Gloria De Piero column: Job fair will help to address Ashfield unemployment problems

MP Gloria De Piero
MP Gloria De Piero

I’m busy organising a jobs fair because I’m so concerned that long-term unemployment in Ashfield has shot up by 40 per cent since May 2010, while the number of adults out of work longer than two years is up by a shocking 350 per cent.

But rather than just being angry I decided to do something about it. I know there’s no shortage of talent here which is why I’ve called companies like E-on, Caunton Engineering and Severn Trent and asked them if they’ll come along and take part and recruit locally.

If you or your kids would benefit from this event then pencil the 5th September in your diary now. It will be held from 10am to 3pm at the Festival Hall in Kirkby and more details will follow soon.

Banks – they are an everyday necessity but sometimes the multitude of tariffs and accounts on offer can be quite confusing.

I’ve just dealt with one case, where a constituent queried the level of charges being levied on his business account. After writing to the chief executive, the bank actually agreed to change the charging structure which means the gentleman will now see a decent reduction in his monthly costs.

I’m sure there are more people out there in exactly the same boat too so don’t be afraid to challenge them or give me a call.

I’m one of those people that regularly checks the weather forecasts and I’ll be praying for good weather on Saturday (7th June) when the good people involved at Home Start, Sutton, are hosting a garden party.

There will be stalls, prizes and refreshments so if you’re stuck for something to do then why not pop over to 17 Percival Crescent between 11am-2pm and support a great charity.

The best thing about having a regular column over the last few months has been being able to show off the writing skills of some of the brilliant kids from local schools.

The standard has been top notch and I’m sure you will agree that this month’s entry is no different. This time it’s the turn of Ellis Jackson (11), from Leamington; ‘My family and I moved to Sutton three years ago and I couldn’t be happier.

I don’t think my family could either. My sister plays crown green bowling and plays for Ashfield Bowls Club and she also plays for England. I like football and enjoy training on the GB on Sutton Lawn.

There are a lot more places to go, which is good if you are active. The most important thing is everyone is kind and I love my friends. I don’t know what I would do without them. My school is the best ever. I go to Leamington Primary Academy, which has the best teachers ever. So that’s why I love Sutton so much.’