View from the House – 7 September 2018

September 7, 2018

HELLO and welcome back to my weekly View from the House for Tamworth Informed. After spending late-July and August in Tamworth over the Summer Recess, it’s back to Parliament this week for the new term. 

It was great to be out and about of the summer seeing so many people, groups and organisations and being at so many events. The Summer Recess is the perfect opportunity to leave Westminster and spend the season back home in Tamworth. MPs mostly have very little time to spend in the constituency aside from Fridays and Saturdays when Parliament is sitting due to the way the business works. 

Among the many things I did over the summer, I was really pleased to meet the Changes team and find out more about the great work they do to help people with mental health challenges. Yvonne and Tony work tirelessly to provide support and guidance and their work is really important. I also enjoyed meeting volunteers from the Canal and River Trust at Glascote Locks. Our canal is an oft overlooked leisure facility. But as runners, anglers and dog walkers will attest, the tow paths are really peaceful and attractive. The volunteers are constantly cleaning, clearing, painting and rebuilding the canal and tow path. If you would like to know more about the work the Canal and River Trust do please contact me on christopher.pincher.mp@parliament.uk or call 01827 312 778.

Despite being the first week back, the Government wasted no time with cracking on with work. Earlier in the week the Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced new measures to tackle the evolving threat of online child sexual exploitation to keep our children safe. The Government is demanding technology companies show the same level of progress on tackling child sexual exploitation as they have done for tackling terrorism, or face legislative action.

Later in the week the Tenant Fees Bill passed its Third Reading, making renting fairer for everyone. The legislation bans landlords and agents from charging private housing tenants anything except rent, capped deposits and default charges, such as for lost keys. It will also cap charges when tenants have requested a variation to their tenancy.

The Government also announced a consultation on ending the sale of energy drinks to children and young people in England. 

We are also piloting a new NHS app in five areas in England from next month, ahead of a national roll-out in December. Amongst other things, the app will allow patients to book GP appointments, access medical records, and record their organ donation preferences online.

The next few weeks and especially in the run up to Christmas we will be very busy in Parliament as we continue to introduce laws so we are prepared for leaving the European Union in March next year (Brexit *rolls eyes* – I know).  

As always, if you’ve got any questions or problems don’t hesitate to contact me on christopher.pincher.mp@parliament.uk. 

Have a great weekend.

Chris