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MP Updates Residents on Broadband Progress

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Local Politics | MP Updates Residents on Broadband Progress | Andover & VillagesKit Malthouse MP is to hold a Broadband Summit at the Kingsclere’s Fieldgate Centre on Friday 3rd February from 10am - 12:00pm.

This follows up on a summit held 18 months ago and is to update constituents and interested parties on progress with the high speed broadband roll-out.

Kit said: “The Government’s broadband policy is taking clearer, and more promising, shape but there is still more to be done. I am inviting representatives from Hampshire County Council, BT and Broadband Delivery UK, the Government agency responsible for the broadband roll-out, to join us and speak. We should be able to shed some light on the situation.”

Following the speakers, there will be a question and answer session. The event will help constituents understand the plans of the various bodies and what alternatives are available for more rural areas.

Kit has been at the forefront of efforts in the House of Commons to improve broadband connectivity and was the first to call for an end to business rates charging on broadband infrastructure to boost investment.

Constituents wishing to attend should email Ethan Brooks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7219 3940 to register interest.

Kit Malthouse Visits Overton Hairdressers

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Kit Malthouse Visits Overton HairdressersOn Saturday 17 December, Kit Malthouse MP joined founder Tom Beagley-Spicer and his team of stylists at the grand opening of the new Overton men’s hairdressers the Dude Lab - Hair for Men. With smart new premises on the High Steet in Overton, Tom and his team provide a stylish yet classic barbering experience for the modern man. Their salon is contemporary in design with a few extra touches of luxury including hot towel treatments, beer whilst you wait and wet shaving.

Kit said: “Hair for Men is a great new addition to the High Street and a bold investment by Tom. They’re a really friendly team and excited to be doing something they’re passionate about in a village they love. I wish them all the best. Check out their website at http://www.thedude-lab.co.uk/ and like them on Facebook at Hair for Men Overton to support a great new local business. I will be dropping in very soon.”

Kit Malthouse visits AWE

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Kit Malthouse visits AWEOn Friday, Kit Malthouse MP for North West Hampshire visited Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) with Newbury MP Richard Benyon to meet with the new CEO Iain Coucher.

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The visit comes on the back of meetings Kit has had with the government minister responsible for AWE.

Kit said “AWE is a lynch pin of our national defence and a major employer for the area and both MPs are strong supporters of the organisation. It is a vital depository of atomic knowledge that keeps the UK at the cutting edge of the global science frontier.”

“It was a fascinating visit and I also got a chance to speak to the management on a range of issues including terms and conditions and pensions.”

Kit Malthouse Joins Appleshaw And Portway Pupils For Tree Planting

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Kit Malthouse Joins Appleshaw And Portway Pupils For Tree PlantingOn Friday 2nd December North West Hampshire MP Kit Malthouse joined the children of Appleshaw Primary and Portway Juniors to plant 70 trees at Harmony Wood in Enham Alamein with Andover Trees United.

Speaking afterwards, Kit said “Well done to all the children who came out to Harmony Wood. It’s incredibly important to get kids learning about the environment outside the classroom with projects like this and it wouldn’t have happened without Wendy Davis at ATU and the school staff. I even managed to find my tree from last year and it's doing rather well.

“Thanks for having me along.”

Broadband Investment in Andover

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Portway Business Park and Walworth Business Park in Andover are to be included in Virgin Media’s ultrafast broadband rollout as part of the £3 billion Project Lightning network expansion. At speeds of 300Mbps this will be fastest broadband available in the UK.

To get the word out and provide businesses with the opportunity to learn more, Virgin Media will be holding two breakfast events to promote the new ultrafast service and businesses from the two parks are welcome to attend. These events will take place on Wednesday 27th July at 7.30am until 9am at Walworth Enterprise Centre, Duke Close, West Way, Andover, SP10 5AP and on Thursday 28th July at 7.30am until 9am at Portway Football Stadium, Portway West Business Park, Andover, SP10 3LF.

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Kit Malthouse, MP for North West Hampshire, welcomed the investment.

“High speed broadband is essential in the 21st Century and slow, unreliable is the most common thing that my constituents contact me about. It’s vital to help businesses grow and compete and for people to do basic tasks in the countryside. We’re phenomenally lucky in the UK to have prosperous and flourishing economies away from big cities when in other countries ‘rural’ often means ‘poor’. To keep this up Government has to work with companies like Virgin Media to get all businesses connected. Reintroducing the old broadband voucher scheme for businesses as the Committee in Parliament recently recommended would be a great start.”

Daniel Butler of Virgin Media was very also positive about the investment noting that “The investment from Virgin Media will greatly improve businesses digital capacity and help attract more digitally-driven businesses to areas previously underserved by the broadband market.”

Kit Malthouse Hails Tax Cuts For Working Families

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Kit Malthouse Hails Tax Cuts For Working FamiliesIn the Autumn Statement on Wednesday, Chancellor Philip Hammond set out the Government’s plans to drive up Britain’s productivity, boost investment and deliver a growing economy that works for everybody.

Keeping the Conservative’s promise to working families from the last election, the Chancellor reaffirmed plans to raise the personal allowance in a move that will to cut taxes and increase the take home pay for all but the highest of earners.

While bringing down the deficit and getting the country living within its means again, Hammond provided the needed confidence and certainty businesses need.

North West Hampshire MP Kit Malthouse, who has long argued that radical reforms to the way the economy works must be made alongside deficit reduction if Britain is to become a more prosperous country, welcomed the Statement.

“This Conservative Government has shown today that it is determined to maintain our strong economy and make a success of Brexit. By announcing plans to get my constituents better connected with investment in broadband, building more modern infrastructure and making sure we don’t pass a growing mountain of debt on to our children, the Chancellor has delivered.”

“I was especially pleased to hear him recognise that our long term prosperity relies on a better supply of the patient, long term capital that businesses need to achieve sustainable growth and create well-paying jobs. The announcement of the inquiry into unlocking that capital could be the most unsung, but profound part of this Autumn Statement and is an excellent sign of smart thinking by this Government.”

Kit Malthouse on Theresa May becoming Prime Minister

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Kit’s on Theresa May becoming Prime MinisterTheresa May has become the new Prime Minister and called time on the political maelstrom unleashed by the shock referendum result. Few would have had the gravitas to settle nerves so quickly and reassure the country in the way that she has this week and the sense of relief here in Westminster is palpable. After being tossed about in the waves, a firm hand has grabbed the tiller and steadied the ship. Now it’s time to get on with the job.

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That the Conservatives have ensured a smooth transition of power is credit to everyone involved, especially Andrea Leadsom who recognised that she didn’t have sufficient backing of MPs to lead a majority in the House of Commons, the prerequisite of Government, and dropped out the race with dignity. If only the same could be said for the Labour Party, still in meltdown after nearly a year of Jeremy Corbyn’s slapstick leadership.

Theresa will bring stability to markets, certainty to business and a new resolve to Government. This is exactly what the country needs. In her role as Home Secretary she stood out as one of the most competent Ministers in the Government with responsibilities second only to the Prime Minister. She is ready to step into the job from day one, a claim no one else could have made with 100% credibility, and does not back down from a challenge. Ken Clarke in his Sky News gaffe may not have meant it as a compliment when he said to Sir Malcolm Rifkind that “Theresa is a bloody difficult woman, but you and I worked with Margaret Thatcher”, but the Conservative Party should get that on t-shirts pronto. She sounds ideally suited to lead a Government renegotiating our exit from the European Union.

Britain has a strong hand and she is certainly taking nothing off the table. I was confident that we’d get a good deal before this and now I’m sure. However she does not take the reins at an easy moment. We need to implement urgent economic reform to deliver faster growth to bring prosperity to all areas of the country and to every family. The budget deficit continues to loom large over government decisions and we need to deliver the necessary savings and the growth to bring it down. And finally, we need to signal to the country that we recognise that the rewards of growth are not being shared equally and move to build an atmosphere of shared enterprise and endeavour throughout society.

I’m confident that Prime Minister May will lead a highly successful and competent government and continue to anchor the Conservative Party as the dominant and progressive force in British politics. She’s a pragmatic moderniser and will have the unified backing of the Party even in ways that David Cameron struggled to gain. Never afraid to deliver hard truths to opponents and supporters alike, she’s the brave and honest leader of Party that knows better than to indulge itself and recognises the need to reach out beyond its comfort zone. In his six year premiership David Cameron brought Britain back from the brink. Theresa May can now take us forward.

Kit Malthouse Urges Action On Dangerous A34

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Kit Malthouse Urges Action On Dangerous A34Last week Kit Malthouse MP for North West Hampshire, joined other MPs from the region in a meeting with Highways England to discuss the safety of the A34.

Local people have long voiced concerns about the road which stretches across north Hampshire, west Berkshire and into Oxfordshire. The MPs along the route pressed for the meeting after more than 50 accidents resulting in death or serious injury in the last five years and the closure of the entire carriageway 56 times. Following numerous questions, a debate in the House of Commons on the subject and pressure from MPs including Mr Malthouse, the government has agreed to undertake a safety review.

After the meeting Kit Malthouse said: “Back in March I urged the Transport Minister to look at the junction of the A303 and A34 in particular as a priority for investment in safety. Bullington Cross is actually just outside my constituency by about 100 yards, but hundreds of constituents use it every day and know, like me, that the short slip roads are a problem causing a number of serious accidents and dozens of near misses every week. I have also raised the short slip roads generally, particularly in the north of the constituency near Highclere."

“I would be very keen to hear the views of constituents about the road so that I can feed them into the review. People can contact me best by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or write to me at 2 Church Close, Andover SP10 1DP”

Internet Matters Parliamentary Drop-In and Online Abuse Debate

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Internet Matters Parliamentary Drop-In and Online Abuse DebateOn Stand Up to Bullying day and ahead of a House of Comments debate on online abuse Kit showed his support for keeping children safe online.

Hosted by Mims Davies MP, Internet Matters held a Parliamentary drop-in to show how industry is tackling this important issue.

Carolyn Bunting, the General Manager of Internet Matters, was present to discuss the group’s work. Keeping children safe online is an increasingly significant issue for families across the country; sexting, online pornography and cyberbullying have all made headlines recently and parents are often confused about what they need to do to help keep their children safe.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. In the debate that followed Kit noted that “the internet and social media have brought about two big changes…First, bullying is now 24/7 and…inescapable…secondly, social media has unfortunately decreased our children’s resilience, creating a whole host of exploitable vulnerabilities”. Later in his speech he called for the law to catch up with the technological changes of the internet age.

Parents looking for more information on how to keep their kids safe should go to www.internetmatters.org

Andover Charity Hosted in Parliament

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Andover Charity Hosted in ParliamentOn Tuesday 11th October, Kit Malthouse MP hosted a reception in Parliament for the Defence Medical Welfare Service, a national veteran welfare charity based in Andover that was attended by Veterans Minister Mark Lancaster MP.

 

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The charity provides medical welfare support to the Armed Forces Community and other frontline staff, across the UK and abroad with welfare officers highly trained and ready to respond to those in need 24/7.

It is also the only charity to deploy to areas of conflict alongside troops on the frontline, and the first welfare service that service personnel will see when they are wounded, injured or sick.

The work of the charity grew enormously during the UK’s simultaneous deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan and will continue to be vital as we transition back to peace.

Speaking after the event, Kit Malthouse said, “The charity do excellent work for veterans at an extremely difficult time in their lives. We owe charities like the DMWS a debt of thanks for helping us keep our covenant to the armed forces.”

Kit Malthouse Mp Shows Support for Singing For Syrians Initiative

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Kit Malthouse Mp Shows Support for Singing For Syrians InitiativeOn Wednesday Kit supported the Singing for Syrians initiative in Parliament to raise money for relief workers in Syria.

The Syrian War has raged for five years and has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, bringing untold suffering to millions more.

The flagship Parliamentary concert will take place in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster on Tuesday 13 December 2016 and all money raised will go to fund medical teams on the ground in Aleppo and to prosthetic limb clinics in the region. It is currently estimated that over 50,000 Syrians are amputees in urgent need of treatment.

This is Singing for Syrians’ second year; last year, £90,000 was raised with the support of match-funding from the Department for International Development. Over 300 people came to St Margaret’s to sing carols and show their support. Unfortunately the need is even greater this year so it is hoped that this will become a nationwide initiative.

Kit said: “Singing for Syrians is an important initiative and I am proud to support it. With the money raised we can help some of the most vulnerable and distressed people in the world whose lives have been ruined by ISIS and President Assad’s brutality, and a world that turned its back on them. Paying the salaries of brave medical staff who risk everything to provide life-saving treatment is one way that we can make a real difference to the victims of this terrible crisis.”

For more information on the Singing for Syrians initiative, please go to http://www.singingforsyrians.com

Kit Malthouse Visits Alamein Community Association

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Key Malthouse Visits Alamein Community AssociationNorth West Hampshire MP Kit Malthouse visited the Job Club at Alamein Community Association in Andover last week to thank everyone for their work keeping the hall running for the community. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Association was set up in 2007 to benefit all the inhabitants of Alamein ward, to provide facilities for local residents and to maintain the King Arthur's Hall.

The Association also run computer classes, offer school clubs, give health advice, evening classes, and social events.

After the visit, Kit said “If you live nearby it is worth checking out their roster of classes and groups, they have something there for everyone and are working hard to keep the hall buzzing at the centre of the community.”

Immoral Earnings Offence for Internet Providers

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Immoral Earnings Offence for Internet ProvidersOn Monday night, Kit Malthouse MP urged colleagues in the House of Commons to use the Digital Economy Bill to take action against internet providers that fail to take sufficient action to prevent children accessing pornography, and other content inappropriate for under 18s, online.

He noted that internet service providers make “big money” from the “commercial enterprise, pumping this stuff out on to people’s screens and computers across the country” and that this explains “a certain sloth” and “an idleness in the digital community in dealing with it.”

In order to make the economics work in favour of child welfare and parents across the country, he argued that “(w)e should use the Digital Economy Bill to create the offence of living off immoral earnings for these internet providers, because, by turning a blind eye and not interrogating the data that are coming through their pipes, that is effectively what they are doing.”

Emphasising the need to get the incentives right, he pointed out that “It is only when the pound is there and their profits are threatened that they will finally focus and come up with the technical solutions that we need.”

Kit later argued that this would end the “daily fight” for parents to control what their children are exposed to.

Control over what children access online is a large concern for many parents and this proposal is a different approach to the problem. Prime Minister David Cameron promised moves on age verification in the Conservatives’ Manifesto last year and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have run a consultation on ‘Child Safety Online’ which will report soon.

Be Wiser and Kit Malthouse Joint On Apprenticeships

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Be Wiser and Kit Malthouse Joint On ApprenticeshipsA Hampshire based insurance company that runs its own apprenticeship programme has welcomed the call by a Conservative MP that apprenticeships deserve the same treatment as those studying for a degree. Be Wiser Insurance employs more than 600 people across Hampshire and Wiltshire, runs several apprenticeship programmes and recently launched the first ever, BA (Hons) Insurance degree with the University of Chichester and Peter Symonds College in Winchester.

Now North West Hampshire MP, Kit Malthouse has backed calls for The University and College Admissions Service (Ucas) to get involved with apprenticeships, supporting recent comments made by Richmond MP, Rishi Sunak who said: “If we’re serious about spreading opportunity to everybody, we need Ucas for apprenticeships. By making Ucas the home of apprenticeships as well as universities we can bolster the confidence of teachers, students and parents, amongst whom the Ucas brand carries considerable status.”

Kit Malthouse, whose constituency includes the town of Andover said,” I have met some of the apprentices and staff at Be Wiser and it’s fantastic to see an Andover company offering young people a great start to their careers. If we are to get more young people into high quality and meaningful apprenticeships, like those at Be Wiser, then we need to provide a better method of doing it.”

The 250 apprentices within Be Wiser range from school or college leavers to University Graduates. All apprentices are studying for either their Certificate or Diploma in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

“I agree with putting apprenticeships on an equal footing with university study,” said Crescens George, Director of Learning and Development at Be Wiser. “It is often parents who are unsure if an apprenticeship is right for their son or daughter. If all apprenticeship programmes had the support of Ucas, a well -known body, then I am sure more parents would be happy for this as a career path for their child.”

Earlier this year Be Wiser won an accolade for its apprenticeship programme by winning the Newcomer Large Employer of the Year at the South East regional apprenticeship awards.

Kit Malthouse Holds Second EU Hustings

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Kit Malthouse Holds Second EU HustingsOn Friday, Kit Malthouse MP held the second of his EU Referendum Hustings attended by over 150 people at a packed Fieldgate Centre in Kingsclere.

With opinion polls showing ‘leave’ and ‘remain’ neck and neck alongside a dwindling number of undecided voters, the outcome for the 23rd is still too close to call.

Kit in the chair, was joined by former Conservative minister Sir Tim Sainsbury and Aldershot MP Sir Gerald Howarth. Sir Tim made the case that Britain is better off in the EU, focusing on the benefits of access to the Single Market, while Sir Gerald highlighted the EU’s commitment to ever closer union and its ambitions to build a super state at the expense of national democracies.

Echoing the national polls, a show of hands on the night revealed a 50:50 split in the audience. Speaking after the event, Kit said, “This vote is a once in a lifetime chance to decide what kind of country we are going to be. Is Britain in the future a self-governing democracy or do we give a green-light to an agenda of ever closer union and covert federalism?”

Introduction of Quarterly Tax Returns

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Kit Malthouse MP Quarterly Tax ReturnsThe Federation of Small Business (FSB) has thanked MPs Kit Malthouse and Seema Kennedy following the Treasury’s announcement of changes to its plans to introduce Quarterly Tax Reporting. The FSB, an organisation representing the interests of small businesses in the UK, had voiced concerns that the plans, which were a part of the Making Tax Digital agenda, were ill thought through and would prove a huge compliance burden on business.

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Thanks to representations made by Kit and Seema and meetings with Treasury ministers, small firms with modest turnovers will be removed from the plans altogether and small firms above the modest turnover threshold will have a longer lead-in time to prepare for the changes. Financial assistance will also be provided to those small firms who need it to do their tax online. The start date will be staggered to incorporate small firms financial year dates with data limited to just summary information.

This was deemed necessary, as it was claimed HMRC had overestimated the level of IT literacy, sophistication and automation in small business record keeping, and the access to sufficient broadband speeds particularly in rural areas. In addition, they pointed out that there was no appreciation of the requirement for, and burden of, accruals accounting and reconciliations, which most small businesses don’t undertake more than once at their year-end.

Kit Malthouse welcoming the changes said “Small businesses are the engine room of our nation’s prosperity and provide 60% of all private sector employment. The Government has shown that it is determined to listen to these businesses to get policy changes right. Small businesses are hardest hit by bureaucracy and regulatory burdens and this must be forefront in the minds of Government.”

Kit Malthouse on Southern Health

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 Kit Malthouse on Southern HealthOn Wednesday, MPs held a debate in Westminster Hall on the governance of the Southern Health NHS Trust. This follows the NHS Improvement decision to take action to ensure the urgent patient safety improvements are made.

Kit Malthouse, MP for North West Hampshire, spoke up for accountability and clarity in the proceedings arguing for a “hard date” to be set for us to “judge that the corner has been turned”. “Otherwise”, he warned, “improvement is purely on the never-never and we will never know publicly whether the trust has got to where it needs to be.”

Later he also demanded a single point of accountability for the decision about whether the Trust should be given its license. Without this, he said, “we will not be able to take a view about whether their judgement is right.”

In response to the ongoing work, Southern Health chief executive Katrina Percy said NHS Improvement’s “role is to make health services work better for patients in England, and we take their concerns extremely seriously…I would like to assure you that we have a comprehensive action plan in place to implement these changes. Ensuring our patients receive safe, high quality care is our top priority and we have already made substantial improvements. This includes changing the way we record and investigate deaths.”

Andover Memory Café & the Alzheimer’s Society Roadshow

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 Andover Memory Café and the Alzheimer’s Society RoadshowSince 2011, Alzheimer’s Society have been travelling the UK on their roadshow to raise awareness of dementia in local communities. The organisation, which is the UK’s leading dementia charity, provides a wealth of support and has recently opened a new memory cafe in Andover.

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Kit Malthouse just attended the roadshow and spoke to Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers about the new cafe. He said: “The Memory Café is a great chance for those living with dementia in Andover and those caring for them to come and socialise. There are activities there too that help improve memory and cognitive processes. I encourage anyone who’s looking after someone with dementia to get in touch and for everyone to spread the word about this opportunity.”

Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases. Currently, 1,714 people are living with dementia in Test Valley and the numbers are expected to rise in the coming years. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62 per cent of those diagnosed.

Kit welcomed recent efforts by the government to grow and the speed up research into better treatments and care, saying that “It shows that Britain means it when it says that we’re going to be at the front of facing this generational challenge.”

Between 2012 and 2015 research funding doubled to over £60 million a year to develop key infrastructure and catalyse research activity to make the UK a centre of research.

There are also moves to train new researchers. The wider aim will be to develop capacity across the spectrum of disciplines to expand the field. Unless this happens we won’t make progress on finding better treatments or cures.

Last year the Government announced a further £300 million for funding dementia research by 2020 with £150 million for the Dementia Research Institute that Kit championed as Deputy Mayor of London.

Postal Vote Packs Sent Out for EU Referendum

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Postal Vote Packs Sent Out for EU ReferendumTest Valley Borough Council has this week sent out the first postal vote packs to UK residents registered to vote in the EU Referendum, to be held on Thursday, 23 June 2016. The first postal vote packs for voters residing overseas were sent out last week.

Postal voting and proxy voting provide a more flexible approach to help people who would otherwise find it difficult to make it to their polling station on the day of the Referendum.

Residents can apply for postal or proxy voting by contacting Electoral Services at Test Valley Borough Council on 01264 368000, or they can download an application form at www.testvalley.gov.uk/eureferendum. The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016. Any applications received after this date will not be allowed for the Referendum. Proxy vote applications must be received by the Council by 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016.

In order to vote in this Referendum, people need to be registered on the Register of Electors. Anyone not already registered can register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by contacting Electoral Services at Test Valley Borough Council. The deadline to register for voting in the Referendum is Tuesday 7 June 2016. People who are already registered to vote do not need to re-register for the EU Referendum. If anyone is not sure if they are registered to vote, please contact the Council on 01264 368000.

Further information about the Referendum, including details of who is eligible to vote, can be found on the Electoral Commission's website, www.electoralcommission.org.uk

Andover Memory Café and the Alzheimer’s Society Roadshow

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 Andover Memory Café and the Alzheimer’s Society RoadshowSince 2011, Alzheimer’s Society have been travelling the UK on their roadshow to raise awareness of dementia in local communities. The organisation, which is the UK’s leading dementia charity, provides a wealth of support and has recently opened a new memory cafe in Andover.

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Kit Malthouse just attended the roadshow and spoke to Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers about the new cafe. He said: “The Memory Café is a great chance for those living with dementia in Andover and those caring for them to come and socialise. There are activities there too that help improve memory and cognitive processes. I encourage anyone who’s looking after someone with dementia to get in touch and for everyone to spread the word about this opportunity.”

Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases. Currently, 1,714 people are living with dementia in Test Valley and the numbers are expected to rise in the coming years. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62 per cent of those diagnosed.

Kit welcomed recent efforts by the government to grow and the speed up research into better treatments and care, saying that “It shows that Britain means it when it says that we’re going to be at the front of facing this generational challenge.”

Between 2012 and 2015 research funding doubled to over £60 million a year to develop key infrastructure and catalyse research activity to make the UK a centre of research.

There are also moves to train new researchers. The wider aim will be to develop capacity across the spectrum of disciplines to expand the field. Unless this happens we won’t make progress on finding better treatments or cures.

Last year the Government announced a further £300 million for funding dementia research by 2020 with £150 million for the Dementia Research Institute that Kit championed as Deputy Mayor of London.

Kit Malthouse on the Queen's Speech

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Kit Malthouse on the Queen's SpeechYesterday, Kit Malthouse MP spoke in praise of the “smorgasbord of legislative delights” in the Government’s Queen’s Speech, drawing particular attention to the Children and Social Work Bill and the Digital Economy Bill.

Kit believes that the Children and Social Work Bill forms the central plank of the Government’s agenda which aims to improve standards in the care of children and care leavers by Local Authorities, raise standards in social work, and boost the number of adoptions.

This follows Prime Minister David Cameron’s signal last October that a One Nation Conservative Government must help the most vulnerable.

Kit also had ideas about how the Bill could be improved, suggesting that if an advisor for every care leaver is possible, then early intervention with a tutor for every underperforming child in care should also be priority and is surely sensible during “critical ages for setting the foundation for the future”. Driving the point home, he said “we would not put our own children second to other requirements in our house, so why would we put children in care second”.

He also suggested that private schools could be encouraged to take in children in care given their charitable status. He noted that “If each private school were to take 20 children, which is not a huge amount in a school of 400 to 600, it would mean that every child in care could go to private school.”

Speaking of the Digital Economy Bill, Kit stated that it was “incredibly exciting for…rural constituencies, as it recognises that 25% of small businesses, that is half a million, are registered in rural areas” and that “allowing people to have the right to demand a universal service obligation of 10 megabits for their internet is absolutely critical.”

The rural economy in Britain is already an engine of growth and the Government hopes that ensuring better connectivity for everyone will provide a further boost.

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