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- 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
- 16 January 2018
While yesterday may have been ‘the most depressing day of the year’ according to some formulae, we must not forget that for many people the stigma of mental health issues affects their lives all year round. In order to highlight the everyday occurrence of mental health issues amongst different types of people and across various age groups, Royal Mail - in collaboration with Action for Children, Mind and Mental Health UK – has launched the following film called “Everyday People”. I hope you will watch this video and share it widely to help tackle the stigma of mental health.
- 16 January 2018
I wasn’t able to make the Commons statement on Carillion yesterday, due to other commitments, but I agree entirely with my fellow Bristol Labour MP Darren Jones MP, that the Government should take this opportunity to bring the contracts back into public ownership. It is good to hear reassurances that jobs, pensions and services at Southmead hospital are safe until a new contractor is found, but we need to ensure that such a catastrophe can never happen again.
- 12 January 2018
If you’re in Bristol city centre this weekend I encourage you to stop by this outdoor exhibition by photography Rory Carnegie, commissioned by the National Crime Agency, which aims to shed light on the victims of modern slavery. Home Office figures predict that there are currently some 13,000 modern slaves in the UK, but the true figure is believed to be much higher. As Bristol-based anti-slavery charity Unseen have demonstrated with their #LetsNailIt campaign, raising public awareness is a crucial step toward tackling this hidden crime. Invisible People is on show on the Centre Promenade, Broad Quay, 13/14 January.
- 12 January 2018
This morning I met with the Mayor, Marvin Rees, and Councillor Nicola Beech, who leads on Strategic Planning and City Design in the Mayor’s Cabinet, to talk about what more we can to protect our night-time economy and music venues. Music venues are a crucial part of what makes Bristol a great place to live, and small venues in particular are really important in nurturing new talent. The Council is very keen to protect our grassroots music venues, but needs to be given the powers to do so, as we saw when the Council tried to protect the Fleece from developers, but was overruled by the Planning Inspectorate. The Agent of Change Bill currently going through Parliament, and embedding this principle in Bristol’s Local Plan will play an important part in this.
- 06 January 2018
E.ON are opening up funding opportunities worth up to £2,000 which can cover the full or partial cost of energy-related improvements and activities for local community groups and charities. For many groups, the paying of heating bills can form a major part of an organisation’s budget so being more energy efficient can save a lot of money in the long-run. To be eligible for funding, organisations must submit a request by midnight on Monday 29th January 2018. Please visit www.eonenergy.com/community to find out more.
- 05 January 2018
Say ‘thank you’ by nominating your policing heroes for a Be Proud Award Give the gift of a ‘thank you’ this winter by nominating your local neighbourhood officer, response officer, special constable, police staff member, investigator, volunteer or policing team for a Be Proud Award. The nominations are coming in thick and fast for next year’s Be Proud Awards, but to make sure your policing heroes are in with a chance of picking up an award at the ceremony in May, nominate them now. PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “It’s important we take the time to recognise the work of our emergency services and in particular highlight individual members or teams within the Constabulary who go the extra mile. Many local people have already submitted nominations for their policing heroes and I am excited by the entries I’ve seen so far. “We always welcome hearing more examples of where officers, staff and volunteers are supporting you and your local community and want you to tell us if those people
- 04 January 2018
I’m pleased to see that the Government has granted the Street Doctors Project in Bristol new funding from a Community Fund created to tackle knife crime. Knife crime affects the lives of far too many people still. This New Year’s Eve, Jamel Powell was tragically killed in Stokes Croft and four young men died after stabbings in London. Street Doctors do important work teaching young people first aid so they could save the life of someone who has been stabbed, and work with high risk individuals to prevent them from carrying knives in the first place.
- 04 January 2018
I’m in the Bristol Post warning that Government planned changes as to which children may receive free school meals risk leaving kids going hungry. Currently any child living in a household in receipt of a range of benefits gets a meal, but the Government is looking at restricting it only to households with incomes lower than £7,400, meaning over a million children will lose out nationally. There is a stack of evidence demonstrating the benefits that having a healthy lunch every day has on the development of young people, and this is also a crucial tool in fighting food poverty. Entitlement to free school meals should be extended to more children not restricted further, and allowing all primary school students to claim free school meals is Labour Party policy.
- 03 January 2018
Would you pay an extra £1 a month to support policing? Currently the Government grant for policing has been frozen, at a time of rising costs and new demands such as combatting terrorism. Avon and Somerset Police are considering a proposal to raise the policing portion of Council Tax by 6.6%, meaning a rise of around £12 a year for an average D Band property, so they can continue providing the current level of service and protection. PCC Sue Mountstevens is inviting you to send her your views on the proposal: On Wednesday, January 10, 2018 you can speak to the PCC in person at one of her public drop-in sessions across the area: 10-11.30am – Broadmead Shopping Centre, Bristol 1-2.30pm – Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater 3.15-4.30pm – Sovereign Shopping Centre, Weston-super-Mare You can also share your views by emailing pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 01275 816377. I’ve also been lobbying the Government to increase the funding they give to Avon and Some
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