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Dementia care

Dementia is a priority for the Government. In 2015, the Challenge on Dementia 2020 was launched and I know that the Government remains committed to delivering this. This sets out the vision for dementia care, support, awareness, and research to be transformed by 2020. I fully support the ambition to ensure England offers the world’s
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Universal Credit

Universal Credit (UC) is the biggest and most fundamental reform to the welfare state since its creation. It is a modern benefit based on the sound principles that work should always pay and those who need support receive it. It is also fair to taxpayers. In 2010, the welfare bill cost each household £8,350. This was
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UK aid to the Palestinian Authority

I do appreciate concerns which have been raised about UK aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and can assure you that the Government strongly condemns all forms of violence and incitement to violence. Both the PA and the Government of Israel need to prepare their populations for peaceful coexistence, including by promoting a more positive portrayal
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NHS Long Term Plan

The Prime Minister recently announced the Government’s intention to provide the NHS with an additional £20.5 billion by 2023/24; this is the largest, longest funding settlement in the history of the NHS. This landmark settlement investment to help secure the long term future of our NHS is extremely welcome, and I hope constituents agree it
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Immigration and the NHS

I welcome the commitment of the Government to building a single, global immigration system which considers people on skills, rather than nationality. When people voted to leave the EU, they did so in the knowledge that the free movement system imposed by the EU would end. The Government is clear that this means continued work
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Pension Credit and Universal Credit

I am aware of media reports about Pension Credit and Universal Credit, which have caused concern. To clarify, the change only relates to Pension Credit eligibility for couples and does not affect the State Pension Age. Ministers have explained that this will not be a retrospective change. Couples with one partner under State Pension Age
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Rough sleeping

I firmly believe that just one person without a roof over their head is one too many. It is vitally important that the most vulnerable people in society, including homeless people and rough sleepers, are helped to get their lives back on track. That is why I am pleased over £1.2 billion has been allocated
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Trophy hunting imports

I understand concerns about trophy hunting imports and I agree that it is important we protect endangered animals across the world. I am encouraged that the UK Government is committed to conserving the world’s wildlife. The wildlife trade is regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, whose approach is to ensure that the trade
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Water industry ownership

I strongly believe that properly regulated private markets are the best way to meet the ongoing needs of water customers and the environment. I do not support re-nationalising the water industry and I am glad that the Government has no intention of doing so. Since privatisation we have seen £140 billion of investment in water
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Puppy smuggling

I share concerns about puppies being smuggled across borders, and am grateful to the Dogs Trust for highlighting the issue. Responsibility for stopping illegal movement begins in the country where puppies are born, so the Chief Veterinary Officer has written to the authorities in highlighted countries to remind them of their duties. An EU pet
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