Tuesday 24, December 2013
Welcome to this, my 145th news bulletin.
My Christmas Report is being delivered across Crewe and Nantwich, and you can click here or on the image to read about the winners of my Christmas card competition, and one or two of the important things that have stood out since my last constituency-wide report.
As we look towards 2014, I would like to wish all of my constituents a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Please remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me, or if there is anything I can do to assist you.
With best wishes,
Member of Parliament for Crewe & Nantwich
Locally I have...
- Met with representatives of the No to Hazelbank Development Action Group, who are campaigning against overdevelopment in Haslington and Winterley.
- Spoken at the presentation of certificates to schools awarded the School Games Kitemark in South Cheshire.
- Attended the launch of the Family Matters service in Crewe. This service, paid for by the DWP Innovation Fund, is provided by local solicitors Hall Smith Whittingham and assists parents who are separated with issues affecting their children.
- Held two of my regular local advice surgeries - contact my office, if you need to make an appointment to speak about any issue or concern.
- Been to Wistaston Green Primary School to congratulate staff and pupils on their 'Outstanding' Ofsted report.
- Visited Sainsbury's in Nantwich, where staff have been raising money for the Wingate Centre as their nominated local charity.
- Presented prizes to the two winners of my 2013 Christmas card competition at a special ceremony at the Municipal Buildings in Crewe.
Congratulations to the winners of my 2014 Christmas Card competition - Louise Taylor, age 9, from Millfields Primary School in Nantwich, and John Hodgins, who lives at Cypress Court Care Home in Crewe.
You can see all of my photos by visiting my website.
6,000 can get help to heat home
Crewe Chronicle: As households prepare to face the cold winter, new research reveals 6,000 homeowners in Crewe and Nantwich are eligible for assistance from their energy supplier with heating their homes.
The findings from Home Heat Helpline show that a total of 3.6 million households across Great Britain qualify for help.
Some 13% of homes in Crewe and Nantwich are entitled to relief from energy companies this year. Households that qualify include low-income pensioners, disadvantaged families with children or those with a disability, or any household that lives in one of the most deprived areas.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson said: "Forecasters are predicting a cold winter ahead, and many people who are elderly or on low incomes may not know where to turn for help and advice on keeping their homes warm.
"The best way for people in Crewe and Nantwich to prepare is to act now, and call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to see if they're eligible for assistance."
Angela Knight, chief executive of Energy UK, said: "The research speaks for itself – some local authorities have close to half of all households eligible for help from their local supplier.
"we need to look at ways to improve efficiency to keep homes warmer and energy bills lower. A free, confidential call to the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 can be made in minutes and can save up to £300 per home."
Support includes insulation and boilers, with many elderly and low income families qualifying for the £135 Warm Home discount on energy bills.
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MP welcomes road investment
Crewe Chronicle: Edward Timpson MP has welcomed the announcement of roads investment for 2014. In total £1.9bn will be invested in Britain's roads in 2014, supporting nearly 10,000 jobs.
In the North West £485m will be invested in 38 schemes under construction in 2014, supporting 994 jobs.
Mr Timpson said: "Under Labour our area lost out on decent investment in roads. Today's announcement of £485m of investment for roads in the North West will help to deliver the modern infrastructure we need locally.
"Here in Crewe and Nantwich, people will benefit from the £9.5m that is being invested in the Basford West Spine road, the A500 widening and the M5 Junction 17 improvements. This is fantastic news for people in Crewe and Nantwich. It will give a welcome boost to the economy, supporting 44 jobs in our area.
"It will also cut congestion and reduce journey times, helping the hardworking people who use the roads every day."
Foster children may stay with carers until age 21
Children in care in England will be able to stay with their foster families until their 21st birthday, rather than having to leave at 18, Edward Timpson has said. The Department for Education is imposing a legal duty on councils to provide financial support for those who want to stay longer with foster carers.
Edward, the Minister for Children and Families, has pledged £40 million over the next three years to fund the plan.
It will be introduced during the final stages of the Children and Families Bill next year.
Edward, whose own family fostered nearly 90 children, said: "I know from the many foster children I grew up with how crucial it is for them to be given sufficient time to prepare for life after care."
The Who Cares Trust, which campaigns for and supports children in care and young people leaving care, said the move was "absolutely fantastic news for thousands of young people in foster care" and represented "the most significant reform to the support children in care are given in a generation".
5 ways to contact Edward Timpson
- By email: email@example.com
- On the web: www.edwardtimpson.com
- By phone: 01270 501 725
- By post: 30 Victoria Street, Crewe CW1 2JE
- In person: Click here to see surgery times