Category Archives: Batley & Spen

MP offers help with new tip permit scheme

binbagsBatley & Spen MP Jo Cox has offered to help constituents register to use Kirklees tips.

The council has changed the permit system for its household waste sites. The plastic permit cards are being phased out and Kirklees residents must now pre-register their vehicles online, using this link.

Mrs Cox said: “I know there is a mixed reaction to this change and that it has caught a lot of people by surprise. Constituents have contacted me to raise concerns about people with multiple vehicles or not having access to the internet.

“Clearly Kirklees makes these local decision and I can’t affect that but what I can do is offer to help any of my constituents who are worried that they will suffer as a result of this change.

“Anyone who lives in Batley & Spen who is are worried about registering due to not having access to the internet can contact my office and my staff will happily do it for them. If you know of anyone, put them in touch.”

Mrs Cox’s office in Batley can be contacted on 01924 910499.

For more information about the scheme click here.

Local delegation meets minister to raise gaps in social care

20160510_165228Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox led a delegation of local organisations to Westminster to discuss gaps in social care with ministers.

The delegation met with Alistair Burt MP, the social care minister, and also met with the Shadow minister Emma Lewell-Buck MP, Labour’s social care spokesman.

Yesterday’s delegation was part of an ongoing national campaign being led by Mrs Cox exploring issues around adult social care that directly link in with her campaign on loneliness and isolation.

Mrs Cox said: “Problems in adult care have come up time and again since I was elected last May. Local voluntary and charitable organisations have highlighted the many challenges they face in delivering services.

“They feel national policies do not reflect local needs and demands. There is a clear expectation that they will be heavily involved in delivering social care support but without any real investment.

“Social care is hugely underfunded and there is a lack of integrated services. However, the current lack of analysis has allowed the government to avoid taking decisive action.

“The discussions arising from delegation will, I hope, help address that, raise awareness with ministers and also contribute to the work I am doing locally and nationally to tackle loneliness and isolation.”

The Royal Voluntary Service, Alzheimer’s Society, Batley Food Bank and Community Partnerships were among those who attended the meetings in Parliament.

Contributions from a series of meetings hosted in Batley & Spen by Mrs Cox were also fed in along with feedback from other local organisations who were unable to attend.

Brownies hear of MP’s work all around the world

2016-04-29 20.13.22Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox joined Brownies from Roberttown and Norristhorpe at the Fan Wood campsite in Gomersal for their first ever camping trip.

The Brownies were doing crafts on the theme of ‘all around the world’ on their first night away from their parents.

Having worked on four continents, Mrs Cox spoke about the work she did as an aid worker as well as her work most recently as their Member of Parliament. She answered questions before joining them for supper.

Mrs Cox said: “It was lots of fun and a great way of spending a Friday evening. I talked about the work I do now as well as about growing up in Heckmondwike and Batley before going off to work all over the world.”

Meeting set for those affected by sports centre closure

WM Sports CentreJo Cox MP is holding a meeting this week for people who use Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre, ahead of its closure and demolition next month.

The Batley & Spen MP is determined to make sure that all those groups who use the sports centre can be found a new home after it closes, as part of a scheme to redevelop the neighbouring high school.

Mrs Cox said: “Kirklees Council has taken the decision not to retain the sports centre when a new school is built at the site. The date for its closure has now been set as 20 May.

“In some cases, alternative facilities and locations have already been offered to users of the centre. In other cases, such as with indoor bowls, the council has decided it can no longer subsidise provision to the extent it has in the past.

“I want to know how the closure will affect those who use the sports centre and where they will go once it closes. Most importantly of all, if there is anything else the council and Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL) can do to help them, I want to make sure they do that.”

Mrs Cox has invited the leader of Kirklees Council, Cllr David Sheard, the chief executive of KAL, Alasdair Brown, and members of both Kirklees and KAL staff to attend the meeting.

They will be on hand to answer questions or concerns about future provision.

Mrs Cox added: “This is not a meeting of the council or the cabinet and it is not a meeting to consider the decision they have already taken to close the centre. It is a meeting organised by me so that users of the centre can discuss and ask questions about the alternative provision they have been offered.

“I hope this will be useful to those affected by the closure. I know Whitcliffe has been a valued facility, the loss of which will be felt by many.”

The meeting will be at the sports centre on Friday 15 April at 7pm.

Home from Hospital service relaunched at DDH

Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox has formally relaunched the Home from Hospital service at Dewsbury & District Hospital.

Jo Cox and health and social care professionals relaunch RVS's Home from HospitalThe service for older people leaving hospital is run by the Royal Voluntary Service but Mrs Cox discovered that take up of the service was not as widespread here as in neighbouring areas.

Mrs Cox, working with RVS to promote the local servicebrought together a series of health and social care professionals and organisations, in a bid to raise awareness and encourage more referrals.

Mrs Cox said: “RVS’s Home from Hospital is an important service that helps older people when they are discharged from hospital. We heard some powerful stories about the difference this service can make to people leaving hospital.

“It is my hope that this relaunch will provide the boost it needs in north Kirklees and that together we can improve the reach and impact it has for people who need it.”

She said the relaunch had been prompted by the number of people who have been in touch with her raising issues about discharge from hospital and a gap in services.

“These gaps arise from cuts to council and NHS budgets, changes to hospital services and the complexities around commissioning. Home from Hospital has the potential to fill that gap,” said Mrs Cox.

“There does seems to be a lack of knowledge about what is available around discharge planning among some of the organisations I have met in recent months. We hope everyone who was involved in this relaunch will refer patients into the service and tell others too.

“GPs, discharge teams, Locala, community matrons, local community groups and many more have a collective role to play so that we can all work together to ensure that older people in our community are not left without support once they go home from hospital,

“This will help to resolve a lot issues and re-admissions problems.”

As well as hoping professionals will make more use of the service, referrals are also welcome from patients’ friends and family also. RVS can be contacted directly on 01924 446100.

Among the organisations at the relaunch were: Locala, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Yorkshire Ambulance Service; Community Partnerships; Action for Hearing Loss; Alzheimer’s Society; North Kirklees CCG as well as local GPs, physiotherapists and the community matron.

The event was held in the Oakwell Centre at Dewsbury & District Hospital.