Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

Reporting back: Government activity in the week from 29th July

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 10 August 2017 13:06

I thought you might find it helpful to see a few points from Westminster. I aim to help constituents know what’s going on in government departments, and of course to represent your views in Parliament. Parliament isn’t sitting in August but that doesn’t mean the work stops – I’m taking up plenty of issues and ideas for constituents.


On Saturday 29th July, Lord Gardiner launched a £200m fund to support new rural broadband projects, and provide significant amounts of funding to on-farm businesses to invest in new infrastructure such as new buildings and machinery.


On Sunday 30th August, Karen Bradley announced that BT have put forward an offer to deliver high speed broadband of at least 10 megabits per second to every home and business in the UK. The government will now consider if this offer or a regulatory approach will best deliver our commitment for full broadband coverage across the country.


Also on Sunday, Jeremy Wright released new statistics showing that more victims and their families got justice than ever before, with 141 criminals having their sentences increased under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme during 2016. 


On Monday 31st August, Jeremy Hunt set out the government’s plan to deliver 21,000 new posts in mental health support by 2021.


Also on Monday, Ben Wallace set out new plans to help law enforcement officers confiscate valuable items and other assets acquired using the proceeds of crime as well as tackle the financing of terrorism.


On Tuesday 1st August, Amber Rudd travelled to the USA to reaffirm calls for a united stance against online terror, as the online industry held a summit to develop a coordinated response to purging the web of terrorist content.


Also on Tuesday, Andrew Jones announced a new National Investment Fund to help cutting-edge British start-ups become world-leading companies.


On Wednesday 2nd August, Alan Duncan published plans to enable post-Brexit Britain to continue to play a central role in global sanctions to combat the threats of terrorism, conflict and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.


On Thursday 3rd August, Alok Sharma published further details of the government’s plan for more rental properties in the UK through its Build to Rent programme.


On Friday 4th August, Priti Patel announced a further £100m to tackle polio.

I’ll keep you updated.