Having tabled a Parliamentary Question, Tessa has since received an answer from the Church Commissioners:
Tessa has asked further questions which arise from the statement made in the letter.
“I’m meeting with Sir Tony Baldry and Andrew Brown in Parliament this morning. Sir Tony has also agreed to come to Wells to meet local people who are concerned about what is happening”.
I will of course keep people updated when I have a date in the diary”
15th January 2014
Local MP Tessa Munt has asked the Church Commissioners’ spokesperson in Parliament why the Bishop of Bath and Wells is to be moved from the modest flat within the Bishop’s Palace to a house outside Wells reportedly costing £700,000.
“The Church Commissioners made a decision on 28th November that moving the Bishop away from the Bishop’s Palace would help him carry out his ministry and mission with more “privacy”. We have been blessed with effective and engaging Bishops for as long as I can remember, and the Palace provides a unique, atmospheric and contemplative environment for those involved in its life, including the many visitors.”Read more
Somerset MP Tessa Munt is campaigning for new school kitchens to be as ‘child friendly’ as possible so they can double up and be used to teach cookery lessons as well as feeding hungry pupils!
Tessa was delighted by the news last year that from September, every single infant school pupil will sit down to a free school lunch. This means 16,766 children in Somerset will benefit from a free hot and healthy meal at lunchtime.
Tessa said: “I talk to parents every day in my patch and everyone is feeling the squeeze. During the course of a year, the average family spends £400 on lunches for each child, and we are determined to ease the financial burden for families. Research shows that guaranteeing a nutritious hot meal improves results, and it is right that every child has a fair start in their crucial early years.”
“Since the Coalition Government is providing additional funding for new kitchens, it makes sense for the kitchens to be accessible to children and teachers – so they can also benefit from learning how to cook healthy hot meals.”
If we teach our children how to cook healthily, they will lead happier, healthier lives”
7th January 2014
Following a packed and hugely successful public meeting in Brean before Christmas, Tessa is encouraging local people to become members of First Bus’s Customer Panel.
Panel Members will get the opportunity to represent local people, making their views known on a regular basis.
Commenting, Tessa said:
“Local people know their areas best and the meeting I chaired in December was packed to the rafters and lots of people had good ideas.
First Group are currently recruiting new panel members for this area and I think this is an important opportunity for local people to get involved and make an impact on the services we all rely on.Read more