Sheppard House anniversary visit

I have had the pleasure of attending the 25th anniversary celebrations for Sheppard House in Newent. Run by the Newent Association for the Disabled, Sheppard House was named after the late Trudie Sheppard MBE in recognition for her years of fundraising.

Record high employment continues

There are a record number of people in work, with over 32.75 million people now in work, up 354,000 in the past year and up by 3.70 million since 2010, and the unemployment rate is at its lowest since 1974.

The Rural Community Energy Fund

I am very happy to report that the Government has re-opened the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF). The Fund is a £10 million programme to support rural communities in England to develop community-based renewable energy projects.

Investing in Gloucestershire

I am very pleased that school children in Gloucestershire are set to benefit from £5m Trailblazer funding which will see specialist mental health support in schools and waiting times for other mental health services to improve.

Relay for Life 2019

This year’s Relay for Life, in aid of Cancer Research UK, took place last Saturday in Lydney.

I was happy to offer my support to help launch the event and assist with the prize giving to the various teams, as I have done in previous years.