News en In My View - New Restrictions Unfortunate but Necessary <p>Last week I had a brilliant day in the constituency doing my favourite part of the job. I got to Ilminster, South Petherton, Odcombe and Stoke sub Hamdon talking to local residents and businesses, meeting community groups and hearing views on how things are, given these very difficult times we are living in.</p> Fri, 25 Sep 2020 08:18:58 +0000 5255 at NHS COVID-19 App Launches Across England and Wales <p>People across England and Wales are being urged to download the&nbsp;<a href="">NHS COVID-19 app</a>&nbsp;to help control the spread of coronavirus and protect themselves and their loved ones as case numbers rise.</p> <p>Read more <a href="">here</a></p> Thu, 24 Sep 2020 09:40:33 +0000 5254 at Coronavirus Outbreak FAQs: What You Can and Can't Do <p>You can find the latest update on coronavirus FAQs <a href="">here</a></p> Wed, 23 Sep 2020 09:28:04 +0000 5253 at New Package to Support and Enforce Self-Isolation <p>A new package has been announced to support and enforce self-isolation.</p> <p>Read more <a href="">here</a></p> Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:57:36 +0000 5252 at In My View - Internal Market Bill a Responsible Step to Take <p>It is good democracy in action when The House of Commons spends several days looking at a proposed piece of legislation, as is the case with the Internal Market Bill this week. There will be opportunities for all parties to table amendments to the Bill and a fair amount of time is being spent in the best effort to get it right. Thanks to everyone who has got in touch with their views about it.</p> Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:16:42 +0000 5251 at Government Extends Support to Stop Business Evictions this Year <p>Businesses will be protected from the threat of eviction until the end of year, providing commercial tenants with greater security and protecting vital jobs, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced today (16 September 2020).</p> <p>Read more <a href="">here</a></p> Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:11:31 +0000 5250 at Success of Furlough Scheme <p>Official figures show that the furlough scheme has worked: saving jobs and helping more than half of employees back to work already.</p> <p>Read more <a href="">here</a></p> Wed, 16 Sep 2020 11:00:24 +0000 5249 at In My View - The Importance of a Unitary Authority <p>Plans for the creation of a Unitary Authority for Somerset are under the spotlight at the moment. For those not particularly interested in the political world this might seem like a subject that doesn’t really affect you but if you care about school places, roads, bin collection, planning of local housing developments and a whole lot of other services then Councils really matter. I draw on my experience serving as both a District and County councillor almost every day in my role as an MP.</p> Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:55:18 +0000 5248 at Housing Secretary Unveils Huge £12 Billion Boost for Affordable Homes <p>Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has today (8 September 2020) announced that the prospectus inviting bids for the government’s massive investment in affordable housing and new measures to make it easier to get a foot on the property ladder are being launched this week.</p> <p>Read more <a href="">here</a></p> Tue, 08 Sep 2020 12:46:25 +0000 5247 at Bounce-Back Plans Launched for Consumer and Retail Industry <p>Today Exports Minister, Graham Stuart MP, has announced a series of new measures to support businesses in the consumer and retail industry to export overseas as part of efforts to help the sector recover from Coronavirus.</p> <p>Read more <a href="">here</a></p> Tue, 08 Sep 2020 12:44:32 +0000 5246 at