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  • 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...


  • THE HOUSE OF COMMONS TREASURY SELECT COMMITTEE has as new Chair, with Central Devon MP Mel Stride elected to the post. Turnout among MPs was high, with more than 500 MPs voting in the contest. The election, based on a transferable vote system, saw Mr Stride poll close to half of all first preferences in the first round. He was comfortably elected after the second round with more votes than the .... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has criticised Labour Party plans to renationalise UK rail franchises, water companies and energy providers, as well as Royal Mail. His comments follow analysis from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) which estimated the move would cost at least £196billion, plus ongoing running and maintenance costs. The UK’s national debt would rise by over 10% to cover th.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP and Chair of the Commons Treasury Select Committee, Mel Stride challenged Barclays Bank last week in the House of Commons to continue to let their customers withdraw money from local post offices, with the bank then agreeing to do so less than 24 hours later. They had been the only major UK bank saying that they would withdraw the service. Mr Stride pressed Barclays to “reconsi.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is urging communities in his constituency to think about adopting their local BT phone box after the company announced that several more will be removed. With most people owning mobile phones or landlines or both, usage has declined by over 90% in the last decade, but the boxes still cost millions of pounds a year to clean and are often targets for vandalism and graf.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has sought help from Transport Minister Chris Heaton-Harris MP in pressing Great Western Railway over the feasibility study for a regular rail service between Okehampton and Exeter via Crediton. During a meeting with Mr Heaton Harris on Tuesday Mr Stride urged him to ensure the “valuable momentum” gained in recent years is not lost. The discussion followed a meeting .... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed figures released today that show the breakdown of police recruitment targets for the next 12 months. As part of the Government’s mission to recruit 20,000 police officers over the next three years, 6,000 will be recruited in 2020-21 with 423 recruited for forces in the South West. Of these, 141 will be for Devon and Cornwall. These new officers will be i.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the Government’s pledge to invest £5billion in rolling out 5G and other gigabit-capable broadband to the hardest to reach 20% of the country. The announcement was made as part of a £25billion package of infrastructure investment unveiled by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid.

    Mr Stride said:

    “The hardest 20% to reach areas of the c.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid last week and described the challenges faced by high street traders in his constituency in the face of increasing online competition. During his time as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mr Stride played a key role in reducing business rates for small and medium-sized businesses by a third and urged the Chancell.... Read more...






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