Jeff Smith

Standing up for Manchester Withington

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Didsbury Good Neighbours (DGN) are raising funds for a volunteer befriending service for older people in the community.

The service will put on weekly activities to combat loneliness and isolation felt by many older people.  To raise money, they will be taking part in the Manchester 100km Cycle Ride on September 3rd. DGN are asking people to either donate to the riders or join the race itself.

Jeff said: “This will be an invaluable service for older people in our community and I hope as many people contribute as possible. 

100km in a day is no mean feat so I wish the riders all the best for September!”

All the details about the ride, and how to donate, can be found on their website - https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/onourbikes4dgn

Didsbury Good Neighbours get on their bikes to raise funds for befriending service

Didsbury Good Neighbours (DGN) are raising funds for a volunteer befriending service for older people in the community. The service will put on weekly activities to combat loneliness and isolation...

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Applications for year 7 places in September 2018 are now open.

The deadline for applying online in 31 October and offers will be made on March 1 2018. 

Jeff said: “Applying for secondary school places can seem daunting but the process is much easier than you might expect. 

It’s important to get your application in early as applications received before the deadline will be processed first.”

All the details about how to apply can be found on the Manchester City Council website here.

Applications open for secondary school places for children starting in September 2018

Applications for year 7 places in September 2018 are now open. The deadline for applying online in 31 October and offers will be made on March 1 2018.  Jeff said:...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has urged local charities and community groups to consider applying for a share of over £4 million of funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Both charities and community groups are eligible to apply for the grants of between £500 and £20,000.  Applications for the latest round of funding are now open and will close on the 28th August.

The funding will be allocated through one of three Trusts, which support different categories of projects:

  • People’s Postcode Trust seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.
  • Postcode Local Trust supports wildlife, sustainability, play areas and green spaces.
  • Postcode Community Trust focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes. 

Over 400 projects were awarded with grants in the last funding round. With previously funded projects ranging from sports clubs, to mental health groups, to wildlife conservation charities, this is a fantastic opportunity for groups to access funding to make a difference in the local community.

Jeff said: “For charities and organisations working from a tight budget, this money could make a huge difference.  It could mean taking on new staff, improving the office space or offering a new service that wasn’t possible before.

It takes just a few minutes to notify the Postcode Lottery of your interest, I hope as many local groups as possible get involved.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: More than £4 million injected into grass roots projects across Great Britain will have a tremendous impact in local communities.

Between the three Trusts, a very wide range of causes are supported, so I’d urge groups to have a look at the websites to see where their project fits – no matter how big or small – and get applying.”

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have so far raised more than £221.2 million to date for over 3,000 good causes across Great Britain and internationally. 

For more information on how to apply for funding, please visit the Trusts’ websites:

www.postcodetrust.org.uk

www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk

www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk

Jeff urges local charities and groups to apply for funding

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has urged local charities and community groups to consider applying for a share of over £4 million of funding raised by players of People’s Postcode...

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Last weekend Jeff visited Didsbury Library as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest annual reading promotion for children aged 4-11.  The Challenge combines free access to books with fun, creative activities in libraries during the summer holidays.

Throughout the Challenge, library staff and young volunteers support the children, helping them to discover new authors and illustrators and to explore a wide range of different types of books and ways of reading.  The Challenge is a key element of the Read Manchester programme which aims to boost literacy across the city and encourage reading for pleasure.

To support the Challenge, there are over 200 free activities on offer in 22 libraries.  All of these activities are designed to attract children and families into Library venues, and by joining the Challenge, create life-long library users.

Jeff said: “It was great to meet Zara and the other volunteers that are making the Summer Reading Challenge happen.

From scrapbooking to handling live animals with rangers from Zoolab, there’s so much to do across the city so I’m encouraging as many young people to get involved with the Read Manchester programme.”

To find out more about the Read Manchester program, you can visit their website here.

Jeff visits Didsbury Library to support the Summer Reading Challenge

Last weekend Jeff visited Didsbury Library as part of the Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest annual reading promotion for children aged 4-11.  The Challenge...

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Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has welcomed news that the National Lottery has invested almost £3 million in south Manchester’s heritage projects since 1994, and is encouraging community groups and constituents to apply for the Lottery’s First World War: then and now grants.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has opened applications for grants between £3,000 and £10,000 to undertake projects exploring the impact and legacy of the First World War beyond 1918.  

Whether looking at the role the war played in bringing about universal suffrage; the introduction of daylight saving; or the mechanisation of agriculture, there is a wealth of local stories waiting to be explored about life following the war.

Jeff Smith MP said: South Manchester has a rich history and I’m pleased to learn that thanks to the National Lottery local people have been exploring and enjoying that heritage.  

Just like many towns and cities across the UK, the Manchester we live in today was shaped by the First World War and so it’s great that people can make use of the money available from Heritage Lottery Fund to explore its legacy further.”

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of HLF, said: “Sadly, the ‘war to end all wars’ was no such thing and so it is right the events of the First World War should never be forgotten.  

We’ve been helping people across the UK explore an incredible array of stories from 1914-18, but the war had an impact beyond 1918 and we must recognise this.  The legacy of the First World War needs to be better understood and so we are encouraging people to come to us with their ideas for projects.”

The money is available through HLF’s community grants programme, First World War: then and now. More information can be found on their website here.

 

Jeff encourages applications for National Lottery First World War heritage grants of up to £10,000

Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has welcomed news that the National Lottery has invested almost £3 million in south Manchester’s heritage projects since 1994, and is encouraging community groups...

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Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has joined calls for the Government to address the crisis in our social care sector.

This week, Labour are highlighting the crisis in the social care sector after seven years of Tory/Coalition Government.  Since 2010, local authorities have seen their funding cut by £4.6 billion, leaving a social care funding gap of £2.1 billion by 2019/20.  Delayed transfers of care have doubled in the last three years, and there are now 1.2 million older people in England (1 in 8) living with unmet care needs

During the election, Labour promised an extra £1 billion of funding in 2017/18 and £8 billion by the end of the Parliament.  The Labour manifesto included an increase in the Carer’s Allowance, the extension of end-of-life care, and a pledge to end 15-minute visits.

Jeff said: “Labour has warned repeatedly of the growing crisis in social care. The competing pressures of an ageing population and chronic underfunding cannot go on.

In Manchester alone, we have seen our council budget cut by 43.4%, which has meant vulnerable people in our community not getting the care and support they need.

Theresa May must act now to make sure that councils like Manchester have the money to provide quality social care for all those who need it.” 

Jeff calls for more support for social care service

Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has joined calls for the Government to address the crisis in our social care sector. This week, Labour are highlighting the crisis in the...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has criticised the Government after NHS statistics published today showed the longest waiting times since 2007.

The number of patients waiting for routine surgery is now the highest for a decade as the NHS struggles to cope with increased demand without sufficient funding from the Government.

The figures also highlighted that the Government missed the 4 hour A&E target again in July. The target of treating 95% of patients within 4 hours hasn’t been met since July 2015.

Similarly, the target to ensure all cancer patients receive their first treatment within two months of being referred by their GP wasn’t met, nor was the target for 93% of patients with breast cancer symptoms to see a consultant within two weeks of being referred by a family doctor.

Commenting on the figures, Jeff said: “7 years of Tory Government has brought our NHS to its knees.

These targets were introduced by Labour in 1997 but have been routinely missed by successive Tory Governments.

You can’t hide from the statistics and until the Government gives NHS services and staff the funding they need, these targets will continue to be missed, with patients suffering as a result.”

New NHS Statistics show hospital waiting times at highest level for a decade

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has criticised the Government after NHS statistics published today showed the longest waiting times since 2007. The number of patients waiting for routine surgery is...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has backed a Labour report into diversity in the arts sector.

The report, published today, warns that the arts sector suffers from clear class divides, both in terms of those who work in the arts and those who view it.  The report claims that just 16% of actors come from working-class backgrounds and 42% of British BAFTA winners attended a fee-paying school.

Led by Labour MPs Tracy Brabin and Gloria De Piero, the report highlights the impact of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) as leading to a ‘systematic marginalisation of arts subjects, particularly drama’.

The EBacc measures students’ attainment across so-called ‘traditional’ subjects including maths, science, English, history, geography and modern languages.  It was introduced by the coalition government in 2010, but has been criticised for deprioritising arts subjects.

Commenting on the report, Jeff said: “This is an important inquiry exposing the dire lack of diversity in the arts sector.

We cannot ignore that the narrowing of the school curriculum is having a detrimental impact on the number of our students that see creative subjects as more than just a hobby.

I hope the Government listens to Labour’s report and makes sure that the arts sector remains open to people from all walks of life.”

Introduction of English Baccalaureate has contributed to ‘diversity crisis’ in the arts – Labour report

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has backed a Labour report into diversity in the arts sector. The report, published today, warns that the arts sector suffers from clear class divides,...

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has criticised the Government for refusing to fund the electrification of the train line between Leeds and Manchester.

Jeff said: “Only two years ago, the then Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said that electrifying the Leeds-Manchester line was “at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse”

In recent weeks, not only have the Government cancelled the electrification of the line, but they have announced funding for the Crossrail 2 project in London. 

Transport infrastructure is crucial to tackling wider regional inequalities so if the Government wants to save the Northern Powerhouse project they should reinstate the electrification of the Leeds-Manchester Line, and bring forward plans for a Crossrail for the North.”

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Jeff criticises ‘unjustifiable’ decision to cancel electrification of Leeds-Manchester line

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has criticised the Government for refusing to fund the electrification of the train line between Leeds and Manchester. Jeff said: “Only two years ago, the...

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