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Maria Miller MP

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary

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Drop gay marriage laws - Tory chairmen

George Osborne has thrown his weight behind the introduction of gay marriage, despite a survey of Tory constituency chairmen finding nearly half of local Conservative parties have lost members as a result of the policy.

The poll, conducted for the Sunday Telegraph, found that 71% believe the proposals should be abandoned, with just 3% saying they have gained membership from Mr Cameron's gay marriage policy.

Mr Osborne today emphasised that there would be a free vote in the House of Commons on introducing gay marriage, adding that he would be voting "with his conscience" in favour of the motion.


Govt reshuffle may be brought forward

Senior Conservatives are reportedly urging David Cameron to bring forward his anticipated Cabinet reshuffle in response to failing poll ratings. The Daily Mail reports the reshuffle could now take place as soon as next weekend, following the local elections on May 3.


Plans to cut disabled transport allowance cancelled

The Government's planned cuts to transport allowance for people in residential homes have been reversed, Maria Miller has said. The Minister for Disabled People told the Times that plans had been made to remove the £51 per week allowance in last year's spending review because some local councils provided a service, but that the provision is now seen as "patchy".


Government slashes red tape for broadband

Measures to introduce super-fast broadband in the UK received a boost today after the Culture Secretary announced a number of ways to speed up internet access.

The new changes will reduce costs to install equipment and drop the need for councils to approve the installation of internet cables. 

Maria Miller said the announcement showed the Government "means business" and is "determined to cut through the beaurocracy that is holding us back".


Child Support Agency costing £450m a year

The Government is to defend its plans to charge parents for using the Child Support Agency, revealing it costs £450m a year to administer maintenance payments. Work and pensions minister Maria Miller said: “The child maintenance system is broken. Our proposals will give families options, not just force them to use the CSA. This [will allow] couples to work together rather than have the state facilitate conflict at huge expense to the taxpayer.” The agency is so inefficient it costs 40p to distribute every £1 in maintenance payments.


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