Local News

New Budget means good news across Wyre Forest

The summer budget, announced by the Chancellor George Osbourne, today brought a raft of changes including the financial security of lower taxes and a new National Living Wage. 

Mark Garnier MP gets Broadband Minister looking into Local Exchanges

On Tuesday, June 23rd Mark Garnier MP met with Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for the Digital Economy, to highlight several rural areas around Wyre Forest which currently not receiving superfast broadband. Ed promised to work with Mark to raise this issue with BT and force a positive outcome for those residents locally who deserve better.

Call to Save Kidderminster Reservist Centre

Councillor Nigel Knowles (Franche and Habberley North) yesterday gave a petition to Wyre Forest MP, Mark Garnier. The petition calls on the Government to reverse their plans for the closure of Kidderminster Territorial Army Centre (TAC). Cllr Knowles handed Mark Garnier MP the petition during a flag flying ceremony on Monday 23rd June 2015, organised by Wyre Forest district council in honour of our Armed Forces.

Year 6’s rainforest letters reach the top of Government

Year 6 at St. Catherine's Primary School, Kidderminster, wrote to environment minister Liz Truss about saving rainforests worldwide. As part of their project local MP Mark Garnier visited the school to answer year 6's questions.  

Unemployment at historic low, again

The number of Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) claimants in Wyre Forest dropped to another historic low in May, according to statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics. JSA claimants now represent 1.7% of the economically active population of the constituency, or 780 people.

View from Westminster 29th May 2015

It takes two or three weeks for the new parliament to get properly underway and this week we have the Queen's Speech, the Parliamentary set-piece that sets the legislative agenda for the coming year.

Rural Crime Survey : Call for Participants

The largest ever survey into crime in rural areas has been launched in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to investigate the true impact of offences on countryside communities.

Free Retirement Roadshow Returns

The 55+ and Retirement Roadshow is coming back to Kidderminster Town Hall on June 13th from 9-30am until 3-30pm. The Roadshow brings together a wide range of local advisors and experts on retirement finance, ageing and health to give free consultations to older residents. It is aimed at people over fifty five and carers of older people but as a drop-in it is open to everyone. Tesco will be giving out tea and biscuits.

New record low for Wyre Forest unemployment

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants in Wyre Forest in February was 851, which represents a rate of 1.8% of the economically active population. This is the lowest level in Wyre Forest since records began in 1971 and beats the constituency record set last month.

Mark Garnier MP "eternally grateful" to voters upon re-election

Mark Garnier said, "With the results now in, I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our Conservative campaign here in Wyre Forest - our activists, our councillors, our tellers on the polling stations, and to everyone not normally involved in politics who have been a huge support to both me and my team locally.