Reporting Back - January 2017

Welcome to my January community email. May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy New Year.

Here are just some of the things I have been doing since my last email:

Statement on Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries is wrong, divisive and counter-productive. Discrimination based on nationality and faith is unacceptable.

Article 50

This was a referendum that many of our citizens had called for and I believe the question needed to be democratically decided by the citizens of our country.

Funding opportunity for local charities

Local charities have the opportunity to apply for a share of a £6 million funding pot, raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Prime Minister's Brexit Negotiation Objectives

Today the Prime Minister made a speech setting out the United Kingdom’s 12 negotiating objectives for Brexit. I have uploaded a letter from the Prime Minister which sets them out below for your information. You can also read the full speech here.

Merton Labour tax on diesel vehicle owners

Labour councillors have broken yet another 2014 election promise by voting through an increase to the cost of parking permits for the owners of diesel vehicles. The levy will take effect in April, and starts at £90 in 2017/18, rising to £115 in 2018/19 finally reaching £150 in 2019/20.