Westminster News

TV license concessions

Currently all households with somebody aged over 75 years old are entitled to receive a free TV license. The cost of this scheme was funded by the Government since it was introduced in 2000. In 2020 the current scheme is set to come to an end.

 

Alcohol duty freeze from today

From today taxes on beer, cider and spirits are frozen for another year keeping down the costs for industry and for the consumer.

Goal to end HIV transmission by 2030

The Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has set out a commitment to end transmission of HIV in England by 2030.  He said this will happen through better prevention, detection and treatment.

Supporting Children's Mental Health

Today I met Action for Children at a drop-in event in Westminster.  They had invited me to discuss child's mental health.

Electrical safety for renters

Tough new rules for electrical inspections in private rented properties have been announced today.  The rules will offer greater protection for tenants.

Recruiting and retaining teachers

The Government has published a new integrated recruitment and retention strategy to boost teacher numbers and make sure that teaching remains an attractive and rewarding profession.

Online appeals service for ESA and UC claimants

Today HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) confirmed the availability of online appeals for ESA and Universal Credit claimants across England and Wales.  This is an extension to the online service for PIP claimants which was rolled out last year.

Consultation on Maternity protection

The Government has launched a consultation today on new proposals to upgrade protections from redundancy for new parents returning to work.

Tackling superbugs

Today the Health Secretary has been urging world leaders to follow the United Kingdom's lead in the global fight against superbugs to protect the health of future generations.