HCVA Response to the Queen's Speech

12 May 2022

The government has announced its new legislative programme for the next parliamentary session and there are a few things that will be of interest to the Historic Vehicle Sector.

The Government Needs To Be Brave In Its New Schools Bill - By Dhruv Patel

11 May 2022

The Schools Bill, announced this morning in the Queen’s Speech, promises that every child will get the education they deserve and that there is vision, ethos and strategic direction in our education system.

 

We know, having provided online and blended learning to hard to reach and hard to teach learners for 25 years, how important that it is that the Government gets this right.

Millions of Children Missing Out on Their Education

22 March 2022

All children in the UK have the right to have a decent education that will help them to maximise their potential.  However, this is not the case for hundred of students that have never interacted with the education system, nor the estimated 1.8 million children that missed at least 10% of school in the autumn term in England in 2021.

 

How do we make education fairer for Special Educational Needs pupils?

8 November 2021

Education providers today welcomed the commitment today from Tom Hunt MP, to write to both the Secretary of State for Education and Chair of the Education Committee, Robert Halfon, highlighting how the education system is still stacked against children with special educational needs. 

Disappointment at Government’s refusal to remove £200 threshold

4 November 2021

The British Independent Retail Association has expressed disappointment that the Government has not agreed to the the move by Lord Dholakia to use the current Police and Crime Bill to remove damaging clauses within the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Removal of the £200 threshold on retail crime

19th October 2021

The British Independent Retail Association welcomes the move by Lord Dholakia to use the current Police and Crime Bill to remove damaging clauses within the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

10 Minute Rule Bill Well Recieved

2 March 2021

The NFSP recently worked alongside Duncan Baker MP on the Banking Services (Post Offices) Bill which was presented to Parliament on 2 March 2021.

Postal Affairs Minister extends thanks to subpostmasters

18 January 2021

Postal Affairs Minister Paul Scully has written to all subpostmasters and their staff to thank them for their efforts during the pandemic.

Post Office Subsidy Petition

14 September 2020

Martyn Day, the Member of Parliament for Linlithgow and East Falkirk, raised the plight of 300,000 vulnerable people in DWP questions today.

Post Office Benefits at Risk

14 September 2020

Martyn Day, the Member of Parliament for Linlithgow and East Falkirk, raised the plight of 300,000 vulnerable people in DWP questions today.

NFRN welcomes government’s commitment to act on £200 retail theft threshold

7 July 2020

The Federation of Independent Retailers (NFRN) has today welcomed the government’s commitment to act on members’ concerns about the £200 “low value shop theft” threshold.

Assault on Retail Workers Bill passes first stage

17 March 2020

The NFRN has welcomed the unanimous passing of the Assault on Retail Workers Bill through its first stage in Parliament yesterday the 16th of March 16.

Budget 2020: 100% Business Rate Relief

11 March 2020

The government had already announced that their proposed business rates retail discount would increase from one third to 50% - a great success for bira (British Independent Retail Association) who have been campaigning for this discount over the last two years.

It's Not Part of the Job

11 March 2020

Members of the Association of Convenience Stores, British Retail Consortium, National Federation of Retail Newsagents and the shopworkers union, USDAW, presented a united voice to Government at a parliamentary event on Tuesday, calling for an end to violence against shopworkers.

 

Business Rates Retail Discount Increased from 30% to 50%

27 January 2020

The retail discount, which is available for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 tax years, currently allows qualifying businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000 a third off their business rates bills on top of any other reliefs for which they are eligible. 

Second Queen's Speech of 2019

19 December 2019

The second Queen's Speech fo 2019 is one of the most wide ranging and important of recent years - especially with the mandate to deliver resulting from the election.

Retail Priorities for the New Government

13 December 2019

After years of parliamentary chaos, the majority that has been secured should mean that the Government can now develop a clear strategy to help us address the challenges facing independent businesses.

NFRN talks about retail crime with candidates

NFRN Shares Crime Concerns with Dudley South parliamentary candidate

Dudley South parliamentary candidate Mike Wood, who was previously PPS to the Home Secretary, took time out from the general election campaign to discuss retailers' concerns about retail crime with representatives from the NFRN.

NFRN Highlights Minimum Wage Fears

3 October 2019

The National Federation of Retail Newsagents has made the government aware of retailers’ concerns about plans to an increase to the minimum wage.

Freight off the Road meeting in Parliament

4 September 2019

Rail Operations Group took its proposals for inter-modal rail freight services to Parliament to highlight the economic, environmental and safetly benefits of the technology today.

ROG Welcomes Potential Independent Body for Transport

16 July 2019

Rail Operations Group Welcomes the Move towards an Independent Body to run the railways.

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