Victoria Smart

Victoria Smart

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2 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Tania Mathias: Social ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Our social care system badly needs reform and if Cummings et al want to be remembered as achievers then they should get to grips with this issue.

May and Timothy tried, and failed, to reform social care. Johnson and Cummings need to prove that they can do what their predecessors failed to do.

It's not acceptable for our tax payer money to pay for the social care of those with savings / assets and while there is a case for the state to provide basic care for those without savings our ministers need to explain that anyone with savings / assets should expect to use those to fund their care.

My mother passed away last month at the ripe old age of 98. Over the last three years she has needed increasing amount of care support at home and this year residential care at a nursing home, all of which was privately supplied and funded from her savings. My bother and I did not quibble about our inheritance, we just wanted the best care possible for our mother.

2 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Tania Mathias: Social ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Well said and we should either have to take out social care insurance or be prepared to use savings.

After years of dithering over pensions it is now compulsory for employees (and employers) to be opted in to pension contributions and the same principle could be applied to social care.

2 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Tania Mathias: Social ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Well said, especially this - "Why should the state pay for social care so that homes can be passed on as inheritances to the next generation."

My mother passed away last month at the ripe old age of 98. Over the last three years she has needed increasing amount of care support at home and this year residential care at a nursing home, all of which was privately supplied and funded from her savings.

5 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Caroline Nokes: Spare ... · 0 replies · +1 points

We have Liz Truss to represent our interests at the Cabinet Table.

I hope that Caroline has passed on her concern to Liz, preferably through her Instagram account to ensure social distancing.

5 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Alan Mak: Reform capit... · 0 replies · +1 points

My business makes use of capital allowances but that does not influence our capital investment plan, which is focused on the needs of our business. Increasing the allowance would marginally increase the cash we have available for future investment through reduced corporation tax but is far less important than the core business case for the investment.

The main beneficiaries of R&D tax credits appear to be large companies and consultancies. We have never claimed R&D credits despite being regularly cold called by "consultancies" offering to write a claim for us in return for a % of the credit received, as long as we underwrite the cost of their claim. I am not prepared to make a false claim despite pressure from the consultancy salespeople to say that as many of our employees as possible are engaged in R&D activities. In my opinion increasing the R&D credit for small businesses is less important than simplifying the scheme so that businesses can make claims themselves without needing consultants to prepare all the paperwork.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - China 1) Our survey. 8... · 4 replies · +1 points

I supported this proposal on the basis of the economic benefits that these immigrants would bring and the relative success of the integration onto our society of previous immigrants from Hong Kong.

Also, I suspect that many HK residents would prefer to move elsewhere, such as Vancouver and Sydney which makes this proposal less contentious.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Our survey. Seven out... · 24 replies · +1 points

I still think that Cummings should have resigned over blowing a hole in our governments Stay At Home message but Boris needs him to decide policy on dealing with a 2nd wave of Covid infections and getting BREXIT done, without either imploding our economy.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - WATCH: Johnson at Liai... · 0 replies · +1 points

"Boris Johnson says the government is considering "financial sanctions" for those who break stay at home orders", is completely unenforceable.

How is the state going to prove that someone who should be isolating was not isolating, especially if they leave their phone and credit cards behind ?

Clark asked a question that went to the heart of the current public health message and gets vilified.

Johnson needs Cummings to come up with a workable plan for Test / Trace / Isolate before we have a 2nd wave of infections.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Invictus: The bedwette... · 1 reply · +1 points

"It's you civic duty to stay at home" states Hancock to wide spread derision at yesterday's news conference.

Cummings has seriously undermined our government's public health message, nothing to do with election campaigns.

Perhaps Conservative MPs need better training in defending the indefensible ????

I look forward to seeing Steve Baker having the whip withdrawn from him for not echoing the party line. Now that would be an interesting Brexit paradox.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Mike Brewer: Universal... · 0 replies · +1 points

The UC system has performed exceptionally well during this crisis. Coffey and her team are to be congratulated on a job well done despite not being in the limelight.

Yes the system needs to be ready for a surge in claimants as the furlough scheme winds down and yes Coffey needs to review the system with the Sunak to ensure that the system is fair under the current economic conditions.