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  • 06 Apr 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed a range of Government measures coming into effect this week as the new tax year begins. From today (06/04/17) the tax-free personal allowance will rise for the seventh year to £11,500, taking 116,000 of the lowest-paid workers in the region out of income tax altogether and giving 2.7million people in the South West a tax-break of around £200 a year. Some.... Read more...


  • 17 Mar 2017

    MID DEVON COUNCILLORS Margaret Squires and Judi Binks and Sandford Parish Council Chair Elizabeth Dalton showed local MP Mel Stride two very different sights in the village today (17/03/17). The first was the new state of the art play area at Creedy Park – finished and now enjoyed by dozens of children in the parish. The second was a project in its construction phase - a multi-purpose sports pa.... Read more...


  • 17 Mar 2017

    ON SATURDAY (17/03/17) Central Devon MP Mel Stride and Okehampton County Councillor Kevin Ball caught the 7.45am “Royal Oke” Okehampton train to London Paddington. Only stopping at Crediton, Exeter St David’s and Paddington, this was the first Pullman train to run between Okehampton and London in 50 years and was organised by Cllr. Kevin Ball through OkeRail to promote the popular and commercia.... Read more...


  • 17 Mar 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has congratulated Cllr. Kevin Lake, portfolio holder for Environmental Services at Teignbridge, on the council overtaking West Devon and becoming the best authority in Devon for recycling. Key to the improvements in recycling rates have been the investment in new collection lorries which can collect a wider range of recyclables and the council moving to weekly recycl.... Read more...


  • 16 Mar 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed figures released yesterday (15/03/17) that show unemployment in the UK has fallen to its lowest level since 2005 and youth unemployment at its lowest ever level. Employment continues to run at a record high of 74.6% with 31.85million people in work. Welcoming the figures Mr Stride said:

    “This is another very good overall set of job figures, with so.... Read more...


  • 08 Mar 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the Chancellor’s Spring Budget, delivered in the House of Commons today (08/03/17), highlighting an additional £2billion of funding for social care over the next three years as especially good news. Sat close to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond throughout his speech, Mr Stride said:

    “By successfully managing the nation’s finances, whi.... Read more...


  • 02 Mar 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has urged the North, East and West Devon Clinical Commissioning Group to “think again” over their decision to close the beds at Okehampton Hospital. Mr Stride was told of the move by Angela Pedder, Lead Chief Executive of the CCG’s ‘Your Future Care’ team just prior to the decision being made public. Angela Pedder is leading the CCG’s move towards a new model of less.... Read more...


  • 01 Mar 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is using the launch of the tenth National Apprenticeship Week 2017 on Monday 6th March to urge local businesses to take on an apprentice. The week aims to raise awareness about apprenticeships and celebrate the huge growth in apprenticeships seen over the last decade. Mr Stride, who served as a ministerial aide in the business department in the early part of the last.... Read more...


  • 27 Feb 2017

    OKEHAMPTON COLLEGE Headteacher Daryll Chapman and Chair of Governors Ian Courtenay travelled to Westminster today (27/02/17) to join Central Devon MP Mel Stride in lobbying Schools Minister Nick Gibb over education funding. The Government is consulting on a proposed new formula for calculating how much funding schools across the UK receive, with small rural schools, accounting for the majority .... Read more...


  • 15 Feb 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed figures released by the Office of national Statistics today (15/02/17) which show the highest employment rate since records began in 1971 and female employment reaching 70% for the first time. The number of people claiming out of work benefits – either Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit – saw a quarterly fall of 42,000 to 2.1%, the lowest rate sin.... Read more...


  • 10 Feb 2017

    THE GOVERNMENT’S consultation on changes to the National Funding Formula was top of the agenda when local MP Mel Stride visited Queen Elizabeth Community College in Crediton today (09/02/17). QE is one of three secondary schools in the Central Devon constituency and Mr Stride’s visit follows similar meetings at Okehampton College and South Dartmoor Community College in Ashburton. Mr Stride met .... Read more...


  • 10 Feb 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has praised supermarket Waitrose for their Community Matters programme of donating £1,000 a month from each its branches to worthy local causes. The Okehampton store has now donated £100,000 since 2008 with its January beneficiaries being the Fatherford Road Allotment Association, Halwill Forget-Me-Not Friends Club - a memory cafe supporting people living with dement.... Read more...






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