Friday 30, March 2012
Welcome to this my 117th news bulletin.
This week I announced the Crewe & Nantwich Jobs Fair which aims to help the town’s unemployed back into work and which will be hosted at Crewe Alex stadium on May 3.
The fair, organised by myself with the support of the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, is backed by the Prime Minister and has flagship companies Bentley and Morning Foods signed up among 35 other regional employers.
The Chronicle is also media partner of the event which is looking to promote apprenticeship schemes and volunteering in the community.
In recent times we have seen more encouraging employment figures, with signs the labour market is stabilising, and last year there was an 80.9% increase in the number of apprenticeships in Crewe and Nantwich. The international economic outlook remains difficult but we need to do everything we can to help our unemployed find jobs.
Last week I invited John Dunning, the chairman of our local chamber of commerce, to Westminster to meet with Employment Minister Chris Grayling MP. We discussed the employment challenge we face in Crewe and Nantwich and told the Minister what we want to do to help.
Like me, John wants to see business in South Cheshire thrive. That’s why he is helping me organise a jobs fair on Thursday, May 3, at Crewe Alex.
Among others like the Virgin Trains Training Academy the Job Centre will also be on hand to offer employment advice, skills and training whilst local businesses put on offer those all-important job vacancies.
I’m very grateful to the Chronicle for agreeing to be our media sponsor for the event, so look out for further updates in this paper between now and May.
There is no need to register in advance for the jobs fair, just go along to the Alex between 10.30am and 6.30pm to register at the desk, and make the most of all the opportunities on offer.
For more information visit www.edwardtimpson.com/jobsfair.
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I have recently...
- Announced the Crewe & Nantwich Jobs Fair that I am organising with the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce to be held on 3rd May. More here
- Relaunched Community Day at the Crewe ASDA
- Spoken at the AGM of Community Volunteer Services Cheshire East at the YMCA on Gretsy Road
- Been to the launch of the The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and the Children’s Services Development Group (CSDG) report into commissioning children’s services
- Attended the Samartians AGM at St Michael's Church Hall, Crewe
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The Crewe & Nantwich Jobs Fair
In partnership with the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Edward Timpson MP has organised a Jobs Fair for the local community.
The fair will take place at the Crewe Alexandra FC on the 3rd May from 10:30-1830.
To find out more about the fair click here
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20:20 Mobile to create 100 jobs after landing ACE Group deal
"We're looking forward to expanding the team and welcoming new staff."
20:20 Mobile managing director James Browning said: "This new contract reinforces the work we have been doing with O2 and our other insurance partners, and that our development strategies in both the call centre and insurance markets are sound, relevant and commercially appealing to our partners."
20:20 Mobile is a distributor for most leading mobile phone manufacturers, and is one of the world's largest distributors of mobile phone accessories.
It was formed in 2006 after Potteries-born mobile phone tycoon John Caudwell sold his empire's distribution and logistics businesses to private equity firm Doughty Hanson.
Although its headquarters are in Crewe, the business employs more than 1,300 people across Europe and in the Middle East.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson said: "More than half a million jobs have been created by businesses under this Government, and I am glad to say that a good number of them have come to Crewe and Nantwich through companies like 20:20 Mobile.
"I welcome the success that 20:20 Mobile has had and the jobs it will bring to the area, as well as its continued investment in its Crewe headquarters."
To inquire about the jobs, call 01270 412020.
MP attacks Cheshire East Council over cuts to Dial-A-Ride
CREWE and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has attacked Cheshire East Council for reducing transport grants for the elderly while paying its own staff above average mileage rates.
The Conservative MP has criticised the Tory-led council for making cuts which affect the elderly and vulnerable while allowing councillors and staff to claim mileage rates 7p above the maximum 45p recommended by HMRC.
He has now written to Cheshire East asking it to reconsider its decision.
“I have asked the council to reconsider the decision to reduce the grant. Older people are experiencing increases in utilities and costs of living, and an increase in transport charges may have an effect on their ability to access the town centre,” Mr Timpson told the Chronicle.
“Local pensioners rightly feel the council could look at their own transport costs as they award higher than average motor mileage payments to their staff.”
Dial-A-Ride has suffered a double-whammy with Cheshire East not only removing it from the concessionary travel scheme but also slashing its funding by 28%.
Last year the community transport scheme, which is a registered charity, was forced to introduce a £12 annual membership scheme to keep afloat.
Now vulnerable people who had always had free travel will be forced to dig deep to pay for their transport.
Hugh Emerson, secretary of the Northern Pensioners’ Association, said he didn’t know ‘how these councillors and managers can look at themselves in the mirror when they are forcing the vulnerable to pay for a bus journey, while at the same time paying themselves excessive mileage rates for use of their own cars on council business’.
Figures reveal high number of exclusions at schools in Crewe
MORE than a quarter of all students permanently excluded in Cheshire East last year were from schools in Crewe.
Figures obtained by the Chronicle through a Freedom of Information request revealed that out of 39 pupils permanently excluded in the authority area last year, 10 were from Crewe schools.
At least one student was expelled from each of the five high schools in the town – King’s Grove, Ruskin Sports College, Shavington High, Sir William Stanier and St Thomas More.
The majority of expulsions related to persistent disruptive behaviour or physical assault. But drugs and alcohol and theft were factors in two instances.
The statistics also revealed that 86 students in Crewe were suspended last year.
Many of these suspensions related to physical assault, either against a fellow pupil or an adult. There were also instances of sexual misconduct, racist abuse and bullying.
Shockingly, more than half of suspensions due to physical assault and half due to racist abuse involved primary school pupils.
In light of the revelations, tackling disruptive behaviour in the classroom has now been highlighted as a top priority for schools in the area.
Cllr Michelle Sherratt, Labour spokeswoman for Cheshire East Council’s Children and Family Scrutiny Committee, said: “In light of the high expulsion figures, I think it’s essential for further research so we can help Crewe families, children, teachers and schools cope with the behavioural and emotional problems that come with being expelled.
“We also need to support the schools in early intervention for the children involved, including mental health consultations. It’s very important to always take into account the underlying reasons for bad behaviour.
“Parents remain a major influence on their children’s learning and the school and parents both have crucial roles to play.
“Positive parental involvement is paramount in every child’s success, and the schools that perform really well are the ones with a high parental involvement.
“Learning is what makes a society progress. We need to create a culture of appreciation and a real value for learning. No child should be left behind.”
Edward Timpson MP, said: “Improving behaviour in schools, including Crewe and Nantwich, must be a top priority, and it is right that we give teachers the power to permanently exclude those children who physically assault, threaten and bully other children or who persistently disrupt the education of others.
“Permanent or fixed-period exclusion should always be a last resort. Often what is needed is much earlier intervention and prevention work to nip the problem in the bud before matters get out of hand.
“It is also important that exclusion does not lead to those children abandoning education.”
According to Government guidelines on disciplining students, teachers have the power to search pupils for items that could be used to cause harm or break the law, as well as items banned by the school rules.
They are also able to remove disruptive pupils from the classroom using reasonable force.
A Cheshire East Council spokesperson said: “All schools within Cheshire East work within the legal framework, as well as using Department for Education guidance and locally agreed protocols, regarding exclusions. This includes all schools within the Crewe area.
“We recognise that fixed-term exclusions have increased this year, but ongoing proactive work is being carried out to address this.
“In 2010-11 there was a significant reduction in the number of fixed-term exclusions and the authority is working hard to bring the number of exclusions down further.
“A working party made up of schools and other partners within Cheshire East is currently revisiting procedures and protocols; looking in particular at developing proactive approaches to preventing exclusion and addressing issues early.
“All schools within Crewe are committed to reducing exclusions, tackling poor behaviour and improving pupil attainment.”
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