The day after the Chancellor George Osborne presented the Government's last budget of the Parliament, Dr Dan was delighted to be invited to discuss the Budget at a lunch attended by representatives of over 100 local businesses.
This year's budget has many benefits for businesses in the East of England and introduced the Broadband Connection Voucher scheme. Dr Dan has been at the vanguard of the campaign to improve Suffolk's broadband and helped secure £27 million of Government funds to deliver high speed broadband to 90% of Suffolk's homes by the end of 2015. He welcomed this new Government initiative, which provides up to £3,000 to support broadband connection and is open to all SME's, charities, social enterprises and sole traders, as a helpful addition to the good work already done in bringing high speed broadband to our area.
Dr Dan also warmly welcomed the Chancellor's commitment to the East Anglian Air Ambulance by providing funding for a new lifesaving helicopter which will have more room for extra crew members and the ability to fly over greater distances.
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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....