Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Animal Welfare

I am aware that there have been a number of misconceptions perpetrated by the media about last week’s vote. As I strongly support higher standards of animal welfare I am pleased that the Government has explained current policy and how it is improving animal welfare standards without EU input and beyond the scope of Article […]

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Universal credit to be improved

In the  Budget  the Chancellor announced: the removal of the 7 waiting days before a claimant can apply for Universal Credit significant improvements to the advance payments system – including increasing the amount available so someone can receive a full month’s claim within five days. Any new Universal Credit claimant in receipt of Housing Benefit  will […]

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First time buyers in Wokingham to be spared Stamp Duty

The Chancellor announced in his budget that most first time buyers will be exempt from Stamp Duty. Anyone buying a home under £300,000 will pay nothing. Anyone buying a home up to £500,000 will pay no duty on the first £300,000. This is welcome news in the Wokingham constituency, where house prices are high and it […]

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Planning for Wokingham Borough

Before the election I was asked about my attitude to the possible construction of more homes in Grazeley when Wokingham next needs to find new areas for development after completing the four large areas currently underway. I said I would want to know what investment would be needed in schools, surgeries, roads and other public facilities and […]

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Controlling development in Wokingham

Yesterday I attended a meeting with the Secretary of State for Communities and local government with the Leader and Deputy Leader of Wokingham Borough Council. We explained to the Minister how Wokingham had identified four major sites for housing development, and how the Council was seeking to put in the new schools, roads and other […]

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Wokingham Choral Society on Saturday 11th November

I attended the Choral Society’s Remembrance programme of music and readings held at All Saints Church on Saturday night. The singing was wonderful, with a particularly moving and powerful rendition of part of the Mass for Peace, the Armed Man. The choir allowed the Sanctus to ring out sonorously. I would like to thank all […]

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Remembrance Day in Burghfield

In Burghfield this morning many people came to the outdoor ceremony of wreath laying at the War Memorial in the churchyard before attending the  service in a crowded church. I would like to thank the organisers and all the uniformed organisations who sent representatives and laid wreaths.  The march to the Church was well attended, […]

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Business Rates in Wokingham

I have received the enclosed letter from Councillor Charlotte Haitham Taylor, the Leader of Wokingham Borough Council. Councillor Haitham Taylor explains that the council is taking steps to provide relief to businesses in Wokingham affected by the regeneration works. I welcome these steps and would encourage any local businesses affected by the regeneration works to […]

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The Government’s Broadband Achievements

I have received an update from the Minister on what the Government has done to improve access to superfast broadband. ● Superfast broadband is now available to more than 94 per cent of UK homes and businesses, up from 45 per cent in 2010. ● Since 2013, more than 4.5 million homes and businesses have […]

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Meeting the Focus School

I went to visit The Focus School yesterday and spoke to the pupils about my work as an MP. They showed me their projects on the Anglo Saxons which were impressive, and the School choir sang. The School’s Inspection report is good. The pupils participated well in the lessons I saw, and their project work […]

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