Minister recognises A47 importance

I and Elizabeth Truss have welcomed a letter from Transport Minister John Hayes. In his letter, Mr Hayes recognises the strategic importance of the A47/A12 corridor. He goes on to outline the next steps in the ongoing feasibility study of improvements to the road. The Government is due to report back on the A47 study at the Autumn Statement on 3rd December this year. A full copy of Mr Hayes’ letter can be seen here. I am encouraged by the letter from the Minister, who has made it clear that the Government understands the infrastructure challenges faced in our area. … Continue reading Minister recognises A47 importance

Great Yarmouth Unemployment Down 36%

According to figures from the Office of National Statistics, unemployment in Great Yarmouth has fallen by 36% since this time last year. In September 2014, the number of local people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance fell to 1,811 – the lowest figure since the General Election in 2010 – compared to 2,843 in September 2013. These figures, which match the downward trend in unemployment across the UK, are fantastic news for our area. Not only are they a sign that the local economy is growing, but they show over a thousand more people taking home a pay packet and providing for … Continue reading Great Yarmouth Unemployment Down 36%

Brandon Lewis calls for improved bus services

Earlier this month, I met local bus operator First Buses to discuss public transport in the area. During the meeting, I raised the idea of a service between Great Yarmouth town centre and Gapton Hall Retail Park – a suggestion made by a number of local people following the decision by M&S to relocate to the out of town location. Following the meeting, I have written to the Leader of Norfolk County Council, Cllr George Nobbs, to suggest a trial for such a service, the cost of which would be approximately £60,000 a year if implemented. I was pleased to … Continue reading Brandon Lewis calls for improved bus services

Helping people to find affordable homes in Great Yarmouth

In Great Yarmouth, 200 new affordable homes have been delivered since 2010. This means 200 more families able to find a good quality, affordable home and enjoy greater peace of mind. Thanks to the Conservatives long-term economic plan, over 200,000 new affordable homes have been built across England since 2010; Britain is now building more homes than at any time since 2007. A future Conservative government would deliver 100,000 new homes, available with a 20 per cent discount, exclusively for first-time buyers under the age of 40. This is in contrast with Labour’s record in government of falling housebuilding and … Continue reading Helping people to find affordable homes in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Unemployment down 35%

I have welcomed the news that the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance has fallen 35% since August last year. The number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance last month was 1894, down from 2924 in August 2013. This is just another month of good employment figures for Great Yarmouth. Businesses are feeling the confidence they need to expand and take on more people. These are not just numbers on a page: every person who is finding work and coming off benefits is another person taking home money for their family and paying into the local economy. There is, … Continue reading Great Yarmouth Unemployment down 35%

Brandon is raising money for the East Coast Hospice

I will be taking part in the London Triathlon this Saturday, 2nd August. I am running in the triathlon, alongside fellow MP Mark Spencer, to raise money for the East Coast Hospice. The East Coast Hospice is a fantastic charity which will provide the high quality end of life care that the people of Great Yarmouth and Waveney deserve. I am looking forward to taking part in the London Triathlon – although my training runs across our coastline provide much nicer views! I would be very grateful if local residents would consider sponsoring me in what will be a challenging … Continue reading Brandon is raising money for the East Coast Hospice

Major milestone in our economic plan means a brighter future for families in Great Yarmouth

New figures show that the economy grew by 0.8 per cent in Q2 2014, up 3.1 per cent on the same period last year. This continuing growth means there are more businesses, creating more jobs, so that more families can have the security of a regular pay packet and the peace of mind for the future that brings. Thanks to the hard work of people in Great Yarmouth and across Britain the economy is now above its pre-crisis peak – a major milestone in the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan. It means more businesses, creating more jobs, so families can look … Continue reading Major milestone in our economic plan means a brighter future for families in Great Yarmouth

£180 more per pupil in Great Yarmouth

Today the Government has announced that schools in some of the least fairly funded local areas in the country will benefit from a £390 million cash boost in the biggest step towards fairer schools funding in a decade. The schools budget in Norfolk will increase by £18 million, making a real difference to children in Great Yarmouth. Schools in Great Yarmouth will see their per pupil funding increase by £180. Children in Norfolk deserve the very best schools so they can gain the skills they need to get on in life. Labour failed to address the unfairness in our funding … Continue reading £180 more per pupil in Great Yarmouth

Unemployment falls by 33% in Great Yarmouth

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that unemployment has fallen once again in Great Yarmouth. The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) was 33% lower in June 2014 than the previous year. The unemployment figures just keep getting better and better. A 33% fall in JSA claimants since this time last year represents 1093 more people taking home a pay packet to provide for themselves and their families. Continue reading Unemployment falls by 33% in Great Yarmouth

Brandon’s Statement on M&S move to Gapton Hall

I was sorry to hear of the 2015 move of the M&S store from Great Yarmouth town centre. M&S have made the following statement, explaining the decision: “We have given the relocation a great deal of consideration and it is not a decision that we have taken lightly. The new store will offer a much bigger M&S food selection and an improved shopping experience, including a new 50-seat M&S café and free parking. Most of all, we want to ensure we are in the best location to serve our customers, and one which is fit for the future of M&S. … Continue reading Brandon’s Statement on M&S move to Gapton Hall

#OpenCouncils

I spoke yesterday in front of the Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee to put forward the new rules governing council meetings. Since introducing the Localism Act 2011, the Government has encouraged councils to allow members of the public to tweet, blog, facebook and video what goes on in council meetings. The vast majority of councils have been happy to do so, but a few are still resisting our changing use of technology. We have, therefore, taken the decision to write this guidance into law. From now on, you can record what transpires in any council meeting through sound, video, blogs or … Continue reading #OpenCouncils

Free Legal Advice for Park Homes Owners

I just wanted to write a quick note for those Great Yarmouth residents who live in Park Homes. The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) is a Non-Departmental Public Body, funded by my department, DCLG. Lease provides free legal advice to Park Homes residents and site owners. If you feel that you would benefit from free legal advice pertaining to your ownership of a Park Home, you can contact LEASE in any of the following ways: Visit parkhomes.lease-advice.org Email parkhomes@lease-advice.org Write to Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7BN Continue reading Free Legal Advice for Park Homes Owners

Brandon responds to Channel 5’s ‘Benefits Britain’

I have written to Channel 5 to respond to their programme: ‘Benefits Britain’. The programme presented Great Yarmouth in an unnecessarily negative light and did not reflect the entrepreneurial spirit and drive of the area. I wanted to present a more positive view of the town. If you also think that the programme did not do our area justice, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can read my letter by clicking here. Continue reading Brandon responds to Channel 5’s ‘Benefits Britain’

New rules will help secure a fair deal for pubs in Great Yarmouth

I have welcomed the announcement of new rules to ensure that tied pubs are given a fair deal by pub companies. A new statutory code will give pub landlords running tied pubs new rights to help them get a fair deal from pub companies. The rules will be enforced by an independent adjudicator with the power to punish pub companies that break them. Tied tenants usually have to pay a higher price for beer from the beer company they rent from. This should be balanced out by reduced rents or other benefits – but this has not always been the … Continue reading New rules will help secure a fair deal for pubs in Great Yarmouth