28 APR 2017
Broadband minister and fellow Suffolk MP Matt Hancock updated Therese this week on the progress of broadband rollout in Suffolk Coastal. Since 2010 22,996 homes have been connected thanks to investment by the government and Suffolk County Council.
Suffolk has contracted with BT for the next stage of the roll out, which will see broadband available to 95% of properties by 2019. Therese said: "I recognise it is incredibly frustrating for those who do not yet have superfast broadband which is why the Government has legislated for the Universal Service Obligation through the Digital Economy Act."
27 APR 2017
The Motability Scheme plays a vital role in the lives of many disabled people by supporting their mobility through the provision of a car, scooter or powered wheelchair.
The Department of Work and Pensions and Motability have been working closely to help people affected by reassessment from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payments.
Therese said: "As a result of that work Motability has kindly offered to enhance their Disability Living Allowance - Personal Independence Payment Transitional Support package to allow scheme customers to retain the car for up to eight weeks after their Disability Living Allowance payments...
24 APR 2017
Therese has reacted with surprise to reports that Trinity College, Cambridge is applying to row back on its affordable housingobligation on a housing development on the edge of Felixstowe.
Under current policy the application for 385 homes at the Walton Green site should provide 127 affordable homes – one third of the total number of homes on the development. However, Trinity College, Cambridge claim that providing that many affordable houses is financially unviable and instead propose to develop just 17% of homes on the site as affordable.
Therese said: "I'm surprised that one of the wealthiest institutions in the country is claiming...
20 APR 2017
Following a vote in the House of Commons yesterday – a General Election will now be held on 8th June.
Therese said: "This election is about securing the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond. Whether you voted Leave or Remain, the decision has been made and we need to deliver a Brexit that works for everyone in this country.
The choice is between strong and stable leadership in the national interest with Theresa May – or weak and unstable coalition government. A strong Conservative Government will also deliver our plan for a stronger Britain, building on our strong economy but also creating...
04 APR 2017
Following the Chancellor's Budget announcement to introduce a £300m fund to help small businesses hit with large business rate increases, the Government is consulting on how the fund will be administered.
The consultation asks for views on the criteria of the fund and the amount of money each local authority receives. Provisionally, Waveney District Council has been allocated £417,000 in the first year and Suffolk Coastal District Council has been allocated £406,000.
You can access the consultation via https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/discretionary-business-rates-relief-schemeAll responses need to be received by 11:45pm on 7th April.
Therese said: "I am liaising with our local authorities to try and...
24 MAR 2017
Good news for EE customers. The mobile phone operator has confirmed this week that they have completed various 4G upgrades throughout Suffolk Coastal including in Pettistree, Trimley St Martin, Saxmundham, Aldeburgh, Woodbridge, Halesworth, Frostenden and three further sites around Felixstowe.
The have also improved 4G along some of the major roads, including the A14 (two upgrades on the section going east out of Ipswich), A114, A1152 (around Rendlesham), three upgrades on the A12, the B1119, the B1387, the B1123 and the A1094.
Therese said; "Mobile phone signal has been raised a lot less frequently with me in recent years as our...
14 MAR 2017
Therese was delighted to welcome the Walberswick branch of the Women's Institute and guests to Parliament, on Budget Day, last week. They enjoyed a tour of the Palace of Westminster and were able to watch the proceedings in the House of Commons from the public gallery. If you would like to visit Parliament for a tour then contact Therese via email@example.com
08 MAR 2017
Therese has warmly welcomed the announcement by the Chancellor in today's Budget to introduce a £300m discretionarybusiness rate relief fund to help small businesses hit with large increases in the recent business rate revaluation.
The Chancellor has also promised that those businesses that have just come out of Small Business Rate Relief won't pay more than £600 a year under the new revaluation and pubs that have a rateable value of under £100,000 will get a £1,000 discount on their rates.
Last month, Therese led a small delegation of MPs to meet the Chancellor, Philip Hammond MP to press the case over the extraordinary business rate...
07 MAR 2017
Therese addressed the Suffolk Coast Against Retreat (SCAR) AGM on Saturday at the kind invitation of Chairman, GrahamHenderson.
Therese said: "SCAR do fantastic job in bringing together local action groups in the common pursuit of protecting our coastline. As Minister for coastal erosion, it gave me a good opportunity to set out what the Government has been doing to assist Suffolk communities to protect themselves from the power of the sea."
She added: "SCAR rightly have concerns about the lack of information from EDF on the proposed jetty for Sizewell C, an issue mirrored in my own stage 2 consultation response. It is essential EDF...
01 MAR 2017
Therese has welcomed investment from the Premier League of £8,297 to purchase grounds maintenance equipment at LeistonFootball Club.
Therese said: "I am delighted that the Premier League have awarded this grant to Leiston FC to improve facilities at Victory Road. The Premier League's Football Stadia Improvement Fund is the largest provider of grants to improve facilities in the lower leagues – crucial for our amateur game."