Let’s have fairer Council Tax for all Home Owners

The biased nature of the Council Tax System has long been a frustration to me.  I do not like any system that operates with one rule for you and another for us.  The current range of council tax bands does not spread the burden of council tax fairly across society. Council Tax paid by home owners … Continue reading Let’s have fairer Council Tax for all Home Owners

It’s paying tax that is the moral duty

Today's build up to the Autumn statement reminded me of David Cameron saying earlier this year that “cutting taxes is a moral duty”. When I think about that my blood runs ever so slightly cold. How can this be right when every individual and business in the UK benefits from our state system? Should every individual and company not pay … Continue reading It’s paying tax that is the moral duty

Lib Dem Policies – Delivered

I thought I would share my personal list of policies that were included in our 2010 Manifesto and have been delivered by the Lib Dems in Government: It's a wonderful list, including some of the most socially democratic policies this country has seen for a generation. Not bad for 57 MPs. Investing nearly £1 billion to crack … Continue reading Lib Dem Policies – Delivered

Rural Broadband: Am I missing something?

Because of an enquiry from a constituent, I have gone back, this morning, to coverage maps for the Superfast Berkshire project, which detail which areas will receive fibre optic services by the end of the project in 2016. They are truly extraordinary - and not in a good way. I showed them to our MP … Continue reading Rural Broadband: Am I missing something?

West Berkshire Broadband

At a recent event in the centre of Newbury, I heard yet more stories from people living and working outside of Newbury and Thatcham about the poor broadband speeds. Two rural business leaders reported broadband speeds below 2Mb. Particularly worrying, as they are based in Elcot and Winterbourne, villages that are not included in the … Continue reading West Berkshire Broadband

Flying the Flag for Newbury Business

June 9th, 2014   At Nick Clegg's recent keynote speech in London today Judith Bunting asked what the government could do to further encourage the development of our science, technology and research industries of the M4 Corridor. "These companies are the future," Judith Bunting said. "Their research, development and manufacturing provides the precisely the kind of highly skilled work that is … Continue reading Flying the Flag for Newbury Business