Budget 2018

Today the Chancellor delivered a Budget that is fair and will help you – here are some of the key announcements (I will elaborate more over the coming days): 💷 Cutting Income tax by raising the personal tax free allowance – saving the average basic rate payer £1,205 a year 💷 National Living Wage to…

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Latest ONS stats

I’m delighted to hear that the latest stats released from the Office for National Statistics show that for the three months ending April 2018, the highest employment rate in the UK was in the South West (79.4%). In the UK there were 32.39 million people in work, 146,000 more than for November 2017 to January…

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More good job news

More good job news today, the claimant rate in the Chippenham constituency is 1.5% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 172nd lowest of the 650 UK constituencies. This is 1% lower than the UK rate of 2.5%. Unemployment in the UK is at its lowest rate in 40 years.

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The rise in productivity

New figures from the ONS today, have shown the largest quarterly rise in productivity since Q2 2011. We’re investing in skills, housing and transport to improve productivity, which is vital for raising wages and making our economy fit for the future. There is much still to do to close the skills gap here in Wiltshire…

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Budget 2017

Yesterday I spoke in a debate about the Budget with the topic being Global Britain. I emphasised the growth of our economy and importance of talking our country up, not down. The key challenge is the productivity crisis and the need to tackle this which this budget seeks to do. The Industrial Strategy and various…

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Claimant Count

Delighted that the total number of unemployed claimants in Chippenham constituency is just 1.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 515th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit) is 14 lower…

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Launching the Digital Economy Bill

Yesterday the Government launched the Digital Economy Bill which will see major improvements in broadband rollout, protects and prioritising consumers as well as children The bill is designed to drive more productivity, create innovation, and enhance public services. Read the letter by my Ministerial colleagues below which explains the bill. DIGITAL ECONOMY BILL Today we…

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Adequate broadband is a necessity for the Chippenham constituency

I have co-signed a new report from the British Infrastructure Group of MPs (BIG) revealing that despite £1.7bn of taxpayers’ cash being pumped into subsidising the construction of UK high-speed broadband, there are still a staggering 5.7million people across Britain who cannot access the internet at the Ofcom required 10 Megabits per second. In 2016…

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Helping to ensure that more young people leave education ready for work

Recently, I asked the Employment Minister Priti Patel what has been done to ensure that more young people leave education ready for work. Answers in the House have to be quite brief, so I wrote the attached letter to her seeking more information. I am convinced that we must greatly improve the link between business…

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