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Darren supports Windrush generation and offers help

Many from the Windrush Generation, people who moved to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s and have been here their entire lives, are now threatened by deportation. On this topic, Darren said the following:

It’s really sad to hear that people who have been here legally their entire lives might be deported, because of Home Office admin issues. The Government needs to move quickly and give these people the security they deserve. I was happy to support David Lammy MP on this in the House today.

If you’re a constituent affected by this issue and you need help, please get in touch with my office.

Contact details for Darren’s office are available here: www.darren-jones.co.uk/contact

Furthermore, you can read more about this issue here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43780621

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Darren congratulates Bristol Plays Music on winning funding

Bristol Plays Music, which helps children get the chance to play music, have recently been awarded over £1 million of Arts Council funding. Here’s what Darren had to say about this achievement:

Bristol Plays Music does an amazing job working to give as many children as possible the chance to experience music. I had access to similar schemes when I was at Portway School (now Oasis Academy) and fully support their win. Well done!

You can read Bristol 24/7’s report about this here: https://www.bristol247.com/culture/music/bristols-music-education-hub-awarded-1-million-arts-council-funding/

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Darren supports Channel 4 move to Bristol

Darren attended a Channel 4 event to make the case for Bristol being a Channel 4 creative hub. Here’s what he had to say about this, speaking to the Bristol Post:

We are going full-hog for this. They are consulting with staff about who would like to move and I have spoken to a lot of Channel 4 staff who are thrilled at the prospect of moving to Bristol.

Bristol is attractive for people who work at Channel 4. It is close to London and we have a centre of expertise in terms of the creative industries and links with the BBC. We tick all the boxes.

You can read the full article here: https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/…/bristol-pushing-forward-bec…

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Darren goes to the Bristol Young Hero awards

The Bristol Young Hero Awards are for young Bristolians who are creating change in the world around them. The awards recognise their work, and encourage them to keep pushing for change. Darren attended the awards, and had the following to say afterwards:

What an inspiring evening at the Bristol Young Heroes Awards. Well done to all the amazing nominees and winners, and all of the parents, groups and schools who supported them. And well done to Community of Purpose for organising, and lead sponsors GKN Aerospace!

Darren launches Tip Review campaign

Darren says

I’m launching a new campaign called Tip Review – where waiting staff review their own restaurants tipping policies, so customers can decide whether to dine and tip. But I need your help! Can you help with our website or join our steering committee?

Read more about this campaign here: https://www.bristol247.com/…/bristol-north-west-mp-launche…/

If you do want to get involved, please send an email setting out how you can help to darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk

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Darren speaks to BBC Bristol about GKN

This interview covered what’s going on with Melrose’s GKN takeover, workers’ futures and what Darren’s doing about the situation. Listen to the full interview here:

Join Darren’s Bristol team:

Darren is hiring a Caseworker (20hrs) and Parliamentary Assistant to focus on non-political campaigns and events (18-20hrs):

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Closing Date: Midday on 20th April 2018.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview (on Tuesday 24th April) in Bristol North West on Friday 27th April.

All applicants should send their CV with a detailed covering letter setting out how they meet the requirements of the role (500 words max) to Darren Jones MP at darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk with the subject line “Caseworker application” or ‘Parliamentary Assistant application’.

 

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Darren speaks on GKN

Melrose is continuing with its hostile take over bid for GKN, and Airbus (GKNs largest customer) has said it can’t work with a business like Melrose. In response to the Government, Melrose has said it will keep GKN in North Bristol for the next five years.

Watch what Darren had to say about the matter below:

 

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MP warns extra cost of childcare being passed to parents by Government scheme

Darren Jones (MP for Bristol North West) visited Snap Dragons nursery in Shirehampton on Friday 23rd March to hear from parents and staff about concerns with the Government’s intention to close the Childcare Vouchers scheme, and to move parents to a new Tax Free Childcare scheme.

Today, parents can claim vouchers from their employers to contribute to the cost of childcare. However, in the next financial year the Government will close the Childcare Vouchers scheme and parents will have to use a new Tax Free Childcare system. This will require parents to register on an online system, register each child and then make an online payment for each child per month. The Government will then “top up” the balance by 20% and the system will then pay the childcare provider directly. This change was originally due to take place in April, but following pressure from across the House last week, the Government delayed the roll out to October 2018.

However, Darren wants parents to be aware of the changes now – namely because the system is harder to use, and because many parents will find they receive significantly less childcare support, in effect increasing childcare costs for parents across Bristol. Click here to read more about the changes.

Commenting, Darren said:

“I’ve already had a number of constituents in my surgery at their wits end due to the new tax free childcare system. It doesn’t work, requires parents to re-register every three months and has put my constituents in real difficulties in paying their childcare providers. To make it worse, most parents don’t realise they could lose thousands of pounds in childcare support each year.”

“Supporting families and creating a parent-friendly workplace is one of my top priorities as a local MP. This flawed change by the Government will make it harder for working parents, not easier. And it will make it harder for parents wanting to return to work too. I will continue to call on the Government to get it right. But I also call on parents to get informed as soon as possible, so they aren’t left in difficulty when the childcare voucher scheme closes in a few months’ time.”

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