Berryfields Power Cuts

David said:

“I thought that residents in the Berryfields area of my constituency would like to know that I have received complaints from several residents in the area about a series of power cuts usually occurring on Sunday afternoons.

I understand that these power cuts are extremely inconvenient to local residents and I have contacted UK Power Networks, the organisation responsible distribution of electricity in our area about this issue, and asked them to look into the situation as a matter of urgency. They have confirmed that they aware of this and are investigating this issue. Once I have a received a full response I will communicate this to the residents who contacted me directly as well as the wider community.”


Latest unemployment statistics for Aylesbury

The total number of unemployed claimants in Aylesbury constituency in November 2018 was 745.

This represents a rate of 1.1% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.0%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.1% in August to October 2018.

The number of claimants in Aylesbury constituency is 30 higher than November 2017 and 35 lower than October 2018.

There were 120 claimants aged 18-24 in November 2018, 5 higher than November 2017.

Bucks Thames Valley to host their 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week

Bucks Thames Valley LEP (BTVLEP) will host their 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) on the 4th-8th March 2019 and they would like you to be a part of their celebrations in Buckinghamshire.

They have a number of exciting and progressive activities taking place across the county to raise awareness and participation in apprenticeships, including:

  • Increased work with schools, including support for teachers

  • Focus on apprenticeships at Bucks Skills Show including unprecedented levels of interest from parents

  • Increased support for SMEs on training, funding, recruitment etc

  • Development of a local Young Apprentice Ambassador Network

  • A number employer-led sector action groups formed to address apprenticeships and skill

For more information and updates on this event please visit:




Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty would like your views


Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) have been reviewing the Chilterns Management Plan, a statutory document which describes what is needed to care for the Chilterns AONB.

They have now reached the second consultation stage and welcome your views on the draft Plan which covers a range of issues from biodiversity and wildlife conservation to looking after the special character of the Chilterns villages, managing access and recreation and helping local tourism. 

If you do not have time to read the entire document, it would be helpful if you could let AONB know if you agree with their Vision and General Policies on pages 14-18 of the Plan. To download a copy of the Plan and for more information please visit:

The consultation closes on the 31st December 2018.


Vale young people can now access free online counselling

Kooth is a new online counselling service that has been rolled out for young people in Aylesbury Vale.

The online counselling service supports young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health. It was set up to help young people avoid the stigma sometimes associated with seeking help.

Young people aged 11 to 19 can register anonymously on the site, which gives them access to drop-in or booked online chats with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy certified counsellors, Psychotherapists and emotional wellbeing practitioners.

When using the service, young people are encouraged to identify goals and monitor progress with their counsellor.

It is no secret that there is a growing concern for the mental health of our young people and Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous service that provides a solution for the support of our young people. I encourage any young person in Aylesbury Vale who may be struggling with their emotional well-being and mental health to visit Kooth and take advantage of this fantastic resource. - David Lidington MP

The Kooth site is accessible at any time, via any connected device, helping to eliminate the stigma often associated with asking for help. The online counselling team is available on Kooth between mid-day and 10pm on week days and from 6pm until 10pm at weekends.

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David speaks at Bucks Skills Show 2018

On Saturday 13th October, David attended and spoke at the Bucks Skills Show in Aylesbury.

David said:  

“It was a pleasure to attend the Bucks Skills Show 2018 and have the opportunity to speak with young people and their parents about skills and training. I was encouraged by the number of people in attendance, with 1,500 people coming along.

Events like this serve as a great opportunity for young people to learn new skills and to acquire useful information for their career options moving forward.  

The event was a great showcase for apprenticeships in the area. Quality apprenticeships are a great way for young people to gain hands on work experience whilst getting on the jobs ladder. Since 2012, there have been 5,790 apprenticeship starts in Aylesbury.”

The event went well with 96% of attendees rating it as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. Young people left feeling inspired and informed.

Check out the video below for more information: