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Darren welcomes Avonmouth Station grant

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has welcomed news of a £13,930 grant from Great Western Railway to Avonmouth Station.

Darren said:

“It is great news that five community projects in Bristol have been awarded over £70,000 funding for improvement schemes by Great Western Railway. Avonmouth Station Community Food Growing & Learning Space has been awarded £13,930 to develop the existing garden space at Avonmouth station to become a fully operational community food growing and learning space, overseen by Incredible Edible Bristol who are working with Feeding Bristol CIO and Bristol City Council towards a ‘Zero Hunger Bristol’.

It’s wonderful to hear that produce from the garden will be shared with the local community via Avonmouth Community Centre’s free/subsidised Lunch Club, the North Bristol Foodbank and the Bristol Jam Plan which serves homeless shelters. These local organisations work incredibly hard and their services are in great demand – anything that helps gets healthy food to vulnerable residents is to be welcomed. Well done to all involved“.

To follow Darren’s work on Transport click here. 

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Darren’s features in Sea Mills Newsletter

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  featured in April’s Sea Mills Community Initiatives Newsletter following his recent visit to the community garden.

You can get involved in the Sea Mills 100 celebrations or find out more about the community garden by using the details listed below or going along to one of the upcoming events. Darren hopes to attend  the Heritage Trails on 8th June before visiting Goram Fayre at Blaise Castle.

 

 

 

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Darren’s column in Henbury and Brentry News

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  has published his latest column in Henbury and Brentry News. The column covers Darren’s work on:

 

 

 

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Darren praises Bristol Charity and calls for action on Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Darren spoke on the need for interventions to help prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences. He also praised the work of the Southmead Project in this area.

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Darren backs International Women’s Day

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, supported International Women’s Day 2019 on 8th March by attending a Q and A panel organised by KMPG and attended by over a hundred women from across the city. After the event, Darren also met the mayor to view the council’s new (and free to visit!) exhibition of portraits of women from across the city.

Darren said:

“It was g‪reat to join KPMG in Bristol yesterday with Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol and Deputy Mayor and community champion Councillor Asher Craig to discuss #balanceforbetter on #IWD2019 yesterday. My hobby horses of free childcare, smashing the mummy track, business culture change and productivity through equality came up. The new exhibition of portraits of Bristolian Women from across our fantastic city was also great to see”.

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Darren attends Library consultation in Southmead

Labour-run Bristol City Council saved all of the city’s libraries from closure in 2018 but, given the continued decline in government funding, they have asked for our help to look at innovative ways of running the service in the future. Along with constituents, Darren attended an event at the Greenway Centre in early March to talk about ideas to support Southmead, Westbury, Henleaze, Horfield and Lockleaze libraries.

Darren said:

“There were lots of great ideas about modernising our libraries across Bristol North West at the Greenway Centre with Bristol City Council. There are so many exciting opportunities for creating digital, community hubs as a central point of information, gathering and books! I am pleased to see the council thinking ‘outside the box’ and will do what I can to support this process”.

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You can find out more about the ideas gathering on: www.bristol.gov.uk/libraryideas

 

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Darren comments on Childcare Survey and backs childcare improvements.

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, has commented on the release of the2019 Childcare Survey from Coram Family and Childcare. This follows Darren’s recent Westminster Hall debate where he called for fully-funded state childcare.

Darren said:

“I know families are struggling – that’s one of the reasons I recently called for fully-funded state childcare. Yesterday (28th February 2019), Coram Family and Childcare released their Childcare Survey 2019.

The headline results show: 
• The average price for 25 hours per week of nursery childcare for a child under two is £127, a rise of 3 per cent since 2018.
• In 94 per cent of local authorities, the maximum limit per child under Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit of £175 per week does not cover the average cost of full time childcare for a child under two.
• 57% of local authorities in England have enough childcare for parents working full time.
• Less than one in four local authorities have enough childcare available for children needing after school care, parents working outside normal office hours, or disabled children.

I support calls for the government to reform the childcare system, to make it simpler for parents, encourage improvements in quality and make sure parents aren’t forced to give up work or drastically reduce their hours (unless they want to) because of the price of childcare – if we want true gender equality in the workplace and to ensure all kids get the best start in life, we must improve childcare provision.

In the short-term Coram are also asking that the government:
• Increase the maximum amount of childcare costs that are supported by Universal Credit in order to make sure parents are better off for every extra hour worked, and switch to upfront payments so that parents can afford to move into work.
• Provide start up grants and responsive funding for childcare providers to increase the availability of childcare places.
• Extend the 30 hours entitlement to parents undertaking training to make sure childcare costs do not prevent parents from developing the skills and employability that drives social mobility.

I fully support these steps but in the longer-term, I still believe childcare should be state-funded”.

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Council replies following Southmead walk around.

In November 2018, Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West,  took part in a litter pick and estate inspection with local councillors Helen Godwin and Brenda Massey in the Twenty Acres area of Southmead. Following that meeting, as promised, Darren shared his concerns with the council’s head of service.

Darren has now received a reply from Bristol City Council:

Upon receipt of the response, Darren said:

“You may recall back in November, I attended an estate walk around and litter pick with local councillors on Twenty Acres in Southmead. I shared a number of concerns about how the estate was being maintained by the council shortly after my visit. It was clear many members of the Twenty Acres community feel unheard and forgotten. I have now received a reply from the council. I do urge local residents to report their concerns to the council and be sure to let Councillor Helen Godwin and Brenda Massey know the challenges you’re facing – they work hard for the local community and we all want to ensure resident’s voices are heard.”

 

 

 

 

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Darren calls for fully state funded childcare

Darren hosted a Westminster Hall debate so that Parliament could consider the costs and benefits of childcare which is free to parents and paid for by the state. In it he spoke for this policy.

You can watch Darren’s speech at the start of the debate and the rest of the debate afterwards here:

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Darren supports Time to Talk campaign

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, showed his support for the national Time to Talk mental health campaign on Time to Talk Day on 7th February.

Darren Jones MP said:

“Today is Time to Talk Day, a chance for us all to think about how we can start honest conversations about mental health.

Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 of us, so I’ll be reflecting on how I can be more open about mental health, talk to others and break down stigma. Time to Change is a growing social movement run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. They’re working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. Since they’ve been running they’ve reached millions of people and changed attitudes and behaviour. But there’s still more to be done – that’s why I will continue to call for more accessible, high-quality and responsive mental health care and support wherever I can”.

You can find out more about local events and the Time to Talk campaign here.