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Friday 19, April 2013
Welcome to this my 134th news bulletin.
This month sees the largest income tax cut in a generation come into effect. Last week's rise in the income tax personal allowance brings to £9,440 the amount of money people can earn before they have to pay income tax.
That's a tax cut for 3,768 people who live in Crewe and Nantwich - and it really is good news. This tax cut means that tax bills have been reduced by £600 compared to at the last election. Many local residents on low incomes have been lifted out of income tax altogether.
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Member of Parliament for Crewe & Nantwich
Locally I have...
- Welcomed the Department for Transport’s confirmation that Crewe Rail Station will benefit from the Government’s ‘Access for All’ programme, receiving substantial funding for access improvements.
- Visited Pickmere Court, on Badger Avenue in Crewe, to meet the residents there and discuss their concerns as pensioners and older members of the community.
- Hosted an advice surgery at my office in Crewe – I have a full timetable of constituency surgeries in the coming months, and anyone who would like to discuss a problem or issue of concern can make an appointment by contacting my office.
- Cut the ribbon at the new Kia dealership at Grenson Motors on Middlewich Road: the latest franchise addition to this thriving local company’s offering.
- Congratulated everybody at Crewe Alexandra Football Club on a historic victory, lifting the Football League Trophy at Wembley.
- Met with Paul Colman, Chief Executive of the South Cheshire Chamber of commerce and Industry, to lend my continued support to the Chamber's work in promoting businesses here in Crewe and Nantwich.
- Officially opened the new business premises of Magenta Moon LLP, a local, family-run Employment Law and Health & Safety consultancy.
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Cutting the ribbon at Grenson Kia
I was pleased to visit local business Grenson Motors recently, to see the latest addition to the 'motor village', and officially open the Kia dealership.
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Google helps 30,000 UK charities grow via the Internet
- Free web tools and training for charities in the UK
- Designed to overcome resource barriers to growth and reduce the e-skills gap
- Year-long initiative in partnership with Media Trust and Charity Technology Trust
Earlier this month, Google, in partnership with Media Trust and Charity Technology Trust, launched a new campaign to help 30,000 of Britain’s smallest charities boost their fundraising through online tools and the Internet. The initiative has evolved from a successful programme that Google has run over the past few years helping nearly a quarter of a million small UK businesses grow online across the UK.
The ‘Grow Your Charity Online’ initiative will provide free training and tools: all charities in the UK are eligible. The initiative comprises an online learning hub, specialised training, workshops and live events that aim to bridge the e-skills gap and help charities harness the power of the Internet to amplify their reach, bolster their fundraising and boost their volunteer engagement. They will also have free access to online services that businesses pay for such as advertising and business apps for the first time in the UK. Those with few resources will also be able to download free training materials to help them make the most of the web.
Google will travel across the UK during 2013 to meet with charities face-to-face. It will also host a regular series of online educational events, allowing charities from across the UK to join advice sessions remotely. In addition to the tools, Google UK employees will dedicate a percentage of their work time towards the project, by volunteering their Internet expertise at various workshops over the year.
Matt Brittin, VP of Google’s Northern & Central European operations, said: “The web is essential for charities to access new tools to share stories, help people and raise money. Britain’s charities need sustainable, practical methods with which to help themselves grow and really make a difference, and Grow Your Charity Online aims to help these organisations ultimately succeed. We hope to engage with 30 000 charities through a suite of Internet tools and training, and encourage them to sign up today!”
Caroline Diehl, Chief Executive and founder of communications charity Media Trust, said: "Innovation and social enterprise underpin the work of small charities. Exploring opportunities to learn new skills to manage their online presence can enable them to change the world by giving a voice to communities and inspiring more people to make a difference, to get help, volunteer and donate. We are delighted that Google is supporting Media Trust’s plans to assist charities in communicating more effectively and creatively online. There are exciting times ahead as we look forward to engaging a talented group of Google staff as volunteers and mentors for a diverse range of charities from across the UK."
Richard Craig, CEO of CTT said: “Due to a lack of resources, very few of the charities we work with are able to take full advantage of what the internet has to offer to help them to achieve their missions. Without the time or money to invest in it, charities may miss out on the advantages that web analytics, online communications, promotional offers or even a YouTube page can offer them. We are pleased to join with Google and Media Trust in launching The Grow Your Charity Online initiative, which we hope will reverse this trend. It will provide the information and technologies charities need to take full advantage of the Internet.”
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Nantwich Litter Group urges litter bugs to clean up streets
Nantwich Litter Group volunteers have called on residents to stop turning areas of the town into “grot spots”.
The group is increasing in numbers, but needs more people to tackle the growing litter problem. They say rubbish from takeaways, crisps, sweet wrappers, cans and bottles are having a major impact on the environment.
The litter group, which has been in operation for about two years, has made a significant contribution to tidying up the town, parks and open spaces.
Growing volunteer numbers has enabled the group to tackle many more “grot spots” on an ad-hoc basis, said a spokeswoman.
“Predictably the main litter problem encountered is from food and drink packaging such as takeaways, crisps, sweets, cans and bottles.
“Litter bins are provided and emptied by Streetscape, Cheshire East Council’s street cleansing department and should be used wherever possible. Where no convenient bin is available then rubbish should be taken home for disposal. Litter is an unsightly, unhygienic and anti-social problem that affects everyone and is the responsibility of all.
“An appeal is made to all residents to play their part by picking up the odd item of rubbish that they may see in the street or outside their property and putting it in a nearby litter bin – every little helps.”
The next “Group Pick” is on Wednesday April 24 at 10am outside the Civic Hall.
New volunteers are always welcome and litter picking kit can be provided. The session should last for approximately an hour followed by coffee and a chat.
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Extra disabled access boost for Crewe railway station
THE overhaul of Crewe Railway Station will be handed a funding boost by the Department of Transport.
The station’s present £6 million overhaul will be furthered by a share of the £35 million Access for All Programme, to address issues faced by disabled passengers using railway stations.
The DfT for will provide extra funding for disabled passenger access to the new car park, by means of a single lift to the existing subway.
The work will be completed by Network Rail in 2014.
Family Nurse Partnership Programme launched in South Cheshire
YOUNG first time mothers in South Cheshire are to benefit from a new service that not only helps with pregnancy, but will provide support with parenting for the first two years of their baby’s life.
The Family Nurse Partnership Programme is aimed at first time mothers in Cheshire under the age of 19 and works with parents to ensure an informed journey into early years parenting.
The service, launched in Crewe, focuses on the health of both baby and mum, offers structured home visits and an opportunity to be supported by specially trained nurses from pregnancy until the child is two years old.
This unique service works with the strengths of young parents by building a long-term relationship with the family nurse to support positive changes in parenting, lifestyle, health and economic self-sufficiency.
Edward Timpson, MP for Crewe and Nantwich, and Minister for Children and Families, was at the launch to support the service.
He said: “More than 30 years of research has gone into the Family Nurse Partnership and I am delighted that young people in the local area will benefit from this service.
“I have long been a supporter of early-years initiatives and the care system. It is important to cement strong attachments between parent and child as quickly as possible, and not just for mums and dads play a hugely important role in a child’s life too.
He added: “I would like to congratulate the nursing team in getting this important initiative off the ground.”
Barry, a father from Crewe said: “Although I’ve got previous child raising experience, I am learning a lot from the family nurse, including the importance of attachment.”
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