MP Shortlists Three Proposals For Private Members’ Bill

Scilly's MP, Andrew George

Scilly’s MP, Andrew George

Scilly’s MP Andrew George says he’s now shortlisted three proposals for consideration for his Private Members’ Bill.

He’s been picked to bring in potential legislation in a ballot.

Mr George said he has picked three ideas from thirty options. He will now give constituents a chance to put forward their views before he decides which cause he’ll put before the Commons.

He wants islanders views on whether there should be a new Cornish Assembly, which would build on the powers currently available to Cornwall Council – and to the Council of the Isles of Scilly – if the islands choose to become involved in such devolution.

An alternative bill would extend the governments ‘Help to Buy’ scheme or allow a shared ownership or mutual housing plan, creating a new lower rung on the housing ladder for those who cannot afford the full cost of housing on the open market. That bill would also require planning permission if a property owner wanted their home to be used as a second home.

Andrew’s third option is a Health Care Standards Bill, which would mean a new registered nurse-to-patient ratio on acute hospital wards of eight or less.

That proposal, if made law would also bring in ‘benchmark standards’ for home care workers, covering pay, training, travel times, travel reimbursement and setting minimum limits on the amount of time that home care workers are expected to complete tasks for people in their care.

Andrew says he’d welcome constructive input and correspondence towards shaping the final decision. The MP needs to announce his choice by next Wednesday, 25th June. Contact details are available on his website,

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