Over the coming days, I am recording a series of community information podcasts featuring people across North West Hampshire who are working tirelessly to help our communities as we deal with this challenging time. First up Phil North, leader of Test Valley Borough Council - he's doing a big job in keeping essential council services running be it bin collections or access to housing and benefits. Please forgive the audio quality - we are recording these remotely to keep guests safe, and we're working to get practical information out in as real time as possible.
The Queen Charlotte Inn is an Andover institution. Pubs like the Queen Charlotte sit at the heart of our communities, and need all the support they can get. Ahead of Budget 2020, I met with the landlady Victoria to find out about their exciting big plans and what more government can do to help pubs like hers succeed in the coming months and years.
You may not have heard of Shared Lives but I’ve been blown away by how this scheme is revolutionising care and improving lives in North West Hampshire and indeed across the UK. I joined Claire the scheme manager, Rose a carer, and Hampshire County Councillor Liz Fairhurst to discuss how it works and the impact it’s having on adult social care.
Join me as I discuss the sensitive issue of assisted dying and why it is time to change the law to help terminally ill people. I'm joined by guests Sarah Wooton, Chief Executive of Dignity In Dying and campaigner Tom Beagley-Spicer who tells us his very personal story about his mother.