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Darren signs Child Trafficking pledge

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has signed ECPAT UK’s (Every Child Protected Against Trafficking) pledge calling for Stable Futures for all child victims of trafficking.

Darren said:

Child victims of trafficking are just like other young people, with hopes and dreams for the future. While they may have experienced unimaginable trauma, they are resilient, resourceful and full of potential. Yet under the current system, they are often unable to recover, live stable lives and plan for their future. Some of the barriers they face include securing their immigration status, poor decision making and lengthy waits for immigration claims and other important decisions, and a lack of support to navigate the many complex legal and care systems in the UK.

Following difficult journeys to the UK, unaccompanied children may be victims of trafficking, but this often goes undetected by the authorities as there is no one for them to confide in. Having a long term plan in place, a stable immigration status where necessary and someone to support them early on in their recovery would allow each child to live in safety, free of fear and of further instability in their lives. It would allow them to focus on their education, future careers and friendships, just like any other young person. 

That’s why I stand with ECPAT UK’s call for the government to give trafficked children their futures back“.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darren highlights learning disadvantage gap

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, had shared his concerns about the above-average disadvantage gap in Bristol North West.

The Education Policy Institute (EPI)  published its flagship Annual Report on the state of education in England and how well the government are doing in closing the ‘disadvantage gap’ on 30th July 2019.

The EPI found in Bristol North West, disadvantaged pupils are 23 months of learning behind their non-disadvantaged peers by the end of secondary school (much higher than the national average); 8 months of learning behind at primary; and 5.9 months of learning behind in the early years.

In terms of the national picture, for the first time since 2011, progress in closing the GCSE attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has come to a standstill.

Darren said:

The disadvantage gap is frankly beyond belief in a country as rich as the UK, and I will be raising my on-going horror at these stats after recess. I grew-up in council homes in Lawrence Weston and Shire, went to University before training as a lawyer and becoming your MP, I had those opportunities because of investment in education and policies that supported my family. Nobody should face educational disadvantage because of their family’s income.

I truly hope this report illustrates the impact austerity politics has had on the future of this country.

Those who supported cuts to education and youth services budgets should hang their heads in shame”.

You can read the full report here.

You can follow Darren’s work on Education here.

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Darren continues to call for new crossing in Lawrence Weston

Following meeting residents and parents of students from Oasis Academy Bank Leaze in May, MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones wrote to the council and Curo, a Housing Association building new homes in the area, to highlight his concerns about the lack of safe crossing.

Darren also sent a letter to all staff and parents/guardians of students of Oasis Bank Leaze advising how they could support the campaign.

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

The lead campaigner has since presented the petition to the council (July 2019) and Darren has received a reply from Curo (click PDF’s below).

Darren said:

“It’s been fantastic 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 support these efforts.

The reply from Curo indicates a willingness to work with the council to improve pedestrian safety in the area, now we need to ensure this doesn’t end up on back-burner.”

Response to Darren Jones MP re. Corbet Close

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Darren congratulates Orchard School on award

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, has congratulated Orchard School in Horfield on their recent Nourish the Workplace award.

Darren said:

“It is great news that Orchard School Bristol have received Nourish the Workplace’s Health and Wellbeing Award!

Teachers and school support staff work exceptionally hard and deserve to have their own health prioritised alongside their pupil’s.

Well done to everyone involved”.

 

 

 

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News: Bristol City Council’s SEND Investment

Bristol City Council has recently reviewed it’s SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Strategy.

Feedback from Special schools and data from the Council Place Planning Team suggest that many SEND settings are reaching capacity and if diagnosis rates remain as they are, full capacity will be reached by 2020/21. The data also shows that the largest need types are for children with autistic needs including SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health), ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and ASC (Autism Spectrum Conditions).

Further to these recommendations, Bristol City Councils’ Cabinet have recently approved £2,057,009 condition grant funding to education capital budget.

In Bristol North West, £3,822,386 (basic need grant funding) has been approved by Cabinet to Kingsweston Special School to make permanent critical complex needs provision.

Additionally, Cabinet approved £200,000 (SEND grant funding) to Claremont and Elmfield, to develop and consult on more detailed options for managing the buildings deteriorating condition.

Cabinet noted the possibility that a future solution for the condition issues at Elmfield and Claremont may require a contribution from capital receipts, beyond the available capital grant funding.

You can find more Cabinet decisions and more information on the SEND Strategy by visiting here.

Darren said:

“It’s great news that Bristol City Council has approved various funding for SEND provisions across Bristol. I speak to many constituents on a weekly basis who are, or have family members facing difficulties accessing SEND settings, so it is vital that these provisions receive funding to improve and maintain them. At a time where local councils have suffered detrimental cuts by the Government, it’s good to see that SEND is a priority for Bristol City Council.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Darren visits Southmead, Avonmouth business, Westbury, Henleaze and Horfield.

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another packed weekend. On Friday 22nd June, Darren visited a pop-up Great Get Together community event in Southmead, he then toured DS Smith in Avonmouth and hosted a pub politics at the Crafty Cow. On Saturday 23rd June, Darren hosted Powered by You stalls in Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze and then hosted his own Great Get Together Picnic in Horfield at the Ardagh Trust’s Café.

Darren said:

“It has been a busy 48 hours! On Friday, I visited an event in Southmead and toured DS Smith in Avonmouth to hear about their plans for improving recycling processes and re-using cardboard boxes within 14 days. I then hosted a Pub Politics at the Crafty Cow in Horfield and we chatted about 5g, buses, the proposed arena and local transport.

Then on Saturday, I held “Powered by You” street stalls in Westbury and Henleaze and then got to enjoy a couple of hours in the sunshine at the Ardagh Trust’s Café for my Great Get Together Picnic in honour of my colleague Jo Cox. Thanks to everyone who came along to any of these events and chatted about local or nationals issues”.

                        

 

 

 

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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.