The Office of National Statistics has released its first set of unemployment statistics since the General Election. The new figures show that in the constituency of Windsor, there are now only 442 claimants of unemployment benefit, a drop of 38% in the past 12 months.
The number of youth claimants is now 50, less than half of what it had been a year ago.
Nationally, the employment rate is at its highest level since records began, while inflation remains at 0% and wage growth is at 2.2%.
The MP for the Windsor constituency, Adam Afriyie welcomed the figures:
“What lifts my spirits the most is the fact that just 50 young people are claiming unemployment benefits across the Windsor constituency. This is an exceptional turnaround since the dark days of rapidly rising unemployment after Labour’s economic crash.
“It is barely a week since the General Election and already we are reminded of the Conservatives’ positive record on the economy. There are more jobs, higher wages and living costs remain stable.
The timing of Mental Health Awareness Week 2015 could not be better. MPs have just been returned to Parliament and are busy getting stressed, learning the ropes, and considering what they will focus on for the next five years. Now more than ever, we need to double down on our efforts to improve our attitude towards mental health.
For many years, mental health was barely discussed in public. Yet every one of us will have witnessed the impact of mental illness whether directly, or indirectly through friends, family or colleagues. Whichever way you cut it, millions of our fellow citizens have to cope with a mental health challenge, and that includes MPs.
Mental health has always had a huge impact on people’s ability to lead happy and fulfilling lives, as well as on our businesses, schools, and public services. When I was first elected to Parliament in 2005 my first publication was in a book called The Forgotten. My chapter was about mental health and I suggested ways to tackle stigma and improve the situation. We have certainly moved on a long way over the last decade, but there is still some way to go.
First, I want to say thank you for the overwhelming support and my re-election as the MP for Windsor. It means a lot to me. You have my commitment that I will continue to work hard to protect and improve our constituency and our country.
The local election results for the Bracknell Forest and the Royal Borough could also not be any clearer. In RBWM local residents have supported the Conservative team in 95% of the seats, electing 54 Conservatives to the 57 seats available.
After eight years running the Council local Conservatives have been returned with an even stronger mandate this time. It’s not surprising when Conservatives have reduced council tax by 30% whilst improving local services.
It was a delight to have been on the local campaign trail with our Conservative candidates who put their positive message of low taxes, better public services and improving infrastructure for local people.
As the election campaign kicked off, it was fascinating to watch the seven main party leaders set out their positions in the leaders’ debates. For those of us living in England, it demonstrated a clear choice between the coherent economic competence of the Conservatives on the one hand, and the chaos of the other parties.
It was clear throughout that Conservatives have a plan to get rid of the deficit, by bearing down on departmental spending and further reducing welfare, so that work really pays.
Yes, we are still spending more than we can afford as a country, but thanks to tough decisions taken by Conservatives in Government, the deficit has been cut by half in percentage terms in this parliament, and will be eliminated in the next. Conservatives believe it’s morally wrong to leave huge debts behind for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to pay off.
The MP for Windsor, Adam Afriyie was behind a recent Parliamentary Question, asking how many homes would be protected by new flooding defences.
The Minister who replied, Dan Rogerson, said that the Government’s plans would protect 400 homes in Windsor and Maidenhead and up to 3,000 in total around the Thames Valley.
Mr Afriyie commented:
“Phase one of The River Thames Scheme is underway and it’s great to have the funding in place from Government for the whole scheme, which will protect 15,000 homes between Datchet and Teddington.
“But I want to keep flooding on the political agenda as the election approaches and that’s why I continue to raise the issue in Parliament and work with our local councillors and campaign groups.