North West Norfolk News
by James Wild MP

Covid-19 has had a significant effect on care home residents who during lockdown were unable to have regular visitors. For residents with dementia this has been particularly difficult and this week I received a very powerful letter detailing the impact that restrictions had for a gentleman and his wife. Government and local authority guidance now sets out that visits should be allowed although restricted to one consistent visitor. While this allows spouses to visit it means their children cannot and I’ve asked the Care Minister to look again at this guidance.

During this week’s virtual Conservative Party Conference I was part of a panel with the Chief Executive of Openreach talking about gigabit capable broadband by 2025. I pointed out that 40% of lines in the constituency get less than 30 Mbps and a quarter of lines in some areas are below the legal minimum of 10 Mbps. So much faster speeds will be very welcome and our area should be part of rollout in the hardest to reach parts of the country that the government has allocated £5 billion for.

It is a little early to use the C-word but today I’ve launched my first Christmas card competition for primary school children in North West Norfolk. The winning design will be my official Christmas card and will be sent to the Prime Minister amongst others. If your children or grandchildren attend primary school do encourage them to enter!

Please do get in touch if I can be of assistance.

Best wishes,


Thanking the Love West Norfolk Heroes

I was delighted to meet three independent businesses to hear how they stepped up to deliver to those most vulnerable or hesitant to leave their homes during the height of lockdown.

The Love West Norfolk heroes were all nominated by members of the public for the difference they have been making during the pandemic.

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£25 million grants available for farmers to boost productivity

£25 million has been made available in grants for productivity-boosting farming equipment in the third and final round of the government’s Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme.

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Stop Hate in Norfolk (SHiN) receives a campaign refresh

I was pleased to see the relaunch of the Stop Hate in Norfolk (SHiN) campaign.

In Norfolk there are approximately 1,200 hate incidents each year. About 80%, however, are not reported, which is something that needs to change.

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New plans to make UK world leader for renewables

The Prime Minister has set out new plans to Build Back Greener by making the UK the world leader in clean wind energy – creating jobs, reducing carbon emissions and boosting exports. The announcement is part of the government's commitment towards net zero emissions by 2050 and will support 60,000 jobs.

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New guidance for debt letters

The letters borrowers receive from lenders when they are behind on repayments will be easier to understand  after new rules were proposed by the Treasury.

Default Notices are designed to give people fair warning before lenders take further action, but much of the formatting and content has not been updated in nearly 40 years.

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Armed Forces veterans guaranteed civil service interviews

Several government departments are starting a new initiative  to make it easier for veterans to secure employment in the civil service.

The scheme is designed to encourage more veterans to join the Civil Service when they leave the armed forces ensuring the civil service is able to benefit from the wide ranging skills and talents in the armed forces community.

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