Families & Communities

The pandemic reminded us of the importance of communities and the family unit. My priorities include:

  • Improving the work/life balance for the long-term (particularly where families have children) by campaigning for new flexible working laws in the forthcoming Employment Bill;
  • Building on the community spirit we saw during the crisis to develop a strategy to tackle loneliness in West Berkshire;
  • Supporting communities to buy local assets – whether that be their local pub or a village shop – through the Government’s Community Ownership Fund;
  • Campaigning for families where it has all gone wrong. I was a lead campaigner on the Domestic Abuse Bill and secured material changes in the Bill in the House of Commons, which will be better protect women from serious violence.


Laura hosts a women's safety roundtable

Laura hosted a roundtable meeting with representatives from Thames Valley Police, West Berkshire Council, Great Western Railway (GWR) and the Newbury BID to discuss the safety of women and girls across Newbury and West Berkshire.

Laura raises West Berkshire CAMHS at PMQs

Following her recent debate in Parliament on child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), this week at Prime Minister's Questions Laura asked the Prime Minister to support her campaign to bring down waiting times for autism and ADHD diagnoses.

Laura Farris asks the Prime Minister about homelessness in West Berkshire

I'm proud of everything West Berkshire Council have done to reduce rough sleeping in the area. But its causes are complex and varied & today I asked the Prime Minister how the Government's 10-year Drug Strategy will tackle the link between addiction and life on the street.