07 AUG 2017

Coastal Scene Column - 4th August 2017

"This week, the Government agreed with BT a new approach to complete the Universal Service obligation for which we legislated a few months ago. BT will be investing up to a further £600M to complete the rollout of fast broadband connections with a minimum speed of 10MB. This builds on the coverage plans already being funded by BT, Suffolk County Council and the government for superfast broadband.

Jeremy Hunt announced ambitious plans to recruit 21,000 new mental health workers to support the full integration of mental and physical health services. Under the new plans child and adolescent services will see 2,000 additional nurses, consultants and therapists, while 2,900 extra therapists and other health professionals will be involved in adult talking therapies. 4,600 posts will be added in crisis care and 4,000 psychiatrists and 30,000 trained mental health nurses currently not employed by the NHS will be encouraged to return to the profession. These measures are key for delivering the high performing and well-resourced mental health services we all want to see.

My first two weeks of recess have been dominated by ministerial work, including publication of our new air quality strategy, our Secretary of State's first major speech on the environment (which I heartily recommend to readers) and then a recess road trip taking in visits to councils, businesses and environmental schemes in Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Durham, Humberside and Lincolnshire. My own constituency tour returns this month and in bank holiday week, I will be stopping off in community halls, pubs and shops across the 302 square miles of the Suffolk Coastal constituency. This is an invitation for constituents to come and speak to me about any issue that concerns you. From Tuesday 29th August to Friday 1st September You can find out when I'm visiting your village or town on my website - http://theresecoffey.co.uk/tour 2017.

I've already met several people at various fetes and there are plenty more this month. This weekend I'm particularly looking forward to visiting Felixstowe Pier. This has been a long time coming but from what I've seen, the owners should be proud of their investment into this regeneration. Felixstowe is really buzzing and after another successful Carnival, the town is rightly attracting more people for a great day out by the sea."

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