Monday 22, October 2012
Welcome to this my 129th news bulletin.
Being out of work can be a huge personal tragedy. I know from my visits to the job centre and from listening to local people at my advice surgeries who are looking for work just how disheartening it can be.
That’s why the Government is dedicated to ensuring every single person who wants to work hard and get on in life has the skills they need to compete and thrive.
We are doing everything possible to grow our economy and allow the private sector to build sustainable jobs for families across the country. Since we came to power we have introduced the largest welfare to work programme the UK has seen since the 1930s, developed a £1 billion package to help get our young people into work, and given apprenticeships to 142 young people every single day.
In Crewe and Nantwich 1,490 people started an apprenticeship last year. That’s an increase of 810 apprentices compared to the year of the last General Election 2009/2010. The number of people starting an apprenticeship has actually increased by 119 per cent.
To boost entrepreneurship, we launched the New Enterprise Allowance to help the long-term unemployed to start their own businesses. This has seen over 8,000 new companies set up and nearly 20,000 people have started working with a business mentor.
We are making progress. There are almost 750,000 more people in employment than at the election. The private sector has created over 1 million new jobs. National unemployment is down by 50,000 since the last quarter and in Crewe and Nantwich this means 112 fewer people are unemployed compared to this time last year.
New business statistics released this week show there are now 4.8 million businesses in the UK – the highest number ever recorded. There are more than a quarter of a million more businesses this year than there were last year.
This is good news. But it isn’t enough. Now we have to do more. We are doing everything possible to get Britain moving – slashing red tape, reforming welfare, and providing the funding necessary to allow people to unlock the entrepreneurship in our economy.
The Government have just made it even quicker and easier for people on Jobseeker’s Allowance to set up their own business and help get Britain on the rise.
Anyone who is unemployed and can produce a viable business plan will now be given immediate access to £2,000 worth of financial support – without having to wait six months to get started. I’ve seen first-hand how enterprising the people of Crewe and Nantwich can be – this funding will now make a huge difference to families here and across the country.
It is right that work should always pay and people should always be better in work than on benefits. That is why we have introduced a welfare cap.
It's also how we can deliver for our economy, both here in Crewe & Nantwich and across Britain.
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Locally I have...
- Spent a day teaching at Leighton Primary School. My huge thanks to the head Glynn Turner and his staff and pupils for making me feel so welcomeHeld two surgeries at my office in Crewe, one at Clarendon Court Care home, and another at Cheerbrooks Farm Shop near Nantwich
- Attended the Weston Primary Harvest Festival
- Opened 'Community Recycle Cycles' on Coronation Crescent, Crewe
- Presented Tesco for Schools & Clubs Equipment at their Crewe branch to children and teachers from: Gainsborough Primary & Nursery School; Brierley Primary School; and Hungerford County Primary School
- Joined the panel for the Nantwich Beer Festival to judge the Champion Beer of Cheshire competition
- Presented prizes to budding musicians at the South Cheshire Young Musicians' Autumn Concert
- Opened St Luke's Hospice Shop on Pillory Street, Nantwich
- Visited Wistaston Church Lane Primary School to see the recently, and freely, installed solar panels I encouraged them to apply for
- Did an interview with Newsround at Wistaston Church Lane Primary School to be aired later this month
- Presented certificates to employees at the 2012 Bentley Achievement Awards
- Played for The Chronicle Team in the One in Eleven Appeal charity football competition and presented the trophy to the winners
- Attended World Osteoporosis Day in Parliament where I learnt more about the effects this affliction has on its sufferers
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MP Edward Timpson opens new St Luke’s Hospice creperie in Nantwich
Hundreds of people turned out in Nantwich for the official opening of the new St Luke’s Hospice shop on Pillory Street.
Young and old alike crammed into the new Swirly Whirly store, which will serve crepes, ice cream and other treats.
The three-storey outlet also has a coffee shop seating area on the first floor for parents while kids try out crafts.
Swirly Whirlys in NantwichAnd there is a party room for hire on the top floor.
MP Edward Timpson was on hand to cut the ribbon along with local town councillors and Nantwich Town Crier.
Local community radio stations Redshift Radio and The Cat were also at the event, along with the sunshine event chef bear who handed out treats to youngsters.
St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice hopes the new creperie, the charity’s first outlet in Nantwich, will help boost fund-raising in the town.
Street Pastors scheme is launched in Nantwich
A SCHEME to curb anti-social behaviour at night has been launched in Nantwich.
The ‘street pastors’ initiative was launched on Saturday in a joint project between Nantwich’s churches and the local police.
Twenty volunteers undertook the first of a dozen training sessions at Nantwich Methodist Church and enjoyed lunch with guests of honour, MP Edward Timpson and Nantwich deputy mayor John Lewis.
The mini army will be out on the streets during the busiest nights to assist visitors to pubs and clubs and help them get home safely.
Joint co-ordinator David Maidment explained: “The four-person teams will operate independently, but in close liaison with the police, and offer a friendly presence and help to those that need it.
“That might include the provision of advice to those with transport problems getting home, water or help for those feeling unwell, the clearing of dangerous litter and provision of flip-flops to those too unsteady in their high-heels, and the calming of situations where problems seem to be developing.
“Where the scheme has been running in other towns, a significant reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour due to drunkenness has been reported.
“Guests at the launch spoke of their support for the scheme and the value they believed it would bring to Nantwich’s nightlife.”
Nationally, 300 street pastor schemes are in operation – with successful local schemes in Middlewich, Chester and Wrexham.
The volunteers have embarked on a training course in street safety, listening skills and conflict management, as well as national street pastor procedures.
They will be fully trained and out in force by Christmas.
Sergeant Richard Tomlinson of the Nantwich Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “A lot of what they do will help take pressure off our officers and it’ll be good to see them out there.
“It’s had success in other towns so I’m sure it will be a success here too.
“We’re all working to the same ends to make sure people can come out to Nantwich and have a safe and enjoyable night.”
Sgt Tomlinson added he hoped Cheshire Constabulary’s ArcAngel scheme – the quality standards initiative for licensed premises – will be introduced soon.
Celebrations as Nantwich nursery is launched
A WILLASTON couple have brought new life to a Nantwich nursery which was forced to close last year.
Woodlands Nursery, based on the site of the former Regents Theological College on London Road, was shut down in April 2011 because of problems with its registration, leaving staff jobless and 72 youngsters without childcare.
Landlords Elim Churches took back control of the building shortly after.
But Debbie Thelwell, 45, and husband Jason, 43, have reopened the site as Little Angels Nursery and celebrated with a launch party on August 31 attended by MP Edward Timpson and Nantwich mayor Cllr Graham Fenton.
The nursery is in addition to the couple’s pre-school facility at Weaver Primary School and their 10.57 Club – after-school and breakfast club – at both Weaver and Willaston primary schools.
Debbie said: “One or two of the children who were at Woodlands have joined us and one of the staff members is now employed at our out of school club. It’s taken us a while to get here but we really want it to be a success.
“We had more than 60 people join us for the launch and it went really well.
“We currently have 52 places and facilities for babies, toddlers and have a pre-school area. We also have a large outdoor area. The nursery’s location is great and it has two entrances, making it easier for parents.”
Jason added: “Opening the nursery gives us a chance to bring some positive publicity back to the site.”
For more information about the nursery call 01270 628745 or visit www.littleangelsnurseries.co.uk.
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