Tynedale Jobs Fair

Tynedale Jobs Fair

Looking for a new challenge? Many of the region’s top employers will at the Tynedale Jobs Fair this Friday from 10am until 3pm at the Wentworth Leisure Centre in Hexham. Organised by Guy Opperman MP and with over 70 employers attending it’s a great opportunity to explore some great employment opportunities.

There’s no need to book and there’s plenty of parking in the Wentworth Car Park. If your going by public transport the train station is just across the road and there’s lot’s of buses into the centre of Hexham including 10, 85, 685 and X85.

Huge Step Forward

Huge Step Forward

£12m from Government for the North of Tyne Combined Authority to improve broadband in rural areas – mainly in Northumberland. Very happy to have played a part in securing this funding – lobbying the then Digital Minister Margot James MP in Wesminster and hosting DCMS Officals at County Hall. A great collaborative project that wouldn’t have been possible without the devolution deal.

 

£12m for Rural Broadband in Northumberland

£12m for Rural Broadband in Northumberland

We have managed to secure £12m funding via the North of Tyne Combined Authority to provide broadband in rural areas across Northumberland. The funding will pay for connecting public buildings in rural areas with high speed fibre. This is turn makes it easier to connect houses in these rural areas because the high speed internet is already so much closer – a double whammy.

I’m pleased to have been able to play a part in bringing about this investment working closely with our 2 rural MP’s Guy Opperman and Anne-Marie Trevelyan to lobby DCMS and the Minister Margot James MP.

Read more in the council’s press release.

Additional Scrutiny

Additional Scrutiny

Last week I presented a paper to Nothumberland County Council Cabinet outlining extra steps being taken to strengthen governance of the council’s regeneration company Advance Northumberland. Steps include a new Operating Agreement between the Council and Advance, separation of duties so that councillors on the board of Advance do not participate in decisions about Advance and a Loans Board to approve lending.

These steps will ensure the flagrant misuse of taxpayer’s money that happened under the previous Labour administration with previous development company Arch cannot happen again.

Read the Hexham Courant Report here.

Grant for Northumberland Community Bank

We have just approved a £50,000 grant to Northumberland Community Bank. The bank provides an essential service in an innovative way to some of the most vulnerable people in our county; many of whom are excluded from the mainstream banking system. Here’s an excerpt from the council press release:-

Nick Oliver, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services at Northumberland County Council said

Northumberland Council are pleased to have secured a grant of £50,000 for the Northumberland Community Bank, providing capital reserve for NCB to help those who live and work in Northumberland.

The scheme contributes to our ambition for Northumberland to make it easier for residents to access services while also safeguarding our most vulnerable residents, ultimately helping and supporting our residents and communities.”

Lauren Langton, Chief Executive at Northumberland Community Bank said

The grant of £50,000 to our capital reserve is a great support from Northumberland Council allowing us to help vulnerable residents throughout Northumberland who are under financial pressure with whom we can work with to provide a loan and repayment programme that works for each individual.