Andrew Percy MP

Andrew Percy MP

Member of Parliament for Brigg & Goole and the Isle of Axholme

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Isle Heritage Lottery Advisory Group

Isle Heritage Lottery Advisory Group

The first meeting of the Isle Heritage Lottery Advisory Group took place last week, attended by officers of North Lincolnshire Council. The group will develop to become the formal advisory body to administer the £1.9 million Heritage Lottery Grant for the Isle and Thorne and Crowle Moor area.  The lottery grant was recently announced and aims to improve access to the Moors and to also enhance the heritage of the Isle of Axholme. The Marshland villages and Blacktoft Sands should also benefit from...

Funding for Snaith Ings Reservoir Repair Project

Funding for Snaith Ings Reservoir Repair Project

Funding has recently been announced for works along Snaith River Bank. A total of £3.2m has been allocated for the project that is part of a wider flood defence commitment, in which 42 projects nationally have received funding this year. The Government confirmed the funding in the House of Commons last week where Andrew welcomed the news. Following a meeting Andrew held last November regarding this issue, the Environment Agency (EA) has now undertaken an assessment of the banks and is evaluating...

Scunthorpe Telegraph Column

Scunthorpe Telegraph Column

Andrew's Scunthorpe Telegraph Column 6th Feb 2014 I’ve had a full and packed weekend out and about in the local area. Friday was great as we finally got to launch the Imagination Library in Brigg and Broughton. This is the literacy scheme for under-5s that provides local children with a free age-appropriate book in the post every month. We now have 5000 children signed up in North Lincolnshire. The Imagination Library was established by the Dolly Parton Foundation in the US and has spread to the...

Visit to Brigg and St Mary's Primary

Visit to Brigg and St Mary's Primary

Andrew reports, "Last Friday I visited Brigg Primary School where I met with the School Council and then met with year 6 pupils. I also visited St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Brigg and spoke to a group of pupils. "I spoke about Parliament and my role as an MP. Pupils were confident, polite and asked some challenging questions! Brigg and St Mary’s are both great schools and I really enjoyed the visits."

Smoking ban in cars – What do you think?

Smoking ban in cars – What do you think?

Dear Resident, You may have seen in the news recently that Parliament will shortly vote on proposals to make smoking in cars with children in them illegal. The House of Commons will undertake a free vote on this matter and I would really like some guidance from you as to how you would like me to vote. We live in a representative democracy which ultimately means MPs are supposed to make their own judgement and then be held accountable at the election. Clearly, this is the basis on which most vote...

Local Businesses Benefit from Government Fund

Local Businesses Benefit from Government Fund

Local businesses across our region are continuing to benefit from the Regional Growth Fund, a central government pot designed to help businesses finance growth and create jobs. In North Lincolnshire, the fund is administered by the local Council who have used it to create hundreds of new jobs across North Lincs. Andrew recently visited Pipers Crisps in Elsham, who have received a grant of £340k from the Regional Growth Fund to expand and create 30 new jobs over the next few years. Andrew says, "...

Brigg and Broughton Imagination Library Launch

Brigg and Broughton Imagination Library Launch

Andrew recently visited Brigg Children's Centre to launch the Imagination Library in Brigg and Broughton. Andrew was joined by Broughton Town Mayor, Cllr Holly Mumby-Croft and Broughton Cllr Keith Portess. The scheme, which was brought to North Lincolnshire Council by Andrew and is funded by the Council, provides free books in the post every month to every child under 5 across North Lincolnshire. The scheme now has 5,000 children signed up in North Lincolnshire. This week Andrew visited Keadby C...

£500,000 Community Fund Supports Local Projects

£500,000 Community Fund Supports Local Projects

The £500k Community Grants Fund the local Conservatives established when we took control of North Lincs Council is continuing to support local projects across the area. Andrew recently visited Gunness to formally present a £30,000 grant from the fund, used to help finance the new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).   Andrew says, "This funding provides half a million pound every year for local community projects and has funded various projects across our area. One of the latest is the Gunness MUGA whic...

Andrew Meets to Discuss Living Wage

Andrew Meets to Discuss Living Wage

Andrew recently met with the Living Wage Foundation and Citizens UK, an alliance of civil society organisations, who are behind the campaign to encourage employers to pay the Living Wage. The Living Wage is £7.65 and calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. This compares to the minimum wage of £6.31 per hour. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage Foundation encourage employers to pay the Living Wage as and when they feel able to. Andrew ...

Andrew Presents Rural Fair Share Petition to Parliament

Andrew Presents Rural Fair Share Petition to Parliament

Andrew recently presented his Rural Fair Share petition to the House of Commons which was signed by nearly 1,000 local residents. The petition calls for a fairer Local Government Finance Settlement for rural councils such as the East Riding and North Lincs. Urban areas currently get 50% additional support per head than rural areas, even though there are higher costs associated with delivering services in rural communities. The unfair finance settlement is a historic overhang which the petition a...