The urgency for information from HMG on the Pandemic having apparently passed, Anne Marie Trevelyan sends out her latest news letter. If you don’t receive it, we re-publish it here.
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Good afternoon, I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine! I thought it might be helpful to summarise some of the recent news and initiatives that may have passed you by.
You can watch my end of term video report by clicking the image above.
Planning for the Future
This week the planning white paper “Planning for the Future” was released. You can read it yourself HERE. A white paper is the term for a Government policy document, which outlines plans for future legislation and becomes the basis for any consultation on the issue. This then informs the proposals before they are presented to Parliament in the form of a Bill. It is a crucial way for the public to read through Government plans and take part in any consultation before the plans reach the next stage.
This white paper seeks to reform our complex planning system, which has become a barrier to building the homes our country needs. at present it takes 7 years to agree local housing plans and 5 years just to get a spade in the ground. These plans propose to modernise and simplify the planning process providing more homes for young people and creating better quality neighbourhoods and homes across the country. The aim is to cut red tape, but not standards, placing a higher regard on quality, design and the environment than ever before. Planning decisions will be simple and transparent, with local democracy at the heart of the process.
It is really important that local residents and parish councils take part in the consultation and have their views heard. Once you have read through the plans, you can have your say on them HERE.
This week I have been inundated with emails from NUFC fans expressing their concerns over the failed takeover bid. I wrote to the Premier League on their behalf to try to seek some answers. You can read my letter HERE.
A&E facilities boost for winter
The Prime Minister announced a £300million boost for A&Es to update some of their facilities in order to prepare for the winter. Northumbria NHS is to receive £1million of this funding, which can be used to implement patient flow changes, expand treatment cubicles, update infection control measures or any other projects that could improve efforts to put in place social distancing and hygiene measures. You can read more about the funding HERE.
Figures released by the Treasury this week show exactly how many people in my constituency have benefitted from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough), as well as the full amount of money paid out in grants to the self-employed and to businesses. You can read them in full HERE.
In the wake of the tragic explosion in Beirut, I am proud to report that the UK is one of the biggest donors to this crisis. At the weekend, I pledged £20million on behalf of the UK to the UN’s World Food Programme, to help those most at risk with access to food and emergency supplies. You can read more about the UK’s contribution to the disaster relief efforts HERE.
I also authorised an assessment team of medics and emergency response technicians from the UK’s rapid response medical team to fly to Beirut to help the Lebanese people. You can hear from them about what they hope to achieve HERE.
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