This morning, Richard Benyon and West Berkshire Lead Member for Education, Councillor Irene Neill, met with senior officials at the Department for Education to discuss the funding of small, rural schools.
This week I took part in a Radio 4 programme called The Long View. It was looking at one of the first welfare schemes that was developed in 1795 in a pub called the Pelican in what was then the rurual village of Speenhamland.
Reform of the Welfare system is an essential, yet challenging objective. This Government has won the intellectual argument about what a welfare system is for and how it has been going down the wrong path in recent decades
This afternoon, Richard visited numerous locations in the Newbury constituency to examine water levels and talk with concerned residents.In Streatley, Richard visited The Swan, a bar, restaurant and hotel situated on the riverside to discuss the potential for future flood defences with management.
This morning, Richard visited the British Gas Training Academy in Thatcham for a tour of the facilities and to meet with local apprentices.British Gas has a long and proud history of training apprentices through their six academies and will be supporting National Apprenticehip Week 2014, from 3-7 March.
Since the financial crisis, businesses have had to restructure their balance sheets, and for those wishing to export goods and services, the support offered by government has never been better, reflecting the new and emerging market places open to British business.