Thursday, 26 January 2017

Remembering the victims of the Holocaust

Delighted to sign the Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment remembering those who were murdered during the Holocaust. @HolocaustUK

Police and Crime Commissioner Survey

The Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has conducted a huge survey which has showing that communities see major crimes such as murder, rape and serious assaults; protecting children from child sexual exploitation and tackling serious organised crime and patrolling neighbourhoods with high crime rates as their highest priorities for policing.

I agree with the public and I don't want to see cuts to police services.

It is not surprising that huge numbers of Lancashire residents participated in this survey and is evidence of people’s desire to have a say in the running of their communities. Residents recognise that police are vital for keeping their families safe on a daily basis. Under the Tories we have lost 893 Police officers, 331 Police support staff and 140 PCSOs and demand for Police services is rising not falling.

Working Temperatures and the Ivory Trade. Time to act on both

Working temperatures
Too many people have to work in excessively hot conditions and I've heard about complaints from Accrington's Acorn Centre. That's why I've supported the TUC's Cool It campaign to introduce a statutory maximum temperature in the workplace and why I've signed EDM 344 to ask the Government to give workers these legal safeguards #CoolIt

Ivory trade
The ivory trade is a global outrage. As the charity Born Free has stated, tens of thousands of elephants are killed each year for their ivory - that's one elephant butchered every 15 minutes. Nearly one third of Africa's savanna elephants were killed between 2007 and 2014 to fuel the ivory trade in Asia, where gangs can charge over a thousand dollars for a kilogram of ivory on the black market.

Armed poachers are paid to pursue whole herds of elephants, shooting the animals with machine guns before they saw off their tusks with chainsaws.

This barbarism not only harms the animals themselves. It also undermines Africa's biodiversity and destroys the continent's eco-systems. Elephants spread seeds and create clearings in forests, laying way for new plants to grow - as anyone who's watched Planet Earth knows. They also attract thousands of tourists, bringing in much-needed revenue to parts of Africa.

International trade in ivory has been outlawed for over a quarter of a century. And in 1989, ivory prices crashed as a result, while markets in the USA and UK closed.

But the trade persists, albeit illicitly.

In September 2016, countries agreed to shut down the domestic ivory trade at a meeting by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. I'm glad to see our own Government take international action to combat the ivory trade. But there's a lot more that needs to be done. Each day,
ivory is traded within the UK - and much of it is falsely presented as part of the legal antique market.

That's why I've signed EDM 859, which calls on the Government to implement its commitment to ban ivory sales and close down the UK ivory market immediately.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Opportunities for local grants. I thought I'd post this.

Opportunities for local grants. I thought I'd post this.

Dear MP

I am writing to make you aware of an opportunity for local charities in your constituency. From today local charities can apply for a share of funds raised by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

£6 million will be available this year via three Trusts which support different categories of projects. For more information on how local charities can apply please visit the following websites:,,

Grant funding being sought for new disabled children play area

Did you know there are no disabled play areas in Britain? OK, not quite true, there is an old one in London.

Hyndburn Council are leading on a project looking at building a disabled play area. This will be funded by grant bids and I am delighted to be backing them and the application for funding.

The funding will be sought through the Green Spaces Forum (28 local groups now affiliated) which I helped initiate some 10 years ago. I wrote about it last month. It has brought £5.2m into the area and transformed Hyndburns Green Spaces.

It becomes more apparent, the more you consider standard play areas that they don't lend themselves to children with disabilities. Having a child with a disability at home can be hard enough but the planning and preparation when visiting anywhere is just an extra task facing parents.

After a lot of thought the Council have decided that there is an opportunity aside of the Sports Centre to build Britains first modern play area for children with disabilities.

There is a report about play and children with disability which was released in 2016 by Lord Blunkett – which makes the case for a new play area.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Rising Bridge roundabout

Graham Jones MP condemns Government’s £68 million raid on Lancashire’s school funding by 2020

The reallocation of school budgets according to a new national funding formula will mean secondary school pupils lose £477 and primary school pupils lose £339 every year by 2020.[1]

The National Audit Office has predicted that overall schools’ funding will be cut by £3bn from 2016 to 2020, which represents a cut for every pupil in 98% of England’s schools.[2] In response, the NUT has teamed up with other trade unions to campaign against the cuts.

NUT analysis shows that primary schools will on average face cuts of £87,117 while secondary schools will face a whopping £405,611. The cuts will affect schools with poorer students more.[3]

The poorest kids will be hit the hardest

Schools which have higher percentages of children from families who are ‘just about managing’ (JAMs) will be worse off.

Funding for primary schools with the most number of JAMs will be cut by £447 a year, while primary schools with the least number of JAMs will receive cuts of £297 a year.

Funding for secondary schools with the most number of JAMs will be cut by £489 a year, while secondary schools with the least number of JAMs will receive cuts of £658 a year.

Schools in Lancashire will face a massive £68 million cut
The new national funding formula was supposed to iron out historic regional funding disparities. But, in true Tory fashion, it will be poorer, Labour areas will be hit the hardest.

Analysis by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) shows that schools in the 10 best-funded areas will on average receive grants of £6,297 per pupil in 2015-16, compared to an average of £4,208 per pupil in the 10 most poorly funded area.[4]

By 2019-20, Lancashire’s schools will have experienced a total reduction of £68,610,080 to their funding. The NUT has calculated that this would mean 1,841 less teachers in Lancashire’s schools. Here are just a few examples of what schools in Hyndburn will face by 2019:

St Christopher’s will face a reduction of £635,978 – £624 per pupil.
St Mary’s Primary will see a loss of £67,455 – £531 per pupil.
Accrington Academy will experience a loss of £748,877 – £796 per pupil.
Mount Carmel will see a budget cut of £538,301 – £743 per pupil.

Graham Jones MP has condemned the cuts as a further attack on poorer children

Graham says: ‘The Government promised that education would be protected and that no cuts would be introduced after 2015. Yet children who have had no say in the Government’s economic mess are now being forced to bear the costs of the Conservative’s failures.

The Tories have made a habit out of hitting poorer, Labour constituencies the hardest and their new funding formula is no exception.

Young kids at St Christopher’s Primary will each experience a £531 in funding, whilst secondary school pupils at Accrington Academy will each be £796 worse off. Whether it’s primary or secondary education, both pupils and teachers in Hyndburn are going to suffer.’

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Lancashire Environmental Fund grants are available to local organisations.

Lancashire Environmental Fund grants are available to local organisations.

If you are part of a local group in @lovehaslingden or Hyndburn looking for funds, why not see if you qualify and apply?

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Fwd: New research shows two- thirds of people with asthma still not receiving basic care

Dear Mr Jones,


Today Asthma UK has launched new research showing two – thirds of people with asthma are not receiving care that meets the most basic clinical standard, despite the fact that good routine asthma care prevents life-threatening asthma attacks and needless hospital admissions.


These findings come two years after the National Review of Asthma Deaths showed that two out of three deaths are preventable with good basic care. We know that good care stops asthma attacks, however, these findings show there are still too many examples where this isn't happening.  Asthma has the best evidence that self-management works and with new asthma digital health solutions we have the potential to help healthcare professionals manage asthma more effectively as well as support better self-management. Digital asthma action plans, smart inhalers, and automated GP alerts are just some of the ways asthma care could be brought up to date and help reduce the risk of potentially fatal asthma attacks.


Our report, based on a survey of more than 4,500 people, provides a snapshot of the standards of asthma care and emphasises the need to revolutionise the way asthma is managed. I hope you read our report with interest and should you require further information please do not hesitate to contact me.


Finally, I'd like to give you advanced notice that next week Asthma UK will be launching our annual #Scarfie campaign to help stop asthma attacks this winter and we would be delighted if you could get involved. Further details to follow shortly.


Best wishes,




Miss Derry Begho

External Affairs Officer

Asthma UK, 4th Floor, 18 Mansell Street, London, E1 8AA

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