27 AUG 2015
Therese has today welcomed the launch of the new Victims' Information Service that gives victims of crime a quick and easy way to access support. The service will mean, that for the first time, all victims of crime can go to one place for advice on what support is available to them and how to access it.
Therese said: "Being a victim of crime can be a horrific experience and the Government puts the highest emphasis on the needs of victims. It is essential that when you experience a crime that you have quick and easy access to support. I'm delighted the new Victims' Information Service will provide that."
The service includes free...
24 AUG 2015
A reminder about Therese's Constituency Tour. From Tuesday 1st September, Therese is once again conducting her tour. Shewill criss-cross the 302 square milesof the Suffolk Coastal constituency over 3 days, stopping off in towns and villages to talk with residents in community halls, pubs and shops. Her full tour schedule is published below. Please come along to speak to Therese.
Constituency Tour Schedule
Tuesday 1st September 2015
10.00 – 10.20 - Warren Heath – Outside Sainsbury's10.30 – 10.40 - Foxhall – Outside the Shepherd & Dog10.50 – 11.00 - Nacton – Orwell Stores11.05 – 11.15 - Levington – Outside the Village...
13 AUG 2015
East Coast Community Healthcare have announced the temporary suspension of new inpatient admissions to Southwold Community hospital on the grounds of patient safety due to shortages of trained nursing staff.
Reacting to the news, Therese said: "I have been in touch with local health teams about the temporary closure of Southwold Hospital. Unfortunately there is a similar situation to what happened at Patrick Stead last year. The challenge of recruiting and retaining staff is one of my concerns for the proposed changes in substituting hospital beds with 'beds with care' in local care homes. I don't know at this stage whether that will be...
10 AUG 2015
Planned work on essential flood defences in Woodbridge is to be delayed, having originally been due to start at the beginning of August. The Environment Agency will now undertake work in September, with an exact date yet to be confirmed.
The work will take place on the floodwall along the Woodbridge waterfront, from Tide Mill Way to Deben Rowing Club.
The path will be kept open wherever possible, and will only be closed to ensure public safety. Public notice of 2 weeks will be given when a closure is due and importantly all businesses, properties and houseboats will be accessible despite the closures.
By undertaking this work, the...
07 AUG 2015
Therese has welcomed the launch of the new Deben Estuary Plan, designed to protect and manage the River Deben Estuary. The plan will manage the risk of flooding to those who live or own land alongside the river as well as well as safeguarding the natural habitats of local wildlife.
The plan has been years in the making and has drawn upon the views of residents, business, councils and other community groups. It was launched at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club where Therese was joined by others involved in the formulation of the document.
Therese said: "This plan is a real trailblazer and all involved should be proud of what they have achieved,...
06 AUG 2015
Therese has expressed her frustration with the actions of the Planning Inspectorate after the appeal hearing to determine more caravan pitches at a travellers site at Pine Lodge in Thorington was delayed once again. Therese was planning to speak at the appeal hearing next week but now that has been cancelled after a further delay from April. This follows the decision by Suffolk Coastal planning committee to turn down the application in the autumn of 2013.
Therese said: "This has been a long drawn out saga stretching back several years. My constituents are staggered at how the Planning Inspectorate has behaved in this matter. Firstly they...
04 AUG 2015
From Tuesday 1st September, Therese is once again conducting her constituency tour. She will criss-cross the 302 square milesof the Suffolk Coastal constituency over 3 days, stopping off in towns and villages to talk with residents in community halls, pubs and shops. Her full tour schedule is published below. Please come along to speak to Therese.
Constituency Tour Schedule
Tuesday 1st September 2015
10.00 – 10.20 - Warren Heath – Outside Sainsbury's10.30 – 10.40 - Foxhall – Outside the Shepherd & Dog10.50 – 11.00 - Nacton – Orwell Stores11.05 – 11.15 - Levington – Outside the Village Hall11.25 – 11.35 - Trimley St...
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...
01 AUG 2015
Landguard Fort in Felixstowe is looking for volunteers to help run the popular attraction. People can take on a variety of roles, such as greeting visitors, running the shop, helping out with maintenance and assisting with one of the many events held every year.
Therese recently visited the fort and took part in a volunteers evening to help thank all those members of the local community who help keep both the fort and neighbouring Felixstowe Museum going. "I was pleased to join the volunteers who help Felixstowe Museum and Landguard Fort come alive for locals and tourists. The fort is improving all the time and the World War I...
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...