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Pressures created by global events including the rise in wholesale gas prices, Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and the Covid-19 pandemic are causing a great deal of strain on the cost of living. Whilst the Government cannot control many of these factors, it is taking action to provide support wherever possible. This includes the biggest net cut to personal taxes in over a quarter of a century, boosting the National Living Wage to £9.50 an hour, doubling the Household Support Fund to £1bn and launching a £9.1bn package to help families with their energy bills.

Earlier this month, the Prince of Wales delivered the Queen’s Speech to Parliament, which had an emphasis on growing and strengthening the economy, which will also help to ease the cost of living for families. The Queen’s Speech set out 38 new Bills for the upcoming Parliamentary session. Among these include:

Schools Bill – this will raise standards, reform funding and level up opportunity by delivering a stronger and more highly performing school system that benefits every child.

Brexit Reforms Bill – the Bill will ensure retained EU law can be amended, repealed or replaced with legislation which better suits the UK and British business.

Energy Security Bill – this will deliver a cleaner, more secure and affordable homegrown energy system that will create tens of thousands of jobs whilst cutting household bills for families.

A British Bill of Rights – this will restore the balance of power between the legislature and the courts, ensuring our human rights framework meets the needs of the British people, boosts public confidence and ends the abuse of our human rights framework and restores common sense to our justice system.

The ongoing situation in Ukraine is deeply concerning and the news coverage of the people suffering is heart-breaking. We are all appalled by the actions of President Putin’s regime. The invasion of a sovereign state by Russia is an abhorrent breach of international law. The Government is doing everything possible to co-ordinate efforts internationally to strike at the heart of Putin’s regime, and is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will act swiftly and decisively as the crisis continues to unfold.

On 5 May, Bexley Borough residents had the opportunity to vote in the Council elections and I was delighted that a Conservative majority was delivered. I was present at the count at Crook Log to support our local Councillors. There were a number of new Councillors elected in the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency, and I look forward to working closely with them on behalf of constituents.

I have continued with my programme of visits locally wherever possible, and my Parliamentary office remains fully operational. I am always pleased to hear from constituents and to take up any issues or problems that you may have, so please do get in touch via my contact form here. My constituency surgeries are open by appointment only, so if you would like to attend then please contact my office.

Yours faithfully,

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP
Member of Parliament for Bexleyheath and Crayford

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