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Unemployment figures for Staffordshire - October 2015

The latest unemployment or JSA claimant count figures for October have been released and remain the same for Staffordshire as the previous month at 0.8%.The claimant rate for Staffordshire has stayed the same as the previous month and remains at 0.8%, this is now the joint lowest rate ever recorded in the county, in terms of actual numbers this now replaces September 2015 for the lowest number of JSA claimants ever recorded (4,035), almost breaking the 4,000 mark for the first time. The claimant rate in Staffordshire is also lower than both the regional (1.9%) and national (1.5%) averages.Such a small number of people claiming JSA across Staffordshire is good news for everyone in the county and means people are making the most of the opportunities on offer. The challenge still is to attract better paid skilled jobs, not just jobs for the sake of employment. Other areas still have that challenge.

Sir Bill Cash MP – Highways (Improvement, Traffic Regulation and Traffic Management) Bill

Sir Bill Cash’s Private Member’s Bill (attached) will receive its Second Reading on Friday (6th November) in the House of Commons to “Make provision for the prioritisation of maintenance of unclassified roads; the management of heavy commercial vehicle traffic; the regulation of the use of certain roads by such vehicles; and for connected purposes.”

Sir Bill Cash MP - The Assisted Dying Bill

In the light of the Assisted Dying (No. 2) Bill being debated at second reading today in the House of Commons and rejected by a majority of 212 MPs, Sir Bill Cash, who voted against the Bill said –“I know that for many this Bill is a very controversial issue but whilst understanding that this is the case, I have as with all other MPs to be guided by my conscience on a free vote.    

Vince Cable responds to Sir Bill Cash’s campaign for ‘the last bank in Eccleshall’, stating ‘… I hope that an announcement will be made within the next few days to protect the position of the last bank in the village’

Sir Bill intervened on the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the House of Commons on Thursday afternoon. Sir Bill had referred in his questioning to the last bank in Eccleshall in his constituency closing “as a very retrograde step” and that it is very important to maintain facilities for banking in rural areas. Vince Cable’s response in the debate is provided below.  

Cash objects to Council listing of Cheadle, Forsbrook, Cresswell and Blythe Bridge as potential sites for permanent traveller camps

Sir Bill Cash has objected on behalf of his constituents in Cheadle, Forsbrook, Cresswell and Blythe Bridge to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s listing of potential sites for permanent traveller camps at Mobberley Works, Cheadle; the fenced-off land just off the Forsbrook to Cheadle road near Forsbrook; a farm building/land on Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge; land at Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge, north of the bypass; and the former Cresswell Railway Station.