Building a Britain fit for the future

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Rt Hon David Evennett, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury and MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, was present in the House of Commons Chamber today (22 November) as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, delivered his first Budget of the new Parliament.

Mr Hammond used his Budget to announce a significant amount of new investment, including £3billion for preparations for Brexit, a further £2.3billion investment in science and innovation, and the abolition of stamp duty for all first time buyer purchases up to £300,000.

Other measures included in the Budget today include:

  • Helping people to keep more of what they earn – from April 2018, the personal allowance will rise to £11,850, meaning the typical basic rate tax payer will be £1,075 a year better off compared to 2010. The higher rate allowance will also increase to £46,350.
  • The fuel duty rise scheduled for April has been cancelled, which means it has been frozen for the eighth consecutive year. As a result, the average car driver is £850 better off since 2010.
  • Investing more in the NHS – an additional £2.8billion of funding to 2019-20, including £350 million for this winter and £1.6billion next year. There will also be another £10billion in capital to upgrade NHS buildings and facilities.
  • Helping our young people with the cost of travel – we are extending discounted rail travel with a new 26–30 rail card, which 4.5million people will benefit from.

Mr Evennett commented: “I welcome the announcements made by the Chancellor in today’s Budget. As a Government, we are continuing to invest in our vital public services, cutting taxes for the lowest paid, and building a Britain fit for the future.”

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Visit to Heathfield Court Care Home

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Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, visited the Heathfield Court Care Home on Friday morning (17 November), for a tour and to meet residents and staff.

Heathfield Court opened in April this year offering high quality residential, nursing and dementia care that is focused on improving wellbeing and overall quality of life. The home has been very popular and all rooms are now occupied.

Mr Evennett commented: “it’s great to visit today to chat with staff and residents. The passion from the staff here really shows and this is a fantastic facility with beautiful gardens”.

Festival of Remembrance Lunch

On Sunday 12th November a special Festival of Remembrance Lunch was held at the Bexleyheath Conservative Club where British Legion veterans, community representatives, church members and Club stalwarts enjoyed a three course Sunday Lunch. There was also a raffle and auction to raise funds for the local Royal British Legion Branch.

Among those attending and giving short speeches were Rt Hon David Evennett MP, the Bishop of Rochester, and Bexley Mayor Cllr Peter Reader.

The event was organised by Club Secretary Keith Manchanda OBE.

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Pictured left to right:
Seated: Rt Hon David Evennett MP, the Bishop of Rochester James Langstaff, Cllr Peter Reader, Irene Reader, Tony Garratt.
Standing: Keith Manchanda OBE, Deputy Lieutenant Major David Hewer OBE TD DL

New Crayford Post Office to open in December

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Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the Post Office’s announcement that the new Post Office in Crayford will open on Tuesday 5 December at 13:00. The new branch will be located in the Crayford library.

Mr Evennett commented: “Crayford needs a Post Office and the town has been disadvantaged since the closure of the previous branch. I have been campaigning vigorously with local Councillors for a new branch to open in the town. This is brilliant news for local residents and local businesses”.

“I also hope the new location will encourage even more people to use the fantastic facilities in Crayford library”.

 

Crayford Talk and Tea for Church Friends

Rt Hon David Evennett MP and Cllr Howard Marriner joined members of The Friends of St Paulinus Church on Saturday afternoon (5 November) in the church hall for a talk on Old Crayford.

Dyanne Jarrett of the Crayford Historical Society gave a presentation illustrated with slides of the history and development of Crayford town.

Over forty members attended, and there was also tea and homemade cakes followed by a raffle. The vote

 

of thanks was given by the Chair of the Friends, Dorothy Pennington Jones.

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Evennett welcomes FOBT review

Profile Pic (2)Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the announcement that the Government is taking action to reduce maximum stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) to better protect consumers and communities.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport published a 12-week consultation on stake reduction, alongside a package of measures that will strengthen protections around online gambling and gambling advertising. Following the consultation, the Government plans to reduce maximum stakes on FOBTs from £100 to between £50 and £2.

Mr Evennett commented: “I welcome the review on the maximum stake for FOBTs and feel the stakes need to be reduced. This is definite progress to a more appropriate limit on FOBTs”.

“We must strike the right balance between socially responsible growth and protecting the most vulnerable in society”.

Bexleyheath Police Station Saved

Bexleyheath Police Station will remain open after the Mayor of London dropped his plans to close the police headquarters in Bexleyheath.

A vigorous campaign to save Bexleyheath Police Station from closure was mounted by Rt Hon David Evennett MP, Cllr Teresa O’Neill, and Cllr Gareth Bacon AM, as well as many local community groups, including Neighbourhood Watch. Letters were written to the Mayor during the consultation period, a petition was presented against the closure and Mr Evennett and Cllr O’Neill met the London Deputy Mayor, Sophie Linden, to highlight the follies of closing the current headquarters of Bexley police.

Mr Evennett commented: “this is really good news and I am glad the London Mayor listened and dropped his proposal.  It is a real victory for local people and common sense”.

Cllr O’Neill said: “the decision reinforces the views of the many residents who raised the issues with us and is the right one for Bexley. We are delighted that the Mayor of London listened”.

Cllr Bacon stated: “a great result for the people of Bexley and the campaign at Council, Parliamentary, and London Assembly levels has paid off. I am glad the Mayor has seen the error of his original proposal and good sense has prevailed”.

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MP addresses Slade Green Youth Conference

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Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, spoke at a conference for local young people aged 13-19 at the Slade Green Community Centre on Friday evening (27 October).

The event was organised by local resident and student, Adeola Gbakinro, with the aim to show young people that they are capable of working in any job sector regardless of their background. The evening included icebreakers, speeches and a quiz challenge. There was also refreshments and opportunities to socialise.

Mr Evennett spoke about how he got into politics, before discussing his roles as a Member of Parliament and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury. He then took questions from the audience on a range of topics, from social care to education.

Ministerial Meeting on Rail Franchise

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Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, and Cllr Gareth Bacon AM, met with Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport on Tuesday afternoon (24 October) to discuss the new rail franchise for South East London and Kent.

A full and frank discussion took place with the Secretary of State and his officials around the terms of the new franchise offer, which is about to be put out to tender.

After the meeting, Mr Evennett commented: “the Secretary of State understood the needs of our area and the rail travelling public, and is determined that South East London and Kent will have a better service under the new franchise. He confirmed that trains from our stations in Bexley will continue to go to Charing Cross, despite rumours to the contrary, and that there will also be longer trains and a more frequent service into London throughout the day”.