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I have welcomed new figures today showing that 109,000 in the South-East are already benefitting from the Employment Allowance, introduced in April, which reduces the cost to businesses of employing people. The Employment Allowance takes up to £2,000 off the National Insurance bill of every employer and is open to businesses, charities and community amateur sports clubs. The allowance means a...
To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, I will be attending a number of events organised across the constituency. These include a Service at the Swyncombe War Memorial where I will be reading the lesson and laying a wreath, a commemorative Service in Henley at which a new plaque will be unveiled to the 500 fallen local men who have remained unmarked on previous memorials, and...
I have expressed relief and delight that the lift at Sharman Beer Court, Thame, now appears to be working. Sanctuary Housing which manage the building emailed me yesterday (25 July) to report that the lift is operational and has been put into service that afternoon. The Scheme Manager is ensuring that all residents are made aware. It is with a great sense of delight and relief that I have been...
I have welcomed new figures showing the British economy is now above its pre-crisis peak, after Labour's Great Recession saw the economy shrink by 7.2 per cent. The economy grew by 0.8 per cent in Q2 2014, up 3.1 per cent on the same period last year. This continuing growth means there are more businesses, creating more jobs, so that more families can have the security of a regular pay packet and...
I have welcomed news that crime is falling. Latest figures from the independent Office for National Statistics show that since 2010 recorded crime in the Thames Valley has fallen by 29% - the biggest drop of all forces. The Government is following an action plan to tackle crime by: * Freeing the police to fight crime by cutting red tape and scrapping unnecessary targets * Giving criminals...
The number of unemployed claimants in Henley constituency in June 2014 dropped to 333 – a six year record of unemployment. This is 204 lower than in June 2013 and 38 lower than in May 2014. The number of young people (18-24 years old) claiming JSA also dropped to a total of 15 in Thame and Henley combined. This is absolutely fantastic news and shows our long term economic plan is having a...
I presented Benson Library with two books as part of the campaign, Mythical Maze, run by the Reading Agency. The campaign encourages all primary school children to join their local library, the UK's largest reading for pleasure promotion for primary school children. The two books – The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon and Lost Treasure of the Emerald Isle by Geronimo Stilton – were presented...
The Henley constituency runs from near the edge of Bicester in the north to the edge of Reading in the south skirting Oxford to the east. It covers some 270 square miles and has around 74,000 voters. It includes some of the area covered by Cherwell District Council and some of the area covered by South Oxfordshire District Council. It is a largely rural constituency with only two major towns - Henley on Thames and Thame. The River Thames defines a large part of the boundary of the constituency.
The Boundary Commission proposals make few changes to the constituency removing no wards and adding three - two from the Banbury constituency and one from the Oxford West and Abingdon constituency.
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