Darren Henry’s Update on 16th April 2021

Supporting local businesses  
This week I have visited Greenfingers Florist, The Grooming Studio, Snuggles and Kisses and The Farm Fresh Market between meetings – these are some great local businesses that have been busy this week welcoming back customers.
It is more important than ever to support our local businesses as they reopen their doors to customers and shop local where you can. Of course, the priority is to stay safe as we move cautiously back towards normality, and I am thankful to local businesses that have worked tirelessly ahead of 12th April to ensure their shops and outdoor seating areas are compliant with the rules.
Community Renewal Fund
I wrote to Nottinghamshire County Council to put forward initial project ideas for the Government’s £220 million UK Community Renewal Fund. This fund aims to help local communities most in need, by improving skills, breaking down the barriers to employment and supporting local businesses.

I am thankful to the local residents who suggested ideas for this fund – as ever, I am keen to ensure that the community is at the heart of any developments and is regularly consulted throughout. I look forward to meeting again with the local residents who suggested the ideas I put forward to submit the final bids for this fund.
Covid-19 Vaccines  
This week, an impressive 31,481 doses of the Covid-19 vaccines were administered from 4th April to 11th April by the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, with a number of individuals now receiving their second dose of the vaccine.
Nationally, we reached our target to vaccinate the most vulnerable by 15th April – meaning that we can now begin to vaccinate those aged over 45 as we continue to progress towards our target of offering all adults across the UK a vaccine by the end of July.
The national vaccine booking system is now open to everyone aged 45 and over. For those eligible, please do book in. The Covid-19 vaccination centre at Boots store in Beeston is bookable through the National Booking System or by calling 119.
Armed Forces Bill Committee
On Tuesday, I attended the final meeting of the Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill. We consolidated our list of amendments that the Committee has been considering over the past couple of weeks and submitted our report. I look forward to our report being heard in the Chamber in the coming weeks.
I thank everyone in Broxtowe who contributed to the Armed Forces Bill Committee’s work by responding to the Committee’s call for evidence and survey.
Local elections
This week I have also been busy supporting local candidates in the run up to the local elections on 6th May. You can either vote safely in person or register to vote by post. Please do not leave it too late for a postal vote. The deadline is fast approaching, so make sure you register by 20th April. You can have a say in how your local area is run and how councils spend your money. You can use this link to register for a postal vote: https://postalvote.conservatives.com/
Meetings and Surgeries  
On Tuesday I attended a meeting of the Mental Health APPG, which included an expert briefing with Sir Simon Wessely on the White Paper for Reforming the Mental Health Act. It was great to hear from him how these changes laid out in the White Paper should be implemented and his vision for mental health reform in the future. As you may know, this is a topic I have previously worked on, having met with a number of national charities and then writing my response to the White Paper.

During the meeting it was great to hear how about the Mental Health Productivity Pilot, funded by the Midlands Engine, is a leading example of how preventative and early intervention, which is key to the UK’s economic recovery post-pandemic. As Co-Chair of the Midlands Engine APPG, I look forward to further exploring how we can build on the success of this pilot in the Midlands.

This Friday, I had a number of constituency calls on a breadth of issues. As always, I am glad to help local residents and address their queries. I am available every Friday for a virtual surgery.

If you would like to book a call with me, please contact me at darren.henry.mp@parliament.uk.

Mailing address:
168 Derby Road,

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