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  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed £3million of Government funding for a trial programme to provide more than 100 of England’s rural schools with high-speed broadband connections. Two within Mr Stride’s constituency have been chosen – Highampton near Hatherleigh and Cheriton Fitzpaine near Crediton. 

    The trial is part of the Government’s commitment to provide 100% per cent of .... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has spoken of his pride at the Finance Bill 2018-19, which he steered through the House of Commons, receiving royal assent this month. The bill will result in 32 million people paying less income tax and introduces further measures to crack down on tax avoidance and evasion.

    Mr Stride, who serves as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General, sa.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed new figures which show the number of people in work is at a record high and wages are growing at their fastest rate in a decade. UK employment now stands at 32.6 million, up 444,000 over the last year, and average weekly earnings for employees increased by 3.4% compared with a year earlier. The unemployment rate is at 4% - the lowest since 1975.

    M.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride was in Heathfield, Bovey Tracey on Friday meeting with administrators at British Ceramic Tiles which recently went into administration resulting in the loss of more than 300 jobs. This was Mr Stride’s third visit to the company and the first since the announcement of its closure a fortnight ago. 

    Speaking after his visit Mr Stride said:

    “I was deva.... Read more...


  • CREDITON’s Member of Parliament visited the town’s food bank today after receiving an invitation from coordinator and community support worker Chris Parsons. Between August and November 2018 the foodbank gave out 253 food parcels. Central Devon MP Mel Stride spoke to some of the volunteers, heard about the food bank’s support for the End Hunger UK campaign and listened first hand to some of the.... Read more...


  • OKEHAMPTON’S award-winning business centre struggled with poor Wi-Fi speeds for its 16 business units until Airband stepped in to provide high speed broadband. One of the centre’s businesses, Clinical Architecture, says that poor broadband was undermining the growth of its business. Its Director, Andrew Frangleton, said: 

    “We had 0.5 Mbps upload and 12 Mbps download which was very d.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride welcomed the announcement in Parliament yesterday that disabled employees will be able to benefit from almost £60,000 a year to assist them at work. From 1st April this year people will now be able to claim up to £59,200 annually to help pay for additional support that they may need in the workplace through the government’s Access to Work scheme. This can include wor.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is backing a major national campaign by The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to recruit more adult social care workers and address the estimated 110,000 vacancies in England. Running across February and March, the campaign aims to fill the sector’s recruitment gap and support local recruitment activity by increasing interest in adult social care as a caree.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is urging communities in his constituency to bid for Government funding to help make their area more attractive for business. Applications for the latest round of the British Improvement Districts Loan Fund are now open with four winning bids set to help communities deliver additional local services or upgrade commercial areas for the benefit of business. Each succes.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has backed a new Governme.... Read more...


  • NEW FIGURES released this month show 750 people started apprenticeships in the Central Devon constituency in the 2016/17 academic year. This was the third most of the past twelve years and more than twice the number of starts there were a decade ago when 340 apprenticeships were started in 2006/07. 

    Nationally there were 491,300 apprenticeship starts in 2016/17, with early figures f.... Read more...






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