Digital Skills Training to Boost Job Prospects

James Brokenshire has praised local IT training in helping to transform people’s opportunities to find work and get on.  During a visit to Exchange Group’s training centre at Welling Library, James heard how job-seekers’ prospects of securing work were being strengthened through digital skills courses on using computers and the internet.

Rewarding Work by Cutting Tax

James Brokenshire has praised Government action to cut income tax for hard working people and helping take low earners out of tax altogether.  Around 33,346 people in Old Bexley & Sidcup are expected to benefit from the biggest income tax cut in a generation which comes into effect today. 

Improving Border Performance

James Brokenshire has welcomed plans to split the UK Border Agency into two new operational commands saying that the reforms will drive improvements on visa services and the enforcement of immigration cases.  James’s comments came during a phone-in on LBC 97.3FM when he fielded questions from callers about the agency’s current performance.

International Co-operation to Combat Drug Trafficking

Security Minister James Brokenshire has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Peruvian Vice Interior Minister Ivan Vega Loncharich to enhance co-operation in the fight against organised drug trafficking.  The new agreement which was signed earlier today will strengthen joint working between the UK and Peru to combat cross-border drug smuggling.

Improving Prostate Cancer Care

James Brokenshire has given his support to Prostate Cancer UK’s work to raise standards of care provided to men with prostate cancer.  James joined other MPs at a special campaign event in Westminster to hear how a new quality checklist could help improve support and information. 

Budget boost for families, jobs and business

James Brokenshire has welcomed today’s Budget highlighting measures to help hard working families, support job creation and make the UK an attractive place for business in an increasingly competitive world economy.  The Chancellor also announced a new ‘help to buy’ scheme to help people looking to buy a new home.

Joining Forces to Combat Online Crime

New and innovative ways to tackle the threat from online crime were discussed at the first ever meeting of the Cyber Crime Reduction Partnership chaired by Security Minister James Brokenshire.  The new partnership, made up of Ministers, academics, industry experts and law enforcement aims to stay one step ahead of the criminals by sharing information and raising awareness among businesses and consumers.

B12 Bus Route Improvement

James Brokenshire has welcomed news that a Bexley bus service is to offer an extended Sunday service.  Transport for London have announced plans to improve the B12 bus route on Sundays by extending services to Joydens Wood after a long-running community campaign.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

James Brokenshire has heard from young job seekers about the positive benefits of work experience and apprenticeships during a visit to the Bexleyheath Job Centre Plus.  The session formed part of local events to mark Apprenticeship Week with the Prime Minister setting out his vision for it to become “the new norm” for young people to either go to university or start an apprenticeship.