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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.”

 

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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

 

Adam Afriyie welcomes tax cut for businesses, charities and clubs in Windsor

Adam Afriyie has welcomed new figures showing that 109,000 businesses in the South East have benefited from the new Employment Allowance.

The allowance takes up to £2,000 off the National Insurance bill of every employer in the country, and means a business can now hire someone on £22,400 a year without paying any Employers’ National Insurance at all.

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, said:

“Cutting this pernicious Jobs Tax will help businesses create jobs in Windsor, Berkshire and across the country. More people will now have the added security of a regular monthly wage, so they can pay their bills and look after their families.

“Unemployment in Windsor has fallen by over 50% since May 2010, and this cut to National Insurance will help businesses, charities and clubs continue to do their good work creating jobs and prosperity.

“We must also rename Employers’ National Insurance the ‘Jobs Tax’, so that everyone can see on their payslip that their employers are charged for every job they create. This tax must be reduced in the longer term if we want more jobs.

“It’d also be a great idea to merge Employees’ National Insurance and Income Tax into one simple tax, so it’s easier to see how much tax you are paying and simpler to work it out.”

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Notes to Editors:

  1. Mr Afriyie’s website: http://www.adamafriyie.org/

 

Adam Afriyie MP restates opposition to third runway at Heathrow

Adam Afriyie MP has today restated his determination to fight any proposed third runway at Heathrow.

Heathrow airport submitted revised plans for a third runway to the Airport Commission this morning. These revised plans show that a new runway would lie further to the west than originally proposed.

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, said:

“These new proposals for a third runway at Heathrow have made me even more determined to fight against expansion in the national and local interest. People will be exposed to yet more noise, pollution and congestion unnecessarily.

“Heathrow expansion is not in the local, region or national interest; it is merely in the interests of Heathrow’s shareholders who want to jealously guard their monopoly. If the UK is to be a great trading nation, we are likely to need 4 or more extra runways over the next few decades. There is simply not space at Heathrow and this would be a short-term sticking plaster response to a long-term problem.

“There is ample space for a truly global airport in the Thames Estuary, where planes could also take-off and land day and night without disturbing people. Heathrow would then have a bright future as a busy regional airport with great infrastructure.

“But, above all, we mustn’t support Heathrow Airport Holding Ltd’s ambition to further ingrain its corporate monopoly. This will only make people’s holidays more expensive. We need competition between airports. That’s why, at the very least, Gatwick’s proposal must be strongly considered by the Airport Commission.

“I very much hope that, on careful reflection, Sir Howard will make the right choice when he publishes his decision.”

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Notes to Editors

  1. Mr Afriyie’s website: http://www.adamafriyie.org/.
  2. Mr. Afriyie’s Telegraph article on Heathrow expansion: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/aviation/9531940/Why-Im-backing-Boris-Island-by-Windsor-MP-Adam-Afriyie.html.

 

Adam Afriyie MP says cut to the Jobs Tax will create new jobs and help businesses in Windsor

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, has welcomed the new tax cut for businesses and employers, which takes effect this Sunday.

The new Employment Allowance will take £2,000 off the National Insurance bill of every employer, including businesses, charities and local clubs, taking 68,000 small businesses in the South East out of having to pay any tax on jobs at all.

Employers will be able to hire one extra person on £22,400 a year, or four people working full time on the minimum wage, without paying any National Insurance.

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, said:

‘By cutting this pernicious Jobs Tax, Conservatives are putting jobs at the heart of our long-term economic plan. It will make it cheaper and easier for firms to hire new people, giving more people the security of a monthly wage.

‘Unemployment in Windsor has fallen by a third since May 2010. By taking 68,000 small businesses out of National Insurance in the South East, this tax cut will create even more jobs, ending the perverse system where businesses have to pay even more tax to employ people.

‘There are already more than 1.3 million people in work since the election, but the job’s not done. We must stick to our long-term plan to rebalance the economy and build a stronger, more competitive economy.’

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Notes to Editors

  1. Mr Afriyie’s website: http://www.adamafriyie.org/.
  2. The new £2000 Employment Allowance will cut National Insurance for every business and charity by £2,000 from 6 April 2014. Businesses will be able to hire one extra person on £22,400 pa, or four people working full time on the minimum wage, without paying any National Insurance. It means 450,000 small businesses, one third of all employers, will pay no jobs tax at all.
  3. Employment is up by over 1.3 million since the election. In the three months to April 2010, there were 28.842 million people in employment. In the three months to January 2014 there were 30.191 million people in work.
  4. The private sector has created 1.7 million jobs since the election. This excludes the effect of major reclassifications and compares Q1 2010 to Q4 2013.