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Today I asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury

"The most useful thing that the Treasury could do for small manufacturers in my constituency is announce an objective of staying in the customs union. Up to now, the Treasury has been a beacon in saying that it wants decisions based on analysis, not on rhetoric and ideology. Can the Business Secretary assure the House that that is still under consideration?"

You can watch my question here.

"The most useful thing for small manufacturers is objective to stay in customs union"

Today I asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury "The most useful thing that the Treasury could do for small manufacturers in my constituency is announce an objective of staying in the...

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Join our Campaign Street Stall on Saturday - we will be campaigning to Protect the NHS & Social Care.

Our NHS is in crisis – a crisis made in Downing Street by this Government.

Despite finding billions of tax giveaways for big business and the richest, Theresa May's Conservatives failed to find a single penny for the NHS in their Autumn Statement.

Last week The Red Cross announced it is providing humanitarian assistance to NHS trusts that simply do not have the resources to cope.

We know that our NHS is in crisis. It should motivate each and every one of us to act.

The government must cancel their tax breaks for the wealthiest and fund our NHS instead.

Join us on our campaign street stall at 11.30am on Saturday 21st January outside Newgate Shopping Centre, Bishop Auckland.

 

National Campaign Day - NHS & Social Care

Join our Campaign Street Stall on Saturday - we will be campaigning to Protect the NHS & Social Care. Our NHS is in crisis – a crisis made in Downing...

Helen highlights the impact of government cuts on social care

Earlier today I called on the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Local Government to consider those villages in my constituency who will not receive social care provision whilst the local authorities...

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As Twelfth night draws to a close you may be wondering how to dispose of your Christmas tree.

You can contact Durham County Council until Sunday 8th January to have your Christmas tree collected free of charge.

Telephone Durham County Council on 03000 261 000 or visit their online service at Ask for collection of a real Christmas tree by Sunday 8th January.

You can also take the tree to your local household waste recycle centre. For opening hours visit the council website here.


Garden waste collection

You can also sign up to 2017 garden waste collection services here.

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Disposing of your Christmas tree?

  As Twelfth night draws to a close you may be wondering how to dispose of your Christmas tree. You can contact Durham County Council until Sunday 8th January to...

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If you are looking for advice over the festive period you may find the following information useful.

Emergency contacts:

  • For the Police ring 101, or if an emergency ring 999

  • For health ring 111, or if an emergency ring 999. Or visit the NHS 111 website here.

  • For Wear Valley Women’s Aid ring 01388 600094 (Monday – Friday; 9am – 5pm) or their 24 hour urgent support line 07946 190 203. Visit their website here.
  • For Durham County Council ring 03000 26 0000 (emergency out of hours)
    For information for opening hours, gritting and road closures during the festive period visit their website here.

  • For Citizens Advice Bureau visit their website here or telephone on 03444 111 444.

 

My upcoming Constituency Surgery start on Friday 13th January. For further information including a map and contact details click here.

Need advice over the festive period?

If you are looking for advice over the festive period you may find the following information useful. Emergency contacts: For the Police ring 101, or if an emergency ring 999 For health ring 111,...

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Watch Helen's debate on the Bank stress test with fellow Treasury Select Committee member Jacob Rees-Mogg MP on Channel 4.

 

Channel 4 Bank Stress Test debate with Helen Goodman MP

Watch Helen's debate on the Bank stress test with fellow Treasury Select Committee member Jacob Rees-Mogg MP on Channel 4.  

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It was a pleasure to meet Caroline, the owner of Ultimate Flowers on Cockton Hill Road in Bishop Auckland. We had a chat about ways in which councils and government can do more to support local businesses. Caroline had a lovely range of flowers and wreaths so I couldn't miss the opportunity to buy this year's Christmas wreath. 

Caroline has a great website as well at Ultimateflowers.net.

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

Locally small businesses can receive support from South Durham Enterprise Agency which supports new & existing businesses, provides management training & development as well as supporting voluntary, community & social enterprise.

For further support small businesses can contact the Federation of Small Businesses which has a North East branch.

#SmallBizSatUK #shoplocal

Helen supports Ultimate Flowers on Small Business Saturday

It was a pleasure to meet Caroline, the owner of Ultimate Flowers on Cockton Hill Road in Bishop Auckland. We had a chat about ways in which councils and government...

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Yesterday I was on the regional segment of the Sunday Politics Show to give my response to the Autumn Statement and its impact on the North East Economy.

You can watch the show here (the regional part starts at 37:58).

Helen appears on Sunday Politics North East & Cumbria

Yesterday I was on the regional segment of the Sunday Politics Show to give my response to the Autumn Statement and its impact on the North East Economy. You can...

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In this week’s debate on the Digital Economy Bill Helen spoke out on behalf of people with hearing loss who would face possible interference from radio frequencies unless stronger duties are placed on Ofcom.

Helen spoke in support of Clause 26 which is designed to protect from frequency interference those with hearing loss who have hearing aids, radio aids, cochlear implants and other hearing technologies. Ofcom is about to sell spectrum, and there is a concern that the part of the spectrum that it is going to sell is so close to the wavelength used by such technologies that interference will be caused. Clause 26 places a duty on Ofcom to carry out tests in advance of the sale of the radio frequencies to ensure that any interference is identified and made public.

Helen asked the Minister to consider the concerns which had been raised with her by the National Deaf Children’s Society about the ongoing dispute about how the tests should be done, how the results should be interpreted and what action will be taken if the tests indicate interference. That action could take two forms: either Ofcom should not grant a wireless telegraphy licence unless action is taken to remove the risk of interference; or a fund should be established to cover the cost of replacing medical and hearing technology affected by interference. That is important for the 10 million people who suffer from hearing loss and the 45,000 deaf children in this country, and it will enable Ofcom to fulfil its duties under the Equality Act 2010.

Helen referred to her husband’s experience as a hearing aid user and the difficulty already experienced in hearing other people in a noisy environment and expressed her concern about the additional impact that mobile phones in the room could then have.

Calling the Minister’s response “inadequate” Helen went on to say:

“Interference will be a problem for children who use radio aids in the classroom to help them to hear what their teachers are saying. Unlike grown-ups, they cannot easily guess what a person is saying, because they are hearing things for the first time. The tests done in 2014 found that someone with a mobile phone using the relevant frequency could interfere with a hearing aid 4 metres away. The National Deaf Children’s Society are right to press the government for assurances that deaf people are not disadvantaged by the sale of spectrum. I urge the Minister to be flexible and to look at the matter again.”

You can access Helen’s full speech on Hansard.

Helen calls on government to protect hearing from radio interference

In this week’s debate on the Digital Economy Bill Helen spoke out on behalf of people with hearing loss who would face possible interference from radio frequencies unless stronger duties...

Watch Helen's response to the Autumn Statement on Bloomberg here.

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Helen responds to the Autumn Statement

Watch Helen's response to the Autumn Statement on Bloomberg here.

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