One issue have been pushing for since I was elected in 2010 is greater financial education and advice. I think it is vital that people are aware of how to manage and protect their money, and sound financial advice is vital – which is why I spoke in favour of the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill in Parliament this week.

There are currently three bodies which provide financial advice - the Money Advice Service, the Pensions Advisory Service, and the Department of Work and Pensions’ ‘Pension Wise’ service. The bill seeks to simplify this by creating a single arms-length body to provide useful and reliable advice on a number of areas, such as pensions, insurance, bank accounts, protection from fraud and scams, and planning for retirement.

The Guidance Body will fund debt advice for people in England experiencing crisis, to help create a clear plan, as well as offering advice to the Government on the establishment of a debt respite scheme to further help people experiencing debt problems.

Another issue the Bill seeks to address is claims management companies (CMC) – they are the annoying unsolicited phone calls asking whether you have had a car accident or if you are entitled to PPI compensation. Unsurprisingly 76% of the public don’t trust they even tell the truth to potential customers.

The Bill proposes to transfer the regulation of CMCs to the Financial Conduct Authority and financial ombudsman. This will rightly protect people from extortionate charges through a cap on fees but provide clear legal routes to make the CMCs accountable for the actions of their businesses in particular those annoying unsolicited phone calls!

I have also sought to champion and empower consumers in Parliament and this Bill, with cross-party support is further important progress.

Back in Swindon, what a relief to get the news that revised plans had been submitted for the Abbey Stadium. Two years on from when we thought the stadium construction work commence, the frustrating drainage issues have finally been overcome. I have worked non-stop to push this, both for sports fans and the local community.

The pictures show a fantastic stadium with the new 2 level multi-functional stand will accommodate over 700 customers and provide balcony viewing over the race tracks, combined with the new speedway pits, spectator facilities, changing rooms, new track layout, new racing kennels complex and enhanced catering.

For the local community the new facility will significantly enhance the visual appearance, vital for this major gateway site into Swindon. I have also worked hard to push for the new 3.5m wooden fencing and extensive landscaping, both as a visual improvement and for improved noise attenuation. The stadium will also have community use through new corporate facilities and the youth training and lecture rooms.

I would like to pay tribute to Swindon Borough Council’s planning team who have worked tirelessly to explore all options to make sure this development moves forward and it is a credit to them that we have these revised plans. The support of the Speedway fans, local residents and Rosco himself have been vital throughout – this stadium will be a fitting tribute for the champions!