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Flooding update

The Environment Agency encourage all those who may be at risk of flooding to remain vigilant and take steps to protect themselves by:

Flooding- Question to the Environment Secretary

Yesterday I asked the George Eustice, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to look into the housing development at Twigworth, which was allowed on appeal in 2017.

Record Employment Figures

I welcome the new jobs figures released today-with employment at a record high record of 32.93 million and unemployment is at its lowest since 1974. 

IR35 Tax changes

The Government announced a review of changes to off-payroll (IR35) working rules on 7 January 2020 to determine if any further steps can be taken to ensure the smooth and successful implementation of the reform due to come into force in April 2020.

Local Government Finance Settlement (2020/2021)

I welcome the announcement that Tewkesbury Council will see its budget increased by 8.9% this year, part of the government’s commitment to level up local services across the country.

Child refugees

Withdrawal Agreement- Refugee protection

Holocaust Remembrance

Signing the Holocaust Remembrance Book, marking 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. I visited that site a few years ago and realised that quite a few people who were murdered there could still be alive today.

Supporting persecuted Christians

Supporting the Open Doors campaign in Westminster yesterday to help and protect Christians who are persecuted in various parts of the world.

Five year land supply

It’s important for councils to have a five year land supply in order to protect the area from speculative applications by developers. The problem is that there is no standard methodology for calculating that supply.