A safer, more secure country

Just before Easter, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon set out the case for the retention of our independent nuclear deterrent.

Budget for Gloucestershire

Last week’s Budget included a number of positive measures that will benefit people here in Gloucestershire. The Government froze beer, cider and fuel duty, secured fairer funding for our schools and halved the Severn Bridge Toll, putting the people of Gloucestershire first.

The 2016 Budget

Last week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, delivered his Budget Statement to the House of Commons.

Forest MP backs future Severn Bridge toll cuts

Mark Harper, MP for the Forest of Dean has welcomed the Chancellor’s Budget announcement today, confirming that Severn Bridge tolls will be cut once the bridges return to public control in 2018.

Fairer funding for Gloucestershire schools

Last week, the Government took the first steps towards a new national funding formula for schools. Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, announced that the new formula will level the playing field of school funding, which currently heavily favours some areas more than others.

Raising standards in schools

Good educational standards are key in ensuring that the next generation have the skills they need to succeed in today’s competitive global market.

The security of a job and a rising pay packet

Recent figures released by the independent Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK’s excellent employment figures continue to improve. The employment rate is now 74.1 per cent – an increase of almost 4 per cent since 2010, with unemployment down 820,000 in the same period.

Forest Showcase

On October 29th 2014, Mark Harper MP, alongside Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, hosted an event in Parliament to showcase 12 organisations from the Forest of Dean.

The event welcomed food and drink producers, businesses and community organisations from all over the Forest.