Covid-19: Does your neighbour need your help?

Gloucestershire's community help hub telephone number is live!

As you know, we must do all we can to help those in our communities that are likely to become more isolated as measures are put in place to delay the spread of Covid-19.

Tewkesbury Foodbank

Tewkesbury Foodbank are running low on supplies and need your support. Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks in network is donated by the public – that’s why your food donations are vital!

BBC postpone licence fee changes

As early at 1997, when I was first elected, I supported a Ten Minute Rule Bill which proposed providing free television licences to those over 75. I was very disappointed to hear that the BBC decided to no longer fund TV licences for over 75s.

Funding for the A417 - Budget Statement 2020

I welcome todays budget statement which announced that investment will reach record levels over the next five years, benefitting families and businesses in all corners of the country. 

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