David Morris column

David Morris MP.
David Morris MP.

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 Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor 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 Saturday I was able to attend the annual Christmas Fair at the hospice and I was able to meet with the finance manager who was ecstatic with the news of a VAT cut.

The event was extremely well attended and I am sure I bought my fair share of cake from the baking stall!

On Friday I visited Hornby Campus focus School.

Hornby Campus re-opened the old Hornby High School site and I always enjoy visiting a vibrant school on the grounds of something the county council were prepared to allow to remain closed.

Hornby Campus students have done fantastically well with their exam results this summer averaging an A.

On Friday I also met with the Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce, regarding my new role as the self-employment ambassador.

It is my role to report back to Government ways in which I feel the Government can help self employed people.

It was a pleasure to meet with Vicky Lofthouse and her team to hear about the concerns of local small businesses in the Morecambe and Lunesdale area and I will be feeding all of the ideas into my briefing note to the Prime Minister.

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.