Assembly News

SWR announces strike compensation

Following the unprecedented strike action in December by members of the RMT union, Damian is pleased that the Government has worked with South Western Railway (SWR) to secure compensation arrangements that will see the cost of up to five days rail travel paid to season ticket holders and daily ti

Police funding boost for Hampshire


Police funding for Hampshire is set to rise by £26.1m as part of the Government’s proposed settlement for 2020/21, which will see an overall increase of £1.1b across the policing system – the biggest increase in funding to forces since 2010.

Action to protect SWR rail users

Damian welcomes action this week by Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport regarding South Western Railway.

New tax for internet giants

From April 2020, the government will introduce a new 2% tax on the revenues of search engines, social media platforms and online marketplaces which derive value from UK users. It is a tax on sales not profits (so is harder to avoid) and does not affect other taxes including VAT.

New pay proposals for teachers

Damian welcomed the teacher Recruitment & Retention programme during Education OPQs yesterday, together with news on teacher workload.

More information on the pay proposals are at:…/teachers-set-for-biggest-sustained-pay….

Damian supports campaign for pubs

Damian attended a parliamentary reception held by Britain's Beer Alliance and is pleased to support their #LongLiveTheLocal campaign.