Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that unemployment levels in Bromley and Chislehurst have fallen by 49% during the course of this Parliament. There are now 521 fewer people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in the constituency than there were this time last year, and 35 fewer than last month.
As many of you will have noticed first hand, there has been a dramatic increase in the price of an off-peak travelcard since January, with prices rising over 30 per cent for adults travelling to or from outer London zones. Quite understandably, this unreasonable hike in fares has dismayed a large number of residents across Bromley and Chislehurst, many of whom are reliant on the local rail provision to get from A to B on a regular basis.
As many of you will have noticed first hand, there has been a dramatic increase in the price of an off-peak travelcard since January, with prices rising over 30 per cent for adults travelling to or from outer London zones.
These sentiments have been confirmed by the recent survey the local Conservative councillors in the Bromley Town ward – Nicky Dykes, Will Harmer, and Michael Rutherford – carried out in the surrounding area.
Yesterday, along with a number of other MPs, I met with the Rail Minister, Claire Perry, and senior managers of Southeastern and National Rail to discuss the ongoing, substandard performance levels we all experience on Southeastern services.
A number of constituents have recently contacted me about the highly publicised £50,000 funding shortfall at St George’s Chapel of Remembrance at Biggin Hill. The developments surrounding the future of the site had come as worrying news to us all, however I am delighted to say that the Prime Minister publically confirmed yesterday that the Government would do all it can to protect the site for future generations.
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