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July 2010

Hull MP condemns ‘Flood Tax’ plan

Jul 13, 2010

Diana Johnson MP has attacked Coalition Government plans for a new tax on householders and businesses in areas of the greatest flooding risk.

Speaking in a Commons adjournment debate yesterday evening (13 July) on issues arising from the June 2007 Hull floods, the Hull North MP challenged the Government on media reports that they are planning to privatise the UK’s flood defence network, and will allow a new charge to be levied, possibly on Council Tax or water rates, from householders and businesses in areas that need to have flood defences improved.

Hull MP sponsors Bill to support work of carers

Jul 13, 2010

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has sponsored a Parliamentary Bill that would ensure that GPs and schools identify carers and young carers.

The Carers (Identification and Support) Bill would make sure that GPs would recognise where a person is a carer and take their needs into account. The Bill would also require schools and local authorities to have written policies to support young carers. It would place a duty on social services authorities to offer support to families where the adult relies on the caring role of his or her child.