Assembly News

Bold announcements in the Budget welcomed

Damian welcomes the extensive measures announced in this week’s Budget, which include a comprehensive response to the immediate impact of Covid-19 together with capital investment which will lay the foundations for the UK’s future growth and prosperity.

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Damian talks on human capital investment

Damian spoke in the Budget debate and called for new ways to think about investment in human capital, to seize opportunities and deal with changes in jobs as a result of automation and technology:

 

Damian joins DCMS Select Committee

Damian is pleased to have been confirmed as a member of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport select committee, and looking forward to our first Inquiries.

Damian talks on tax issues

Britain now has one of the lowest tax gaps in the world. But there's more to be done to ensure tech multinationals pay their fair share, and ensure a level playing field for our high street shops. See Damian's speech in today's Opposition Day debate on Tax Avoidance:

 

 

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

Damian opens Westminster Hall debate

Damian opened a Westminster Hall debate on decarbonising transport, coming as it did on the same day as the government’s announcement to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035:

 

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.