19 FEB 2018

Giving a helping hand to local pet-food business

A Stradbroke based pet-food company has successfully forged a new market in Bahrain, with help from Dr Poulter.

Skinner's Pet Food is a premium dog food manufacturer employing over 60 people and now providing fourteen dried dog foods, exporting to Europe, Russia, Romania and beyond. To that list can now be added Barhain, although the process wasn't an easy one.

Initially told, incorrectly, that no export requirements were in place for Bahrain, Skinner's therefore dispatched the order of dried dog food to Bahrain, incurring charges, as no Export Health Certificate accompanied the goods.

Skinners then contacted Dr Dan Poulter to ask for his assistance.

Dr Poulter made representations to DEFRA and APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency). Following this, APHA created a new EHC Certificate relevant, allowing Skinner's to ship to Bahrain.

Roger Skinner wrote to thank Dr Poulter for his intervention and they have now received their first order from Bahrain.

19 FEB 2018

Providing a birthday surprise

Dr Dan Poulter dropped into Paddy Geere House, late last month, to surprise one of their residents on her birthday.

A long-standing supporter of Paddy Geere House in Whitton, Dr Poulter is well liked by the residents, who are always keen and pleased to see him - whether at their fetes and events throughout the year, or just to drop in for a cup of tea with them. Yesterday, he was made aware that it was one of the longer-term resident's birthdays, so he took time to drop in to see them and wish them well.

Dan enjoyed tea and cake with a group of staff and residents – with a special birthday cake for Yvonne Metcalf who was celebrating her 83rd birthday.

23 JAN 2018

Dr Dan welcomes St Joseph's College to Parliament

On Tuesday 23rd January Dr Dan was delighted to welcome a group of students from St Joseph's College, Ipswich to Westminster.  Not only did the group comprise sixth form students from St Joseph's, but Dr Dan was also pleased to welcome their German exchange counterparts - a group of visiting students from Gymnasium Theodorianum School in Paderborn, Germany.  

Starting off their busy day in Westminster, the group of students enjoyed a tour of the Houses of Parliament, incorporating a visit to both the House of Commons and the House of Lords Chambers, where they learned about the fascinating history and heritage of the buildings themselves, but also more about the role of our democracy and the passing of legislation.

Immediately after the tour, Dr Dan hosted a special Q&A session for the students; it was abundantly clear that staff and studens alike had enjoyed their tour of Parliament very much and were enthused and all too keen to get the Q&A session underway.  Staff and students from both schools took the opportunity to quiz Dr Dan on a number of local and national issues, and it goes without saying that the topic of Brexit featured highly, particularly in relation to local impact here in Suffolk.   There was lively debate amongst the students, on both sides of the debate and aside from the politics of the day, there was also wider discussion around agricultural and environmental affairs, public health policy, health and social care funding and education. As part of the discussion Dr Dan was happy to share his experiences of balancing work as an MP with that of being a part-time NHS doctor.

Visits such as these help to strengthen the link between what Dr Dan does as an MP locally here in Suffolk and what he does in Parliament, but they are especially important in engaging and enthusing our next generation of voters and decision makers.










23 JAN 2018

Take control in the event of a power cut

Our electricity network is built to be resilient, but despite best efforts, extreme weather can cause damage to overhead power lines resulting in some customers temporarily losing their electricity supply.  During recent high winds, UK Power Networks have teams working around the clock here in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich to make sure that homes and businesses are reconnected to the electricity network as quickly as possible.

But did you know that extra help is available to those who need it during a power cut, via UK Power Network's Priority Service Register. Households with older, disabled or more vulnerable people, those with children under the age of five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity, as well as other reasons can join the register. Further information on the Priority Service Register can be found at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority

In the event of a power cut, please call either 105 or 0800 3163 105 – this is a free service and can be accessed from either a landline or mobile phone. Aside from reporting the power cut in the first instance, you can also call 105 to receive further updates on when power may be reconnected.

10 JAN 2018

Suffolk MPs raise concerns over Universal Credit

Neighbouring Suffolk MPs joined forces to raise their collective concerns around the wider rollout of Universal Credit here in Suffolk later this year.

The Westminster Hall debate, secured by Stephen Lloyd, MP, was an opportunity for Members to examine the effect of Universal Credit on the Private Rented Sector and in taking an intervention to his speech, Mr Lloyd took the opportunity to welcome Dr Poulter upon his return to Parliament.

Recognising that the Government has already demonstrated that it is listening and adapting to feedback around Universal Credit as part of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement in November 2017, Dr Dan Poulter, and Member of Parliament for Waveney, Mr Peter Aldous, took the opportunity to ask that as the wider rollout of Universal Credit progresses, the Government continues to listen to feedback and to make changes to assist those who may be struggling with the transition, as well as for new claimants. Also in attendance at the debate was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, Caroline Dinenage MP - both Dr Poulter and Mr Aldous were broadly reassured by the Minister's comments, whilst recognising that there still remains some work to do before full implementation of the new system.

Speaking immediately after the debate, Dr Dan said "With some one in five households being in the private rental sector it is vital that we do all we can to ensure a smooth transition during the implementation of Universal Credit. Currently some landlords in the private rental sector are fearful of offering tenancies to those in receipt of benefits, but there can also be a tendency to be cautious when considering those on low incomes, for fear that they too may find themselves in need of benefits. There is still work to be done, but I am reassured that the Government is listening."

Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, said "The full rollout of Universal Credit in Lowestoft commenced in May 2016 and significant problems were encountered including delays in rental payments. The position as a result of collaborative working between Job Centre Plus, Citizens Advice and local landlords has improved and the changes announced in the November Budget were very welcome."

There is still work to be done to address the ongoing concerns of the private rental sector and this debate was helpful in highlighting these.  Dr Dan and Mr Aldous will continue to work with local organisations, bringing their concerns to the attention of Government so as to ensure that Universal Credit achieves its goals.

09 JAN 2018

Supporting Suffolk's Construction Trade

Dr Dan Poulter was today pleased to support neighbouring Suffolk MP, Peter Aldous as he introduced his Ten Minute Rule bill to the House of Commons concerning the ring fencing of cash retentions for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the construction industry.

Research commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) revealed that over a 3-year period £7.8bn worth of retentions was outstanding for small businesses. Cash retentions are withheld as security in case a firm fails to return to rectify non-compliant work. However the monies are primarily withheld to bolster the working capital of the party withholding them. Furthermore the practice gives rise to widespread abuse with the monies being withheld for three and more years.

If successul, this Bill would secure and release on time these retentions by way of a deposit scheme.

Here in Suffolk, and across the UK, SMEs are the backbone of our economy and Dr Dan was pleased to work with Mr Aldous to hopefully bring about this change in legislation, which will ensure greater support and protection for small businesses in the construction industry.

The bill passed its first reading stage and will now have its second reading on Friday 27th April 2018.




20 OCT 2017

Roundabout Day Nursery welcomes Dr Dan

Ahead of a busy advice bureau in Kesgrave, Dr Dan enjoyed a visit to Roundabout Day Nursery where he met the team and a number of children who were enjoying their day's activities at the nursery.

Dr Dan was impressed with the range of facilities on offer at Roundabout and following the tour, he spent time with the proprietors and team.


20 OCT 2017

Dr Dan inspired by great work going on at Inspire Suffolk

Dr Dan was pleased to visit Inspire Suffolk, a charity working to help young people in Suffolk overcome challenges and to take positive steps into further training and/or employment.

The charity works to support young people with new skills, activities and team building and Dr Dan was very impressed to learn more about the hard work and achievements of Inspire Suffolk.

He looks forward to a return visit soon.

19 OCT 2017

Dr Dan welcomes funding boost for A140

Dr Dan is delighted that a bid he supported for funding to improve the A140 near Eye Airfield has been successful and will bring £3.75 million from the Department for Transport.

Dr Dan was pleased to support Suffolk County Council's bid to the Department for Transport and thanks to this Government funding, much needed road safety improvements for all those living and working in the area will now be forthcoming. The funding will also provide a welcome boost to local businesses operating nearby, who are currently hampered by lengthy delays entering and leaving their business premises.

Mid Suffolk Business Park, located adjacent to the former site of Eye Airfield, plays host to a number of haulage and light industrial businesses who have been attracted to the area by the strong transport and infrastructure links, with the A140 being a key route. Not only is the road the key route between Ipswich and Norwich, but it also carries through traffic from the Midlands and from the Port of Felixstowe, linking directly with the A14.

Many businesses have reported concerns about access to and from their business bases on the Industrial Park, with lengthy queues and delays entering and exiting the area. The main access into the Industrial Park is via an incredibly busy junction and the flow of traffic is all too regularly slowed or halted by vehicles attempting to enter or leave the site, creating the further risk of accidents or diminished road safety,

For some time now, Dr Dan has been working closely with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Suffolk County Council to push for improvements to the A140, a vital economic route for the region, to ensure that Suffolk's road infrastructure is fit for purpose and serves to bolster Suffolk's economic potential.

Aside from access to and from the Industrial Park being difficult, there are also a number of concerns around accidents at the site with a number of road traffic collisions being previously recorded. It is felt by many that the development of a roundabout at this site would significantly help to improve the flow of traffic and reduce the risk of further accidents.

13 OCT 2017

Dr Dan Chairs Residents Meeting in Wetheringsett

Following a busy advice bureau in Mendlesham, Dr Dan chaired a meeting for residents affected by the ongoing disruption caused by HGVs on Town Lane Wetheringsett, with around 150 people attending the meeting.

The meeting brought together representatives from Mid Suffolk District Council, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Constabulary in a bid to find a multi-agency solution to end the misery caused to residents. A number of outcomes were discussed at the meeting and Dr Dan is following these up individually with the respective authorities.

Dr Dan remains committed to helping the residents and is hopeful that a solution can soon be found.


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Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Freight (19 Mar 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans are in place to ensure the timely delivery of the Felixstowe-to-Nuneaton freight rail link.

NHS Wholly Owned Subsidiary Companies — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (6 Mar 2018)
Daniel Poulter: The Minister is slightly at odds about the point being made. The point is not how it is open to the trust to procure the best clinical services but how, later, through a company, staff might be re-employed on a lower salary. Clearly, trusts already have flexibility through “Agenda for Change” to start people on a higher pay point, but I wondered more generally whether my hon....