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Our policy on trees and how you can steer it


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Trees are often raised with me by local people in Wycombe.  The Conservative Party 2019 manifesto committed us to tree planting: We will invest in nature, helping us to reach our Net Zero target with a £640 million new Nature for Climate fund. Building on our support for creating a Great Northumberland Forest, we will reach an additional 75,000 acres of trees a year by the end of the next Parliament, as well as restoring our peatland. The Conservatives website […]

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Support for Theatres and Culture during Covid-19


Last week I asked the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support is being provided for theatres in Wycombe following discussions with the Wycombe Swan on how the current Covid-19 crisis is affecting local theatres and other cultural venues. The Minister of State for Culture and Digital replied: “To support the sustainability of the arts sector, including theatres, DCMS has worked closely with Arts Council England (ACE) to provide a tailored package of financial support. In March, ACE […]

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Tackling Unauthorised Traveller Camps


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Yesterday evening Travellers moved onto Hughenden Park. Within a day, they have left and moved on. This swift action was possible because of the High Court injunction Wycombe District Council obtained last year after the large number of unauthorised encampments on council-owned green spaces in July and August. The injunction allowed the current Council to speed-up the process of removing the Travellers. Last year I discussed the issue of Travellers with the Home Secretary, and again in May this year […]

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Employment data from the ONS and the economic effect of Coronavirus


New data from the Office for National Statistics published today begins to show the economic effect Coronavirus is having on the UK. The full data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/ In Wycombe, there were 2,725 claimants (who were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, or were claiming Universal Credit and are required to seek work) in April 2020, or 3.9% of the population aged 16-64. This was 885 higher than March 2020 and 1,355 higher than April 2019. The equivalent UK claimant count was […]

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Sabeti Wain Aerospace Making Scrubs & Gowns for the NHS


I’m incredibly proud of the way our community has pulled together in Wycombe to support the NHS, with local aerospace manufacturer Sabeti Wain repurposing from aircraft upholstery to gowns and scrubs for the NHS. They have provided me with the following statement. Please get in touch with the company direct if you would like them to produce scrubs or gowns for your care setting, or if you have relevant supplies they may need. You can also read more about their […]

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Urgent Elective Surgery in the NHS


This heart-breaking case illustrates why we need urgently to resume elective surgery in the NHS for the full range of conditions. https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/18411755.daughter-marlow-rugby-clubs-director-denied-surgery/?ref=twtrec I am pressing the Department for Health and Social Care and Secretary of State Matt Hancock with named day written parliamentary questions:  “To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to resume urgent elective surgery in the NHS as soon as possible; and if he will make a statement”. https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2020-04-28/41037/ […]

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PM letter to nation on coronavirus


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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is writing to every UK household to urge them to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. Find the letter here and below.

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Government cracks down on spread of false coronavirus information online


Specialist units are operating to combat misinformation about coronavirus and five to ten incidents are being identified and tackled each day. More: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-cracks-down-on-spread-of-false-coronavirus-information-online

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Coronavirus. What you need to do: stay at home


As the Prime Minister said this week, the coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades – and this country is not alone.  I know that local people are anxious about the temporary changes to which we are adjusting. We are beset by the bewildering pace of Government communications and the sometimes confusing reporting of it. Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service […]

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Government support for the Self-Employed


The Government has announced a new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme to support those who work for themselves. The government will pay self-employed people, who have been adversely affected by the #coronavirus, a taxable grant worth 80% of their average income over the last three years, up to £2,500 per month, for at least three months. Self-employed people who are eligible can apply directly to HMRC for the grant, using a simple online form; HMRC will then pay the grant straight […]

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