30 April 2020

News from the Virtual Parliament and Constituency
I hope that this newsletter finds you well. We remain in a difficult position, with many challenges still ahead of us. Our strong community continues to rally around and play its part.   
My office continues to receive high a volume of casework and is working closely with local stakeholders. Parliament’s experiment with virtual democracy continues, albeit with limitations. The Transport Select Committee, which I chair, has held three inquiry sessions now. Getting called to speak in Parliament is more of a challenge. Having always attempted to attend the chamber, I used to get more of a chance to speak on local issues than other MPs who preferred to view from their office television. Now that any MP can join from home there appears to be more demand. That said, I have just been drawn out of the hat for PMQs and I hope to make the list of those who get called. If so, as the articles below will demonstrate, care home support is a likely candidate for more focus.

Huw welcomes COVID-19 Testing for local care homes

Yesterday, Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health announced that all care home residents and staff will be able to get tested for coronavirus even if they do not have symptoms.

Read more here
Care Home Resilience

To ensure resilience, every local authority must assess the correct care setting for a discharged patient to move to. 

Read more about it here
HS2 Evidence Session

Transport Select Committee held a HS2 Evidence Session where I took evidence from witnesses about the developments of the project.

Watch here
Support for dairy farmers

Approximately 5% of all milk produced goes into the service trade and as this demand has declined substantially some dairy farmers have been impacted.

Read more
Huw calls for help for business renters

Whilst I welcome the Government’s emergency financial package to support businesses during the Coronavirus epidemic, I am concerned to ensure that every legitimate business gets this targeted help. 

Click here for more
Fairer Rail Lock-down Compensation

As Chair of the Transport Select Committee, I called for changes to our rail compensation rules. Depending on when their ticket expires, annual commuters from Battle could lose £1,000 without change.

Read more here
Fairer Flight Lock-down Compensation

As Chair of the Transport Select Committee, I’ve teamed up with the Mail to demonstrate that airlines are unlawfully sitting on £7 billion of unrefunded flights. Our inquiry on Aviation and the impact of the Coronavirus starts next week.

Read the Mail article here
Changing the way we do business

When this column first appeared in 2015, we thought ‘In the House’ would be a good title to show what goes on inside Parliament. Never did I think that it would refer to MPs participating in Parliament ‘in their House’. 

Read more
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