School Visit

It was a pleasure to meet Mrs Rigby on Friday, Principal of St John The Evangelist Catholic Academy in Kidsgrove.

It was great to see the effort that had gone in to make the school COVID secure with students in bubbles and hear how in Year 2 they had over 90% attendance.

Domestic Abuse Bill

This evening I will be voting to pass the Domestic Abuse Bill through the House of Commons , with major changes to protect victims of abuse.

Cut to Stamp Duty

This week the Chancellor, has announced the government will cut stamp duty until 31st March 2021.

Right now, there is no stamp duty on transactions below £125,000 (or £300,000 for first time buyers).

That is now increasing to the £500,000 threshold.

Eat Out

To support restaurants, cafes, pubs across Stoke-on-Trent North, Kidsgrove, Talke and the 1.8 million people who work in them we’re saying ‘Eat Out to Help Out’.

Supporting Business and Employers

So far 11 million people and jobs have been supported through the job retention and self-employment schemes.

The scheme will come to an end in October, winding down flexibly and gradually.

VAT Cut- Tourism and Hospitality

Sadly we saw 80% of hospitality firms temporarily stopped trading in April and 1.4 million workers have been furloughed.

At the moment VAT on hospitality and tourism is charged at 20%.

However there will be a cut to 5%, from next Wednesday until 12th January 2021.

Kickstart Scheme- Supporting our Young People

Over 700,000 people are leaving Education this year.

COVID-19 sadly means that under 25’s are two and a half times as likely to work in a sector that has been closed.

Price and Kensington Update

This week I have written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick , about the need for government to change the law so tougher sentences can be given to rogue landlords, who allow our proud heritage to be destroyed.

Back your local

It was great to catch up with local Stoke-on-Trent City Council Councillors on Thursday at The Foaming Quart in Norton Green this week.

Make sure you go out and back your local pubs.

Beauty, Leisure and Gyms

Over recent weeks I've been lobbying the Government continuously, including the Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston , to get our gyms, swimming pools,leisure centres , and beauty salons open.