AUTUMN STATEMENT GOOD NEWS FOR NE BEDS
‘FROM BLACK CAT TO NEW JOBS, THIS IS AN ECONOMIC PACKAGE WHICH SHOWS THE COUNTRY IS GETTING THERE’
NE Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt welcomed today’s Autumn Statement announcement, saying that it contained a number of items which would help constituents.
Mr Burt says: ‘The announcement earlier this week, confirmed in today’s Statement, of changes to the A1 and A428 will be welcome, not just to those who pass through the Black Cat roundabout, but all local residents who have had to cope with traffic using our villages as a rat run to avoid jams in the area.g
MP ASKS FOR VIEWS ON NATIONAL ROAMING PLANS FOR MOBILE PHONES
North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt is carrying out a survey to find out constituent’s views on plans to introduce national roaming.
The Department of Culture Media and Sport is currently consulting on whether to introduce a national roaming plan which will force mobile operators to accept ‘network-switching’ arrangements with their rivals. The Government has asked the Industry to voluntarily come up with a plan to improve coverage; but if this does not happen it may impose the roaming scheme on them.
Superfast broadband for Kings Reach
Following representations from constituents, engineering for a superfast broadband service to Kings Reach residents is well underway. BT advises that residents should be able to receive the new service from approximately mid-December; and can register now with their chosen provider for the upgrade in service.
MP for NE Bedfordshire, Alistair Burt, said “Cllr Richard Wenham of Central Bedfordshire and I have been aware of residents’ frustrations for some time, and have worked hard to ensure speeds are increased. This new development emphasises how most people now have high expectations of modern technology delivery, which I am keen for the area to meet. So I am delighted that residents of Kings Reach will have an improved service. I am continuing to press for further improvements to the planned rural broadband network, as I am conscious that others may not yet be in the same position.
MP WELCOMES CASH BOOST FOR SCHOOL SPORT
Lower and Middle schools across North East Bedfordshire are currently receiving a fresh £512,260 funding boost to transform PE lessons for tens of thousands of pupils.
Head teachers have already used the PE and Sports Premium – a fund worth more than £150million a year to spend on school sports provision - to recruit hundreds of extra specialist PE teachers, buy new equipment and offer a wider selection of sports and free after school clubs.
MP SUPPORTS CONCERNS OVER GENDER SPECIFIC ABORTION
NE Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt has supported a Commons Bill calling attention to the growing practice of gender selection by abortion, and urging action to ensure that the law preventing this is upheld. The Bill was voted for overwhelmingly by MPs from all parties on Tuesday 4th November.
Mr Burt said ‘That a child might not be born because it’s sex is inconvenient to its family is abhorrent. This growing practice in the UK, getting better documented as women under pressure come forward with their stories, needs further exposure in order to ensure that the law is very clear that such practice is wrong. We also need to be quite clear that this is mostly associated with violence and prejudice against women and girls, and I am pleased that Parliament has spoken on this.’
MP WARNS CONSTITUENTS ABOUT RISE IN DOG THEFTS
Following contact from affected constituents, North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt is urging Bedfordshire residents to be aware of an increasing rise in dog thefts in the area. A number of thefts have occurred when dogs have been left unattended in gardens and it is important that if dogs are left at home that they are in a secure place.
Mr Burt said “The theft of a family pet can be incredibly upsetting and I would encourage all constituent’s to be aware of the increase in this type of theft. Advice from the Dog’s Trust is to ensure that your pet is micro chipped so that any recovered animals can be reunited as quickly as possible.
Bedfordshire Police also suggest you keep your dog in sight while out on a walk and to be wary of strangers who may be showing a lot of interest in your dog.”
Anyone with information relating to these or any other incidents relating to dog thefts, can contact, Bedfordshire Police, in confidence, on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES CONTINUE TO SHOW GOOD NEWS FOR BEDFORDSHIRE
Latest employment figures for Bedfordshire continue to demonstrate the strength of the local and regional economy, says NE Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt. Mr Burt said the latest figures showed that the east of England, from house building to retail and business development, was continuing to offer good quality job opportunities to those looking at all ages.
Mr Burt says: ‘Latest figures show that in the NE Bedfordshire constituency there were 763 Job Seekers Allowance claimants, a fall of 37% from this time last year. For those over 50 the fall was 30%, and even better for those aged 18-24, with a fall of 42%. As we see more building and retail development in the area, this will feed through into continuing good job prospects, both for local opportunities and those reached by road and rail in the region nearby.
Whilst things are still tough on pay, and remain not easy for some families, I hope that the growing strength of the economy all round in our area will continue to provide new opportunities for full and part time work.’