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Windsor MP welcomes Government plans to reform children’s services

Windsor MP welcomes Government plans to reform children’s services

The Windsor MP welcomes the Government’s new program to improve children’s services and to protect the most vulnerable in society from abuse or neglect.

Under this new program, if an Ofsted inspection finds a local authority’s children’s services to be falling behind they will be given six months to improve.

If they have not improved after six months emergency measures will be put in place and the council’s powers will be stripped and their children’s services taken over by charities or high-performing councils until they are fit for purpose.

Adam Afriyie has spoken at length about failures in the care system and has heavily supported Government efforts to prioritise spending on social mobility in these tough economic times.

 

Adam Afriyie, Windsor’s MP, commented:

“I am delighted that even during times of tough spending decisions the Government has chosen to prioritise caring for children and social mobility.

“It is a national tragedy that despite the best efforts of selfless care workers our creaking care system allows too many children to fall through the gaps.

“For those of us from less privileged backgrounds it is quite clear that improving the life chances of vulnerable children must be a priority

“I welcome these announcements and would urge the Government to go further still and keep an open mind to enrolling more children at the cusp of care into weekday boarding school which would not only improve their life chances but also, perhaps surprisingly, cost less than keeping them in a children’s home.”

 

Note to editors

  1. Adam Afriyie has written at length on social mobility in the past. To read the article referenced in the above press release please see here.
Growing number of apprenticeships

Windsor MP welcomes growing number of apprenticeships in Windsor

Today, the Windsor MP has welcomed the Government’s steps to grow apprenticeships, following a Parliamentary Question to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The number of apprenticeships in England are expected to grow by over 10%, from 64,000 in 2013/14 to almost 73,000 in 2014/15.

In the Windsor constituency 60 apprenticeships are being provided this year in Engineering and Manufacturing technologies and 30 apprenticeships in ICT.

Adam Afriyie, Windsor’s MP, commented:

“Every apprenticeship is another individual provided with the tools to find a decent job, earn a living and participate in Britain’s increasingly optimistic economic future.

“It is good to see the growing number of apprenticeships in the technology sector, as this will be an area of increasing importance in the coming decades.

“Technology provides a vital boost to social mobility and I am glad that the Government is showing that the Conservatives are the party of social mobility in Britain

“Given the extra £10 billion allocated to education in the Autumn Statement we can expect these numbers to grow in the future.”

 

Conservatives are social reformers

As a long-standing advocate of social mobility I was cheered by the message at this years’ conference.

The Prime Minister laid out the moral mission for Conservatives over the next Parliament in his keynote address.

The message was clear and unequivocal: if you want something done about the challenges facing society, then the Conservatives are the only party for you.

As Conservatives, we are determined to tackle the complex social and economic issues of our time. Whether it’s housing, prisons, family stability, the care system or social mobility, we need to get to work, even if other politicians and political parties are reluctant to express their views through fear of being exposed as out of kilter with the sentiments of modern Britain.

The Conservative party has a proud heritage of social reformers from Disraeli’s “One Nation” conservatism to Macmillan’s housebuilding and Thatcher’s reshaping of the economy. We have a strong tradition of reforming and strengthening society. It should be no different today.http://adamafriyie.org/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif

Prison doesn’t rehabilitate well enough. The care system does not, as I have long argued, look after children well enough. The housing market seems unaffordable for aspiring homeowners and hardworking young people often can’t get an early foothold on the career ladder despite their education.

Over the coming months, it will be important to set out how these reforms will work in practice. And the proof will undoubtedly be in the pudding.

But one thing is for sure, Labour has vacated the moderate politics of social justice to engage in catastrophic, destructive politics that have failed time and time again not just in the UK, but around the world from Venezuela to the USSR. They’ve learned nothing. Whether it’s housing, benefits or the care system, their answer is always to throw more money at it than the country earns and to breed state dependency.

The time has come to prove once and for all that only the Conservatives can provide the strong economy and secure country that we need to take on the injustices of society. Whether it is removing the obstacles to opportunity, raising wages, ending discrimination or extremism, the Conservatives will take on the big issues and continue to build a healthy and prosperous society.

It is a big ask but it will be worth it for the millions of hardworking people, young and old, who want to feel they are being dealt a better hand than in the past.

Better pay for women – not gesture politics

What drove me into politics was a determination to see people treated fairly in the workplace irrespective of their gender, heritage, background or disabilities.

A job is perhaps the best stake in society that one can have. A diverse mix of people in the workplace does more to break down social stigma, disharmony and unfair discrimination as employers and employees recognise that, fundamentally, everyone shares the same hopes and aspirations.

Labour’s plans for education will limit social mobility

Labour have announced plans that would introduce rigid criteria for fee-paying schools to meet if they want to keep tax reliefs. This will cause more problems than it solves.

In an article published by the New Statesman, I write that “We all want to see more children from less advantaged backgrounds gain greater social mobility, but this kind of visceral proxy class-war needs unpicking.”

Read the full article online here.