Staffordshire County Councillors received £2500 as part of the People Helping People fund in 2019/2020 to award to community projects in their Divisions. I like to keep people up to date about the fantastic projects I have supported this year and so I have provided a list below. The fund is now closed and I hope the County Council intends to keep this fund going so that more brilliant projects can be supported in 2020/21.
Go Kidsgrove – Making Christmas Fun:
Making Christmas Fun’ will use shared Christmas craft activities to bring families together in a stress-free environment. We will run workshops in the libraries and pop-up shop to enable families to work together to make Christmas lanterns and decorate tree baubles. The lanterns will be used in the ‘DIY light parade’ on the day of the Switch-on event, which also brings families together in a fun activity. The baubles will be used to decorate the tree in the centre of town, creating a shared ownership of Christmas in Kidsgrove. We also wish to purchase a good quality pop-up gazebo so we can take the workshops to other locations, without the need for finding suitable premises.
Ian Atherton – Butt Lane Youth Club
A weekly youth club for 9 to 14 year olds to encourage young people’s personal and social development by getting involved in positive activities and having fun. The youth club will help to tackle anti-social behaviour and will be based at Butt Lane Baptist Church.
Crown Bank Allotment Association – Access For All:
The object of improving access (Access For All) to the Allotment gardens is to allow the surrounding community to be able to access the Allotment gardens safely, and in return we be able to open the site up to the local schools and care homes in Talke Pits/Kidsgrove district.
Kidsgrove Sports Centre Community Group – Kidsgrove Sports Centre Sports 4 all:
To provide Sports Opportunities to our local and surrounding communities. Kidsgrove Sports Centre was closed to the public in June 2017. Since the time of closure, the community has campaigned tirelessly for its re-opening. This grant would help to provide much needed equipment for the centre that was sadly removed from site and would again allow users the opportunity to reach their full potential, promote sport and fitness and encourage lifestyle changes.
Red Street Community Centre – Community Project:
Red Street Community Centre is used by the whole community and facilities are enjoyed by all. We have various groups that use the centre including karate, Parkinson’s group, slimming world, drama group , dog training and also Kidsgrove Care Solutions. Some of these groups mainly Kidsgrove Care Solutions and Parkinson’s group have special needs clientele and because of this they require specialised equipment that needs to be stored. We are looking to acquire some sheds that will allow groups to store this equipment in and release much needed space in main hall where equipment is kept now.
Total awarded to community projects – £2479.00
Ruth Smeeth has been selected by Stoke on Trent North Labour Party to be the Parliamentary Candidate in the 2015 General Election. Joan Walley MP announced her retirement in late 2013. The hustings and selection took place at Kidsgrove Town Hall with over 100 Labour Party members turning up for the vote. All candidates performed well during their speeches and question session. Zaeba Hanif and Katie Ghose were also on the shortlist and fought hard for the support of members across the constituency. Ruth won the ballot and is now the official candidate. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ruth on her success. I backed Ruth from the start because of her fighting spirit and her inspiring positive attitude to life. Ruth will stand up for everyone and not just the few. We believe in Ruth as much as we have believed in Joan for so many years!
Joan Walley MP has today revealed National Housing Federation figures which show 1295 Stoke north and Kidsgrove residents will be hit by the government’s ‘Bedroom Tax’ losing on average £728 per year.The Bedroom Tax will hit 660,000 households, two thirds of them home to someone with a disability, at exactly the same time as the Government gives a massive £100,000 tax cut to 13,000 millionaires.
“David Cameron’s Bedroom Tax will hammer families in Stoke-on-Trent and Kidsgrove already struggling to make ends meet, and could actually risk costing tax-payers a fortune in higher private rents. These ill thought out plans will hit hardest in the areas with the greatest need and show a blatant disregard for the most vulnerable people.
“The majority of the households hit are home to someone with a disability, and the families of soldiers and foster parents will also be hit. Yet at the same time prisoners get off and millionaires are getting a massive tax cut. How can that be right?”
Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said:
“David Cameron’s April tax plan is simply not fair. From next month, 13,000 millionaires are getting a tax cut worth £100,000 a year on average while over 600,000 armed forces families, disabled people and foster carers have to find £728 a year to pay a new bedroom tax.
“Yet the plan is such a shambles that someone who’s been to prison on a short sentence won’t have to pay. How unfair is that? Millionaires and prisoners are looked after but vulnerable people, carers and armed forces families get hit.
“Labour plan relentless pressure on this out of touch government until Ministers see sense, admit this policy is totally unfair and think again.”