My Parental Bereavement Bill

My Parental Bereavement (Leave & Pay) Bill has had its Second reading in Parliament today. The new law, once enacted, will give employed parents two weeks paid leave if they lose a child under the age of 18.

Tactical Response Vehicles (TRVs)

I am absolutely delighted that North Yorkshire Fire Authority is to reverse its policy on the minimum number of officers needed to crew the new Tactical Response Vehicles (TRVs).

Sleep-in payments for Careworkers

This week I raised the issue of ‘sleep-in’ payments with both the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, and the First Secretary of State, Damien Green. These are overnight care arrangements, provided by staff that sleep on-site, responding to emergency requests for support.

A64 - September 2017 Update

I am delighted to announce that I fully expect to see the first stage of the A64 carriage (between Hopgrove and Barton Hill) to be dualled by 2023.

Tackling Poverty

People often think that a low income is the best indicator of poverty but it’s not the whole story. Issues of poverty can include access to decent housing, community amenities and social networks, and assets. Somebody who lacks these resources can be said to be ‘poor’ in a wider sense.