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James Wild on King's Lynn Town FC's big day and great School of Nursing news

The latest column by North West Norfolk's MP during the pandemic period, Friday, October 2, 2020

Tomorrow King’s Lynn Town FC are set to kick off the new season in the National League.

Sadly plans to let crowds back into sporting events have been delayed. I share the deep frustration that fans are not being allowed back in. Having been part of the crowd for Norwich City’s pilot match, I am confident it can be done safely.

James Wild column. Pictured: King's Lynn Town FC supporters' banner
James Wild column. Pictured: King's Lynn Town FC supporters' banner

With the loss of crucial match day income which the Linnets rely on, I have worked with the club and pressed the Prime Minister and culture secretary for support for them as well as other clubs, and sports.

Although the number of Covid-19 cases remains low in West Norfolk, there has a significant increase in the daily infection rates nationally and we must remain vigilant.

I know there is frustration at some of the new rules including around pub curfews and limits on meeting up.

The latest Covid measures are designed to help control the spread of the virus but it is important that these are temporary and kept under regular review and scrutiny in Parliament – if they aren’t working then they must be changed.

Part of the way to keep the virus under control is through the new NHS Covid-19 app.

After a false start earlier this year, over 10 million people have now downloaded the app. It alerts users if they’ve been close to someone who later tests positive for Covid-19, as well as providing risk alerts based on your postcode.

The app also allows you to check into venues and book tests. If you haven’t already, then do download this app.

During the general election campaign, I talked about wanting to get a School of Nursing back in Lynn.

So it is great news that the Towns Fund Board has secured £597,000 of accelerated investment for a School of Nursing at the College of West Anglia to kick-start training opportunities for people in West Norfolk. Nursing is an incredibly important career and this project will allow QEH to recruit more staff locally.

The College of West Anglia
The College of West Anglia

I was delighted to make the case to the Prime Minister and securing this investment is part of the government’s levelling up agenda.

The success of this proposal reflects the strong working between the College of West Anglia, QEH, the borough council and other local partners on the Towns Fund Board.

That collaborative approach is what sets West Norfolk apart from other areas.

Last Friday, I organised a West Norfolk for Jobs session on the new Kickstart scheme which will create new, fully subsidised jobs for young people. This group is made up of our local Jobcentre Plus team, local employers, the borough council, the college, and others.

The six-month placements created are for people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment due to Covid-19.

Applications by employers are now open and I encourage all employers to look at the scheme and see if they can help young people and their businesses.

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