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Investigating the benefits system


I deal with a large amount of benefit-related casework in the Wycombe constituency office and I always hope that benefits are swiftly and accurately paid to avoid people taking on debt. With the introduction of Universal Credit, I have taken the opportunity to write to the Minister to raise particular points about the system on behalf of my constituents, namely: Accurate calculations of Universal Credit Whether Universal Credit can be paid immediately after the assessment Personal Budgeting Support The use of […]

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Stroke service maintains ‘A’ Grade after expansion


I was very pleased today to read that the Stroke Unit at Wycombe Hospital has been awarded an A rating by the Royal College of Physicians following its most recent inspection. The Stroke Unit at Wycombe Hospital offers treatment and support for more than 1,300 actual and suspected stroke patients every year. Every quarter the Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) team assesses and scores the performance of all aspects of stroke services in every acute hospital in England, Wales and Northern […]

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Accountable Care Systems


Today I would like to join leaders across the health and social care system in Buckinghamshire in welcoming yesterday’s announcement from NHS England that Buckinghamshire will be part of the first wave of Accountable Care Systems being created around the country to deliver improvements to local health care. The system is designed to end the ‘fractured’ health and social care system that leaves too many patients passed from ‘pillar to post’. Local leaders, health experts and communities will have more […]

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Seeking better broadband for Wycombe


During the election campaign, I received correspondence from a number of constituents in reference to the quality of broadband around the local area, including from residents in Piddington. A good broadband service is essential for running businesses so I understand the lack of connectivity is frustrating. High Wycombe has a proud manufacturing heritage and needs to attract a range of businesses to remain a competitive industrial centre near to London. Buckinghamshire and Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have previously informed […]

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Please vote Conservative in Wycombe tomorrow to keep our nation secure and prosperous


There is no such thing tomorrow as a safe Labour or Lib Dem vote: if only 6 seats fall, there will be the chaos of a hung Parliament at just the moment we need good government. A Labour or Lib Dem vote risks dire consequences: The chaos of a Corbyn / SNP / Lib Dem Coalition. Jeremy Corbyn as PM who can’t lead on Brexit and opposes shooting-to-kill terrorists. Policies based on a magic money tree, higher taxes and debt. […]

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My goal for Wycombe – election statement for the Bucks Free Press


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Today, my election statement for the Bucks Free Press should appear in their pages as follows: My goal for Wycombe is to enable everyone to flourish to their full potential. I want local people to be better off, with stronger bonds of friendship and community and greater control over political power and public services. That is why I am proud to stand with Theresa May as your local Conservative candidate in the most important election in our lifetimes. Just 11 days […]

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Conservatives are committed to reducing homelessness


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Labour opponents list rising homelessness in their allegations against Conservatives. The truth is that homelessness has risen in the last seven years but to nowhere near its peak under Labour. FullFact.org have made available an analysis here and, fact checking PMQs here, they write: Statutory homelessness is much more than 10% below the peak reached under Labour, as our chart above suggests. New cases are running 57% below the level of 2003/04, when 135,000 households were accepted by councils as entitled […]

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Video: Please vote Conservative on June 8


General Election 2017 is the most important in our lifetimes. As the campaign has progressed, the choice facing our country has become clearer. For more on local issues, please see: http://www.stevebaker.info/tag/wycombe/ And on our hospital, please see: http://www.stevebaker.info/tag/hospital/ You can find my speech on a new kind of Urgent Treatment Centre here (at the time, the NHS used the term “Urgent Care Centre”): http://www.stevebaker.info/2015/01/urgent-care-at-wycombe-hospital/ Please vote Conservative on June 8. [Please comment on this post on Facebook.]

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Remarks on the unveiling of the renovated Red Lion in High Wycombe, where Disraeli and Churchill spoke


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Yesterday, local people met in High Wycombe town centre for the unveiling of our historic Red Lion after its renovation. I was absolutely delighted to see it in such magnificent condition. I truncated my remarks a little but here is my intended speech: We meet today on St George’s Day, the traditional birthday of Shakespeare, to unveil a statue which reminds us that Wycombe is an important historic place in the life of our country. This is a place of Disraeli […]

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A Parliamentary Question on Prisons and Rehabilitation


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In 2013, I took part in the Centre for Social Justice’s Inner City Challenge, spending three days in drug and alcohol rehabilitation with ex-offenders at Acorn Treatment in Manchester. I blogged about the experience here. The experience was emotionally exhausting but critically important to my understanding of the rehabilitation of offenders. As I explained at the time, There must be justice but after that, mercy, forgiveness and transformation. That is what Acorn Treatment and Housing delivers: a full package to remake lives, […]

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