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Windsor MP congratulates Men’s Matters on tackling social isolation

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has congratulated the charity Men’s Matters for the work they do to help tackle social isolation amongst older men. Last month, this charity won the Team of the Year Award at the RBWM Voluntary Sector Awards.

Men’s Matters groups tackle social isolation in men over the age of 50 and offer members the chance to learn new skills, gain confidence, and meet new people. The group runs weekly programmes including cooking courses, BBQs, art, social media training and more.

Windsor MP presents cheque for the Scouts

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has presented a cheque for £900 to the 1st Sunningdale Scout Group. This donation was raised at a recent dinner held by the Parliamentary Club, a group chaired by Phil Bicknell, a local councillor.

The cheque was presented at a community tea party on Sunday 17th September, which was organised to welcome the new vicar of Holy Trinity Sunningdale, Reverend Jon Hutchinson.

Windsor MP welcomes National Lottery investment in Windsor’s heritage

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed the National Lottery’s continuous investment in Windsor’s heritage since 1994 and has encouraged constituents to apply for grants to explore the legacy of the First World War.

In total, over £0.75m has been invested in 17 heritage projects in Windsor, from exploring local archaeology and restoring local parks and buildings to protecting wildlife and researching local history.

Windsor MP welcomes an increasing number of good and outstanding schools

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed the news from Ofsted that the number of schools graded as good or outstanding in England has reached a new record high.

In Windsor and Maidenhead the number of good or outstanding schools has increased from 47 to 53, a 13% increase on last year. This increase is greater than across the South East of England, in which the number of schools graded by Ofsted as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ has increased to 2,843, an increase of 234 schools, or 9%, compared to 2015.

Across England as a whole the number of good or outstanding schools increased from 17,256 to 18,607. This amounts to 89% of all English schools – the highest proportion ever recorded.

Every region saw an increase in the number of good or outstanding schools and only 3 local authorities saw a decrease in number. Since 2010 the number of children studying at good or outstanding schools has increased by 1.8m.

 

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

“These figures show that in Windsor we continue to have some of the best schools in the country– from academies like Charters, to free schools like Holyport College and Forest Bridge.

“To build a country that works for everyone I want children across the country to enjoy the opportunity to attend a school that allows them to get a solid education and exam results on which they can build a career.

“Recent Conservative education reforms to introduce competition, such as the creation of free schools, expansion of the academies programme and the modernisation of the curriculum, are raising standards across the board. But there is still more to do locally and nationally.

“I look forward to future reforms that will allow our children to achieve even greater social mobility that they can today, and that must include the flexibility to expand grammar.”

 

ENDS

Note to editors

  1. Adam Afriyie is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana.
  2. He has a strong background in science, technology and innovation.
  3. He is currently Chairman of the Fintech APPG, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and President of the Conservative Technology Forum (CTF).
  4. He was shadow Minister for Science from 2007-2010 and has a background in the information services and technology sector.
  5. Adam Afriyie has written at length on education and social mobility. To see his full record please see here and here.
Adam Afriyie champions job creation in Windsor businesses

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?

George Osborne (The Chancellor of the Exchequer; Conservative): My hon. Friend is absolutely right that national insurance is a tax on jobs-

Edward Balls (Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer; Labour): He is a champion!

George Osborne (The Chancellor of the Exchequer; Conservative): My hon. Friend is a champion of businesses in his constituency. That is one of the reasons unemployment has fallen in Windsor and 2,000 businesses in Windsor are benefiting from our employment allowance. We are going to go on reducing national insurance on employing 21-year-olds and apprentices. The alternative path—the path offered by the Labour party—is to put the jobs tax up. That would increase unemployment and return Britain to the economic mess it was in when Labour was last in charge.

You can watch Adam speak from 18:35 on BBC Parliament at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b050zg8g/house-of-commons-live-treasury-questions