Imports, food and farming: My view on the Agriculture Bill

Today the Agriculture Bill is being debated and voted on in the House of Commons. This is the most important piece of legislation for the rural economy since the 1940s, as it sets the terms for farm support for the post-Brexit era. For 40 years agriculture policy has been set in Brussels.

The future of social care in Wiltshire

Yesterday I held an online meeting with the leaders of five of Wiltshire’s charities working with elderly people and vulnerable adults.* We were also joined by Councillor Laura Mayes and Alison Elliot, who oversee adult social care for Wiltshire Council. 

Coronavirus: PPE in Wiltshire and the wider picture

I am writing this post in response to a number of constituents raising their concernsover PPE provision. Like them, I am also very anxious to ensure that our health and social care staff get the equipment they need to keep them safe and keep them doing their vital work.

Coronavirus: Helping businesses weather the storm

This is a personal post in response to the large numbers of constituents who have contacted my office to ask for help accessing the loans which the government has made available through the banks. 

Update: Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Earlier this week I wrote online that I was unimpressed with the way the big banks were refusing firms access to the Government's interest-free Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), or insisting on personal guarantees from the directors.