Erasmus+ Funding

David thought you would be interested to learn more about the British Council’s Erasmus+ funding that is available for organisations in Aylesbury.  

“Erasmus+ funding enables participants from the UK to go abroad study, work, volunteer, teach or train. Every year, Erasmus+ funds around 16,000 UK higher education students to benefit from a study or work placement abroad, 6,000 UK vocational education and training students to benefit from a work placement abroad, and 5,000 young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, to benefit from a volunteering experience abroad.

“The funding is open to schools, further and higher education, adult education and youth organisations. Funding covers a range of activities, from vocational training placements to collaborative research, from joint projects between schools to training for youth workers, and is delivered across the UK by the British Council and Ecorys. Students and young people that take part in Erasmus+ face lower unemployment; are more likely to gain management positions, and have higher academic attainment.

“The next deadlines for applications are 21 March for exchanging best practice in education and training and 26 April for all youth sector activities." 

You can learn more about Erasmus+ here. 

Latest Unemployment Statistics for Aylesbury

The total number of unemployed claimants in Aylesbury constituency in January 2018 was 735.

This represents a rate of 1.2% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 551st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.6%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.4% between October and December 2017.

The number of claimants in Aylesbury constituency is 15 higher than January 2017 and 15 higher than December 2017.

There were 110 claimants aged 18-24 in January 2018, the same as in January 2017.

Chilterns Area of Natural Beauty Survey

David thought you might be interested in a survey which the Chilterns Conservation Board is currently undertaking to gauge the public’s feeling on the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

David said:

"The Chilterns AONB is a landscape treasure, especially for people in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire. With urban housebuilding at greater density and with significant new development planned for our part of England, the value of the Chilterns AONB to urban populations will grow still further.

"I hope that large numbers of local people will make their views on future of the Chilterns AONB known by completing the short survey published by the Chilterns Conservation Board here."

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You may need to re-tune your television

The way in which the Government uses radio waves to provide TV and phone signals is getting an update that means you may have to re-tune your television. 

The changes will occur in stages and will impact viewers watching services like Freeview. It may require TV owners to re-tune their TVs to receive service following the clearance event. 

This activity will take place in the Aylesbury constituency during February-March 2018. 

These events will be communicated to you through the press, landlords, advice to local retailers, industry representatives and online and social media.

Further information about the clearance events and the 700MHz programme can be found here.

National Apprenticeship Week

David thought you would be interested to learn about the 11th National Apprenticeship Week, 5-9 March 2018. This week is  designed to showcase how apprenticeships work for individuals, employers, the local communities and the wider economy.

If you are involved with apprenticeships, you can share your apprenticeship success story by participating in the social media campaign by using the hashtag #WorksForMe.

If you would like to read more about events and initiatives surrounding National Apprenticeship Week please click here. 


David visits Stoke Mandeville Hospital

David recently visited Stoke Mandeville Hospital with Steve Baker MP. He discussed the current situation facing the health service as well as meeting the hospital trust Chief Executive.

He was also able to look at the new "Rapid Assessment and Treatment (RAT) pods", which they are using to improve triage and help deliver care more quickly and efficiently.