You may need to re-tune your television

The way in which the Government uses radio waves to provide TV and phone signals is getting an update that means you may have to re-tune your television. 

The changes will occur in stages and will impact viewers watching services like Freeview. It may require TV owners to re-tune their TVs to receive service following the clearance event. 

This activity will take place in the Aylesbury constituency during February-March 2018. 

These events will be communicated to you through the press, landlords, advice to local retailers, industry representatives and online and social media.

Further information about the clearance events and the 700MHz programme can be found here.

National Apprenticeship Week

David thought you would be interested to learn about the 11th National Apprenticeship Week, 5-9 March 2018. This week is  designed to showcase how apprenticeships work for individuals, employers, the local communities and the wider economy.

If you are involved with apprenticeships, you can share your apprenticeship success story by participating in the social media campaign by using the hashtag #WorksForMe.

If you would like to read more about events and initiatives surrounding National Apprenticeship Week please click here. 


David visits Stoke Mandeville Hospital

David recently visited Stoke Mandeville Hospital with Steve Baker MP. He discussed the current situation facing the health service as well as meeting the hospital trust Chief Executive.

He was also able to look at the new "Rapid Assessment and Treatment (RAT) pods", which they are using to improve triage and help deliver care more quickly and efficiently.



East West Rail Consultation

David thought that you might be interested in the consultation on East West Rail taking place from 12 January until 9 February. This consultation will discuss plans for east-west rail services between Oxford, Bicester and Bedford and Milton Keynes and Aylesbury.

Since the last round of consultation in summer 2017, there have been a number of changes to the East West Rail Phase 2 project in certain areas.

You can find more information about the consultation here.





Stocklake Park School Therapy Dog

David was pleased to hear that Stocklake Park School was successful in receiving an award in the Aviva Community Fund competition, which they are using to help fund their school therapy dog programme and he thought that other constituents would be interested to hear about this competition for projects in their local areas.

The Aviva Community Fund competition is open to everyone and  "offers you the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community" with prizes up to £25,000 depending on the project proposal.

The prize Stocklake Park School has won will go towards the school therapy dog programme. The therapy dog, Patience, along with her handler, Claire, have helped the students of Stocklake Park School in a number of ways. Since the advent of the programme Patience has helped to reduce the students’ stress, aid their focus and increase motivation in therapy sessions.

You can find more information here.

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Latest Unemployment Statistics for Aylesbury

The total number of unemployed claimants in Aylesbury constituency in December 2017 was 710.

This represents a rate of 1.1% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 548th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.3% between September and November 2017.

The number of claimants in Aylesbury constituency is 30 higher than December 2016 and the same as in November 2017.

 There were 105 claimants aged 18-24 in December 2017, 5 lower than December 2016.


David is appointed as Minister for the Cabinet Office

In the recent Government reshuffle, the Prime Minister appointed David to the position of Minister for the Cabinet Office.

David said:

"Well, politics can certainly be difficult to predict! I had not expected to be moving posts in government again after less than a year at the Ministry of Justice. But resignations before Christmas meant that the Prime Minister had to make changes to the government and so on Monday 8 January I was asked to go to Number 10.

"The Ministry of Justice was a challenging brief but I enjoyed my time there. Part of me was sorry to leave, but the new role as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office takes me to the heart of government.

"The Cabinet Office is responsible for the coordination of government business across departments. It services the Cabinet and the network of Cabinet committees through which much of government business is done. The Prime Minister has asked me to chair a number of committees and deputise for her when she is away from others where she would normally take the chair herself.

"I have an overarching responsibility in government for constitutional affairs, including devolution, and for the implementation of government policy. Oh, and I shall also stand in at Prime Minister’s Questions on the rare occasions when she is unable to be there.

"I feel excited and honoured by the appointment, and a little apprehensive too at the responsibilities that I have been asked to shoulder.

"For those interested, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is an ancient title that nowadays is given to a senior Minster without specific departmental responsibilities. It is granted by The Queen in her capacity as Duke of Lancaster, the title heaving been held by the sovereign since Henry Bolingbroke became King Henry IV., and I had to go up to Sandringham to be sworn in by Her Majesty.

"It's a feature of our constitutional system that Ministers are also Members of Parliament with individual constituencies. Not every democracy works like that. In the United States and the Netherlands, Ministers are not members of the legislature. In others, MPs are elected on regional or national party lists not single-member constituencies.

"The Friday after my new appointment I was in Aylesbury hearing from constituents about problems affecting social care and the impact of the closure of RAF Halton. Our system loads more work onto Ministers, but it really does keep your feet on the ground!"