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Theresa backs new school places in Maidenhead

Theresa May has backed plans for new secondary school places in Maidenhead. Responding to the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s consultation on school places, Theresa emphasised the need for increased secondary school capacity in Maidenhead in order to meet an expected shortfall, and she has encouraged the council to pursue plans for a new school in the town. She also welcomed proposals to consider establishing a ‘satellite’ grammar school site in Maidenhead.

Theresa seeks assurances on new rail franchise for Maidenhead and Twyford

Theresa May has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, to seek assurances about the extension of First Great Western’s rail franchise, which means that they will continue to deliver train services from Maidenhead and Twyford until at least March 2019. The Department for Transport has announced that it intended to negotiate a ‘direct award’ for the franchise, meaning that FGW’s contract would be extended rather than being subject to a fresh bidding process.

Unemployment now under 1% in Maidenhead

Theresa May has reacted to the news that unemployment in the Maidenhead constituency has fallen below 1%. New figures released this week show that the percentage of people claiming unemployment benefit in Maidenhead has fallen to 0.9% – the joint lowest rate since current records began. The figures also show that, overall, the UK has seen the biggest annual fall in unemployment since records began.

Crime falls faster in the Thames Valley area than anywhere else

Theresa May has welcomed the news that crime in the Thames Valley area has fallen faster than in any other part of the country. New figures from the independent Office for National Statistics shows that since 2010 recorded crime in the Thames Valley area has fallen by 30% – the deepest fall in crime of any police force area in England and Wales.

Helping local families to own their own home

Theresa May has welcomed new figures showing that the Government’s Help to Buy scheme is helping families in the Maidenhead area to achieve their dream of owning their own home.In total, 281 people have been able to access an affordable mortgage and get on the housing ladder in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and Wokingham Borough since the scheme began in 2013.Overall, over 50,000 people have been able to buy their own home thanks to Help to Buy, with 82 per cent of those helped first-time buyers. 94 per cent of sales have been outside of London and the scheme is supporting responsible lending, with the average price of a house bought about £187,000, well below the national average.Help to Buy is also giving builders the confidence to build, with the Equity Loan part of the scheme directly supporting demand for new-build homes. Since the scheme was launched, private sector housebuilding has increased by 34 per cent while house building orders are at their highest since 2003 with workers being taken on at the fastest rate for 17 years.Commenting, Theresa said: “It is important that more people can get an affordable mortgage and get on the housing ladder. The Help to Buy scheme is helping families across the country, including nearly 300 people in the Royal Borough and Wokingham Borough who have been able to buy their own home. This is a vital part of the Government’s long-term economic plan to ensure that more people can enjoy security and a better quality of life.”ENDSContact Theresa May:Office: 020 7219 5206Email: mayt@parliament.uk Web: www.tmay.co.uk

Helping local families to own their own home

Theresa May has welcomed new figures showing that the Government’s Help to Buy scheme is helping families in the Maidenhead area to achieve their dream of owning their own home.

Update: Action on flooding

Theresa May has welcomed commitments from key organisations to address flood risk in the local area and to improve the response when flooding occurs.Following the flooding experienced earlier this year, Theresa took up a series of proposals and suggestions based on comments received from her constituents to prevent flooding and to respond more effectively when it occurs. Based on these proposals, Theresa has secured important commitments from bodies including the Environment Agency, Thames Water and local councils.

Conservative Party Conference 2014

Sunday 28 September - Wednesday 1 October, The ICC BirminghamIf any members are planning to attend the Conservative Party Conference 2014 please could you notify the MCA Office on office@maidenheadconservatives.com with your name and mobile contact number so that Emma can contact you regarding a breakfast meeting she is planning.Many thanks.

Lights Out – Marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War

Theresa May is encouraging local residents to take part in the Lights Out initiative on Monday 4th August to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in Lights Out by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm, or leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection on the centenary of the First World War.