The MP for Windsor, Adam Afriyie, spoke up in Parliament to call for further reductions in the jobs tax.
The Chancellor, George Osborne, agreed with Adam’s suggestion, outlining plans to reduce national insurance on apprentices and young people.
As recorded in the House of Commons’ Hansard:
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): It seems to me that we would be wise as a nation to reduce taxation on the activities that we wish to encourage. I therefore very much welcome the reduction in employers’ national insurance, which has created jobs in my constituency, and I suspect in every constituency around the country. Does the Chancellor agree that we would do well to push on with these reductions in employers’ national insurance, which, to all intents and purposes, is a tax on jobs that discourages their creation?
The MP for Windsor, Adam Afriyie, has marked the Holocaust Memorial Day, held on the 27th of January, by signing a commemorative book in Parliament.
The signing was organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
In the book, Adam wrote “We must remember never to forget.”
Commenting after the event, Mr Afriyie said:
“The devastating brutality of the Holocaust, along with other tragic acts of violence across the world over the past century, reminds us of the awful consequences of religious and racial hatred.
The MP for Windsor, Adam Afriyie, asked an oral question to the Minister for Work and Pensions in Parliament on 26th January.
Adam used the opportunity to call for more social mobility to help jobseekers, regardless of their background, in Windsor and across the country.
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): It lifts my heart to see so many more people in employment across Windsor and the country. All hon. Members share the vision of a country in which the circumstances of our birth do not determine where we end up. I commend the Secretary of State on his work on welfare reform, and does the Minister agree that we must continue to push on with those changes so that social mobility in Britain is boosted once again?
The Office for National Statistics has released new figures showing that unemployment is continuing to drop across the country and in the Windsor constituency.
The local MP, Adam Afriyie, has welcomed the new statistics, particularly in respect of those who had previously been unemployed for over a year.
Commenting on the news, Mr Afriyie said:
“It is reassuring that so many more people are in work across the Windsor constituency. Whether self-employed or working for a local business, a job is one of the best routes to financial security and a better future for families.
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress has been made in deregulating the consent process for river maintenance pilots; and what plans she has to start new pilot schemes (a) along the Thames in Berkshire and (b) elsewhere.
Dan Rogerson (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for water, forestry, rural affairs and resource): On 10 December 2014, Defra launched a consultation on proposals to integrate flood defence consents into the Environmental Permitting framework. The new scheme will simplify the application process while removing unnecessary costs and burdens for those who wish to carry out construction works or other activities in, or near, main rivers.
The River Maintenance Pilots (which explore how red tape could be reduced for landowners who wish to undertake maintenance in man-made ditches, land drains or previously straightened watercourses that had been dredged in the last ten years) were launched by the Environment Agency in October 2013 and were scheduled to last for one year. In response to interest shown by local farmers, the pilots were expanded in May 2014 to include two new pilot areas, and expand an existing area. To allow those affected by the 2013/14 floods extra time to carry out their work, the pilots were also extended until mid-March 2015. We will consider the evidence from the pilots when they are complete.
In addition, the Environment Agency and National Farmers Union are launching a new local initiative across rural Oxfordshire to help landowners along tributaries of the River Thames with the consenting process. This initiative will start in 2015/16 and it is likely to expand into Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.