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  • TREASURY MINISTER MEL STRIDE MP has welcomed the latest tax gap figures which show the success HMRC has had in reducing revenue lost to the public. The tax gap is the difference between the tax that should be paid to HMRC and the actual tax that has been paid, with UK being the only country in the world to regularly publish their tax gap in detail. The tax gap for 2016 to 2017 was 5.7% - down f.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of an additional £20.5 billion a year for the NHS. In a speech last week, Theresa May outlined plans to develop a long-term plan for the future of the health service, underpinned by an offer which will see the NHS budget increase by £20.5 billion in real terms by 2023-24.

    This equates to nearly £394 million a week.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed figures showing a major increase in the number of children attending good or outstanding schools, despite the Government making the Ofsted grading criteria tougher. 63 more schools in Devon are now rated Good or Outstanding, compared with 2010, whilst 1.9 million more children are attending Good or Outstanding schools nationally. In 2012, 59% of 6-year-o.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is backing the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill currently going through the Commons to help the police to do their job. The Bill, which had its second reading yesterday will ensure that law enforcement and intelligence agencies have the powers they need to help keep the country safe from the threat posed by terrorism and hostile state activity.

    Mr Str.... Read more...


  • STUART ROGERS, Postmaster of Ashburton Post Office branch will receive the British Empire medal for services to the local community. The announcement in the Queens’ Birthday Honours list reflects the contribution he has made since he and his wife Jackie took over the branch in 2013. During this time Stuart has been instrumental in maintaining and extending library services in the town, promotin.... Read more...


  • NEW FIGURES released by the Office for National Statistics show the number of workless households has fallen in every region of the UK since 2010, with nearly a million fewer overall across the country. In the South West there are now 87,000 fewer workless households in the South West than 8 years ago – a drop of more than 30%. A workless household is defined as one in which no-one of working-a.... Read more...


  • THE CONTRIBUTION made by volunteers in communities across the country is being celebrated this week (1-7 June). Volunteers’ Week 2018 recognises the efforts of trustees, campaigners, carers, fundraisers and all the other voluntary roles that make a huge contribution within local organisations and charities. Almost 12 million people volunteer at least once a month in the UK, with fundraising and.... Read more...


  • At the reception Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride said:

    “It was about a year ago that I stood on this very platform and addressed you in what was my first outing as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and I have to say I knew very little about CIOT at that particular time. But in the intervening year, I have certainly established in my mind that it was entirely appropriate t.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride attended the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Thursday in Paris as part of the UK Government delegation. Mr Stride was there in his ministerial role as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General to discuss the taxation of the digital economy – an issue he has focused heavily on during his 12 months in the role – as well .... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride caught up with Bovey Town Clerk Mark Wells on Friday to discuss the decision by Lloyds Bank to close their branch in the town later this year. Mr Stride had received correspondence from Bovey Town Councillor Martyn Evans, heavily criticising the decision by Lloyds not to renew their lease when it expires in October. Cllr Evans said:

    “Losing Lloyds is a real kic.... Read more...


  • PROGRESS in delivering new outpatient services at Okehampton Hospital is “not good enough” according to the town’s Member of Parliament Mel Stride who spoke with the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Suzanne Evans and Integration Director Adel Jones on Friday.

    When the decision to remove the inpatient beds at the hospital was taken last year, the Northern, Easter.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride caught up with Okehampton Town Clerk Emma Jones on Friday to discuss the town council’s work with Devon County Council in addressing traffic congestion in the town centre. Of particular concern was a recent traffic survey which was conducted around the time of the very snowy weather in March that led to the closure of the A30.

    Mr Stride said:

    “There is un.... Read more...






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