Government triples Prompt Payment pledges in drive to support small businesses

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed the news that the number of FTSE 350 firms signed up to the Prompt Payment Code has tripled in just four months. Since November last year, 94 new firms have joined.  Of the FTSE 100 companies, 64 have signed the Code and a further 12 are in the process of signing it.

Greg Hands welcomes BT Fibre Broadband expansion into Chelsea & Fulham

Greg Hands M.P. met this week senior representatives of British Telecom to see how the Government's priority for delivering SuperFast broadband in London is progressing. BT's new fibre broadband has the potential to transform the way we all use the internet and access consumer services and do business online. It provides broadband speeds ten times faster than current copper based broadband services. The good news is that Chelsea & Fulham is set to be well served by fibre broadband services, as part of BT’s £2.5bn national commercial investment. And this network will enable any service provider to use it to sell services – bringing consumer choice and helping to keep prices competitive.

News from Greg Hands M.P.’s surgery

This week at Greg Hands’s surgery seven constituents discussed their concerns about a number of issues, including housing and criminal records checks.

Hands praises new education focus in youth justice system

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed new proposals from Conservative Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, to help young offenders turn their backs on crime.The new plans, published yesterday, mark a radically different approach. Transforming Youth Custody: Putting Education at the Heart of Detention aims to deliver value for the taxpayer, reduce reoffending and set young offenders on the path to a better life.

News from Greg’s Surgery

This Monday, Greg Hands held his Fulham surgery at the Broadway Methodist Church, discussing issues and concerns, ranging from the Valuation Office to hospital care, with nine constituents.

Hands: Getting households a fair deal on their energy bills

Cheaper energy bills for people across Chelsea and Fulham came one step closer this week with Ofgem’s reforms to the energy market. These reforms follow the plans set out by the Prime Minister last year to ensure that consumers get the cheapest deal.

Night Flights Consultation

The Government has announced the launch of its consultation on the future of night flights which is set to run until 22nd April. In 2012 the Government decided to maintain the current night flights regime, which allows for a set number of flights to take off and land at airports between 11 pm and 6 am, until 2014.

News from Greg Hands’s Weekly Surgery

This week at Greg Hands’s surgery six constituents brought their concerns with a number of issues, including urban foxes and waiting times for entrepreneur’s visas at the UK Border Agency.