ASDA surgery on 22nd August

On Friday 22nd August I will be holding a constituents’ surgery at the ASDA store in Corby. I will be there between 5 – 7pm and will be happy to meet with you and talk through any matters of concern.

All constituents are welcome and no appointment is required.

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Help and advice surgeries in October

Andy at a surgery in Raunds library

Andy at a surgery in Raunds library

I will be hosting three drop-in surgeries across Corby and East Northamptonshire on Friday 11 October 2013.

These are an opportunity for me to meet you and learn of issues of particular concern to you.

The times and locations are as follows:

10.00 – 11.00 – Thrapston Library, High Street Thrapston, NN14 4JJ

11.30 – 12.30 – The Courthouse, Mill Road, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4BW

14.00 – 16.00 – Corby Volunteer Bureau, Elizabeth Street, NN17 1PN

As always, if you can’t make it to a surgery,  you can still get in touch with me. You can write to me at Andy Sawford MP, Grosvenor House, Corby, NN17 1QB, email andy.sawford.mp@parliament.uk or call 01536 264 194.


My Zero Hours Bill will protect lowest paid and most vulnerable workers

On Monday 24th June, I will present two Private Members’ Bills to the House of Commons that seek to offer greater protection for the lowest paid and most vulnerable workers in Britain.

The Zero Hours Contracts Bill will prohibit the use of zero hours employment contracts. It aims to end the scandal of employers requiring workers to be available for work but where there is no guarantee of work available.  The Office of National Statistics estimates at least 200,000 people are employed on zero hours contracts in the UK, of which 75,000 are aged 16-24.   Zero hours contracts are now widespread in many sectors of the economy and are particularly prevalent in areas of higher unemployment where the lowest paid and most vulnerable workers in Britain exist without knowing when the next payday might come.

Hundreds of constituents have contacted me about zero hours contracts. People tell me about waiting for a call or turning up to the workplace day after day, only to find that there is no work, yet their contracts make it difficult to find alternative employment or to claim job seekers.  I have heard examples of people making childcare arrangements or paying for transport to work and then waiting for hours before being told they are not needed. Other people have told me that because of zero hours contracts they are unable to get a bank overdraft, a mortgage or car finance. Read the rest of this entry »


Help and advice surgeries in July

Andy at a surgery in Raunds library

Andy at a surgery in Raunds library

I will be hosting three drop-in surgeries across Corby and East Northamptonshire on Friday 12th July 2013.

These are an opportunity for me to meet you and learn of issues of particular concern to you.

The times and locations are as follows:

10.00 – 11.00 – Thrapston Library, High Street Thrapston, NN14 4JJ

11.30 – 12.30 – The Courthouse, Mill Road, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4BW

14.00 – 16.00 – Corby Volunteer Bureau, Elizabeth Street, NN17 1PN

Can’t make it to a surgery in July? You don’t have to attend a surgery in get in contact with me. You can write to me at Andy Sawford MP, Grosvenor House, Corby, NN17 1QB, emailandy.sawford.mp@parliament.uk or call 01536 264 194.


Big increase in demand at Corby Food Bank

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Corby Food Bank is one of over 180 food banks around the country that are providing emergency food for people in crisis.

I find it very disturbing that there are over 700 children in Corby who have to rely on the food bank. Week in, week out families cannot afford to put food on the table. The government must face up to the consequences of its reforms. Read the rest of this entry »


Help and advice surgeries in June

Andy at a surgery in Raunds library

Andy at a surgery in Raunds library

I will be hosting three drop-in surgeries across Corby and East Northamptonshire on Friday 14th June.

These are an opportunity for me to meet you and learn of issues of particular concern to you.

The times and locations are as follows:

10.00 – 11.00 – Irthlingborough Children’s Centre, Scarborough Street, Irthlingborough, NN9 5TT

11.30 – 12.30 – Raunds Library, High Street, Raunds, NN9 6HT

14.00 – 16.00 – Corby Volunteer Bureau, Elizabeth Street, NN17 1PN


Visiting Dementia café in Corby

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As the Corby Telegraph reports, I recently visited the Dementia café in Corby to chat to people with dementia and their families.

The Dementia Cafe is a great place for local people to meet up for friendship, advice and support. 

By talking about the problems that having dementia brings, a person and their family may better manage situations that arise.

There are 11 Dementia Cafés throughout Northamptonshire. Each café is held for 2 hours on a monthly basis and offers local people: Read the rest of this entry »