As society changes and technology deepens our understanding of the natural world, some curious anachronisms have emerged in our current prescription charge system. Unchanged since 1968, it is in need of reform.
A broad political consensus exists that it is unfair as some long-term conditions qualify people for free prescriptions – like diabetes, for example – whilst others don’t – like schizophrenia.
This week House of Commons debated the Lords’ amendments to the Investigatory Powers Bill.
The Bill, occasionally denigrated as a ‘Snoopers charter’, is of major importance not just for the prevention of terrorism, but also because of its potential impact on the protection of data and press freedom.
Mental health is part of the zeitgeist of our times with a focus on raising awareness, reducing stigma and raising funds for projects gathering pace across the UK.
There is also a growing consensus that more needs to be done to understand and assist those in mental distress and I am championing ‘psychological first aid’ training to help facilitate this.
We are getting closer and closer to a decision on airport expansion.
The argument against expansion at Heathrow, when there are so many preferable alternatives, has been made time and time again. As someone who has campaigned against Heathrow for more than a decade, I can’t even count the number of debates I have spoken at, petitions I have signed and local community groups that I have visited. Now, more than ever, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. That is why I have decided to support an Early Day Motion (EDM) proposed by my colleague Zac Goldsmith; someone who has likewise campaigned against expansion at Heathrow for many years.