As the weather turns colder, I am pleased the government is supporting households with energy bills.
Credit on energy bills will be £66 a month until March, and the Energy Price Guarantee is keeping bills lower than first forecast. It’s important to note you do not need to apply for this support. Ignore emails or text messages telling you to complete forms to get the money – these are scams.
For those not on mains gas, there is also a support payment of £100 towards heating costs in addition to targeted support for those on lower incomes.
I know some energy firms are still raising direct debits very high – please make sure these are based on your actual usage, not estimated bills. There is also support for businesses, keeping bills lower through the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, and lots of advice and support from local councils. You can find links to this and other help at michaeltomlinson.org.uk/cost-living-advice.
The government is also legislating to provide support for households, like park home owners, who may not benefit from the credit on energy bills. We are also changing the way renewable energy prices are linked to global gas prices to protect consumers.
Following the appointment of our new prime minister, I have been given a new role in government. I am now His Majesty’s Solicitor General, working under Britain’s most senior law officer the Attorney General. This means I will be providing legal advice to the government, and considering unduly lenient sentences.
When a person is convicted of serious or violent crime, they are sentenced by a judge using sentencing guidelines. If anyone thinks a sentence is too lenient they can refer it to the office of the Attorney General and we then consider it. If I think the sentence was too lenient, I will refer it to the Court of Appeal for review.
I will also be answering questions at the Dispatch Box in Parliament on legal issues, but all this work goes alongside my constituency work. I am unable to take on legal cases for constituents, but I am here to support you as your MP.
Recently, I took the opportunity at the party conference to meet several charities that constituents had asked me to see, and hear about their campaigns, including the British Heart Foundation, Guide Dogs and the British Red Cross.
Many constituents contact me about environmental issues, and I was pleased to be able to discuss new developments in environmental protection with Wessex Water at conference.
I continue to hold regular surgeries in the constituency. If you need assistance email firstname.lastname@example.org or call my office on 01202 624216. You can also follow what I’ve been doing on Twitter @Michael4mdnp, on Facebook at facebook.com/michael4MDNP and at michaeltomlinson.org.uk.
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Michael Tomlinson MP for Mid-Dorset and North Poole