Extra £30 million of business Start-Up Loans

The Prime Minister has announced a £30 million boost to Start-Up Loans, which will help create thousands of new businesses and help young people find jobs.New figures show that in the first three months of the scheme, over £1.5 million worth of loans have already been approved, helping nearly 500 new businesses get off the ground. London has received 34 per cent of the loans awarded so far.

Hands: a tax cut for 41,000 people in Chelsea & Fulham

New research has revealed that Conservatives in Government are cutting income tax for 41,366 people in Chelsea & Fulham in 2013. In fact, this April, the Government will lift a further 1,708 local people out of tax altogether.

Census 2011: who we are now

More information from the 2011 Census was published this week, with data provided by local authority areas for the first time. Both Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea have seen significant changes in the ten years since the last census

Fuel duty increase scrapped

This week, the cancellation of Labour’s fuel duty rise was put into law. It follows George Osborne’s announcement that the Government would cancel the rise scheduled for January 2013. This keeps fuel 10p cheaper than it would have been under Labour’s duty escalator and saves the typical motorist £40.

Autumn Statement is great news for London

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed a range of measures that will help Chelsea, Fulham and the whole of London.As part of an Autumn Statement that showed the deficit is continuing to fall, the Chancellor cut Corporation Tax by a further 1 per cent and increased spending on infrastructure to boost growth. He declared that he wanted to equip Britain for the global race.

Views sought in Chelsea on basement developments

Basement extensions are common issue of concern in Chelsea. The Royal Borough was one of the first local authorities to introduce controls on basement developments and has been reviewing its policy in recent months. A consultation on its revised planning policy is now open.

Boris Bikes are on their way across Chelsea and Fulham

Greg Hands M.P. met officials from Transport for London this week for a full update on the expansion of the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme. Until now, the only parts of Chelsea and Fulham with docking stations were around Sloane Square and parts of the Fulham Road. Now, all parts of the constituency will be within easy range of the Boris Bikes.

Waves of anger at flawed NHS consultation

The voices of 66,000 west London residents have been ignored in a sham consultation designed to justify hospital closures.The flawed consultation results on NHS North West London's plans to close A&E services in four London hospitals have been greeted with a wave of anger and disbelief in west London.