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A Parliamentary Question on wage increases following Brexit

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Yesterday, I asked the Immigration Minister a Parliamentary Question on the positive effect that Brexit would have on wages: Steve: The Government’s case rests on ignoring the arguments set out by my right hon. Friend the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions earlier this week, particularly in relation to people shuttling to and fro for a few months at a time. That is a problem that the Minister’s case would ignore by looking at the passenger service. If he will […]

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When planning goes wrong – business change of use

I feel sure I can claim the support of everyone if I write that the planning system should promote prosperity. I am certain those operating the system work diligently within the rules with that noble intent in mind. However, over the past few years, I have seen a number of instances where business owners have had what I considered their legitimate and beneficial commercial interests impeded or completely stymied by planning decisions. Reasons have always been given but in every case, […]

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New measures to support entrepreneurs and job creation

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As the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index repeatedly shows, entrepreneurship and opportunity are the primary keys to overall prosperity. It is because life in society is a creative dynamic process of discovering how best to serve the needs of other people and to adjust to them. If we are to become the most prosperous nation within a generation, we will need to liberate that spirit of innovation, service and commerce which has always served our country so well. I was therefore delighted […]

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Our plan is getting Britain back to work

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Via Share the Facts, Getting Britain back to work: Creating jobs is at the heart of our plan, and the plan is working – with employment now at an all-time high. Over 1,000 jobs have been created every day since 2010 – and there are now 2 million more people in work. Every new job means someone taking home a pay packet and able to provide for their families. That’s why it’s so important that we stick with the plan that’s working, and build […]

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Myth-busting – most new jobs are full-time and high-skilled

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Locally and nationally, opposition politicians are attempting to discredit the Government’s record by claiming new jobs are zero-hours and low-skilled. Here is what Iain Duncan Smith said in the Commons on 11 Feb 2015: Let me now deal with the suggestion that these people are moving into part-time, low-quality work. That is not true. The Opposition constantly harp on about a figure that has no basis in fact, so let me give the facts. Full-time employment is up by over […]

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Help to Work Scheme Launches

The Help to Work scheme – a new intensive support scheme to get the long-term unemployed into work – launched last week. A key part of the Government’s long-term economic plan is to deliver the highest levels of employment, making sure that everyone who can work is given the support and opportunity to do so.  The Help to Work Scheme will give Job Centre staff a new range of options to support the hardest to help people and provide more support […]

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Work Programme update

The latest figures from the Government’s Work Programme are now available. The positive data show that the Programme continues to support the long term unemployed into meaningful employment: More than 208,000 of our hardest to help jobseekers have escaped long term unemployment and found lasting work – normally at least six months – an increase of 40,000 in the three months since the last publication in June. That’s 208,000 more people in work – meaning money in their pockets and a more secure future […]

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Unemployment down nationally, regionally, and locally

Unemployment in the UK is down by 57,000. It is lower than in May 2010. Unemployment in Buckinghamshire is down – falling by 404 in June to stand at 5,437. It’s now at its lowest level since December 2008. Unemployment in Wycombe is down by 194 from June 2012 and stands at 2,268, which almost a 10% annual decrease. The number of people claiming out of work benefits is lower than at the general election and there are over half a […]

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Latest Unemployment figures for Wycombe

In March 2013, there were 2,105 unemployed claimants in Wycombe – 52 lower than in March 2012. The figure for March 2013 represents a rate of 3.7% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, which ranks Wycombe favourably as the 409th of the 650 UK constituencies ordered by unemployment.

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Encouraging economic data in Bucks

In its Annual Survery of Hours and Earnings, the Office of National Statistics recently published some very encouraging economic data regarding the Buckinghamshire area: Median full-time earnings for those working in Buckinghamshire rose by 2.0 per cent in 2012 to stand at £28,581, a rate of increase well above the 1.2 per cent recorded across the country as a whole; Buckinghamshire and all its districts continue to have residence based earnings above the national and South East levels, ranking 2nd […]

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