Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Tackling outdoor sleeping – more money for local Councils

I am glad the government has announced new measures and money to reduce  sleeping on our streets. People should never have to sleep outside, especially when it so cold and wet. West Berkshire Council will receive £69,585 for Homelessness Support next year, and £104,834 to help homelessness prevention.  Wokingham Council will receive £338,056  for Homelessness […]

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More money for social care

The government is now consulting on its draft local authority finance settlement for 2020-21. An important part of this is £1bn of additional social care grant, and up to an extra £500m of social care money from increased Council tax. Both Wokingham and West Berkshire have received poor social care grant settlements in recent years, […]

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The Government’s Response to the Independent Loan Charge Review

The Government has now published it response to the Loan Charge Review. It is changing its treatment of pre-December 2010 loans and pre-2016 where full disclosure was made and no HMRC Enquiry launched. The position remains complex and each person involved still needs to sort their affairs out with the Revenue on a case by […]

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Disguised remuneration – Independent loan charge review

The government’s website now publishes the Loan Charge Review and sets out the government reply through Jesse Norman’s response. The government is changing its treatment of pre December 2010 loans and pre 2016 where full disclosure was made and no HMRC Enquiry launched. The position remains complex and each person involved still needs to sort […]

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Flood warning

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the Swallowfield area. Fortunately their latest posting says they do not expect property flooding.  Their site has details of who to contact if residents become concerned about water levels. Their floodline is 0345 988 1188 www.flood-warning-information-service.gov.uk

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Letter to the Chancellor on the Loan Charge

I have written to the Chancellor urging him to publish Sir Amyas Morse’s independent report on the Loan Charge as soon as possible and to suspend the payment deadline of 31 January until a decision on how to proceed is taken.

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Letter to the Chancellor about the proposed changes to IR35

I have today sent this letter to the Chancellor about the proposed changes to IR35 – a matter of great concern to many of my constituents. I have urged him to start the review immediately before the changes come into effect and potentially become a dampener on enterprise and undermine the self-employed.

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Thank you Wokingham

I would like to thank all those who supported me in the election. I will take up those issues which many of you stressed to me mattered, in the new Parliament. I promised to work had for policies which advance the country’s prosperity, and to work with the Council on the many local planning, environmental […]

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Radio Berkshire debate

I did not get my wish of a  debate between all 5 candidates. I held out to try and get such a debate but two candidates apparently turned down all offers.  I compromised with Radio Berkshire and joined two of the other parties for a three way. In the hour long exchanges no questions were asked […]

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A Wokingham debate?

Near the start of the election I was asked if I would join a five candidates debate to be organised by the Churches Together. I responded swiftly and positively, and offered a choice of dates. The organisers tried to get the other four candidates to agree, but half of them refused to attend. I said […]

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