Nigel Mills is MP for Amber Valley

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Nigel Mills is MP for Amber Valley and a member of the Conservative party.

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Rail Strikes –

As it stands, strikes will take place today 21 June, this Thursday 23 June, and this coming Saturday 25 June.

Due to the way the unions are organising the strikes, we are likely to see significant knock-on disruption on Wednesday 22, Friday 26, and Sunday 27.

Jobs Fair - Amber Valley:

A range of career opportunities will be available at the Amber Valley Jobs Fair tomorrow, at Ripley Leisure Centre from 10am-1pm.

If you’re looking for work or hoping to take the next step in your career, this should be a really helpful event.

Yesterday, the Government outlined its new Food Strategy, the main aim of which is to increase domestic food production.

This week there have been two significant developments for social housing tenants and first-time buyers.

On Wednesday, the Government introduced the Social Housing Regulation Bill to give social housing tenants more protection and to improve the quality of housing in England.

Wishing everyone in Amber Valley a fantastic Platinum Jubilee weekend, celebrating the extraordinary service of Her Majesty The Queen.

Lots of events are planned across Amber Valley this week to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

For the full list of events, please check out: https://info.ambervalley.gov.uk/docarc/docviewer.aspx?docguid=6ad3590e8b2d454dbbd47b5773ecf420

We are very lucky to celebrate the first ever Platinum Jubilee - the Queen’s glorious 70-year reign.

I know this is a particularly difficult time for many families across Amber Valley.

With the recent news that Ofgem will increase the energy price cap again in October, I wholeheartedly welcome the massive package of support the Government announced yesterday.

Last week, I was with the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Diagnostics Hub in Westminster talking to people who have been affected by dementia and clinicians who are involved in diagnosing the disease.

Pleased to see the number of registered nurses, midwives, and nursing associates in the UK has reached its highest level ever.

Numbers now show we are over halfway on our commitment to deliver 50,000 more nurses.

I welcome the announcement today that the cost of NHS prescriptions will be frozen

In addition, the NHS low income scheme can provide help including free prescriptions for eligible students, pensioners, and those who receive benefits or are in care homes.
https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-low-income-scheme

Today, the Big Sister program launches with the aim of providing support for teenage girls to help them find the joy of sport and exercise. I’m pleased to update residents that there are some great new opportunities in Amber Valley as a part of this scheme.

Today, the Government outlined its priorities for the coming year in the Queen’s Speech. This year delivered by Prince Charles on behalf of the Queen.

The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a public consultation asking for your views on the process of fluoridation in the treatment of tap water. /1

Cheaper Rail Tickets:

The first ever Great British Rail Sale is now up and running. Over one million half price rail tickets are now available at http://greatbritishrailsale.nationalrail.co.uk/#/great-british-rail-sale

These include services from Amber Valley to destinations up and down the country.

Honoured to have opened the new @QEAengineering academy in Alfreton last week.

It’s a great asset to add to our local community, and exactly the type of employment focused education we all want to see offered locally.

I look forward to seeing it in action.

Schools White Paper:

Yesterday, we got to see the Government’s new Schools White Paper, the first to be published in six years. Although there’s still a lot to learn about how it will be implemented, I believe this is a big step in the right direction.

I'm pleased to update residents that over 75s and those who are immunosuppressed can now book their spring booster jab when invited.

This is another important step we must take in learning to live with this virus. For more info visit: (http://www.nhs.uk)

As part of the multi-million Future High Street Fund, @AmberValleyBC are holding a public consultation on how to change Heanor Market Place for the better.

If you want to get your voice heard, there are two meetings you can attend: http://www.ambervalley.gov.uk/shapeyourtown

I’m backing Derby to become the new HQ of Great British Railways. Derby has a great railway heritage and it’s right at the centre of the UK’s rail network.

This would be fantastic for the whole of the East Midlands.
#DerbyGBR

Very positive meeting this morning with @nigelmills MP and @PFEW_Tiff . Frank and honest discussions around police morale and wellbeing, the lack of a fair system for pay negotiations, the state of the relationship with Government and issues facing Derbyshire officers locally .

Improvements to the Online Safety Bill will ban social media companies from allowing fraudsters to run ads on their platforms.

I’ve been calling for such legislation since last year when the DWP select committee report on pensions scams found it was needed.

Last week I hosted a Westminster Hall debate to explore ways the Government could increase the take up of pensions guidance and advice.

While pensions advice remains completely free through Pension Wise, the number taking up the offer of advice remains disappointingly low.

I would like to reassure residents that Ripley Hospital is not closing.

Despite rumours that have been circulated by the local Labour party, there are absolutely no plans to close the facility. 1/

Since Putin launched his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine last week, I am proud the UK has been at the forefront of imposing sanctions against his regime.

Today, these sanctions have been extended and strengthened. At present these sanctions will cover: 1/

It is my steadfast belief that the UK and its allies must deliver a massive package of economic sanctions to completely undermine the Russian economy.

We must make clear to Vladimir Putin that the cost of invasion is unjustifiably high.

I support the Government’s decision to remove all remaining Covid restrictions from law.

It's clear to me that we cannot justify continuing restrictions on our freedoms. It's right to take the bold step to move from Government restrictions to personal responsibility. 1/

Although the flooding situation is improving, a number of roads in and around Amber Valley remain closed. These include:

- A61 from Little Eaton roundabout (junction with the A38)

- A610 Ambergate near the Hurt Arms

- Asher Lane, Pentrich

- Belper Lane junction of the A517

I am happy to update residents that all remaining testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers entering the UK have been scrapped.

This means if you are fully vaccinated you no longer need to take a Covid test when coming into the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uks-new-travel-rules-take-flight

Last week I raised my concerns about this year’s pensions and benefits increase being based on inflation figures from September.

As inflation is now substantially higher than it was in September, I feel a more appropriate measure would be to use the inflation rate from December.

Residents regularly contact me about unfair parking fines issued by unresponsive private parking companies. The Government has just unveiled proposals to put an end to this.

It will come as no surprise that I fully support these proposals. For more info: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60282554?fbclid=IwAR1ovmXrCPnlpUd-89PWD9AotsXgFjtilGUzhMGBbXOL2SX0dULCM3a63sk

The Government has today announced changes to the planned GCSE and A-level exams this summer.

I believe it is right to return to exams, however, it is also right that we consider the disruption to learning many students taking these exams have experienced.

Ofgem confirmed today that the energy price cap will rise by nearly £700 from April 2022.

In response, the Government has announced a three-part plan designed to help families immediately, by effectively halving the price rise: 1/

Great to see one of our most iconic British exports, @DenbyPottery is making an appearance on @BBCTwo’s #InsidetheFactory tonight 🏭

Tune in at 9pm to see how the company – which has created strong growth and jobs in Derbyshire – makes its ceramics 🍽️ ☕

Join @GreggAWallace as he follows the hand-crafted journey of our best-selling Halo Mug in our Derbyshire pottery.

Tune in and watch the full story on Wednesday, 2nd February on @BBCTwo at 9pm: https://bit.ly/3r1NDHw
#InsideTheFactory @Voltage_TV @cherryhealey

Very pleased to read that Derbyshire has been outlined as one of 55 Education Investment Areas where the Government will focus on improving opportunities for young people.

Great to hear that 37 million people in the UK have now come forward to get their booster jabs.

Also very proud that Amber Valley continually exceeds the rest of the country when it comes to boosters. Now, over 70% of local people have been boosted.

The extra £50 million of funding to dentistry services announced yesterday is very welcome.

I understand that more than 350,000 extra dental appointments will be created in February and March. Many of these appointments are set to take place on weekday evenings and at weekends.

Good to see @Derbyshirecc Highways Capital Programme includes traffic lights at the Steam Mill Lane junction, and improvements to ease congestion at the Hurt Arms junction.

Many constituents have contacted me about how difficult these junctions are at busy times of day.

End of Plan B restrictions:

Today:

🔹People will no longer be asked to work from home.
🔹Face masks no longer required in classrooms.

Thursday 27th:

🔹Venues no longer required to ask for Covid passes.
🔹Face masks no longer compulsory. Advised in enclosed, crowded places.

On Wednesday, I spoke with Vaccine Minister @maggie_erewash to ask that the vaccine booking service be simplified. I raised the point that currently there are two booking systems, one for GP centres, and one for national centres. I ask for these to be combined to avoid confusion.

➡️From 11 Jan, people with a positive lateral flow will no longer need to confirm with a PCR. Just Report the test online and isolate

➡️From 7 Jan, travellers to the UK do not need to take a pre-departure test and do not have to isolate on arrival while waiting for PCR results

Despite the storm of the pandemic crashing over the globe these past two years, I’m happy to see the UK enter 2022 with a fast growing economy.

➡️The IMF expect the UK to be the G7's fastest growing economy for a second year.

➡️More people are in work than before the pandemic.

Residents’ Meeting:

At 8pm on 16 December, I’m holding a zoom meeting to enable constituents to raise concerns directly with me.

If you have any questions or issues you’d like to discuss, please send me an email with your name and address for the details to join the meeting.

Plan B Votes Today –

The 2 main problems we’re facing:
1) The new variant spreads much more quickly.
2) 2 Vaccine doses seem to offer much less protection against serious illness from this variant.

53,738 people in Amber Valley have already had a booster jab. This is well above the national average and will protect our communities.

Everyone aged 30+ can book their booster now. Those aged 18+ will be able to book from Wednesday.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/

I am pleased to update residents that the proposed solar farm between Alfreton and Oakerthorpe has been refused planning permission.

I believe this was the right decision. Although renewable energy sources such as solar power can be a great asset, the proposal before the /1

Tonight, the Planning Board will vote on whether the proposed solar farm around Alfreton gets planning permission. The planning officers have recommended the application be refused

I welcome this, the application is clearly not consistent with planning law and should be rejected

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