Michael has welcomed the news that Corfe Hills, Poole Grammar and St Michaels, Colehill will all receive funding to improve the school buildings. This is part of an extra £367 million that the government has allocated for investment in buildings at over one thousand schools across the country. The condition improvement fund targets schools that need additional money for repairs, or to help them expand. Investment in the schools is key to our long-term plan for education - our aim is that every child will have a good-quality place in a local school. As part of this, £18 billion has been made available for investment in schools in England over this Parliament - more than double the amount Labour spent in its first two terms combined.
I recently paid a visit to a cancer research centre at Hammersmith Hospital, which specialises in the study and treatment of pancreatic and ovarian cancers to see the work being pioneered to help people throughout Dorset. The team at Hammersmith, led by Professor Harpreet Wasan, has already had successes in developing clinical therapies based upon research conducted in the lab. As an active supporter and campaigner for Cancer Research UK it was great to see the work being done by Professor Wasan and his team and how it could save lives in his constituency of Mid Dorset and North Poole.
Michael has welcomed the news that more students in Dorset are studying the core academic subjects which will help them to get the best start in life. The new English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is awarded when students achieve A* to C in five core GCSE subjects including English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Languages – the courses that universities and employers value the most. New figures show that the EBacc is encouraging more young people in our area to study the core academic subjects.
I welcome the news that crime is falling. Latest figures from the independent Office for National Statistics show that since 2010 recorded crime in Dorset has fallen by 22%
The Government is following an action plan to tackle crime
Michael has welcomed the Autumn Statement, echoing the Chancellor’s argument that it is only by working through the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan that we can achieve prosperity and security for families in Mid Dorset and North Poole.
New figures showing that the number of private sector businesses in the South West has increased by around 98,900 over the past four years. There are now over three quarters of a million more private sector businesses than there were in 2010. We've doubles the annual investment allowance to £500,000 until the end of 2015. Over 99% of businesses will face no upfront tax when they invest in their future. We are also increasing the tax reliefs available to small businesses for research and development.
New figures showing that 292 fewer people in Mid Dorset and North Poole are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance than in 2010, a 42% fall. There are a record number of women in work – and the annual fall in female unemployment is the largest on record. This means more people in work, with the security of a regular pay packet and a better future ahead of them.
Michael Tomlinson has 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.
Michael Tomlinson has welcomed the announcement of £3,063,119 of new funding in Dorset to tackle potholes.
Congratulations to MEP candidates Ashley Fox and Julie Girling, who were successfully re-elected following the European Elections on the 22nd May.