Of huge relevance to Kent, I took part in a Westminster Hall debate on the issue of ‘fly-parking’ across Kent. Whilst the constituencies feeding the M20 corridor suffer most with random overnight parking with associated filth, we have our fair share of it in Thanet as well. Whilst the new lorry park at Stamford West in Shepway will help the problem, the Minister agreed to look further into ways of lessening the chaos. I have additionally been in communication with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, on the issue.
Many constituents have been in touch regarding the failures of the outsourced company Concentrix, contracted by HMRC to check status of Tax Credit claims. Delay, poor customer service and rudeness characterises what people had been experiencing. I secured an appearance on the morning Victoria Derbyshire show on BBC to discuss what I had found, and I am pleased to report that the contract will not be renewed with the company. Do let me know of any further difficulties you are experiencing in getting the claim that is due to you.
My further work on the Work and Pensions Select Committee has taken us into an investigation of rehabilitation of ex-offenders into the workplace following prison release. Reduced re-offending rates are linked with good post-release support and particularly securing employment has the most significant role to play, so this is a vital piece of work that is indicating, at this early stage of the investigation, disjointed action that is not delivering properly.
I am calling for a full, frank and transparent investigation into the sorry saga of the Pleasurama site in Ramsgate. This is perhaps the most desirable and significant piece of coastal real estate in the south-east that has potential to be an important part of the jigsaw of local regeneration. I have concerns about the ownership of the site now that Cardy Construction has entered Administration, with the new owner having no obvious means of developing the site. I am seeking a number of answers from Thanet District Council as to whether their negotiations leading up to the sale were in the public interest, at sufficient value, and indeed sensible to the parties involved. We, as the public have not seen the relevant documents, hidden under a ‘gagging order’. I intend to get to the bottom of this long running, murky saga of failure.
I am sorry to say that our Labrador ‘Libby’ was unsuccessful in securing “Westminster Dog of the Year 2016”, but there is plenty on the internet as to how she got on. Needless to say she enjoyed the day, and thank you to local residents who voted for her.