Latest unemployment statistics for Aylesbury

The total number of unemployed claimants in Aylesbury constituency in March 2019 was 1,005.

 This represents a rate of 1.5% of the economically active population aged 16-64.

 The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.4%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.9% in December 2018 to February 2019.

 The number of claimants in Aylesbury constituency is 235 higher than March 2018 and 40 higher than February 2019.

There were 170 claimants aged 18-24 in March 2019, 45 higher than March 2018.

Grant Funding for Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Services 2019-2022

David welcomed the Government’s decision to award funding for rape and sexual abuse support services across England and Wales. Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes Sexual Assault & Abuse Service will receive £90,720 to help support survivors. The package nationally is worth £24 million and will go towards supporting the provision of independent, specialist support for survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse. To read more about this grant, please see the letter from the Secretary of State for Justice below.

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British Kebab Awards 2019

David would like to congratulate Doner & Gyros Aylesbury, who won the Best Newcomer category at the seventh annual British Kebab Awards, held on 18 March at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, central London.

More than 1,000 people attended the ceremony, including the Conservative candidate for the London Mayoralty Shaun Bailey, Joanne McCartney AM, Leonie Cooper AM, and Amjad Bashir MEP. The awards ceremony seeks to promote the unsung small business heroes of the restaurant and takeaway sectors.  

Thousands of people voted for more than 150 restaurants and takeaways from across the UK that made up the shortlisted entries for 16 categories, including Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Kebab Van of the Year, and Best Kebab houses in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales respectively.

The British Kebab Awards is the only event to recognize the contribution made by the kebab industry to the national economy – worth £2.8 billion a year, supporting 200,000 jobs.

There are over 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK today, selling around 2,500 tonnes of lamb and chicken doner per week.

For more information, please visit www.britishkebabawards.co.uk 

IMB Annual Report on HMYOI Aylesbury

It is a challenging prison to manage and we all owe a great deal to the professionalism of prison staff. Aylesbury Youth Offenders Institutions houses young men, most who have committed serious, violent or sexual offences. With the help of the Ministry of Justice, efforts are being made to reduce levels of violence and help improve the overall quality of life for prisoners. I commend the work that has been done so far, as the number of prisoners self-harming has decreased and the status of repairs and maintenance of the prison has improved. With the help of Rory Stewart, the Minister of State for Justice, I look forward to the improvements at HMYOI Aylesbury. You can read more about my inquiry into the matter and the response from the Minister of State for Justice below.

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Latest unemployment statistics for Aylesbury

The total number of unemployed claimants in Aylesbury constituency in February 2019 was 970.

This represents a rate of 1.5% of the economically active population aged 16-64.

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.3%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.9% in November 2018 to January 2019.

The number of claimants in Aylesbury constituency is 210 higher than February 2018 and 65 higher than January 2019.

There were 150 claimants aged 18-24 in February 2019, 30 higher than February 2018.

 

WhizzFizzFest Tickes on Sale Now

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s WhizzFizzFest, Aylesbury’s annual family-friendly literary and arts festival. This festival will return to the Aylesbury town centre on Saturday 22 June from with tickets from £3.

Special guests will include Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon), Judith Kerr (The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog), and Nick Butterworth (Percy the Park Keeper). For the first time ever WhizzFizzFest will also be putting on a stage show, ‘The Wonder of WhizzFizz’, at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, featuring Dame Darcey Bussell DBE, Maddox, and the Aylesbury Rock Choir.

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit: www.whizzfizzfest.org.uk

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Local School Featured in Performing Arts Competition

Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School of Aylesbury will be featured in the Rock Challenge and J Rock performing arts competition on Tuesday 12 March at The Wycombe Swan. This competition aims to inspire, engage, and motivate young people to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices. Each show provides the opportunity for young people to experience an adrenaline-based high through performing live on a professional stage rather than tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs.

Best of luck to Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School and all other competing schools.

For more information on the competition please follow this link.

http://www.rockchallenge.co.uk/

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Letter from DFID Secretary of State - Funding opportunity for small charities in your constituency

David thought you would be interested in an opportunity to participate in DFID’s Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF), an exciting funding opportunity for small charities in Aylesbury. Small charities in the constituency who would like to participate, please see a letter from the Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt MP below:

Dear David,

 Funding opportunity for small charities in your constituency

 I am pleased to let you know about DFID’s Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF), an exciting funding opportunity for small charities in your constituency.

 SCCF is the first DFID fund designed specifically for small British charities. It provides grants for development organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less working in priority countries to deliver the Global Goals. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects of two years or less.

 To date, £2.7million has been committed to 55 small charities delivering a diverse range of projects.  These include providing prosthetic limbs to amputees in the Gambia; supporting landless youth to start bee-keeping businesses in Ethiopia and transforming the lives of carers in Bangladesh.

The closing date for the next review of applications is Thursday 28 March 2019 and I would be grateful for your assistance in encouraging small charities in your constituency to apply. More information, including an example application form, can be found online at www.ukaiddirect.org/apply/sccf/.

Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

Secretary of State for International Development