Peter Aldous questions the Government about efforts to help local authorities recruit social care staff as the shortage cascades right through the health and social care system and causing major difficulties for hospitals in discharging patients and getting on top of the backlog of operations.
Peter Aldous lays out the requirements for a strategic plan for NHS dentistry including secure long-term funding; a strategic approach to recruitment and retention; a replacement of the dysfunctional NHS dental contract; a prevention policy, promoting personal oral healthcare; and transparency and full accountability through the new integrated care systems.
Peter Aldous urges the Government to establish a new long-term plan for NHS dentistry to tackle the problem of dental deserts, where there is almost no chance of ever seeing an NHS dentist, and calls highlights the opportunity presented by Brexit for the Government to apply a zero VAT rating to children’s dental products.
Peter Aldous calls on the Government to implement a carbon border adjustment mechanism, in co-operation with the EU and US, to ensure that British businesses are not undercut and jobs moved to countries with less strict climate change policies, so called ‘carbon leakage’.
Peter Aldous calls on the Government to ensure that the regulatory framework for its hydrogen strategy is sufficiently flexible to also incentivise hydrogen projects in areas outside the identified low-carbon clusters.
Peter Aldous outlines the challenges facing the inshore fishing fleet; the missed opportunity of Brexit, disproportionate and fragmented regulation, spiralling fuel costs and the negative impact of laying cables to wind farms and calls for an inshore fleet route map out of the current malaise and to a vibrant and sustainable future.
Following a statement on the energy profits levy; the new 25% surcharge on the oil and gas sector, Peter Aldous seeks assurances from the Government that the levy will not imperil vital investment in the transition to a low-carbon economy and the creation of long-term jobs in emerging industries such as offshore wind, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage, which are very important in coastal communities.
Peter Aldous welcomes Government measures to help people with the rising cost of living and calls on the Chancellor to work with energy companies to ensure that they maximise their investment in transitioning and renewable energy such as that in the North sea which is bringing good long-term jobs to coastal communities such as Waveney.
Peter Aldous leads a Parliamentary Adjournment debate and highlights the roles the East Suffolk and Wherry lines can play in levelling up coastal East Anglia, so that the area is well placed to take advantage of the opportunities emerging in renewable energy, tourism, hospitality and a revived fishing industry.