Thursday, 17 September 2015

Fwd: 68 per cent of households in Lancashire could be missing out on energy savings of £264 a year [OFFICIAL]

Dear Member of Parliament, Ofgem's campaign to get energy customers to make sure they are on the best deal, Be An Energy Shopper, has found that 68 per cent of customers in Lancashire could be missing out on savings of around £264. This is the difference between the average standard variable tariff and the cheapest fixed deal. We issued a press release today setting out the potential savings for energy customers (copy attached). The story has had wide pick up across the region and has been carried on regional broadcast media throughout the day.

Some key facts:

· 68 per cent of households in Lancashire could be missing out on energy savings of around £264 a year
· Around 337,000[1] households in Lancashire are likely to still be on standard tariffs and could be better off moving to a fixed deal
· Shopping around has never been easier with everything you need at

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Politics goes pink for breast cancer awareness

Last week I joined the 'wear it pink' campaign in Westminster in aid of Breast Cancer Now

It is important to show support for women with breast cancer and obviously dressing up in pink draws attention to the nature of the disease as well as encouraging people to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 23rd October. 190 MPs supported the campaign.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Fwd: Recess update from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling

Dear Mr Jones, During recess, there have been a number of developments in the fight to reduce the maximum stake on FOBTs down from £100 a spin to £2.

A recently published report by NatCen, which assessed the impact of the Association of British Bookmakers' Code of Conduct for player protection, found "no statistical evidence of any impact of the machine changes". This comes after the Code of Conduct was described as "potentially world leading" by the trade association. Only 1,400 out of 3.9 million sessions utilised the limit setting features.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Fwd: Invitation to MoneySuperMarket drop-in

Hyndburn motorists have been clobbered by increased crash for cash claims in the BB postcode, particularly taxi drivers.

Moneysupertmarkets findings highlight the unfair insurance practices that further inflate motor insurance policies for Hyndburn residents that's sees almost £2million's taken out of Hyndburn motorists pockets & local economy. The regulator needs to take whatever action is necessary to end any rip off schemes.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Fwd: Opportunity for young people in N.West

Opportunity for young people (16-25) to attend free Channel 4 workshop on working in media

Channel 4 is looking for talent in the north west by hosting a workshop for 16- to 25-year-olds in Preston on Wednesday 14 October.

Young people of all abilities and backgrounds in the region are encouraged to apply. All that matters is they are truly passionate about the media industry.

Applicants can register on Channel 4's website at Registration closes on 20 September 2015.

We would really appreciate it if you could tweet/share this opportunity with your constituents. Suggested Twitter post: 16-25? Want 2 work in media? #C4PopUp Preston 14Oct reg. closes 20Sep @channel4

Where and when is it?
Preston Guild Hall
Wednesday 14 October 2015, 9.30am to 6pm
Twitter/Facebook: #c4popup @4talent @mykindafuture

Kind regards
James Whiting
Campaign Manager

Friday, 4 September 2015

Fwd: Tackle the hearing loss challenge at Labour party conference

Dear Graham Jones MP

10755 older people in Hyndburn have a hearing loss. 3.8 million older people in England have unmet hearing needs - this is a major public health challenge

Unsupported hearing loss is associated with dementia, depression, social isolation and early withdrawal from work.

An ageing population means that hearing needs are increasing rapidly. The good news is that in 2015 the Department of Health and NHS England published its Action Plan on Hearing Loss to raise awareness about this major public health challenge and how we can design future care to meet that challenge.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Local charity CoolConnexions helping young adults with ADHD and ASD

From: Cool Connexions <>
Subject: Project
Date: 2 September 2015 

Hello Mr Jones

We're planning to set up a social enterprise shop/café, with profits going into providing better access to work/business training & activities for young people with ADHD & ASD and of course support for their families. Training such as CV writing, interview techniques, starting a business, confidence building, ADHD coaching, etc. There seems to be plenty of support for younger children but not when you hit 17-18, which makes it a lot harder for these young people.