Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

The daily shop

This week there have been too many empty shelves in supermarkets. There is no problem with the food supply. Some people have decided to buy large stocks for no particularly good reason, leaving little or  no choice of product for those who arrive later. Today when I visited in Wokingham  it was more orderly, thanks […]

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How to access government financial support if you or your business has been affected by COVID-19

I have received this update from the Government: On 17 March, the Chancellor announced an unprecedented package of government-backed and guaranteed loans to support businesses, making available an initial £330bn of guarantees – equivalent to 15% of GDP. This was on top of a series of measures announced at Budget 2020, the government announced £30 […]

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Government announces suspension of IR35 changes

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced yesterday (see below) that the proposed reforms to IR35 are being suspended until 6 April 2021 in view of the current situation following the spread of the coronavirus: The Chief Secretary to the Treasury (Steve Barclay): As my right hon. Friend has said, we will do whatever it […]

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Smart motorways

Some constituents asked me to take up the issue of accidents on smart motorways where a vehicle has come to a halt on the inside lane. The Transport Secretary responded to general concern and held an inquiry. The investigation showed that smart motorways have lower risks of tailgating, rapid changes of speeds and vehicles drifting […]

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Issues with coaches

I have recently heard from a local coach company of the difficulties imposed by new government regulations on coach operators. The company concerned had bought a new coach fleet to comply with low emissions standards, only be told that there is now an additional requirement to make all coaches accessible for wheelchair users. The company […]

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Supermarket stocks

I visited a couple of supermarkets in Wokingham on  thursday and  today, both to do my usual  shopping  and to  talk to the staff about the pressures they are experiencing. The shops were busier than usual with car parks full. More people were opting for the very large trolleys and filling them. There has been […]

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Local Resilience Forum

Under The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 Local Resilience Forums meet regularly to assess risks of emergencies and ensure plans are in place to respond. Wokingham falls under the Thames Valley Forum, as they are organised around Police Authority boundaries outside London. They have been working with the NHS on plans for handling the virus. Parliament […]

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IR35

On Friday I attended a presentation at a business breakfast about the problems created by the new enforcement mechanisms for IR35. The Wokingham Positive Difference networking group met in the Town Hall to hear how companies the Inland Revenue would in future assess whether someone was a sole contractor or in effect an employee working […]

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Visit to Bohunt School

On Friday I visited the School. 4 students showed me round, I answered a series of questions from a pupil panel, and had a session with the Headmaster. I briefly visited a number of spirited and informative lessons and met a series of questions about environmental matters and access to politics for young people. The […]

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Advice on the virus

The Health Secretary has answered some common questions people ask. These answers may be of interest to constituents. Why aren’t more people tested for the virus? Apparently the tests are not accurate until someone has visible symptoms. Why aren’t the schools closed? Young people are the least likely to develop bad symptoms from the epidemic. […]

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