Last week, the Public Accounts Committee, of which I am a member, led an inquiry into ‘Contracted out health and disability assessments’, which looked at when the Department for Work & Pensions has used health and disability assessments. The Public Accounts Committee plays an important role in scrutinising the value…Read More
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Welcome to my latest newsletter to keep you updated on my work in Parliament and around Amber Valley.
As always, you’ll find a selection of what I’ve been up to over the last month and details of upcoming events. You’ll also find…Read More
I recently led a Public Accounts Committee session on tackling tax fraud, where we called on the HMRC Chief Executive, Lin Homer to give evidence on HMRC and their efforts to tackle tax fraud. You can read the full transcript from the session here.
HMRC estimates show that losses to tax…Read More
On 19th January, I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on towed-trailer safety to raise my concerns and the terrible incident, which many of you will recall, which took place just over eight years ago, when Finlay Martin was tragically killed by a runaway trailer which had detached from a…Read More
On 28th January, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson answered an Urgent Question following the Court of Appeal ruling on the Under-Occupancy Penalty. Following this, I called on the Government to encourage councils to award longer discretionary housing awards, which are part of a £870million…Read More
Following the news regarding the £130million tax settlement between Google and HMRC over the weekend, the Government was called to Parliament to make a statement which you can read here. A number of my constituents have raised concerns with me about multi-national company tax avoidance in the past and I…Read More
I have in the past been contacted by headteachers at local schools who have experienced problems in supporting children who have chaotic home lives. Headteachers are often tasked with managing and addressing difficult and delicate family situations and it’s important that these families are given the right support to help…Read More
Following on from my recent intervention in an important debate relating to Community Transport funding in Parliament on Wednesday 16th December, I welcome the news that funding for this important and valuable community service will no longer be withdrawn by Derbyshire County Council.
As I have written about previously, it had…Read More
On Wednesday 13th January, I held a Westminster Hall debate to highlight the importance of hand hygiene in reducing healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in the NHS.
According to data from 2011, patients in England have a 6.4% chance of contracting an HAI. This manifests in more than 300,000 patients developing HAI…Read More
A number of my constituents have contacted me over the last week to express your views on whether the UK should launch air-strikes on Syria. As many of you will know this action was approved by the House with 397 votes to 223, a majority of 174, and as many of you…Read More