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Publication of the 2017 Cross-Government Drug Strategy


The Government’s 2017 Drug Strategy has now been published, and I know that this plan will be of particular interest to those who work with individuals desperately trying to break away from a destructive cycle of addiction. Charities such as DrugFAM as well as our local NHS teams perform this critically important work in Wycombe often in the most difficult of circumstances and I hope this strategy can support our local providers and charities. You can read more about the Government’s Strategy via this […]

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New funding to tackle gang violence in High Wycombe is intelligence-led and preventative


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High Wycombe has been selected as one of nine new areas to receive assistance to tackle gang and youth violence. I welcome this intelligence-led preventative work and High Wycombe will benefit from tailored support from experts to better understand the nature of gang-related violence and exploitation, identify opportunities for collaborative working and share effective ways of tackling local challenges. This support falls under the Ending Gangs and Youth Violence Programme which has already helped 43 areas nationally. Whilst I am advised that we […]

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The importance of 23:59


Today’s front page of The Times asks, “Does May know what day it is?” I should think so but perhaps the Department needs to learn something from the armed forces. I recall being trained never to specify “midnight” on a day because whether one means the beginning or end of the day is ambiguous. We would write “23:59” or “00:01” to be clear. Presumably the lesson was learned at considerable cost. I’d like to believe everyone in the Civil Service […]

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