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Suella Braverman MP
A strong voice for Fareham


Welcome to my March newsletter highlighting the issues that I have been working on in Parliament and in Fareham.

I was disappointed by Parliament voting to delay Article 50 following a rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement. Brexit was enshrined into law as taking place on the 29 March, deal or no deal. I have maintained my stance that we must leave either with a deal that delivered Brexit, or leave with a clean break. I continue to read the many messages that I receive from constituents every day, and it is clear that the deal on the table is not what the majority of Fareham want. With time fast running out, my hope is now that the Prime Minister can bring a deal back which I can support, or we have a clean Brexit on the new exit day of the 12 April. You can read my latest update on Brexit here.

March also saw a number of visits to local businesses and meeting with local residents to discuss an array of issues, including Brexit, social care, crime, technology and education amongst many others.

I hope you enjoy my newsletter, and if you want to raise anything with me and my team, then you can contact us here.

Suella hails success of UK aviation industry as work begins on multi-million-pound premises for Percival Aviation

I was delighted to attend the ground breaking for a new facility at Percival Aviation, with the new site creating jobs and strengthening the local Fareham economy. The UK has a hugely successful aviation industry and I'm delighted that Fareham is playing an important part in that, with our local aviation offering going from strength to strength.

The new site in Cartwright Drive, Segensworth, will double Percival Aviation’s capacity as it continues to make significant investment in technology, staff training and development. The company, established in the region for more than four decades, expects to create around 30 new jobs over the next five years for engineers and support staff.

Read more here.

Over 200 residents attend latest Brexit Q&A

It was fantastic to have such a good turnout at my most recent Brexit Q&A. The Brexit process is continuing to drag on with twists and turns every day, which means constituents quite rightly have many questions about what could happen next and what Brexit will look like.

Whether we leave with a deal or no deal, this is still only the start of a much bigger process as we look to create a future relationship with the EU, and I am hoping to hold more Brexit Q&As in the future.

Improvements to social care pushed for by Suella

I have launched a new campaign to push for improvements to the way carers can access NHS Continuing Health Care (CHC) provision.

The initiative comes after many Hampshire residents reported difficulties and delays in funding applications and appeals processes with the West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for overseeing adult social care in the county. A means test is applied to determine if someone requiring social care support is eligible for funding, and in many cases, those fully entitled to care funding have to undertake a difficult and drawn-out application process with many applications being unsuccessful.

You can read more here.

Suella welcomes additional funding to tackle rough sleeping

I welcome the news that Fareham Borough Council will benefit from almost £60,000 of additional funding to support rough sleepers and those most at risk of becoming homeless.

The announcement came from Communities Secretary James Brokenshire who has revealed a nationwide increase in funding of £46 million to combat rough sleeping in 246 local authorities across England, which also forms part of the Government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative for 2019/20.

Through the extra round of funding, Fareham will benefit from £59,850 to provide more outreach workers to engage with people on the streets, specialist mental health and substance misuse workers and specialised coordinators to drive efforts to reduce rough sleeping. It will also provide additional bed spaces in emergency, temporary and settled accommodation.

You can read more here.

CCTV for local crime hotspot backed by Suella

I have backed calls for CCTV at The Gillies allotments following a visit to the site recently. I met with local councillors and gardeners and praised their work to the allotment and heard concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour.

Last year, a petition calling for CCTV to be installed to help reduce anti-social behaviour in the area attracted over 500 signatures. A string of violent incidents, including a homeless man being stabbed 14 times in 2015, has resulted in three men being jailed. Similarly in December of the same year, three teenagers were jailed for several years after using a BB gun to steal cigarettes and £1.50 in change from a member of the public.

You can read more here.

Suella backs local team bringing innovation to education

It was great to meet with the founders of EzyEducation and discuss the benefits of using their technology to improve education. Not only was it encouraging to hear how innovation is being pioneered here in Fareham, but also to find out how these resources are making a real difference in improving outcomes for students up and down the country.

The company, based in Fareham, has gone from strength to strength in recent years, now reaching thousands of pupils and assisting teachers in over 500 schools across the country.

You can read more here.

Education minister and Suella pay tribute to St Francis School head teacher

I was pleased to draw Parliament’s attention to the leadership and work of St Francis School and its head teacher Steve Hollinghurst, and I welcomed the supportive statements from education ministers in the chamber.

Having visited St Francis on a number of occasions, I have always been deeply impressed and inspired by the dedication and expertise of the staff in providing such an essential service to some of Fareham’s most vulnerable children.

You can read more here.

Suella meets new Police Chief Inspector to discuss local crime

I was encouraged by my meeting with new Chief Inspector Lewis who explained his plans to address growing concerns about local crime. Through maintaining strong links and working closely together, I will do all I can to support Mark in keeping the residents of Fareham safe.

The additional police officers being recruited by Hampshire Constabulary this year will be a welcome benefit to Fareham, as it will allow more time to investigate local issues and tackle violent crime, domestic violence and cyber-crime.

You can read more here.

Suella welcomes local community funding boost

I’m delighted to hear that the Bursledon Brickworks Museum has received funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery. The museum provides valuable learning opportunities for young people and special needs groups and this additional funding will make a huge difference to the incredible volunteers who provide those services.

I would encourage any other local groups and charities needing additional project funding to consider applying to the Postcode Community Trust, the Postcode Local Trust or the People’s Postcode Trust when the next funding round opens.

You can read more here.
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