19 DEC 2014

Government Secures Landmark deal for UK Mobile Phone Users

The Government this week unveiled a landmark deal with the four mobile networks to improve mobile coverage across the UK. Therese said: "One of my few irritations in our part of Suffolk is the poor mobile phone signal. These "partial not-spots" are bad for residents, businesses, health and care workers as well as tourists. I'm therefore delighted the Government has secured a binding agreement with the mobile networks EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to tackle poor signal issues in these areas." Under the agreement all four of the mobile networks have collectively agreed to: A guaranteed £5bn investment programme to improve mobile...

18 DEC 2014

Therese Says Thank You to Our Local Posties

Thérèse visited the Royal Mail's Felixstowe and Lesiton delivery offices recently to pass on her Christmas wishes and encouragement to the hardworking postmen and women at their busiest time of year. Therese was shown around the offices and introduced to the posties who are working hard sorting and delivering mail in the run-up to Christmas. Therese said: "It was great to meet postmen and women at Royal Mail's delivery offices in Felixstowe and Leiston and see first-hand just how much effort they put into delivering for people at this time of year. "Our postal workers do such an important job at this time of year and help to deliver...

17 DEC 2014

Government Publishes Proposals for English Votes for English Laws

Yesterday in Parliament the Governmnet published proposals for English Votes for English Laws. Therese said: "I pleased the Governmnet has published proposals on this important matter. Devolution to other parts of the United Kingdom has created the situation in which MPs representing constituencies outside England may vote on legislation which does not affect their constituents while English MPs are not able to influence these policies in other nations where they are devolved. Further powers devolved to Scotland as a result of the recent independence referendum campaign has added to this. The situation is fundamentally unfair and has got...

16 DEC 2014

Therese Welcomes Market Beating Bond Rates

Therese has welcomed the announcement from the Chancellor that the Government's 65 plus bonds will pay savers the best available interest rates. Therese said: "This is great news for Suffolk savers. The market beating rates will pay annual interest of 2.8% on a 1 year bond and 4% on a 3 year bond.  A key part of our long term economic plan is to support savers at all stages of their lives. Mortgage rates have been kept low which is good for homeowners but has meant savings rates have been below inflation. These bonds will provide certainty and a good return for those who have saved and now rely on their savings in retirement." The bonds...

10 DEC 2014

Preparing for Potential Bad Weather

Bad weather with high winds and rain is forecast to hit the East of England tomorrow evening. This extreme weather could lead to power outages caused by tree branches interfering with overhead power lines. UK Power Networks have put in place measures to respond to any potential impact on the network. In the event of a power cut you should report this by phone on 0800 31 63 105 (or 0333 32 32 105 from a mobile) or on twitter: @ukpowernetworks. Therese said: "I'm pleased UK Power Networks have published a dedicated number to call.  I am also encouraging residents that need extra care and support to sign up to the Priority Service Register...

10 DEC 2014

Therese Encourages Churches to Bid for Grant Funding for Roof Repairs

Therese is encouraging churches to apply for grant funding set aside by the Government to pay for the repair of church roofs. Therese said: "As part of the Chancellor's recent Autumn Statement the Government have created a new £15m fund for the repair of church roofs. Suffolk has almost 500 medieval churches and some of them are in need of urgent repairs appearing on the Heritage at Risk register. This scheme has the potential to make a significant difference and I encourage churches to make an application." Applications for grants between £10,000 and £100,000 can be made. Forms and more details of how to apply can be found at http://www.lpowroof.org.uk/....

09 DEC 2014

Ambulance Chiefs Update MPs on Turnaround Progress

The Chief Executive and Chairman of the East of England Ambulance Service, Anthony Marsh and Sarah Boulton, briefed East ofEngland MPs on progress of the turnaround plan to improve rural response times and the resilience of the service in Parliament today. The meeting was organised by Therese. Therese said: "We were last updated in July so it was a good opportunity to scrutinise the progress made since then. When I was first alerted to poor response times in 2011, the Ambulance Service was hitting its regional targets which masked the poor rural response times and dysfunctional service. One of the most important aspects of the...

03 DEC 2014

An Autumn Statement for Enterprise and Aspiration

Therese has warmly welcomed the Autumn Statement delivered by the Chancellor today setting out the Government's plans tohelp taxpayers, back business and invest in the NHS and infrastructure. Therese said: "This statement set out a vision of aspiration for hardworking people and entrepreneurs, with the economy set to grow faster than previously expected, while investing more in the NHS. Particularly for the Suffolk coast, the announcement of introducing tax relief for businesses that contribute to flood defences. The tax free allowance for everyone will increase a bit more to £10,600 next April and the threshold will also increase for...

02 DEC 2014

Therese Welcomes Massive Rail Investment

Therese has welcomed the massive investment in East Anglia's Rail Service as part of the National Infrastructure Plan. This willmean a major upgrade to the track and new trains with the new franchise in 2016. Therese said: "This is brilliant news. I'm delighted the Government has backed the excellent work done by the Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce for almost £500m of investment in our railways. The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, thanked our campaign made up of MPs working hard with New Anglia LEP, our councils and local businesses for putting the proposal together." Therese added: "Investing in East Anglia...

02 DEC 2014

Therese Welcomes Shared Parental Leave

Therese has welcomed the new regulations on Shared Parental Leave which come into force this week. Under the new schemeparents will gain greater flexibility in how they share the care of their child in the first year after birth. The new rules, which apply to couples with babies due on or after 5 April 2015, will allow parents to choose whether they want to share the mother's maternity leave. Therese said: "I welcome this new flexibility for parental leave. The Government recognise that families have their own individual set of circumstances and these new rules reflect that." Therese added: "The previous maternity system reinforced the...


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