In My View - The Benefits of a Unitary Authority

This is a critically important time for local democracy in Somerset. I started in politics as a District and then County Councillor and now as an MP I am still very aware that local authorities are hugely important to people’s lives.

More businesses set to benefit from government loan scheme

Changes to state aid rules as a result of UK Government and industry lobbying mean that more small businesses can now benefit from loans of up to £5 million under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), it was announced today (30th July 2020).

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£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has today (30 July 2020) announced.

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In My View - Pay Rise for Public Sector Workers

This week started with the welcome news that many of our public sector workers, who have been at the forefront of our battle with coronavirus, will be getting a pay rise. It includes our teachers, police, doctors and dentists and is no more than they deserve; we wish it could be more.