Stories Buried Under Brexit

A lot has happened in the last few weeks. With Brexit and a new Prime Minister, the press have been very busy reporting on high profile stories. But in many ways it’s business as usual in Parliament. Here is a look at a couple of issues that have been discussed and the stories behind them.

Student Loans

Valerie Vaz asked for a debate about freezing the threshold of student loans.

“What measures have the Government implemented to mitigate the disproportionate effect on those on low incomes, women, disabled graduates and BAME graduates? Those groups earn less than other graduates, so they are more likely to be middle earners—those who face the largest absolute increase in repayments.”

Read more about Student Loan Thresholds in The Independent

Rural Broadband

Mark Williams MP spoke about his Welsh constituency:

“Despite genuine improvements—some would say vast improvements—and the Government’s genuine attempts to meet their targets, there is a feeling that we are falling behind in many rural communities and in Wales more widely.”

Read more about rural connectivity in Farmer’s Weekly

Assaults on Prison Staff

Compensation for Rail Passengers

Will Quince secured a debate on giving passengers power to direct railway networks on how they spend certain profits.

“Abellio Greater Anglia—the train operator that runs the line in my constituency—last year received £8.56 million in compensation from Network Rail for disruption. How much did it pay out to passengers for delays that year? Just £2.3 million”

Read more about this debate in the Eastern Daily Press

Alice Thwaite

Alice Thwaite is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Echo Chamber Club. Her twitter is @alicelthwaite. She reads as many independent blogs as she can find, and uses social media monitoring to identify common opinions that liberal metropolitans hold, or where they need a little extra information.