Minister supports Graham’s call for local authorities to follow Government guidelines on home education

Graham has received the following replies from Education Minister Elizabeth Truss MP in response to his recent letters raising concerns about the aggressive approach taken by certain local authorities to home educating families.  In these letters Ms Truss pledges to remind the authorities in question to observe the Government’s 2007 guidelines on this important issue.

Elizabeth Truss MP – Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Elizabeth Truss MP – TriBorough and Hackney council

New Enterprise Allowance is helping people in Beverley and Holderness to start their own business

New Enterprise Allowance Visit - June 2013

Mark Wainwright (Paintzfiction), Marc Mason (Chauffeur Luxury), Graham Stuart MP, Cllr Jane Evison.

Graham Stuart MP has welcomed new figures showing that 160 people in Beverley and Holderness have been helped off benefits and are now running their own businesses, under the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance scheme.

The Allowance – which supports people on out of work benefits to start their own businesses – has helped more than 46,000 people across the country to set up their own businesses since it was introduced in April 2011.

The support available to people begins with help from a business mentor to develop their business ideas. Then, once the business is up and running, and participants have moved off benefits, they are eligible for 26 weeks of financial support as they get their business going.   Read the rest of this entry »

Holderness Ale Trail

Rural pubs near Hornsea have joined forces to create the Holderness Ale Trail, which is to be launched next week.  You’re invited to visit each pub and collect a stamp with your purchase.  Once you have a stamp from each pub you can claim a free drink.

Download the Ale Trail leaflet for more information. Holderness Ale Trail 2014

Graham to hold Hornsea Street Surgery this Saturday

Graham Stuart MP (2)On Saturday 14th June Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, will be holding a Street Surgery in Hornsea, weather permitting.

The outdoor surgery will take place between 10.30am and midday (Newbegin, near the shops)

All residents are invited to come and speak with Graham about any issues or concerns they may have, or just stop by to say hello. No appointment is necessary. 

Graham welcomes new rules to bring a fairer deal for landlords in tied pubs

Kilnsea 8th March talking with locals at the Crown and Anchor Pub, KilnseaMember of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart has welcomed an announcement this week of new rules to ensure that publicans are given a fair deal by pub companies.

Publicans who rent their premises from a pub company or brewery normally have to pay a higher wholesale price for their stock, creating an uneven playing field against freehold pubs that are often given discount prices as they have the ability to shop around. Read the rest of this entry »

Graham to hold surgeries in Hedon and Paull this weekend

On Saturday 31st May Graham will be holding a Street Surgery in Hedon, weather permitting. Later the same day he will be holding an indoor Surgery at Paull Village Hall.

The outdoor surgery in Hedon (the Market Place) will take place between 10.30am and 11.30am. 

The indoor surgery at Paull Village Hall will take place between noon and 1pm.

All residents are invited to come and speak with Graham about any issues or concerns they may have, or just stop by to say hello. No appointment is necessary. 

Log on to ‘FixMyStreet’ says MP

Graham Stuart MPMember of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart is encouraging his constituents to use a website called ‘FixMyStreet’ to alert the Council to faults they need to fix.

On the website people can register problems the Council needs know about, such as potholes, broken street lights and signs. The report is then sent to the Council for action to resolve the issue. 

Commenting on the site, Graham said, “Many people notice things in their area the Council needs to fix; like pot holes, broken street lights, uneven paving, fly tipping and graffiti, but don’t always know the best way to report them.  The Council has lots of departments and it can be unclear which one to contact.

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Graham raises concerns about long delays at the Passport Office

Graham Stuart MP Feb 2014The Passport office is currently experiencing an overwhelming amount of applications as people prepare to go away on their summer holidays.  This pressure is causing a backlog of applications with some people being left high and dry with no passport on their day of travel.

Graham Stuart, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness has heard from a number of his constituents about the problem in recent days and has written to the Passport Office to find out what is causing the delays and what steps are being taken to sort it out.

Commenting on the problem Graham said, “It is clearly unacceptable that people are not having their passports processed within the advertised time frame.  The Passport Office website states three weeks but one of my constituents waited over four weeks, contacting the passport office daily and requesting to be upgraded to the express service.  Sadly he missed his date of travel before he made contact with me.

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Graham visits Beverley Citizens Advice Bureau

Graham Stuart MP Jan 14Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart visited the Citizens Advice Bureau in Beverley to hear more about the work of the centre and to thank the volunteers for the valuable work they do to support local residents.

The Citizens Advice Bureau is located on Lairgate in Beverley and is open from 10am – 4pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Commenting about the visit, Graham said, “Citizens Advice is a vital service for people from all walks of life; it offers free and impartial advice to help people resolve the issues they face in the course of everyday life.

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MP urges local response to Government consultation on home to school transport

walk to school path cropGraham Stuart MP has today urged people across the East Riding of Yorkshire to respond to the Department for Education’s consultation on home to school travel and transport, which closes on 3 June.

The Government has published new guidance for local authorities, giving them greater freedom to develop transport policies that meet the needs of their areas.  The guidance also sets out a recommended appeals process that is intended to be both clearer for parents and local authorities and more independent.

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