks. A full list can be seen here –
- 23 January 2018
It’s deeply disappointing to see the Government giving the clearest indication yet that the Bath-Temple Meads section of the rail link to London won’t be electrified, meaning we will not benefit from modern electric trains which are quicker, more reliable and produce less air pollution than diesel trains. I suppose at least Grayling has come clean on what was clearly his intention all along, instead of continuing with the pretence that it has just been put on hold. Labour has pledged to complete these works in full if elected to Government. While it is welcome that the Government has said it is looking at opening additional suburban rail routes, this should be in addition to, and not instead of, electrification. I sincerely hope that they do open up new routes, as well as re-opening St Anne’s Station.
- 18 January 2018
Last Friday I visited Colston’s School in Stapleton. I was also joined by Sangeetha, who has been shadowing my Parliamentary work through Operation Black Vote. We were given a tour of the school, and then met with the School Council to talk about what it means to be an elected representative. After lunch I then spoke to pupils about gender and power, both in politics and in society more generally. It was a pleasure to talk to so many enthusiastic young people, who were keen to know what they could do to make our society more equal.I was also asked about other issues, such as protecting the environment and, of course, Brexit. Thanks to everyone at the school for welcoming me.
- 17 January 2018
Our local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are holding a consultation on proposals to improve services. The changes would affect breast reconstruction services, access to homeopathy treatments and prescription of gluten free foods. To find out more about the proposed changes and to share your views please go to the CCG websites. The consultation is open from 22nd January to 15th April 2018. www.bristolccg.nhs.uk/get-involved www.northsomersetccg.nhs.uk/get-involved www.southgloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/get-involved
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