19 SEP 2014

Therese is encouraging Suffolk resident's to design the tail side of the new £1 coin, which will enter circulation in 2017. A nationwide competition has been launched for one lucky winner to put their art in everyone's hands for years to come. Therese said: "I know there is a significant amount of artistic talent here in Suffolk and I want to encourage local people to submit their designs for the new £1 coin showing what 'Britishness' means to them. This is a fantastic opportunity and I hope that it will be Suffolk, which will be associated with the new £1 coin for years to come" In addition to seeing their design on the nation's...

17 SEP 2014

Unemployment Continues to Fall in Suffolk Coastal

Therese has welcomed the official statistics published today, that show unemployment in Suffolk Coastal is continuing to fall. The number of people claiming job seekers' allowance now stands at 493 a fall of 41 from last month and 422 lower than this time last year. Having more than halved since the last general election. Therese said: "The figures show that unemployment has reached another record low here in Suffolk Coastal. I'm delighted that 422 fewer people are claiming than this time last year, having more than halved since the last election. This means more people with the security of a regular pay packet and a better and...

15 SEP 2014

New Figures show Start-Up Loans Supporting new Businesses in Suffolk Coastal

Therese has welcomed new figures which show the Government's Start-Up Loans scheme has so far supported 17 people in Suffolk Coastal with the ideas and determination to start a new business with £61,880 of loans to help them get going. Therese said: "This is great news. I'm delighted 17 local people have taken advantage of the Government scheme; contributing to economic growth and creating jobs. However, it could be many more and I urge anyone who is thinking of setting up a business to take a look at the scheme, which provides loans at a 6% interest rate and a mentor." Therese added: "The Government's aim is to make Britain the best...

12 SEP 2014

Therese Welcomes Greater Anglia Carriage Refurbishment

Therese has today welcomed the decision by Greater Anglia to award their carriage refurbishment contract to Vossloh, marking a key milestone in the upgrade of the fleet. The upgrade includes plug points for charging laptops and smartphones, new lighting, carpets, tables and seat covers, interior re-painting as well us upgraded environmentally friendly toliets. Therese said: "I am pleased that Greater Anglia have made this commitment to improve the service they offer to passengers. This forms part of the two year contract extension deal that Department of Transport negotiated with them earlier this year." The upgraded carriages are due...

11 SEP 2014

Buy Oil Early Campaign Launched

Therese has today backed this year's buy oil early campaign which was launched by Energy Minister, Matt Hancock MP. The campaign urges users to buy oil before winter when it is cheaper and so they don't get caught out if companies aren't able to deliver before it gets too cold. As the former co-chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Off-Gas Grid, Therese said: "I am delighted that this campaign has been launched. There are many people in Suffolk who rely on heating oil to get through the winter and the message of this campaign is to stock up before it gets too cold. Delaying risks longer delivery times and higher...

04 SEP 2014

Therese Seeks Assurances On Potential GP Funding Changes

Local MPs Ben Gummer and Therese have been working with local GPs concerning the potential changes to GP practice funding. Therese said: "We were first alerted about the issue in June and have been on the case since then, getting to the bottom of how potential changes could impact on individual practices. This is a rather complex situation and GP practices across Suffolk are currently funded in one of two ways. I recognise the discussions on these changes has had a destabilising effect on some GP practices but I believe there is a good route forward. The meeting we had with the Chairman of the Ipswich & Suffolk Clinical Commissioning...

03 SEP 2014

Therese Supports Southwold Highstreet Bid

Therese has thrown her support behind Southwold's bid for the Best Coastal Town category in the Great British High Street competition.  The bid has been put together by The Southwold Chamber of Trade and the My Southwold High Street town team. Therese said: "I am delighted to support Southwold's entry in the Coastal Town section of the Great British High Street competition by writing a letter of support.  The town is extremely proud of its vast array of independent shops, promoted by the My Southwold initiative, which sets it apart from so many other high streets.  The inaugural Southwold Arts Festival which included the Street...

28 AUG 2014

Therese Welcomes End to Travellers' Site Consultation

Therese  has today welcomed the news that the public consultation for the allocation of travellers' sites in Suffolk has been halted. Therese said: "This is a welcome step and good news for those residents in Felixstowe and Levington which would have been directly affected. Those two sites were highly inappropriate and I opposed them. Due to the initial feedback and because other landowners have come forward with potential sites the County Council have decided to stop the consultation." Therese added: "These two sites have been formally removed and a fresh list of sites will be worked on prior to a new consultation. I will be working to...

26 AUG 2014

Therese Hits Out at Network Rail after Disruption

Therese has this morning hit out at Network Rail after overrunning engineering works once again caused delays to commuters. Therese said: "This is very poor by Network Rail again today. They had previously given assurances that the works at Ipswich Station would be complete by this morning but they have overrun again as did the works two week ago, causing major disruption. This is unacceptable for commuters returning to work after the bank holiday weekend and it's appalling that the service to Felixstowe has been cancelled for the entire day." Therese added: "I have been in contact with the Director, Richard Schofield, conveying my...

22 AUG 2014

Therese Speaks out Against Proposed Travellers' Sites

Therese has today spoken out against the possible allocation of a travellers sites between Candlet Road and Treetops in Felixstowe and on Felixstowe Road in Levington. Therese said: "I believe both these sites are highly inappropriate and I will be strongly opposing them. I am liaising with the County Council to establish when the Candlet road site was included in the consultation document and on whose recommendation." She added: "Of the three, the Little Chef is clearly the best site available as it is close to the road and away from housing. I would urge residents to respond to the consultation." More information is available at:


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