View from the House – 14th September 2018

Friday, 14th September 2018

HELLO and welcome to my weekly View from the House for Tamworth Informed. 

Before I begin updating you about the week in Westminster, I would just like to say thank you to the team behind the Radio Tamworth awards that put on such a wonderful event last Saturday. It was great to have the opportunity to speak but also see so many businesses, organisations and individuals be rewarded for the invaluable work they do around our beloved town. 

This week the Government published the next set of technical notices to provide further advice to businesses and citizens on what steps to take in the case of a no deal Brexit. Getting a deal with the European Union is still the most likely option, but it is sensible and practical to prepare for all options. With six months to go until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, we are stepping up our no deal preparations so that Britain can continue to flourish, regardless of the outcome of negotiations.

Just down the road in Birmingham, earlier this week the Prime Minister set out an ambitious plan to put the United Kingdom at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles, creating over 1,000 jobs across the United Kingdom as part of our modern Industrial Strategy.

We are providing a £106 million funding boost for research and development in green vehicles, new batteries and low carbon technology. These measures will drive the design, use, uptake and infrastructure necessary for cleaner, greener vehicles – and in doing so, it will help us drastically reduce a major contributor to our global warming emissions, as we seek to meet the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

On Thursday the Government delivered on a commitment to introduce a new workplace right which will give bereaved parents who have lost a child two weeks’ leave from work, giving them more time to recover from their loss. 

This new law, delivering on a manifesto commitment, will support those affected by the tragedy of childhood mortality, and is expected to come into force in 2020. It will also give all employed parents a day-one right to two weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. This law makes Parental Bereavement Leave a legal right for the first time in the United Kingdom’s history, as well as delivering on our manifesto commitment.

Good news for our farmers, we have set out our plans to take back control for farmers after 50 years under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, delivering a cleaner, greener and healthier environment for future generations. This will replace the current subsidy system which pays farmers based on the total amount of land farmed, rather than specific public benefits. We will work together with farmers to design, develop and trial the new approach. 

This is an historic moment as we leave the European Union and move towards a brighter future for farming. After nearly 50 years of farmers being tied to burdensome and outdated rules, we have an opportunity to deliver a Green Brexit.

As always, have a great weekend.

Best wishes


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