Local businesses of all sizes form the lifeblood of our local economy in Ipswich and Suffolk, employing local people, boosting economic growth and supporting our local communities. Last week Dan attended his regular Suffolk Business Liaison Group meeting at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Ipswich, along with his fellow Suffolk MPs, to discuss some of the main issues affecting businesses across the county.
A number of key issues were discussed at the meeting, including an update on Suffolk’s plans for the roll-out of high speed broadband across the county by 2015. The contract for delivering high speed broadband in Suffolk has now been put out to tender by Suffolk County Council, with the first homes due to be connected to the high-speed network at the end of the year.
The importance of properly supporting our local abattoirs in Suffolk was also raised, and Dan stressed how supporting Suffolk's farmers and food producers is one of his top priorities as your local mp. That is why he has led efforts in Parliament to ensure that the Food Standards Agency’s proposals to place full cost recovery of meat inspections on local abattoirs are properly reviewed and consulted upon by the Government.
County councils across East Anglia and local businesses are currently drawing up plans, along with the region’s MPs, for the future of our rail service and Dan used this opportunity to stress the importance of making sure key interchange stations such as Stowmarket and Diss are protected as part of any future proposals.
The meeting was very useful and Dan will continue to fight on behalf of Suffolk’s businesses in the weeks and months ahead in Parliament.
Click here to contact Dan
Social Care Funding (17 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: My right hon. Friend is right to highlight the link between healthcare and social care. If we are to care properly for people with the long-term conditions he has outlined, we need to have a more joined-up and integrated system. It is hard to deliver that when we have a taxpayer-funded NHS and a social care system in which many people now have to pay for their own care. In looking for a...
Offensive Weapons Bill: Ipswich-London Rail Fares (15 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I thank my hon. Friend’s welcome news on capping rail fares, but does he not also agree that it is difficult for customers to disaggregate the cost of the fare—those in Ipswich are very high per mile by national standards—from reliability and speed of service? Despite the cost of tickets from Ipswich, reliability and speed of service have not improved over the years....