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  • CRIME in Devon and Cornwall will be driven down by additional funding from the Government according to Central Devon MP Mel Stride. Our force is set to receive an increase of £23.4 million compared to last year – an increase of 7.4%. Nationally, the police force will receive £1.1 billion – the largest increase in a decade. The funding will enable forces to recruit and train more police officers.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the decision taken by the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority not to pursue the closure of Ashburton Fire Station. In July 2019 the authority announced it was considering operational changes, describing them as potentially the biggest shake-up in 50 years and went out to public consultation. In all future scenarios being considered, Ashburton Fi.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride says he is “encouraged” by new figures from the  Office for National Statistics (ONS) that show the number of pubs in the UK has increased for the first time in 10 years. After steadily declining numbers since 2009, there were 320 more pubs open in the year to March 2019. Industry experts have cited how the pub industry is evolving by serving more food, providin.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will continue to fund the Troubled Families scheme for another year. Nationally, £165 million will be committed with more than £1.5 million earmarked for Devon. Established by David Cameron in November 2011, the scheme supports local authorities in helping families who have complex social and health issues. These inc.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the latest UK job figures which show unemployment is at its lowest level since 1975 and both the UK employment rate and the number of people in full-time work are at record highs. Average weekly earnings for employees has increased by 3.5% compared with a year ago – around double the rate of inflation.

    Mr Stride said:

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  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride went into bat for hill farmers in the House of Commons on Thursday. He urged Stephen Barclay MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, “to make sure that we come up with an excellent deal for our hill farmers, many of whom operate at a level of subsistence yet look after some of the most beautiful uplands in our land”. Farming subsidies are currently pro.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has described the additional funding that will be provided by the Government for Devon’s schools next year as a major step forward for education provision in our county. Of the 150 education authorities in the country, Devon is within the top third of the biggest gainers, receiving an increase in per pupil funding across primary and secondary schools of 4.86%. The ri.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed new statistics that show vulnerable people across England received almost 13 million extra hours of home visits from social care workers last year through the Improved Better Care Fund, backed by £684million of Government funding. The programme paid for almost 75,000 extra home care packages, more than 15,500 additional care home placements and helped to.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed a new package of measures to help people on lower incomes get onto the housing ladder. A new national model for shared ownership will enable tenants to purchase 10% of their home and buy more of it in small increments. Currently a Housing Association tenant renting a £200,000 property cannot buy a share of that property but under Right to Shared Ownershi.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is optimistic that the Domestic Abuse Bill currently making its way through Parliament will make a difference for victims of domestic violence. The bill, which has been welcomed by organisations such as Women’s Aid and is expected to receive cross-party support, will improve legislation in several key areas. For example, the Bill will end the practice of victims bein.... Read more...






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