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Changes to Local Government in Buckinghamshire


At last, we have a decision by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on local government reorganisation: Buckinghamshire will have one single unitary authority. You can read the Secretary of State’s decision here. All the Councils in Buckinghamshire agreed the current system of county and district councils could not go on. My first concern is to ensure the people of Wycombe receive the best quality service from local government, responding to local concerns and with local accountability […]

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It’s Imperative We Help Those Families Most In Need


Today, I have released a video explaining why the County Council is right to change the way it supports families with identified needs. I want to make sure families in need get the right help when they need it most.  Unfortunately, statistics show that too often those who need help do not get it. Our County Council spends approximately £10m a year on its Early Help Services, which support families experiencing difficulties, addressing problems such as parenting, school attendance, budgeting, […]

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More and fairer affordable and social housing is coming to Wycombe through Red Kite


Community housing is a vital asset to people in Wycombe. I am pleased that since 2010 this Government has delivered over 357,000 affordable homes, including more than 257,000 for rent. More than three times as much council housing has been built since 2010 than in the previous 13 years. However, local people need more homes for affordable rent and purchase. I recently visited Red Kite Community Housing in High Wycombe to find out how they are reinventing themselves better to […]

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Local government in Buckinghamshire


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Secretary of State Sajid Javid today announced how he is minded to proceed in the delivery of a single, unitary council for Buckinghamshire. In a written ministerial statement, he said: I am today announcing how I am minded to proceed in response to the locally-led proposals that I have received for improving local government in Buckinghamshire. Currently in the administrative county of Buckinghamshire, there is a two-tier structure of Buckinghamshire County Council and the district councils of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, High […]

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Update on Penn School


I have taken a close interest in developments relating to Penn School. I agree with many of my constituents that the administration of the failed Rayners Special Education Trust and the future use of the school site are matters of public interest. I have no direct authority over either the administration of Rayners Special Education Trust by Deloitte, or decisions over the school site’s future. However, I remain in contact with relevant bodies in the hope of ensuring a satisfactory conclusion. […]

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Autumn Budget 2017: Changes to Universal Credit


I have taken a keen interest in the roll out of Universal Credit in Wycombe. My team is working closely with local charities and housing support organisations to ensure that the roll out of Universal Credit is as successful as possible. Today, I attended The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions’ Statement on Universal Credit in Parliament. You can watch his statement here. I want to be sure that Wycombe people will be supported promptly so I have already made […]

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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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