Adam Afriyie (Conservative, Windsor): To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps he has taken to simplify the rates of Employees’ National Insurance contributions.
Mr David Gauke (Financial Secretary to the Treasury): This Government is committed to a competitive tax regime and has introduced a range of measures to reduce the burden of National Insurance Contributions (NICs), as part of our long term economic plan to back business and create jobs.
The Employment Allowance, introduced in April this year, means that around 450,000 employers– one third of all employers – are expected to be taken out of paying employer NICs altogether in 2014-15 and from April 2015, employer NICs for under 21 year olds will be abolished, helping to support jobs for almost 1.5 million young people currently in employment.
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to encourage (a) computer science graduates and (b) professional programmers to become teachers.
David Laws (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education): The Department for Education is committed to recruiting high-quality graduates into teaching. The latest data published by UCAS on 25 September 2014 in its ‘UCAS Teacher Training statistical releases’, indicates that there will be an increase in computing trainees commencing initial teacher training (ITT) this year, although this will not be certain until the 2014/15 ITT census is published.
Following a public meeting on Monday with over 1,000 constituents and representatives from Heathrow Airports Ltd, Adam Afriyie the MP for Windsor has called the early end to flight trials a “triumph of people power.”
Heathrow Airports Ltd has already agreed to end its trials early in November. At the meeting, Mark Swan of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) raised the possibility of bringing the trials to an even earlier end. He also committed Heathrow to releasing all their data openly on their website so that residents would know the outcome of the trials.
Adam Afriyie commented:
“In our decade-long fight against aircraft noise increasing and spreading wider and further afield from Heathrow, this is another victory for active councillors and residents
“We are used to hearing aircraft noise when we live in houses under the existing flight paths, like my own home in Old Windsor, but it is completely unacceptable to have sudden changes that increase noise disturbance without proper consultation and warning. It’s all too easy to remain silent when confronted with new threats but it is the active reporting of noise disturbance, petition signing and letter writing that has got the message through to Heathrow: enough is enough
Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that unemployment in the Windsor constituency is now at just 1%, among the lowest of anywhere in the country.
In the past year, there has been a drop of 40% in claimants of unemployment benefits and a drop of 56% in long-term unemployment benefit claimants.
Mr Afriyie, the MP for Windsor commented:
“This is not just another great set of statistics, it means that thousands more people are now off benefits and in work gaining useful skills and experience and incomes for their families.
“For those who are struggling to get by, a job is an absolute lifeline and every new job is a cause for celebration and it’s just wonderful to see less than a hundred young people relying on unemployment benefits in the local area.
Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, last night attended a public meeting in Ascot with well over 1,000 people from the local area as well as representatives of Heathrow.
Recently, Heathrow agreed to bring flight path trials to an early end following sustained pressure from local authorities and communities.
During the meeting, Adam Afriyie said how proud he was to represent such proactive and passionate constituents.
After the meeting, Mr Afriyie said:
“The recent flight trials have rightly provoked serious frustration among those of us in the Windsor constituency. Residents made these views patently clear to Heathrow representatives in the meeting. There was not sufficient warning and this is unacceptable.
“The current flight trials are now due to end well ahead of schedule, in November. This is a big win for those of us in Windsor, Warfield, Binfield, Ascot, Sunninghill, Sunningdale and across the constituency.