Author Archives: Tim Sansom

Autumn Budget 2017: How the Budget helps Wycombe People


The Chancellor presented his Budget to Parliament yesterday. Many of the Budget measures will positively benefit Wycombe, including The abolition of stamp duty land tax on homes under £300,000 for first-time buyers, New financial support for house building over the next five years, Increases in the National Living and National Minimum Wage, Freezing of fuel duty for the eighth year in a row, and Further opportunities for our local NHS to receive additional capital investment. This weblink provides a useful summary of what […]

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Childcare Schemes. Announcement from the Department for Education


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This week, I received details from the Minister of State for Children and Families about the 30 Hours Free Childcare Scheme. The Government is looking forward to a new cohort of children joining the 30 hours free childcare scheme in January. These are children will have turned three years old be the end of December. The Minister advises that Parents wanting to take up a 30 hours place for their child in the January term should apply now and ideally by 30th […]

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Unauthorised Traveller Encampments and Fly-Tipping


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I know that many Wycombe constituents were concerned to read the Bucks Free Press report about how much it cost to clean-up the old High Wycombe sports centre site after travellers set up camp earlier this year. I can fully understand these concerns because we all want to ensure our taxes are spent prudently for the betterment of our community. I am speaking to Wycombe District Council about whether they were able to effectively use available powers to remove the unauthorised travellers’ encampment from the old […]

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An MP’s Involvement in Immigration Cases


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Immigration cases form a large component of my casework. My staff in Wycombe administer the cases from my constituency office. There are a number of stages that we work through when you present a case to us: please visit this page for further details. My staff and I understand that immigration cases are often complicated and sometimes distressing. We will always try our best to offer appropriate support but there are limitations to our assistance. For instance, we do not provide immigration […]

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Visit of Professor Jonathan Benger to Wycombe Hospital


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I know that almost everyone living in High Wycombe would like to see A&E at Wycombe Hospital so I recently met Professor Jonathan Benger who is the National Clinical Director for Urgent Care for NHS England. Professor Benger is the most senior clinician to advise the NHS on accident and emergency services in the country. He has extensive experience of pre-hospital care, led or collaborated on many grant-funded research projects and authored a number of peer-reviewed publications. Professor Benger has previously chaired the Clinical […]

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Increases in Animal Cruelty Sentences to Five Years


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While out and about in Wycombe during the election campaign, many constituents asked me to support a campaign to increase the maximum custodial sentence for the most serious acts of animal cruelty to five years imprisonment. I subsequently wrote to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ask whether UK sentences for animal cruelty could be aligned with international norms. I was therefore glad to hear the Secretary of State announce that animal abusers could face up to five years in prison. The Government has announced […]

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Riding the Rails with Chiltern Railways


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In my Letter from Westminster for July, I wrote about the importance of Wycombe remaining a convenient place to live and work with good rail, road and air links. The final visit of my summer series of meetings with local transport operators was with Chiltern Railways. I enjoyed meeting the Managing Director of Chiltern Railways, Dave Penney, and his senior team for an informative morning last month. I also took the opportunity to raise some questions sent in by constituents. Earlier this summer, I […]

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Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and Bangladesh


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Over the last month, I received many representations from councillors and constituents in Wycombe expressing deep concern about the deteriorating conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and the welfare of Rohingya Muslims in that region. They are rightly concerned at the dreadful situation of people fleeing the conflict. Earlier in September, I wrote to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office expressing my support for both British humanitarian aid for the Rohingya people at this moment of crisis and for the Government working with […]

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Government launches urgent review into cycle safety


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Despite the many hills in and around Wycombe, I know that cycling is an ever increasing pastime for many people around our town as well as in the nearby Chilterns. However, many of us will have been concerned to read about some recent cases involving reckless cycling and driving, and I am pleased that the Government has recently announced an urgent review into cycle safety. The review will consider whether a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving […]

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Riding Carousel Buses in High Wycombe


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As part of a series of summer visits to local transport operators in High Wycombe, I visited Carousel Buses’ depot on Hughenden Avenue in High Wycombe. I enjoyed meeting Phil Southall, Managing Director for Carousel Buses and learning more about Carousel’s developments in e-ticketing as well as the next generation of buses. Many new buses travel on Carousel’s routes connecting Wycombe to towns including Stokenchurch, Reading, Chesham, Uxbridge and Heathrow Airport providing comfort for many passengers. I also asked a series […]

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