03 AUG 2015
Therese has welcomed the Government's consultation on capping pension scheme exit fees.
New pension freedoms were introduced in April giving people more power over their own savings. However, concerns have been expressed about the level of fees being imposed when savers have tried to access their funds. The consultation will consider proposals to impose a legislative cap on exit charges for those aged 55 or over, make the process for transferring pensions quicker and to ensure there is greater clarity around the circumstances in which someone should seek financial advice.
Therese said: "The Government's pension reforms are the biggest in a...
30 JUL 2015
Therese and her team have become Dementia Friends as part of her bid to make Suffolk Coastal a dementia friendly constituency. She invited the Alzheimer's Society, who run the Dementia Friends scheme, into Parliament to help her and her office staff to understand the effect of dementia on people's everyday lives.
The Dementia Friends scheme was launched in 2013 by the Alzheimer's Society to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia, a condition that affects 650,000 people in the UK.
Therese said: "Here in Suffolk Coastal we have a very large proportion of over 65s, who are statistically most likely to be affected by...
27 JUL 2015
Therese pressed the case for parents and pupils affected by school transport changes when she met County Council Leader, ColinNoble and Transport Portfolio Holder, James Finch last week.
There is a situation where some children from Orford who have been attending Farlingaye High school have now been told that transport will no longer be available to that school for A-Level students and instead transport will only be provided to Alde Valley High School.
Therese said: "It was a very constructive discussion and I hope a common sense solution is found. Whilst this doesn't affect a large number of people I can understand why parents are...
24 JUL 2015
Suffolk Coastal MP Dr Therese Coffey has welcomed news that crime has fallen by 20% in Suffolk since 2010, according to the annual Independent Crime Survey.
Therese said: "I'd like to congratulate Suffolk Constabulary for working so hard to make our county an even safer place to live and work. I also want to recognise the strategic direction set by our elected Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore.
"The Government only kept one target for police forces - cut crime. We will continue to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy and provide for tougher sentences for criminals. As these new figures show, the plan is clearly working locally."
23 JUL 2015
Highways England (the new name for the Highways Agency) has announced it will introduce a 60mph limit on the Orwell Bridge, to be enforced with average speed cameras.
Improved road markings and new traffic signs are also part of a package of measures to improve safety on the bridge.
Therese said: "A few months ago, I said I would support a 60mph limit on the basis of evidence, not the 50mph that was originally proposed.
"However, I do not there is a need for the cameras initially. I would prefer to see some signage on the slip roads reminding joining traffic that they not have the right of way. That would be the case at the petrol station...
23 JUL 2015
The Prime Minister has spoken about the importance of farming when he visited the Royal Welsh Show today.
He unveiled plans to boost productivity and grow food and farming exports by more than £7 billion. Measures include cutting red tape, creating a new Food Innovation Network and protecting 200 great British foods.
Therese said: "I'm pleased at the efforts the Government is making to reduce red tape, particularly from the EU which seems to be unnecessarily complicating some farming procedures. The Secretary of State Elizabeth Truss and Farming Minister George Eustice seem to be making some progress on this front.
"Our farmers not only...
21 JUL 2015
Therese has welcomed plans by the Department for Education to allow parents to have early access to exam results to help them decide to which school to send their children.
Provisional GCSE results will now be made available in mid-October, before the application window closes, so parents are able to use them to finalise their choices. Previously, this data was only shared with schools. The initiative is part of the Government's drive to improve transparency in schools.
Therese said: "Choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions parents will make for their child so it's important they have as much up-to-date information...
20 JUL 2015
The Prime Minister has announced a new tourism plan to encourage people visiting London to extend their stay and visit other parts of the country.
The plan will build on the success of the 2011 tourism strategy, which culminated in a record year for overseas visitors in 2014. The tourism industry now contributes £60 billion to the UK economy every year.
Therese said: "Suffolk is brimming with wonderful sights and experiences. Personally, I think there is more we can do locally to make it as straightforward as possible to encourage tourism. People will pay a good rate to visit and stay in friendly, welcoming areas and the extra bit of...
20 JUL 2015
Coastal Communities Minister, Mark Francois MP, visited Landguard Fort on Friday as he announced more than £1 million in funding for Coastal Community Teams across the country.
Therese said: "I was pleased to welcome the Minister to Suffolk. Two of our local teams from Felixstowe and the Deben Peninsula are bringing together local businesses, councils and residents to help coordinate important regeneration projects. They will each receive an initial grant of £10,000 and will now be able to bid for up to £50,000 from the Coastal Revival Fund to support or restore local heritage and facilities which will benefit the wider community...
17 JUL 2015
Therese is urging holders of an Equitable Life policy, who have not yet claimed a payment under the Compensation Scheme, to get in contact with the Scheme as soon as possible.
It was announced in last week's budget that the Scheme will close to new claims on 31 December. It will continue to trace and pay eligible policyholders, and will now be working with the Department for Work & Pensions to find as many untraced policyholders as possible.
Therese said: "It's important that any policy holders get in contact with Equitable Life as soon as possible. The Scheme has been a huge success, having issued over £1billion of payments to 902,000...