It was great to see the Fylde coast under the spotlight with two major BBC shows focusing on the area in the past week. The Children in Need DIY SOS show at Blackpool Carer’s Centre and Strictly Come Dancing at the Tower Ballroom put us in the eyes of the world. It’s great to see them coming to Blackpool as it has given a huge boost to the entire Fylde coast. It is valuable free publicity for us, and I spoke to many people in London who expressed... Read more »
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Fylde MP’s call over ‘shameful’ treatment of assistance dog passengers

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has pledged to support a call for all taxi and minicab drivers to be given disability equality training. He took part in a Parliamentary debate this week to press for training, after being told by guide dog owners they were often refused passage. The Private Member’s Bill that sought to introduce such training was debated on November 18 but was not voted on due to a lack of time. It is hoped the matter will be returned to Parliament in the near future. Guide... Read more »

Fylde MP welcomes family help in Autumn Statement

A lower tax threshold, and 30 hours of free childcare a week, will help working families, says Fylde MP Mark Menzies. He said: "This budget shows just how far this Government has gone for families. When it came in to power, the tax threshold was £6,475. By April it will be £11,500, and by the end of this Parliament, £12,500. "That is a cut of income tax for some 28 million people, and four million people on the lowest wages who have be taken out of tax... Read more »

Fylde MP’s question reveals doubled apprenticeship spending

The Government says it has doubled the spend on apprenticepships, and will invest more than £2bn in the next academic year. The figures were revealed following a written question in Parliament by Fylde MP Mark Menzies. He wrote to the Secretary of State for Education, asking: " much the Government plans to spend on apprenticeships in the 2017-18 academic year?" Minister for Schools Robert Halfon told him: "We are committed to growing the quality and number of apprenticeships so that even more people have the opportunity to get... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP supports disability discrimination training for taxi drivers

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has backed a move for taxi drivers across the UK to receive standardised disability discrimination training. The call, from cabinet office shadow minister Andrew Gwynne, comes after a number of high profile cases where taxi drivers have refused to pick up a blind customer because they had a guide dog with them. In one instance, a blind passenger reported her dog being locked in the closed boot of a taxi. Now, moves are afoot to standardise training for taxi drivers across the country. Mr Gwynne... Read more »
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