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Darren calls for better support for young asylum seekers

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has signed a cross-party letter supporting calls young asylum seekers to get the same framework of care offered to young care leavers.

Darren said:

“I’ve signed a joint letter to the Home Secretary asking that he urgently review the health and well-being support available for young asylum seekers. I believe young asylum seekers, aged 18-25, should have the same framework of support we offer to care leavers of that age.

Aged 18, young people, who are likely to have no family in the country and may speak little English, may have witnessed or experienced trauma should not find they have no age-appropriate support. The government’s own Care Leavers Strategy acknowledges the difficulties faced by young adults leaving care, the struggle of independent living and the need for guidance, help and support that young people would usually receive from a parent or guardian. Young asylum seekers are no different.

That’s why, I’ve called for Youth Welfare Officers to be based in adult accommodation provided to young asylum seekers”.

                                                   

 

 

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Darren visits Home for Veterans, opens Nursery in Lawrence Weston and The Old Library in Eastville

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another packed weekend. Darren joined the team from Alabare Christian Care and Support to tour their new Bristol Home for Veterans. Darren also opened the new nursery in Lawrence Weston and visited the community café at the Old Library in Eastville.

Darren said:

“It was wonderful to visit the Old Library in Eastville – the centre has a fantastic café, kids area and awesome outdoor space. Hats-off to the volunteers from Lockleaze, Eastville and the surrounding area for creating such a great community space. I hope all our libraries can become hubs for community activities and provide a wide variety of services alongside the traditional book-lending schemes.

 I was also delighted to officially open the Long Cross Nursery in Lawrence Weston, which is linked to Oasis Academy Long Cross. I have long campaigned for fully state-funded childcare  – funded nursery places for two year olds should be available for all. I’ll continue to call for that.

I was also pleased to meet the manager at the new Bristol Home for Veterans that will open in Bristol North West in a few weeks. It is vital, after their hard work and service, our veterans get the support and care they need. Alabare are working to support veterans, vulnerable and homeless people and I applaud their efforts. I do however feel the government could do much more to vulnerable support people – and a start would be by providing a proper welfare safety net, ceasing the damaging system of Universal Credit and funding our councils so they can provide effective and well-resourced services”.

 

 

 

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Darren to join Loneliness Awareness Week events

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  will be joining Marmalade Trust’s Loneliness Awareness Week’s closing party, on Friday 21st June at the Colston Hall.   Darren will also be hosting his own ‘Great Get Together Picnic’ in Horfield on Saturday 22nd June.

Darren said:

“It’s Loneliness Awareness Week and to help celebrate efforts to bring the city together, I’ll be joining the Marmalade Trust‘s closing party at the Colston Hall on Friday.

Loneliness is a common emotion that we are all likely to experience at some point in our lives. To help raise awareness, and change the way we think about and acknowledge loneliness, the Marmalade Trust are partnering with Bristol Music Trust and the Colston Hall to host ‘Be Together Bristol; a day of free fun activities, performances and exhibitions on Friday 21st June. I’ll also be hosting my own picnic, on Saturday in Horfield, to help bring our local community together here in North Bristol. I hope you can join one of the events?”

To find out more about the Marmalade Trust’s events please visit: www.marmaladetrust.org/be-together-bristol/

 

 

 

 

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Darren continues to call for new crossing in Lawrence Weston

Following recently meeting with local residents and parents of students from Oasis Academy Bank Leaze, MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has now written to the council and Curo, a Housing Association building new homes in the area, to highlight his concerns. Darren has also sent a letter to all staff and parents/guardians of students of Oasis Bank Leaze advising how they can support the campaign.

Darren has urged supporters to sign a community-led petition calling for a pedestrian crossing and 20 mph zone near Oasis Academy Bank Leaze.

Darren said:

“It’s great to see the community in Lawrence Weston campaigning for a safer school crossing and 20mph zone near Oasis Academy Bank Leaze. I have signed the petition, and wrote to the relevant decision makers, and encourage those who live near, or visit the area, to do the same.”

You can sign the petition here.

 

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Darren supports LGBT+ asylum seekers

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has signed a cross-party letter supporting calls for the Home Office to urgently review how it assesses LGBT+ asylum seekers claims where they may be forced to return to countries with anti-LGBT+ laws.

Darren said:

” I’ve signed a joint letter with regional Labour MPs and the Co-chairs of the LGBT+ Labour South West, calling on the Home Secretary to urgently review how it handles cases involving LGBT+ people from countries that have anti-LGBT laws.

No one, including Kenneth Macharia from Bristol who plays for the Bristol Bisons RFC, should be at risk of being deported back to a country where they face persecution and even death for being who they are”.

 

 

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Darren slams TV Licence decision

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has commented on the BBC Trust’s decision to align free TV licences for the over-75’s to Pension Credit from May next year.

Darren said:

” As we approach Loneliness Awareness Week, it’s clear older people in Bristol, and across Britain, face a loneliness epidemic, and millions rely on TV for companionship, news and connectivity. The Government’s decision to defund the BBC, and force them to scrap free licences for over-75s, was miserly, short-sighted and wrong. It is a clear breach of the last Conservative manifesto, and the 5,100 households in Bristol North West who stand to lose out will rightly feel betrayed. I share their anger.

Uptake for Pension Credit is also woefully low, and frankly the Government aren’t doing anything to ensure vulnerable pensioners get what they’re due now – I sincerely hope they plan to raise awareness of how to claim Pension Credit before any changes take place”.

You can find out more about the TV Licence changes and how to claim Pension Credit here.

 

Darren has written to the Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright to express his dismay at the betrayal over TV licences, on behalf of the thousands in Bristol North West who are projected to lose out.

 

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Darren visits Shirehampton, Sea Mills, Blaise Castle and Westbury

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another packed constituency day on Saturday 8th June 2019. Darren joined the opening of the new museum (in a telephone box) to celebrate 100 years of Sea Mills, joined the annual afternoon tea and awards ceremony at Penhill Residential Home in Shirehampton, stopped by the BS9 Arts Trail in Westbury on Trym and the Goram Fair at Blaise Castle Estate. Darren had also been due to host a Powered By You stall in Sea Mills/Stoke Bishop, but this was postponed due to the high winds.

Darren said:

“I really enjoy busy constituency days, where I get to see as many people as possible, hear about the fantastic volunteering that makes many of the local fetes and fairs I attend happen, and can see community spirit in action.

It was great to attend the annual awards and afternoon tea at Penhill, see the art work by Redmaids students that formed part of the BS9 Art Trial and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Sea Mills. To then top-off the day by joining the Goram Fair was really rewarding – we have a lot to celebrate here in Bristol North West”.

 

 

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Darren makes Carers Week Pledge

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, has pledged his support to Carers Week 2019.

Darren Jones said:

“Every year, #CarersWeek raises awareness and celebrates the contribution of the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers, and spreads the word about support available for those who are caring. This year is the 25th anniversary of Carers Week. I held a carers-themed surgery back in January to ensure I heard from constituents and the issues they are encountering as carers or those who have carers.

The focus of Carers Week this year is ‘Getting Carers Connected’. Everyone has a part to play in connecting carers and helping them to get the support they need to care without putting off their own health needs or losing important relationships with others.

This year seven major charities are coming together and will be Getting Carers Connected. They are Carers UKAge UKCarers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, @Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Rethink Mental Illness and Sense.

I’ve signed the Carers Week Pledge to do what I can to keep carers connected and reflect on their concerns in my work as your MP.

To find out more about Carers Week and the support available please visit: www.carersweek.org/about-us/about-caring “.

 

 

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Darren to host Great Get Together Picnic in Horfield

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  will be hosting a Great Get Together picnic, on Saturday 22nd June 12-2pm in Horfield.  

Come and celebrate your community and what we have in common by joining this Great Get Together Picnic with Darren Jones MP.

Bring the whole family, the dogs or come solo – you can turn-up with your own picnic or purchase drinks and food from the Ardagh Community Trust Cafe on the Common. Tea/Coffee and a cake from £3.20. There’ll be games for the kids (and the big kids amongst us).

There’s parking available and several buses stop nearby – please use public transport, walk or cycle where possible.

No tickets needed – just turn-up on the day.

 

 

 

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Darren comments on crisis in council funding

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has commented on the continued crisis facing local government after years of government cuts. This follows reports that funding has been cut by 21% since the last Labour government.

Darren said:

“It’s a fact that with sustained cuts of this size, our council’s are constantly being asked to do more with much less. Demand for support with adult social care, child safeguarding and SEN have increased hugely but with less funding to provide these complex and vital services.

We can’t escape the reality that these cuts (of roughly 21% from 09/10 to 17/18) will have an impact on the services councils can deliver and, despite best efforts, the speed and quality at which they do so. Our council has worked hard to keep libraries open but has had to make tough decisions.

Our City Council Mayor, Marvin Rees, signed a joint letter in December last year, warning that council’s have reached breaking point.

As the IFS said: Current plans for councils to rely on council tax and business rates for the vast bulk of their funding don’t look compatible with our expectations of what councils should provide. Yet the government continue to keep their head in the sand while councils up and down the country – including in Tory heartlands such as Somerset – face financial crisis.

I will continue to do all I can, along with my Labour Bristol colleagues, to highlight the demands upon local councils and the need for investment into the crucial community services they provide”.