News from the week commencing 23 January


Holocaust Educational Trust

This week David signed the Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment, pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day, honouring those who died and paying tribute to the Holocaust survivors who still work to educate young people about these events.




Letter from Minister

David also received a letter from Andrew Jones MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport.

In the letter he outlines how Buckinghamshire County Council will benefit from the Department for Transport's 'Access Fund' competition


In addition to his regular surgery meetings with constituens, David also met with the Chief Executive of Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust at Stoke Mandeville Hospital to meet with members of staff and discuss issues surrounding healthcare.


David thought you might be interested to see his responses to a number of campaigns he received this week.


In response to 'Crisis' Homelessness Reduction Bill' campaign.

I share your concern regarding the situation faced by those who are homeless.

The Government is working hard to reduce homelessness. In the last parliament more than £500 million was provided to councils and charities to tackle homelessness and central Government funding is now increasing to reduce homelessness further. Homelessness acceptances are now less than half of what they were during their peak in 2003-04 under the previous Labour Government.

Councils have a duty to provide advice on homelessness to anyone seeking help and they will take steps to prevent homelessness wherever possible. Since 2010, councils have prevented over 1 million households from becoming homeless and the Government is now protecting homelessness prevention for councils.

The report by the Crisis Expert Panel, to which St Mungo’s contributed, provides a valuable insight into how aspects of the current legislation in England can be updated in light of the models adopted in Scotland and Wales.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill has not yet been published but I look forward to examining the contents of the Bill in due course.

I look forward to receiving more details about the event that Crisis is organising on the 27 October. I will be sure to check my diary and see if I am able to attend.


In response to the Royal College of Nursing's 'speaking up on nursing pay' campaign.

Following recommendations from the independent pay review bodies, the NHS Pay Review Body and the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body, the Government accepted a 1% pay rise for doctors, dentists and all NHS staff on Agenda for Change contracts for 2016 to 2017.
Delivering a safer 7-day NHS for patients is a government priority. An important part of this is that the NHS has to ensure it has the right staff, in the right place, at the right time to provide high quality services across the week. The NHS already has 32,000 extra clinical staff, including more than 10,000 additional doctors and more than 10,600 additional nurses on its wards since May 2010.
To help support NHS staff in their duty of care, the Government has committed to increase NHS spending in England by £10 billion in real terms by 2020, of which £6 billion will be delivered by the end of 2016/17. By cutting bureaucracy and championing higher standards, Ministers have ensured this money goes on frontline care not administration. The NHS has been rated the best healthcare system in the world, something that is only possible thanks to the dedication and hard work of all NHS staff, supported by a strong economy.