I am delighted to see that the Conservative Government will soon be publishing a consultation on draft legislation, to increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years. This is a ten-fold increase and as well as giving a much greater punishment for severe offences, it should also help act as a deterrent to animal cruelty.
On Sunday evening I switched on my heating for the first time this autumn. While most of us do try to be as energy efficient as possible, we won’t be able to escape the need for home heating over the next few months. The cost of energy is a concern for many households and it is of course important for health reasons that the homes of elderly people and young children are adequately warm.