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David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Immigration, visited Chatham’s All Saints Community Project this Wednesday to meet with local children and parents at an English tutoring class.

Joining Tristan Osborne – Labour’s candidate for the parliamentary seat of Chatham & Aylesford – along with Leader of Medway Labour Group Vince Maple, Mr Hanson spoke with parents and tutors about the success of the English language programme in fostering community cohesion in Chatham.

 

Labour has understood that immigration brings many benefits to Medway – notably in our colleges and our NHS – but the party will also make sure that people who come to Britain learn English, so we can celebrate our diversity but not have divided communities. Labour also has a fully costed plan to bolster Britain’s border force with 1,000 extra staff – after years of failure under David Cameron, we can have a fair and managed immigration policy once again.

 

David Hanson MP said:

 

“The success of English language programmes such as this are ensuring that across Britain, we’re celebrating our diverse range of different cultures and faiths. Under a Labour Government we’ll have a fair, managed plan to tackle the challenges that immigration can bring – not false promises or exaggerated rhetoric that can only serve to divide us”.

 

Tristan Osborne said:

 

“When I speak to residents across Chatham & Aylesford, I know that there are many who have genuine and understandable concerns about immigration. But this is why I am pleased to be visiting the English language programme here at All Saints Community Centre – because these projects are so important to bring our community together, and the language skills the children learn here will give them a fantastic start in life”.

 

Vince Maple said:

 

“All Saints is a pillar of our community here in Chatham, and I’m proud to visit such an important project that brings local residents of all backgrounds together. This is what Labour values are all about – under a Labour Council, we’ll give organisations such as these the support they need to continue the positive change they’re making in Medway”.

 

 

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Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister talks community cohesion at Chatham English class

David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Immigration, visited Chatham’s All Saints Community Project this Wednesday to meet with local children and parents at an English tutoring class.

This comes alongside new fears that the quality of apprenticeships is being undermined, with a government report finding that 21 per cent of apprentices are receiving no training while 15 per cent of apprentices are not receiving the appropriate minimum wage they are due, rising to 24 per cent for 16-18 year olds on level 2 and level 3 apprentices.

New figures show that 93 per cent of those aged 25 or older already worked for their employer before starting their apprenticeship, suggesting that many existing training programmes for people already in work are simply being rebadged as apprenticeships.

The next Labour government will use government procurement to create thousands of new apprenticeship opportunities, so that suppliers on major public projects will need to offer new apprenticeship places. Labour will act to safeguard apprenticeship quality by ensuring new standards so that all apprenticeships last a minimum of two years and include a day a week of off-the-job training.

Tristan Osborne, Labour’s candidate for Chatham & Aylesford: 

“This government is letting young people down at every turn.  Tracey Crouch MP voted to block Labour’s plans to boost quality apprenticeships.  We have learned today that the number of young people living here who are starting apprenticeships is dropping by thousands. Young people here need opportunities and a chance for a better future.”

Commenting, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP said:

“To grow the number of high-skilled, better-paid jobs we need more apprenticeship opportunities - particularly for our young people. But despite David Cameron’s claims, we are seeing the numbers of apprenticeships falling and worryingly there’s been a significant drop in apprenticeship starts for young people 

“We’ve also witnessed the historic apprenticeship brand being tarnished as training for employees who are already in work has been re-badged under the apprenticeship label. As a result, we’ve seen a huge spike in over-60s taking apprenticeships while the number of young people taking apprenticeships has fallen.

“Under Labour’s plans, we would use government procurement to create thousands of new opportunities and would act to ensure all apprenticeships are of high quality and provide a route to a more high-skilled job.” 

 

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Notes to Editors

 

Apprenticeship Programme Starts by Age

 

2012/13

2013/14

 

Changes 2012/13-2013/14

 

     

 

Under 19

     

 

 

     

 

South East

15,350

15,850

 

500

 

     

 

19-24

     

 

South East

24,300

23,300

 

-1,000

 

     

 

Under 19-24

     

 

 

     

 

South East

39,650

39,150

 

-500

 

     

 

25+

     

 

 

     

 

South East

29,320

21,070

 

-8,250

 

     

 

All ages

     

 

 

     

 

South East

68,970

60,220

 

-8,750

 

     

 

Notes:

     

 

24+ Advanced Learning Loans were introduced in August 2013. Data show that the number of Apprenticeship starts for those aged 24 and above studying at Level 3 and above has been directly affected. There is also some anecdotal evidence that the numbers of starts for other ages may have been indirectly affected. The Skills Funding Statement in February 2014 announced that regulations have been laid to remove Apprenticeships from loan funding and make them eligible for funding via the Adult Skills Budget. 

Each year refers to  an academic year from 1 August to 31 July

 

 

 

     

 

Region is based upon the home postcode of the learner.

 

 

 

     

 

Figures for under 19-24 are the sum of figures for under 19s and those aged 19-24.  Figures for all ages are the sum of the 2 age groups: under 19s, 19-24 and 25+

Source: FE Data Library

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/378235/apprenticeships-starts-by-geography-learner-demographics-and-sector-subject-area.xls

 

New figures show number of apprenticeships in the South East has fallen under David Cameron

This comes alongside new fears that the quality of apprenticeships is being undermined, with a government report finding that 21 per cent of apprentices are receiving no training while 15...

OVER 70,000 STREET LIGHTS HAVE BEEN TURNED OFF ACROSS KENT SINCE JANUARY 2014.

Since January 2014, the Conservative-led Kent County Council has turned off 70,000 (60%) of Kent’s streetlights, either partially or altogether, in a cost-cutting exercise across the county.

Local resident Tina Brooker has decided that she has had enough of the dark streets, and after lots of complaints from her neighbours and community, has taken matters into her own hands.
“Too many residents, street lighting is a necessity, not a luxury” Tina says, “I have started this petition to Kent County Council because I want to see this changed, and our streets lit again. I approached the Labour Party to help me with this campaign, as I know it was something they have been against since it first started happening in our communities”.

An AA study shows that driving outside of daylight hours is more dangerous – only a quarter of all travel by car drivers is between the hours of 7pm and 8am, yet this period accounts for 40% of fatal and serious injuries.

Chatham & Aylesford Labour Party – notably Snodland and Larkfield branches - have joined Tina’s campaign to collect signatures to a petition at Kent County Council to trigger a debate so local people can have their say on their right to light, and get our streetlights turned back on.

Tristan Osborne, Chatham & Aylesford’s Labour Parliamentary Candidate has said:
“When I found out what was happening in the part of Chatham & Aylesford that comes under Kent County Council I was appalled, and knew something had to be done to stand up to the Council and the Conservative Councillors playing with people’s lives.  I know that local people going about their daily lives rely on basic safety measures such as street lighting. I will campaign for local people and their right to light against the complete black out of our communities”.

Gordon Cowan, Kent’s Labour Group Leader has said:
“Kent Labour County Councillors have been against this measure since it was first debated last year. Now people’s lives are truly being negatively affected by the switch off. Everybody has a right to light regardless of where they live, and Kent County Council need to sincerely reconsider this action.”

 

If you would like to join this campaign please contact Chatham & Aylesford Labour Party via our website – www.trisosborne.org.uk – or on 01634 814566.

You can sign the petition here:
http://tinyurl.com/righttolight

 

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Editor’s notes

  1. Information from the AA on street lights here: http://www.theaa.com/public_affairs/news/switching-off-street-lights.html

  2. Information available from KCC here: http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/news/campaigns-and-events/safe-and-sensible-street-lights/areas-where-street-lights-will-be-turned-off

Right to Light – Chatham & Aylesford Labour Party Ask KCC to Turn Our Streetlights Back On.

OVER 70,000 STREET LIGHTS HAVE BEEN TURNED OFF ACROSS KENT SINCE JANUARY 2014.

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