Justin Tomlinson MP

Justin Tomlinson MP

MP For North Swindon

Swindon Advertiser Column - Fantastic Start To Vaccination Rollout

Swindon Advertiser Column - Fantastic Start To Vaccination Rollout

I was delighted to see our COVID vaccine rollout continue to build momentum this week. As I write, more than 3 million people have received the first dose of a vaccine, with more than 400,000 having received their second doses. As more vaccine supply becomes available, we will continue to see the pace of the vaccine rollout increase. The Prime Minister has set out a goal that everyone in the four top priority groups will have been offered the first dose by 15th February. These are people aged 70...

North Swindon MP Welcomes Boost To The School Laptop Programme

North Swindon MP Welcomes Boost To The School Laptop Programme

Justin Tomlinson MP has welcomed the latest announcements by the Government that a further 300,000 laptops and tablets will be provided, as part of the Governments Get Help with Technology Programme. The scheme, which was set up to help disadvantaged children and young people learn at home, as well as ensure that all pupils have the right equipment to keep up with school work during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The welcome boost of 300,000 laptops, tablets and other computing equipment, takes the tota...

Record Number Of Armed Forces Personnel Help With Covid Response

Record Number Of Armed Forces Personnel Help With Covid Response

The record 5,300 personnel committed to winter and Covid operations are today supporting 56 different tasks in the UK and abroad – this includes the vaccine rollout, NHS support and community testing across the length and breadth of the UK. This is the largest peacetime resilience operation ever undertaken by the UK Armed Forces and is drawing on every corner of expertise of the military. Personnel are also working inside NHS hospitals, with around 50 medics now committed to hospitals in Kent an...

Landmark Reform Of Mental Health Laws

Landmark Reform Of Mental Health Laws

Major reform of Mental Health Act will empower individuals to have more control over their treatment and deliver on a key manifesto commitment. Reforms will deliver parity between mental and physical health services and put patients’ views at the centre of their care. Plan will tackle mental health inequalities including disproportionate detention of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, the use of the act to detain people with learning disabilities and autism, and...

Government Pledges Further £1.9million To Tackle Homelessness In Swindon

Government Pledges Further £1.9million To Tackle Homelessness In Swindon

Swindon Borough Council will receive an additional £1.9million of government funding to prevent vulnerable people becoming homeless in 2021/22, the Communities Secretary has announced. Across the country, £310million will be targeted at areas with high numbers of homeless people, those at risk of homelessness or those living in temporary accommodation, helping them to rebuild their lives. The funding represents a £47million increase on this year and can be used to offer financial support for peo...

Government Publishes Plan For The Largest Vaccination Programme In British History

Government Publishes Plan For The Largest Vaccination Programme In British History

* At least 2 million vaccinations per week with over 2,700 vaccine sites across the UK * Over 200,000 offers of non-clinical support from the public and leading UK businesses to help with the logistics of the programme Tens of millions of people will be immunised by the spring at over 2,700 vaccination sites across the UK, the government has announced today as part of comprehensive plans to rapidly scale up the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan sets out how t...

Prime Minister commits £3bn UK climate finance to supporting nature

Prime Minister commits £3bn UK climate finance to supporting nature

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the UK will commit at least £3 billion to climate change solutions that protect and restore nature and biodiversity over five years. The funding will be allocated from the UK’s existing commitment of £11.6bn for international climate finance and will deliver transformational change in protecting biodiversity-rich land and ocean, shifting to sustainable food production and supply, and supporting the livelihoods of the world’s poorest. Programmes...

Swindon Advertiser Column - Appauling Scenes From Washington Show Importance Of Peaceful Transitions Of Power

Swindon Advertiser Column - Appauling Scenes From Washington Show Importance Of Peaceful Transitions Of Power

I am sure I was not the only one shocked and appalled at the scenes from Washington as legislators were confirming the result of November’s Presidential election. The actions of rioters seeking to disrupt the democratic process in the US are disgraceful and utterly indefensible. America has a very proud reputation as a beacon of democracy across the world, and Wednesday’s events were an absolute low moment for American history. Trump has failed repeatedly to accept defeat gracefully and assist w...

Government Reforms Make It Easier And Cheaper For Leaseholders To Buy  Their Homes 

Government Reforms Make It Easier And Cheaper For Leaseholders To Buy  Their Homes 

Millions of leaseholders will be given the right to extend their lease by a maximum term of 990 years at zero ground rent, the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced. Today’s measures come as part of the biggest reforms to English property law for 40 years, fundamentally making home ownership fairer and more secure. The news has been welcomed by North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, who throughout his 20 years as an elected representative in Swindon has supported efforts to secure leasehold...

Education Secretary Outlines Plans To Support Young People

Education Secretary Outlines Plans To Support Young People

Support for the continued education of young people has been outlined by the Education Secretary today, following the announcement that attendance at schools and colleges is now limited to all but vulnerable children and children of critical workers. During the period of national lockdown strengthened remote education expectations will be put in place, with schools expected to provide a set number of hours of high-quality remote education for pupils, supported by further deliveries of laptops an...