February 2014




Elizabeth's Monthly Report February 2014


The fortieth monthly report from Elizabeth Truss MP updating residents on her activities.


Elizabeth met Transport Minister Robert Goodwill with other Norfolk MPs to make the case for the full dualling of the A47. She stressed that improvements must address road layouts at accident black spots in Dereham and at the Broadend Road Junction, plus on/off access at Sporle. Elizabeth has also welcomed the decision by Norfolk County Council (NCC) to improve the road layout on the Isle Road crossing in Outwell.



Elizabeth and Norfolk MPs with the Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MP



Elizabeth wrote to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs calling on him to review the Environment Agency’s £1:£8 cost / benefit ratio for farmland, and to ask whether the current policy on river dredging will be reviewed. 



Elizabeth joined Henry Bellingham MP and West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney to highlight more cost effective alternatives to the proposed Saddlebow incinerator. 



Elizabeth met NCC Leader George Nobbs and other Councillors to discuss a range of issues, including the Saddlebow Incinerator and the dualling of the A47, plus road concerns in the Fens. She also met Sheila Lock, NCC’s new interim Director of Children’s Services, to discuss ways to improve the quality of children’s services in the local area. Elizabeth spoke at the Parish Council Conference in Downham Market about ways for Parish councils to access Government funding.



Elizabeth attended an event hosted by the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and spoke on the exciting opportunities for growth in Norfolk. She also welcomed the news that the King’s Arms Pub in Shouldham has received a grant of over £180,000 from the Government’s Community Asset Fund.



During a speech to the Resolution Foundation Elizabeth outlined plans to give parents access to more flexible childcare, and spoke on the ‘Future of Education’ at an event hosted by Reform. She also attended a Shakespeare Schools Festival event to highlight the importance of teaching Shakespeare and drama in schools.



Elizabeth has appeared in the Telegraph, the Times, the Independent, the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Lynn News and the Eastern Daily Press. She has written articles for the Watton and Swaffham Times, and the Thetford and Brandon Times, Downham News. Elizabeth was interviewed for Daybreak and Anglia TV, BBC, Radio Norfolk, KLFM radio, and Heart Radio.



The Government has published a new “Can do” guide to running community and voluntary events. This can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/can-do-guide-for-organisers-of-voluntary-events. For details about the Government’s Employment Allowance, which reduces National Insurance bills, please go to www.gov.uk/employment-allowance-up-to-2000-off-your-class-1-nics.  


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