Budget 2017

Today (8th March) the Chancellor delivered his Budget to the Commons. Key measures were announced for Social Care, Education and Business Rates.

Local Government Finance Settlement Debate

On Wednesday (22nd February) the Government brought forward a motion on the final Local Government Finance Settlement. Much has been said about the lack of funding that councils will receive across the county. This is especially true in rural counties such as Devon.

APPG on Rural Health and Social Care

On Tuesday (31st January 2017) I chaired the first ever All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Rural Health and Social Care. An APPG is a cross party group that looks at specific issues.

Education Funding in Devon

This morning (Wednesday 18th January 2017) I spoke in the Westminster Hall debate on Education Funding in Devon. The current funding formula is unfair and while the proposals for the future funding formula are better there is still a need for improvement.

Local Councillors Meet Marcus Jones

It was a pleasure to welcome Phil Rowe (Newton Abbot Town Clerk), Mike Hocking (Independent District Councillor) and Colin Parker (Lib Dem District Councillor) to Westminster on Tuesday to speak to Communities and Local Government minister Marcus Jones.

CrossCountry Services Petition

On Tuesday (29th November) Kevin Foster, Sarah Wollaston and I met with CrossCountry trains to discuss the proposed cuts to their services in the South West.