Weekly column 14.06.18

My constituency, like the rest of Wiltshire, has a large population of military veterans who can all too often feel isolated and suffer from mental health problems after leaving active service. I recently asked the Defence Minister what more can be done to support and reassure my constituents that action is being taken on this…

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Melksham Council of Community Service secure government funding

I am absolutely delighted that the Melksham Council of Community Service have secured Government funding for two community minibuses to help support local residents who have learning or physical disabilities, elderly residents and those who do not access to commercial public transport. This will really help local residents combat transport issues, social isolation and support…

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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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Supporting Carer Support Wiltshire – doing the fundraiser ‘Walk a mile with your shoes’

At the weekend I took part in the ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’ Fundraiser for Carers Support Wiltshire. I wore bright pink and spotted wellies. According to the 2011 census, there are 47,608 people in Wiltshire who are carers. I hope Saturday has helped raise awareness and the fantastic work of Carers Support Wiltshire…

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