30 JUL 2014

Therese Visits Felixstowe Job Club

Therese visited Felixstowe Job Club at the Library last week and met with Charlie Hill who organises and runs the club. Therese said: "It was great to see first-hand the dedication of the advisors and volunteers to help people search for jobs and find work. Whilst unemployment is continuing to fall it is important that those still seeking work have the help and support to take advantage of new jobs created locally. Felixstowe Job Club is a great example of partnership working, bringing together Project4, Suffolk Libraries, the Job Centre and the National Careers Service." Therese added: "I was delighted to meet both Jan Wain and Lynda...

25 JUL 2014

Major Milestone in our Economic Plan means a Brighter Future for Families in Suffolk

Therese has welcomed new figures showing the British economy is now above its pre-crisis peak, after the recession sawthe economy shrink by 7.2 per cent. The economy grew by 0.8 per cent in Q2 2014, up 3.1 per cent on the same period last year. This continuing growth means there are more businesses, creating more jobs, so that more families can have the security of a regular pay packet and the peace of mind for the future that brings. Local signs of growth include rising demand at the Port of Felixstowe, where the opening of a new £40m rail terminal has given Hutchison Ports the ability to handle even more cargo. Therese said:"Thanks...

22 JUL 2014

Therese Welcomes Extra Funding for Children in Local Schools in Suffolk Coastal

Therese has welcomed the announcement from the Government that schools in Suffolk will receive an extra £10.5 M in their funding formula next year, up from the £9.2m first announced back in March, which means an average of an extra £120 per child for school funding. This is part of the move towards a fairer funding formula. In recent years the school funding system has been based on data that no longer reflected pupils' needs and ignored the rurality element of many schools. Commenting on the announcement, Therese said: "This is a welcome step towards a fairer funding formula. The rurality element of school funding declined under the...

15 JUL 2014

Therese Joins the Government

Therese has today joined the Government as a whip. Speaking about her appointment Therese said: "I am absolutely delighted to be asked by the Prime Minister to join the Government as a whip and contribute to helping deliver the government's long term economic plan as we continue the country's recovery."

10 JUL 2014

Therese Calls for Improvements to the A12

Today in Parliament Therese pressed the case for improvements to the A12 including the 4-villages by-pass as she questioned Roads Minister, Robert Goodwill MP about congestion. Speaking in the House of Commons, Therese said: "I welcome the recent growth deal for the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership which I know will help the congestion on many roads but can I make a future bid for the A12 particularly the sections of the road that will be heavily used for Sizewell C construction traffic including for the 4-villages by-pass involving Stratford St Andrew and Farnham?" Responding to Therese's question the Minister said: "I know my...

10 JUL 2014

Therese Calls for Debate on Duty to Keep Schools Open During Strikes

Therese has today called for the Government to consider a statutory duty to be placed on school governing bodies to ensure they remain open during strike action and has asked the Leader of the House of Commons for a debate on this matter in Parliament. Therese said: "Many children in Suffolk will not have been able to attend school today because of the unjustified industrial action that is taking place. This is damaging to their education and places an unacceptable burden on hard working parents who need to find last minute childcare. My thanks go to the headteachers and staff who have come to work today and opened their school as...

09 JUL 2014

Therese wants to hear from Parents on Children's Centre Proposals

Therese wants to hear from parents who use the Sea Breeze and The Oak's children's centres in Felixstowe as the County Council consider merging the two facilities. The proposal would see both facilities using The Oaks modern building and vacating the Sea Breeze building. Both centres are already managed by the same person. Therese said: "The County Council have been very clear that the potential merger will not affect the services currently provided by the children's centres. What matters is the outcomes and interventions with families rather than bricks and mortar. However, I do recognise that there is a fair distance of nearly 2...

08 JUL 2014

Ambulance Bosses Update MPs on Turnaround Progress

Therese today hosted a meeting with the Chief Executive and the new Interim Chairman of the East of England Ambulance Service, Anthony Marsh and Sarah Boulton to update MPs on the progress of the turnaround plan to improve rural response times and the resilience of the service. Therese said: "We were last updated in February so it was useful to find out the progress being made. The Trust is now under the strong leadership of Dr Marsh who step by step is turning around performance. He has already recruited over 300 student paramedics and is aiming for more than 400 by September, 3 months ahead of schedule. I was particularly pleased to...

03 JUL 2014

Barclays Confirms Suffolk Coastal Branches Will Remain Open

Barclays bank executives have today confirmed they have no current plans to close any branches in Suffolk Coastal following a meeting with Therese. Earlier this year, the Barclays Chief Executive was reported to say that the bank would be closing a quarter of their high street branches nationwide and Therese has been campaigning to protect vital services for all sectors of our community, especially elderly residents and for local businesses. Therese said "I am delighted to have received the assurances from the Head of Branch Networks, Raymond Pettitt, and the Regional Director for Eastern Branches, Rob Harris, that they have no plans to...

03 JUL 2014

Therese Alerts Travellers to Rogue Health Insurance Websites

As the summer holidays approach Therese is alerting travellers not to use rogue websites that charge for European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) as they are available free for UK residents through the official government website. Therese said: Your EHIC should be free of charge. If you are being asked to pay then you are not on the official EHIC website. The Government are taking action to crack down on these misleading websites; working with Google to remove adverts and providing extra funding to trading standards to prevent use" Therese added: "If you have come across one of these websites then you can report them at www.gov.uk/misleadingwebsites which will...


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