Employment: The employment rate remains at a record high of 74.2% with around 750,000 vacancies at any one time.
Unemployment: The unemployment rate fell to 5.0% - the lowest rate for a decade, with the inactivity rate close to the record low at 21.8% and down 575,000 since 2010.
Work: There are a record 31.6 million people in work - 461,000 morethan this time last year. Full-time work is up nearly 1.9 million since 2010.
Women: The female employment rate is at a record high of 69.2% with nearly 1.1 million more women in work than in 2010.
Youth unemployment: Youth unemployment is down over 300,000 since 2010 and the unemployment rate for young people not in full time education(5.6%) has never been lower.
Pay: Wages continue to grow with average pay (excluding bonuses) up 2.3% over the year.
Today’s national statistics show a record-breaking set of figures. Secure employment and a decent wage are key to transforming the life chances of people across the country so I’m delighted to see another strong set of figures this month.
There are more people in work than ever before and wages are continuing their upward climb, which is great news for hardworking families who have seen a rise in their living standards over the past year.
With around 750,000 vacancies at any one time and full-time work making up nearly 75% of the total rise in employment since 2010, our long-term economic plan is delivering jobs across the country and giving more people the security of a wage.
The local team of Conservative Councillors representing Amersham have done a great job for the Town over recent years and I would be delighted if you gave me the chance to join that team.
The Old Town has never looked better. The grassed areas are better maintained; lamp posts have been freshly painted and thanks to all the residents in the Town in the summer the window boxes are full of flowers. There has been a great increase in help from volunteers with clearing litter etc. and it is really good to see so many people getting involved with looking after their Town. Your Councillors will continue to work to re-instate post office facilities in the Old Town; the War Memorial has been cleaned and refurbished; and the Memorial Gardens continue to be improved and will continue to host the band concerts which are enjoyed by so many. There has been a reduction in anti-social behaviour. The causes of recent flooding have been tackled.
My late mothers work was dedicated to the preservation of the local area and in its sustainability. I pledge to work for our very special town and to preserve the integrity of Amersham now and in the future.
Cheryl was joined by other candidates on Monday evening the first day of the election campaign to listen to the Voices from our local Mencap organisation. Speaking to a packed meeting she covered topics from specialized admissions to hospital to independent living, listened to the complex issues facing Carers in navigating the administrative systems and talked about her ongoing work with autism.
This was the first time Mencap had conducted this pre election hustings and she congratulated them on the initiative and agreed to sign up to the election pledge from Mencap and to continue to support better facilities. The meeting also heard about the increases in the number of specialist beds available in Buckinghamshire and the new day care centre which will be opening shortly in Chesham.
I am incredibly honoured to be re-elected as the MP for Chesham and Amersham for a sixth term, with an increased majority. May I send a huge thank you to everyone who voted and campaigned for me, fellow candidates and the Conservative Party over the last few weeks. For the next five years I will continue to work hard to serve the interests of all my constituents.
I was very pleased to see so many Conservatives elected to Chiltern District Council as well as our Parish and Town Councils. We had a fantastic range of candidates for these elections, and I look forward to working with them as they serve our community over the coming years. My commiserations to the defeated candidates who also worked hard.
The Conservative Party, now returned to Government with a clear majority in the House of Commons, has a golden opportunity to continue its work getting our country moving into the right direction. The Conservatives had not won a majority since 1992 - when I was first elected to Parliament. I look forward to the Prime Minister implementing our manifesto over the coming years which means the country will benefit from a clear economic plan: more jobs and apprenticeships, new businesses, the opportunity to redefine our relationship with the EU together with a referendum and good control of public spending.
Over the course of the election campaign, I was able to meet and talk with a large number of constituents about the issues most important to them. HS2 remains a chief concern for people living in the Chilterns, and I continue to fight this flawed project, working to improve the environmental protection for the AONB as well as pursuing compensation issues for those directly affected by the proposals.
Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham and Amersham
Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan is proud to be re-elected as MP. She would like to extend her thanks to her respective electorates for their courtesy over the past month or so of active campaigning and canvassing and promises to continue to do her very best to represent her constituents. The results came in this morning as follows: Cheryl Gillan Conservative Party 31,138 (59%), Alan Stevens UKIP 7,218, Ben Davies Labour 6,712, Kristen Johnson Liberal Democrat 4,761, Gill Walker Green 2,902. The 40 District County Council Candidates and the numerous town and council candidates extend their thanks to the electorates. The votes will be counted by Chiltern District Council and the results should be available by mid afternoon today (Friday) www.chiltern.gov.uk.
The final Election Hustings for all candidates is on Thursday 30th April at the Drake Hall, Chiltern Avenue, Amersham HP6 5AE in Amersham starting at 7.00pm - All welcome. Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan has continued her programme of door to door canvassing recently at Prestwood, Great Missenden, Chesham, Chalfont St Peter, Seer Green, Jordans and Little Kingshill. Last week Cheryl Gillan attended public meetings in Chesham Town and Little Missenden.
Your Voice Matters! Come and challenge the candidates at St Peter & St Paul Church, Church Lane, Great Missenden, Bucks HP16 0BA. Those attending: Ben Davies Labour, Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan Conservative, Kirsten Johnson Liberal Democrat, Alan Stevens UKIP, Gill Walker Green Party, Chair: Alan Wilson Bishop of Buckingham
Conservatives topped the poll in the Euro election in the Chesham & Amersham Constituency.
THe votes were counted by District Council area and in our case the boundaries of the District Council and the Constituency are the same.
Councillor Isobel Darby of Chalfont St Peter is the new Leader of Chiltern District Council.
A new Leader of Chiltern District Council (CDC) has been announced following a cabinet shake-up.
Councillor Isobel Darby was named during CDC’s annual general meeting on Tuesday 13th May, replacing Nick Rose, who has led the council for four years.