NHS 70th birthday card and stall

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Persistent rough sleeping report raised in Parliament

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Lilian Greenwood MP highlights the key points from a Nottingham Trent University report on rough sleeping, a key concern in the city centre.
Earlier, a Nottingham City Council funding bid won £420,416, to provide additional bed spaces, employ dedicated homelessness workers and to sustain the “no second night out policy”.
The debate is available on video.
The debate is available from Hansard.

 

Review of public meeting with Lilian and Paddy

60 attended a meeting which I expected to be a rigorous grilling and relentless lashing of those with power and responsibility because of the crime associated with the drug dealing.
Bit of a surprise then when a victim of a stabbing, a young man, called for more to be done to help victims and offer hope for those who see no alternative.
People were queueing up to shake the guy’s hand afterwards.
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Paddy Tipping PCC addresses the public meeting convened by Lilian Greenwood MP, to discuss community safety and developing parks.
I circulated a 3 page progress report.  The meeting began with something like 45 minutes of contributions from the floor before the panel started making contributions. Many of the contributions emphasised the importance of community and youth services to mitigate criminal activity.
I spoke at the end, and the points for me are –
– there was a tendency from one or two to represent individual special interests; and some of the old stories about people running The Meadows down when for example, Paddy Tipping had said the exact opposite; (Paddy dealt with that challenge);
– the emphasis on youth services was as if the criminal activity is from teenagers when the perpetrators are probably a bit older; I did take the opportunity to stress the important of more jobs, and secure and regular jobs that supported stronger family life;
– I don’t think the assertion that the dealers are not from The Meadows is entirely correct;
– The Police Inspector reported arrests of dealers carrying wraps of drugs, but may not have been heard very clearly; catching the dealers red-headed has to be a key element of any fight back for community safety;
– a repeated call for the BT phones boxes (that seem only to serve the drug trade) to be removed (Lilian had already been chasing, and been refused once);
– temporary and movable 3G cameras have had an impact, but they’re moved on.

The meeting was intense at times, but quite thoughtful and reflective.
Parks and open spaces didn’t really come up, save some complaints about grass-cutting and litter generally.
Some points afterwards about not having more yellow lines on the junctions in the Old Meadows.

Some requests for another meeting to be held.

TO BE REVIEWED

Public Meeting with Lilian Greenwood MP

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Please join Lilian Greenwood MP at a public meeting at 6pm on Friday 1st June in the Concert Hall at Queens Walk Community Centre.

Lilian says – “This meeting has been arranged at short notice in response to recent events to provide an opportunity for me to hear from local residents and to provide updates on community safety, improvements to parks and open spaces and other local issues.” 

Agenda

– circulation of progress report;
– welcome incl. to
    Notts Police Commissioner Paddy \Tipping
Meadows Police Inspector James Walker;

– opening remarks from Lilian;

Part A
a. community safety
(tackling use of knives and drug dealing; improved cameras);
b. parks, play and open spaces
(repairs, security and promoting usage; VE and QWRec; In Bloom);
c. parking
(Meadows residents permits phase 2; RINGGO for shopping centre);

Part B – if there’s time
d. housing developments
(off Crocus Street, Sheriff’s Way and Traffic Street; new housing in the south-west);
e. street scene (tree pruning, grass cutting);
f. events (city wide and local);
g. other (health, schools, Brexit);- conclusion   (7:15pm)

Windrush advice surgery

“Happy to help any constituents who need support.” – Lilian Greenwood MP.


The Pilgrim’s Church in The Meadows offered free consultations with 1stCallUK for 20 or so clients or friends this afternoon.
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Advice is –
1. read up; above is a one-pager from 1stCallUK with some initial advice;
2. write out your situation; the blank form at the top-right hints at the minimum information required;
3. consider getting proper legal advice;
4. contact your local MP to find out what help or advice they can offer; copy your MP with any correspondence sent to Gov’t agencies.
Councillors have no role or special knowledge on immigration matters, but we can help in general ways.

As for the Windrush scandal, the surprise is how this came seemingly from nowhere. Whilst some people have been in trouble for years, MPs seem only to have started hearing about these problems recently.
There are some estimates of there being 57,000 people affected – that’s 88 per MP. Arguably more people are affected in areas like The Meadows, so 20-40 might need advice.
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As for the resignation of the Home Secretary, no doubt the changing stories from Amber Rudd contributed, but the final defence – that she was unaware of a memo in her official boxes – cuts away at a fundamental premise in Britain’s governance, that a minister is accountable for her officials and this is underwritten by reading the papers provided.
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I believe British governance would be better if committees focussed on versions of the ministerial boxes, rather than the current interrogatory questions and supportive questions model, backed up by scrutiny from select committees and supposedly The Lords