This week the Chancellor announced a VAT cut for all hospices.
I was pleased that in questions after the statement the Chancellor thanked the staff of St Johns Hospice in Lancaster for all of their hard work.
I had told the Chancellor about the financial problems our hospice were having and showed him the Visitors campaign to raise more money for the hospice many months ago.
I am delighted that the Chancellor has listened to the campaign and given the hospice a huge help when balancing their books.
On Friday I was out in the constituency and one of the meetings I had was at McDonald’s on Morecambe Road.
The area and store manager greeted me and we discussed issues that residents have been experiencing with cars parking outside their homes to eat their food.
McDonalds have done a huge amount of work with local residents and even arrange rubbish collection multiple times a day. McDonalds are also doing a brilliant job employing local people on catering apprenticeships, there are currently 37 apprentices in the local area.
Saturday marked small business Saturday which celebrates our small businesses and encourages everyone to shop local. I believe we should all be shopping locally everyday of the year and there are some real gems in Morecambe and Lunesdale.
On Saturday I visited 13 The Warehouse on Queen Street, which is an Aladdin’s cave for Christmas gift ideas, I also called at the Regent cafe for a cup of tea. One of the biggest events organised for small business Saturday was the Christmas markets and light switch on at Prince’s Crescent in Bare. It was fantastic to see so many people doing their Christmas shopping on the Crescent on Saturday!
Trading Standards are running campaigns this December to make sure everyone is kept safe from fraudsters. Unfortunately at Christmas charity fraud is high. Please remain vigilant when giving to charity to make sure your kind donations go to the right place. Charity collectors should have a license so look out for their ID badge.