Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Covid-19: Update

I have received this update from the Government: Dear John I would like to update you on the next steps in delivering the UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. Last week, on 4 July, we took the third step on the UK Government’s roadmap, with the reopening of pubs and restaurants, hairdressers, and some leisure facilities […]

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Tribute to James Furlong

I was shocked to learn from the news today that one of the people senselessly murdered in  Reading this week-end was James Furlong. I see  that James was widely admired as an inspirational teacher at the Holt School. It adds even more poignancy to our grief, thinking of the good he was doing for so many […]

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Reading murders

I send my condolences to the families of the three people murdered yesterday evening in a series of senseless stabbings. It is difficult to find words to console in such a dreadful circumstance. I am glad many others evaded the planned mass slaughter and grateful to the emergency services for their interventions.

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Food standards and future trade deals

I enclose a copy of a letter I have today received from the Government. They rightly confirm that they have no intention of compromising on our high food standards or animal welfare. Dear John Food standards and future trade deals I know that many of you will have been contacted by constituents concerned about recent […]

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New Discretionary Grant Scheme to help small businesses

I have today received this update about the new discretionary grant scheme to help small businesses. Applications can be submitted from today to Wokingham Borough Council until Friday 12 June: A new discretionary grant scheme to help specific types of small business during the Covid-19 crisis will be launched in Wokingham Borough next week. The […]

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Lock down rules

I have had many emails about the lock down over the last few weeks. Some have written to me to complain about their neighbours, alleging they have broken the law or the guidance. Others have written asking me to endorse a particular interpretation of the rules or guidance so they can do something they wish […]

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West Berkshire Recycling Centres to open

I have received this update from West Berkshire Council: West Berkshire Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are set to reopen to allow residents the opportunity to dispose of waste and recycling that cannot be safely stored at home. This follows publication by the government of updated guidance indicating that visits to recycling centres can […]

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Changes to Operations of Schools and Other Education Providers

I have today received this update from the Government: Dear John Today I am setting out in more detail how we will support early years, school and further education settings to welcome back more children from 1 June at the earliest, if we are able to do so safely. You will have seen the Prime […]

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Government Financial Support for the Self-Employed and Small Businesses

I have received this answer to my recent Parliamentary Question: Question: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will increase the Government’s financial support for (a) self employed and (b) small businesses during the covid-19 lockdown. (41870) Tabled on: 01 May 2020 Answer: Kemi Badenoch: On April 27 the Government announced the new […]

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Update from South Western Railway

I have received this update from South Western Railway: Dear Sir John, I am conscious that many of you have been contacted by constituents concerned that they have not received refunds on their season tickets. I thought it would therefore be useful to give you an update on where we are, the challenges we face […]

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