Businesses in and around Bedford are currently eligible to apply for a connection voucher of up to £3000 to help them secure faster, better broadband through the Government’s Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme.

 

Vouchers are available to local businesses, who meet eligibility criteria, before March 2016. Home-based businesses are also eligible. More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found at www.connectionvouchers.co.uk.

 

Read more: Government Grant to Boost Broadband for Businesses

MP for NE Bedfordshire Alistair Burt, and members of his staff have been taking part in the RNIB  'fortnight of action' to highlight the growing problem of street obstacles; bollards, advertising boards, bins, cars parked on pavements, and 'shared space' schemes, and to learn more about sight loss issues.

With support from RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), local campaigners have been taking part in blindfold walks with their MPs, share their experiences, and encourage their local councils to meet with them to discuss creating local Street Charters. Alistair took to the streets of Biggleswade with local RNIB campaigner Natalie Doig to have the experience of being guided through a busy town centre.

Read more: Team Burt supports the RNIB Street Aware campaign

I have had a number of representations concerning the vote on hunting, both for and against the Governments proposed amendment of the Hunting Act. My response has been posted on my website, explaining clearly to my constituents why I intend to vote for the amendment.

I have also received representations suggesting strongly rather than make up my own mind how to vote I should count up the representations I have received and vote accordingly.

Let me explain why I fundamentally disagree.

Read more: MPs, votes and judgement

Alistair Burt MP has welcomed new measures announced by the Government that will see the law changed to give local communities the final say over planning decisions for new onshore wind farms.

Wind turbines will only get the go-ahead if the local community has made it clear they support onshore wind projects in their area. They will be free to decide where turbines should go and any proposals must address the concerns of local people and have their backing.

In addition, the law will be changed to end bill-payer subsidies for new onshore wind farms from April 2016.  This will ensure that we meet our renewable energy commitments in a way that protects taxpayers and keeps bills low for working people.

Read more: MP welcomes new measures to give people in North East Beds the final say over new onshore wind...

North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt welcomes the Chancellor’s Budget as one that delivers security for working people – with our finances under control, the national debt falling, our defences supported, productivity boosted, welfare controlled, income taxes cut, and a National Living Wage. This Budget keeps us moving from a low wage, high tax, high welfare economy to a higher wage, lower tax and lower welfare country.

Read more: Summer Budget: Delivering Security for Working People

Commenting on the announcement and confirmation of Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s deficit, MP for NE Beds Alistair Burt said:

 

Read more: MP’s disappointment at deficit

The Chancellor George Osborne has today delivered his final Budget before May’s general election, which outlined the strength of a nation ‘walking tall again’. It is a Budget that works for the British People. The Chancellor has placed economic security at the centre of attention as part of national recovery from the financial crisis and the economic difficulties left by the previous government.

Read more: Budget 2015 - "A Budget for the Future"