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It’s September! How did that happen! The children are back at school and there is a chance to look back at summer across the Eastleigh constituency. It has been one filled with many exciting and important announcements from our new Prime Minister and not to mention some cracking weather at times which I hope many of you have been out enjoying! I have just returned from Japan at the G20 in my new role as Minister for Employment sharing our knowledge and best practice around jobs and the Labour market on flexible working, supporting the disabled, skills and retraining, those with care responsibilities balancing the youth job opportunities and older workers more about this later in the newsletter. Yesterday the new Chancellor Sajid Javid also brought forward the Spending Review, announcing extra funding for our schools, colleges, NHS and towards our defence, with specific funding towards further education, special educational needs as well as social care, and £750 million to deliver 20,000 more bobbies on the beat. I’ll be sending out a separate newsletter focussing on this soon! Meanwhile, there is always much to look forward to and it’s Eastleigh Pride this weekend and I am looking forward to a great day! Here’s hoping the sun shines for the celebrations!
Recent Announcements :
This summer, the Government announced plans to boost our healthcare with a new vaccine strategy and investment into our hospices plus in the new spending round, a new £1,000 personal development budget over 3 years for every nurse, midwife and allied health professional. As Eastleigh’s MP, I have spent time visiting local hospices including most recently, the Countess Mountbatten Hospice , and meeting with many of their dedicated staff and volunteers, and I know how vital these commitments are. You can read more about these announcements and many more below.
Over the past year, I have received a growing amount of correspondence from my constituents over policing across my Eastleigh constituency, across Hampshire and across the country. I am thrilled to see that the Prime Minister has announced the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers . Read more here.
As many of you will know, and have taken the time to write in about, the Prime Minister will prorogue Parliament in September. I firmly agree with this decision and therefore understand his request to the Queen to end the current parliamentary session next month and then hold a new Queen’s speech on Monday 14th October. We urgently need to get on with the domestic agenda – helping our NHS, fighting violent crime, investing in key infrastructure and vitally cutting the cost of living for people up and down the country, including making progress on cutting the cost of living for people in work, something I am focussing on as the new Employment Minister. There are also vital Bills that need to be carried over in to a new Parliamentary session, including the Agriculture Bill and Fisheries Bill that so many constituents have written to me about.
I welcome this chance to set a new agenda and renewal of a much overdue Queen’s speech and I would urge my constituents to read the Prime Ministers letter in full. You can find this below.
As we returned and business resumed this week, lots of constituents have emailed in about the Animal Sentience Bill and as you will see throughout this newsletter, animal welfare continues been a big topic locally and as we mark International Dogs Day, I am looking forward to continuing my support for animal rights and working with Ministers to campaign for this cause.
In addition to the Animal Sentience Bill, I’ve also had lots of emails about the Beer and Pubs and EU rights . I provide regular updates to key policy matters on my website, you can find my response here and here.
Thank you to all of those who have taken the time to write in and as ever, please get in touch if you’d like to be added to my mailing list or do contact me if there’s anything else you would like to have a chat about.
Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill
The Animal Welfare Sentencing Bill returned to the house this week and I am proud to have worked alongside Ministers at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and I know how important it is that we protect our environment and care for the animals around us.
You can read more about my involvement with the bill here.
New measures for Home Ownership
A new package of measures aimed at helping people on lower incomes to get onto the housing ladder - including changes to the Shared Ownership scheme meaning people will be able to buy their home in 1% chunks, rather than being forced to save up 10% at a time has been introduced this month.
The new measures will also make it easier for people to take out a mortgage through the Help to Buy scheme, and build upon the cut to Stamp Duty for first-time buyers.
Find out more here
One Community Annual Meeting
Our voluntary organisations play such an important part within our communities. As former Charities Minister they’re so close to my heart! Please note One Community are holding their annual meeting on 24th September at The Point in Eastleigh.
It’s open to public & more volunteers are always most welcome!
Pavilion on the Park
Opened in 2008 and managed by Eastleigh Youth & Community Trust, a charity formed by Cllr Godfrey Olson in 1962, The Pavilion on the Park community centre is situated within the heart of Eastleigh and serves the community by offering a range of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages and abilities. With the Blackbird Café serving food and refreshment seven days a week and several halls and meeting rooms available for use, this busy centre is run by a small team of staff and a dedicated team of willing volunteers.
I was absolutely delighted to visit and catch up this month with Daisy Robinson, the Executive Director for Eastleigh Youth & Community Trust to hear about the exciting plans that are currently underway both inside and outside of the centre.
New Job Figures for Eastleigh
The latest figures also brought good news for the Eastleigh area showing that the number of people claiming out of work benefits had dropped when compared to June 2019, with the total number of unemployed claimants in the Eastleigh constituency in July representing a rate of just 1.7% of the economically active population aged 16-64.
Read more here.
£25 Million Cash Boost for Hospices
This summer, the Prime Minister announced a £25 million cash injection to protect hospices and palliative care services. These services support around 200,000 people at the end of their lives and this represents a huge step towards alleviating the everyday pressures faced on the frontline and ensuring they are able to continue their vital work supporting people at the end of their lives.
It is fantastic to see so much support for hospices and palliative care and a brilliant boost for so many hardworking employees & volunteers.
Read more here.
Eastleigh Age Concern
Loneliness can have a huge effect on older people and as your local MP and the former Minister for Loneliness, I have always supported events like Silver Sunday, which promote getting people out of the house and socialising. That’s why it was great to catch-up with Devan from Eastleigh Age Concern and Eastleigh Lions about their plans for Silver Sunday, including a charity dinner and dance which will be held on the 12th October as a fundraiser for a new community transport bus for One Community.
I would urge all of my constituents to get in touch if you can get involved & want to join in!
Blue Badge Scheme
A key extension to the Blue Badge Scheme by the Government – representing the biggest change to the scheme in more than 50 years - and meaning that people with hidden disabilities, including Parkinson’s or a brain injury, can apply for a Blue Badge for the first time has been introduced this month.
Having cared for my parents at the end of their lives, I absolutely recognise how important this scheme is to the most vulnerable in our society, and I warmly welcome the scheme.
Read more here
I’ve had lots of emails and letters about Brexit over recess and over the past few days.
I sending out regular updates on this matter which you can read on my website.
Read my latest Brexit update here.
Constituent Tours and Local Visits
I’m delighted to announce that we will be kicking off our next round of constituent tours shortly, and looking forward to meeting more constituents, discussing local issues and showing them around Parliament!
I’m always very pleased to support local charities and organisations, regularly meeting with them across the constituency and representing their views in Westminster.
If you would like me to visit you this autumn, please contact email@example.com