Unemployment in Braintree falls by 1,174 since 2010

King_and_Co.jpgFigures released this week show that 1,174 fewer people in the Braintree constituency are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance compared to 2010, a 61% drop.

This means more people in work, with the security of a good job and a regular pay packet so they can provide for themselves and their families.

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Please sign our small business letter

brady-2.jpgI worked in businesses for over 20 years before getting involved in politics including a number of years running my own company.  I know how important the small business sector is.

But don't just take it from me, here is a request from Karen Brady, the Conservative Party's Small Business Ambassador.

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Helping families - cost of childcare

Teachers_and_children_in_a_kindergarten.jpgWhilst out campaigning in Braintree last week I was asked about the Conservative party's policies in relation to the cost of childcare.

Finding affordable childcare can be one of the biggest challenges for parents wanting to go back to work.  I am keen that parents and guardians have as much choice as possible in their work life balance and Conservatives have introduced a policy specifically to support working families.

In the 2014 budget George Osborne announced changes to the tax free support for childcare, from September 2015 it will go up to £2,000 a year for each child.

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More apprenticeships for Braintree

3 million apprenticeshipsNew apprenticeships mean more young people in Braintree are getting the skills they need to succeed.

New figures show that 440 new apprenticeships were started by people in Braintree between August 2014 and January 2015. In total 3,880 new apprenticeships have been started since 2010.

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A good budget for Braintree

budget.jpgYesterday the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered his sixth and final Budget of the current Parliament. It was a good budget for the country as a whole and an excellent one for Braintree.

The UK economy grew 2.6% in 2014, faster than any other advanced economy in the world, we have record employment with jobless rate falling to 5.3% this year. Trade figures are the best for 15 years, living standards higher than in May 2010, according to OBR data, with households better off by an average of £900 in last five years.

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