ARCHIVED NEWS: AUG-SEP 2020
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THE WINTER ECONOMY PLAN
The Somerset Guardian, 30th September 2020
This week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer unveiled his Winter Economy Plan, which will provide assurances to workers and businesses who continue to be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In a speech to the Commons, Rishi Sunak announced a...
NEW COVID RESTRICTIONS
The Somerset Guardian, 23rd September 2020
This week, the Prime Minister has unveiled a new set of limitations in light of the rising numbers of Covid-19 transmission rates, warning that "significantly greater restrictions" would be imposed if necessary. In a speech to the House of Commons...
THE INTERNAL MARKET BILL
The Somerset Guardian, 16th September 2020
This week, the Government won a vote on its Internal Market Bill, which will give it the authority to override parts of the Brexit agreement with the European Union (EU). The Bill will extend powers to all areas of the UK and ensure that businesses...
FUNDING FOR A NEW HOSPITAL
The Somerset Guardian, 9th September 2020
Recently, the Health Secretary sent me a letter about the financial support that the Government is giving to the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust to bolster the healthcare sector in Somerset via its Health Infrastructure Plan...
WELLNESS RESOURCES 3SG
The Somerset Guardian, 2nd September 2020
In June, I wrote about the Peasedown Hub, known officially as Wellness Resources 3SG, a community-wide organisation serving the whole of Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), which had been awarded some National Lottery Money. Last...
UPDATE - AUTUMN 2020
The Farrington Gurney Parish Journal, Sept/Oct 2020
Parliament returns on 1st September after the summer recess. This year is, however, different to previous ones – not only because of the social distance measures that are in place but also because this year the party conferences will be held...
HOMES AT THE HEART
The Somerset Guardian, 26th August 2020
Recently, Victor da Cunha, the chief executive of the local housing association, Curo, contacted me about its 'Homes at the Heart' campaign. Working with its trade body, the National Housing Federation (NHF), Curo is asking the Government for 'once-in-a-...
THE EAT OUT TO HELP OUT SCHEME
The Somerset Guardian, 19th August 2020
At the end of last month, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a new strategy that would kickstart restaurants that were forced to close during lockdown. The Eat Out To Help Out Scheme, which is running from 3rd to 31st August 2020...
PUPILS MUST RETURN TO SCHOOL
The Somerset Guardian, 12th August 2020
Last weekend, in an article written for the Mail on Sunday, the Prime Minister put forward his case for sending children back to school full-time from September. In his piece, Boris Johnson argued that it was 'economically unsustainable and morally...