Latest unemployment statistics for Aylesbury

The total number of unemployed claimants in Aylesbury constituency in June 2017 was 745.

This represents a rate of 1.2% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 533rd highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data,.was 4.5% between March and May 2017.

The number of claimants in Aylesbury constituency is 55 higher than June 2016 and the same as in May 2017.

There were 120 claimants aged 18-24 in June 2017, 15 lower than June 2016.

Vale of Aylesbury Housing Association Fire Safety

David recently wrote to Vale of Aylesbury Housing Association regarding their fire precautions following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Their response can be found below: 

"The safety of our residents is paramount and we have robust fire safety procedures in place.

Note that we do not have any high rise blocks; our highest property has only four storeys.

We comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which requires a fire risk assessment to be carried out to communal areas within shared accommodation. These properties have all been recently inspected and have a fire risk assessment in place. When undertaking fire risk assessments we follow the recommendations in the Local Government Group Guide; Fire Safety in Purpose Built Blocks of Flats. We have a programme of regular inspections whereby a fire risk assessment will be undertaken every year for higher risk properties and every two years for lower risk properties. We also have a programme of monthly visual inspections to ensure fire escape routes are kept clear and emergency lighting is in full working order.

There are appropriate alarm systems in place where required, and we have a close working relationship with Bucks Fire and Rescue.

Going forwards we will continue to keep abreast of current legislation and should this change we will review our procedures accordingly and ensure that we remain compliant."

Law in Action interview

This week David spoke to Joshua Rozenberg as part of BBC 4's 'Law in Action' series. In his interview David spoke about his agenda after recently being appointed as Justice secretary.

The series examines the way in which the justice system impacts on courts and prisons.

The interview can be found here

Weston Turville Fete

Last Weekend David visited the Weston Turville Fete.

David enjoyed meeting with Lindengate and was pleased to hear that they had been nominated for a charity award which can be found here.

David was also pleased to meet Search Dogs Bucks and learn about their work assisting police and emergency services in locating missing or vulnerable people. Their website can be found here.

State Opening of Parliament

Yesterday saw the State Opening of Parliament and the delivery of the Queen's Speech, which outlines the Government's policy priorities and sets the programme for the new Parliament.

As the Lord Chancellor one of David's responsibilities was to carry the Queen's Speech in the Lord Chancellor's ceremonial purse and present it to Her Majesty.

The full transcript of the Queen's speech can be found here.




Happy Eid


As you may know, this Sunday-Monday marks the Muslim festival of Eid,  the celebration Muslims have to mark the end of Ramadan and break their fast.

David would like to wish everyone in the local Muslim community a very happy Eid. 

Bucks and Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day

This weekend David attended the Bucks and Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day at the Aylesbury Rugby Club.

The event was attended by over 3000 visitors with attractions including air displays, live music, live sport, attractions, food and craft stalls.

David said: 

"I always enjoy coming to the Bucks and Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day. It's an excellent opportunity for service personnel and families as well as local residents to show support for our armed forces while (hopefully!) enjoying the sunshine and a whole range of stalls and attractions.

This year was another great success and I would like to thank all the people who supported and helped to organise this year's event."

Lord Chancellor appointment

David said:

"I am pleased and honoured to have been appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. 

I look forward to working with the Lord Chief Justice and his fellow judges in the months ahead, to ensure that justice is fairly administered and robustly defended.

More information on the role of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice can be found here."

Film the House Competition

Every year the parliamentary 'Film the House' competition allows young filmmakers and script writers to gain a greater understanding of both the media industry and Parliament by submitting entries to the Best Film and Best Script competitions.

The prizes for the winners include professional advice, work experience and a screening of the winning film.

Information and how to apply can be found here.