Mick Scrimshaw is standing to be re-elected to Northamptonshire County Council to represent the Northall Division
Mick is your Labour Party Candidate for Northall Division
I am Mick Scrimshaw, the current local County Councillor for the Northall Division in Kettering and Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance.
I am 54 years old and have lived locally in the Division for over twenty years with my wife Shona and two daughters. I spent over 25 years working in the retail sector and currently run an internet business, but have always been extremely active within the community having previously served as a school governor and worked with various community groups including being the chairman of Kettering’s Shopmobility scheme for many years, as well as also having been the deputy president of Kettering’s Chamber of Trade.
Currently I am a trustee of two local charities. KCU, a local charity that provides education and support for the unemployed, and Accommodation Concern who offer housing advice. I have previous local government experience. I am a local Borough Councillor and the Leader of the Labour Group on Kettering Borough Council. I have been a member of Kettering’s Town Forum (which is a group of Borough and County Councillors, local organisations and community groups) since its foundation in 1999.
I believe passionately that local councillors should be accountable to local residents and have a strong track record of being available to residents to help with their individual problems. I use social media and other means to keep local people up to date with local issues and what I am doing to represent them.
Labour is campaigning hard to make Northamptonshire a better place to live and work. At a time when many people are suffering greatly because of cuts implemented by the Tory Government and Tory County Council, Labour is working to make our area better.
Our pledges to you:
- Labour will rebuild Adult Social Care Services.
- Labour will improve our pavements and roads.
- Labour will improve our failing Children’s Services.
- Labour will help and support local businesses.
- Labour will put people at the heart of decision-making.
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Sham consultation from Kettering Council with the level of Council Tax support for the disabled & vulnerable
I’m very disappointed with Kettering Borough Council’s latest public consultation on the level of support they offer the disabled and the vulnerable to help with their Council Tax bills. The Executive Committee made up of councillors from the ruling Conservative group...read more
An emergency report has gone to Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet meeting setting out their bleak financial position. The report highlights the pressures on demand that the council is currently facing which is something the Labour opposition raised as part of...read more
Once again Kettering Borough Council have been proven to be by far the highest charging council in the country for their disabled and vulnerable residents. Council Tax Support is the amount of help vulnerable residents (the disabled and those on benefits) get towards...read more
Kettering’s Town Forum was given a briefing by the local Police Inspector this week about how policing will change in Kettering. These changes are being forced on the police primarily by budget cuts, but also from a need to adapt to different forms of...read more
There is currently a public consultation over the future of the East Midlands rail franchise which could have serious ramifications for Kettering and Wellingborough. I understand that there are proposals that the train service between London and Kettering may be cut,...read more
According to press reports a Kettering Nursing home is about to close because it’s not financially viable to run. I met with the manager a year or so ago as they had written to me with their concerns about the County Council budget. Their complaint was that the...read more
Kettering town centre is a great place and new businesses and organisations are moving into it all the time. But like every other town centre it has issues. The retail sector is being affected by changes in the way we shop. There could perhaps be improvements in the...read more
Last night I attended a packed meeting in Corby about the possible closure of Corby’s Urgent Care Centre. I did so partly in support of Corby residents, but also because of the huge impact this will have on Kettering and other areas across North...read more
I’m pleased to announce the new dropped kerbs on London Road at the junction with St. Peter’s Avenue have now been completed. This now allows wheelchair and motorised scooter users to travel straight along the road. It was over six months ago that I was...read more
A year after buying land for £110,000 Kettering Council apparently still has no idea what to do with it
Over a year ago Kettering Borough Council spent £110,000 buying a small piece of land in Rothwell near the A14. At the time it was described as a "speculative purchase" and the intention was to use it for some sort of revenue generating scheme. This is part of a...read more
The current providers of the service at the Corby Urgent Care Centre have said they no longer wish to provide the service and will stop doing so when their current contract ends in a couple of months. The NHS can’t find anyone else who wishes to take on the service....read more
This week I addressed the County Council’s Cabinet as they were discussing the quarterly finance report which showed they were already looking at a multimillion pound overspend right at the very start of the new financial year. I complained that they were moving...read more
Planning Decision for Gipsy Lane going to appeal and being taken out of the hands of Kettering Council
Kettering Borough Council were given the news this week that the final decision on the proposed new housing development on fields adjacent to Gipsy Lane has been taken out of their hands. It will now be decided by the planning inspector. This is following the...read more
Kettering Borough Council have issued the statement below explaining that the swimming pool will now be closed for at least another two or three weeks. This is a huge disappointment to users, but at least they appear to be taking the recent incident seriously. I have...read more
The independent auditor’s interim report on the County Council’s finances was put before the Council’s Audit Committee today. I'm not a member of the committee but I sat in on the meeting anyway. The front cover showed a man walking on a tightrope...read more
For several years I have been fighting for local residents of Poppyfields who live on a development where the roads have not yet been adopted by the County Council. The roads are therefore effectively private property and not public highway. This has caused all sorts...read more
Last night at Kettering Borough Council’s Executive Committee I was allowed to address them about the conference they are setting up with local businesses and stakeholders to discuss the future of the town centre. I told them I was excited by the initiative, and...read more
The County Council agree to Labour’s suggestions to use their properties more efficiently and to raise cash
At yesterday's Cabinet meeting of Northamptonshire County Council I addressed the Cabinet, welcoming their new asset strategy which aims to look at the effective use of the Council’s massive property portfolio. Part of this will be to do things I and the Labour...read more
Obviously I’m disappointed about the election result because I would have loved to have served the people of Kettering Constituency as their MP, but the truth is I always knew what a huge challenge it would be to win and I am delighted to have increased the Labour...read more
Labour are suggesting that there needs to be a review of Council Tax. This is due to the current system being based on property values from about 30 years ago and that therefore produces many anomalies. For example - lower value properties (i.e. most in the Kettering...read more
Homelessness is a growing problem nationally and that is true nowhere more than in Kettering with the monthly figures increasing every month. The increase is caused by a number of things but in particular Government policies in welfare cuts. These have seen not only...read more