Fylde MP pleased at standard of barracks accommodation

All of the accommodation for soldiers and their families at Weeton Barracks in Fylde is up to or even better than the standard expected. Fylde MP Mark Menzies wrote to the Secretary of State for Defence to ask: "What plans his Department has to upgrade and improve the accommodation for service personnel and their families at Weeton Army Camp?" Defence minister Tobias Ellwood replied: "There are no significant improvement works required for the service families accommodation (SFA) at Weeton Barracks. "All of the SFA occupied by Service personnel and... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I was delighted to see the announcement that we will get an extra 21,000 mental health professionals in the UK. It is part of a drive to ensure mental and physical illnesses are treated with parity and to better integrate treatment. The £1.3 billion investment will also help retain staff and attract new people to the sector. We will see an extra... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP welcomes extra funding for 21,000 extra mental health workers

Mark Menzies MP has welcomed the announcement of 21,000 new mental health workers in England. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed the plan to recruit the staff to properly integrate mental and physical health services. Mr Menzies said: "I'm delighted we are investing an extra £1.3 billion with the aim of treating an extra one million people by 2021. "This is one of the biggest expansions of mental health services across Europe. "We will ensure people with mental health difficulties have access to services locally, taking pressure off our 999 services... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I am delighted to see the Government is to take action to prevent developers selling off the leaseholds to homes once construction work is complete. This is a veritable cash cow, allowing developers to profit not just from homes, but from the leasehold as well. And it is the residents who have to pay on both occasions. Many residents from across rural and urban areas of Fylde have contacted me to raise the issue after seeing their leasehold payments double, triple, or even worse, with financial organisations buying... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

As soon as I heard about the loss of water in parts of the constituency on Sunday – something which I personally experienced -  I called United Utilities chief executive Steve Mogford to ascertain the cause of the disruption, and what measures needed to be put in place to ensure we all had access to clean drinking water. While a lot of progress has been made in recent years, we agreed that much more... Read more »