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The closure of Stone Post Office

 Press release 06/07/2011

 
Bill Cash said:
 
“I have been informed that the post office in Stone is closed ‘until further notice’ and I am very concerned for my constituents who need access to vital services, including for the collection of pensions or other payments and cannot simply travel on to other post offices at Tittensor, Eccleshall or Stafford.
 
“I take the gravest exception to what has happened and I immediately contacted the Government minister to ask what funds are available to fill the gap.
 
“Given this very critical situation, I have contacted Stafford Borough Council and urged them into negotiations to do whatever is necessary to put a new service in place.”
 


St Dominic’s Priory School

Press release 26/01/11

Bill Cash is aware of the possibility that St Dominic’s Priory School in his constituency has encountered financial difficulties.
 
He is very strongly in support of the school and the English Dominican congregation and the staff, pupils and parents.
 
He stated:
“I will do anything I possibly can to help and I am proposing to hold discussions with the Trustees and any others, as necessary, with a view to providing assistance in finding an answer.”


Bill Cash welcomes immediate intervention over cyanide fish-deaths

Press release 15/10/09

In response to the River Trent cyanide incident, Bill Cash MP said: “I welcome the fact that the Environment Agency is carrying out thorough investigations and that they will seek to prosecute those responsible for polluting the River Trent with cyanide, killing thousands of fish.
 
“I am appalled that the survey of a stretch of the River Trent at Stone, following last week’s pollution incident, found almost no evidence of living fish.”
 
“I also await the outcome of a thorough laboratory analysis and the overall view determining the level of impact on the fish in our local river.”


Bill Cash MP asks London Midland to investigate funding of re-extension of X1 Bakerbus service
Press release 01/12/09
 
In respond to constituent calls for the X1 Bakerbus service to return their route to Stafford Station, Bill Cash said:
 
“It is clear from Staffordshire County Council’s view that Bakerbus once received a payment from London Midland trains to cover the costs of the extension of the X1 bus service from Stafford Hospital to Stafford station. Their letter states that when Stone gained its regular rail service, the funding ceased and Bakerbus therefore withdrew the service that went all the way to Stafford Station.
 
“I have therefore asked the Managing Director of London Midland to investigate the situation and see if anything can be done relating to the payment to Bakerbus which allowed the Service X1 bus service to run through to Stafford Station.”


Bill Cash calls for protection for voluntary groups from the “rain tax”

Press release 11/08/09       

Today, Bill Cash MP, called for immediate action to be taken to protect voluntary groups – across Stone, Trentham, Cheadle, Hixon, Eccleshall, Madeley, Ashley, Gnosall, and the surrounding villages – from soaring water charges.
 
Charges for surface water drainage are being introduced by some water companies, dubbed the ‘rain tax’. Many churches, scout groups and amateur sports clubs will pay hundreds of pounds more in higher bills, in some cases amounting to a third of their yearly revenue.
 
Bill Cash said, "I am told the new charges could cost the Church of England £15 million a year, and the Scout Association estimate that the changes could cost scout huts £500 a year – an equivalent of 25 to 30 per cent of their yearly income. Such voluntary groups currently have exemptions or discounts for business rates, but this will not extend to water rates."
 
Notes:
 
NEW ‘RAIN TAX’ ON VOLUNTARY GROUPS
 
Surface water charging: Surface water drainage is the charge from water companies for water draining into their sewers from roofs, paths, car parks etc.  It is often billed in conjunction with highways drainage, but if taken separately accounts for around 9 per cent of the average bill (16 per cent if combined with highways drainage).
 
Water quango guidance: In 2003, Ofwat’s head of tariffs wrote to all water companies recommending a move to site-area charging, with specific reference to condition E of their license.  Condition E is the duty that “no undue preference is shown, and that there is no undue discrimination in the fixing…of water and drainage charges”.  Ofwat have contacted all water companies and asked them to review their charging schemes by 2010. 
 
According to Ofwat: “There is no reason why a church or charity should not pay for surface water drainage in the same way as a business as both the church, charity and the business would be making a similar demand on the service.  We believe that charging all non-household premises by site area complies with the Secretary of State's guidance.”
 
 
Impact on churches, Scout and Guide groups and community amateur sports clubs: The Scout Association has launched a campaign to ‘Stop the Rain Tax’ (http://scouts.org.uk/water).  They estimate that the changes could cost scout huts £500 a year, and that the cost for some groups could represent 25-30 per cent of their income.
 
The Don’t Drain Us campaign (www.dontdrainus.org) have estimated that the annual cost to the Church of England of moving to site area charging throughout England  would be £15 million.  This is made up of approximately £10 million for highway drainage and £5 million for surface water. 





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