Adam Afriyie
MP for Windsor
Windsor MP welcomes another fall in unemployment

The new figures show that in the constituency of Windsor, there are now only 425 claimants of unemployment benefit.

This represents a rate of 0.8% of the Windsor population, placing Windsor in the top 10% best performing constituencies.

Nationally, the employment rate has broken the previous record high set last month, with an employment rate of 73.9%. Inflation is 0.1%, far below wage growth of 2.4%.

The MP for the Windsor constituency, Adam Afriyie welcomed the figures:

“I’m just over the moon. This is an early Christmas present for everyone who’s got a job because work is the best route to financial security. What’s best of all is that only 35 young people are now unemployed with youth employment having dropped by half since this time last year.

“It is at times like this that I am reminded why I joined the Conservative Party: to give people jobs, incomes and a way to improve life for themselves and their familes.

Windsor’s MP praises Budget for social mobility

Summer Budget - Personal AllowanceToday Adam Afriyie, Windsor’s MP for the past decade, has welcomed the Chancellor’s 2015 Budget, which has set out how the Government will eliminate the deficit and boost economic growth and employment.

The measures included a lower tax for the lower paid, a commitment to the NATO defence spending target of 2%, continuation of welfare reforms and objectives to achieve 3 million new apprenticeships and full employment by 2020.

Mr Afriyie, commented after watching the Budget:

“This Budget takes people out of state dependency and lets working people keep more of the money they earn.

“The Labour Party bred state dependency in their time in office through the use of tax credits.  It was a dreadful system that meant middle and higher income families were supplicants to the state for handouts. In effect the state took your money in taxes, then repaid some of it back to you in tax credits for which you were meant to be grateful.

“This Budget begins to unpick unhealthy state dependency and allows people to re-gain control of their lives and spending choices.

Windsor leads the way with more long-term unemployed back in work

June 2015The Office for National Statistics has released its monthly data on unemployment, which shows worklessness in Windsor falling to a record low since data collection began in 2010.

The unemployment benefit claimant rate in the Windsor constituency is now at 0.8%, among the lowest in the country, with just 50 young people on unemployment benefit.

The largest fall in Windsor unemployment is for the long-term unemployed which has fallen 62% in the last 12 months, the eighth highest fall in the country.

The MP for Windsor, Adam Afriyie, welcomed the new figures saying:

“The best gift anyone can receive is a job. It gives people a stake in society, hope for the future and the chance of a better standard of life.

Unemployment continues to plummet in Windsor constituency

Windsor unemployment May15The 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.

MPs have mental health challenges too

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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.