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Friday 18 April 2014

David welcomes fall in unemployment figures

Cllr David Mackintosh, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Northampton South, has today welcomed new figures from the Office for National Statistics show that our long-term economic plan is working with unemployment dropping below 7% for the first time since Labour's Great Recession.

These strong jobs numbers are very good news. Coming alongside yesterday's lower inflation, they are compelling evidence that our long-term economic plan is working. There are now a record number of jobs in Britain - and we have taken a further step in meeting the ambition the Chancellor has set for full employment. Every job created means another family with greater economic security and the prospect of a brighter future.

David Mackintosh said, "These remain difficult times for families facing pressures on their budgets, and much work needs still to be done to build a resilient economy. But today's news supports the argument we have made all along that the only way to see rising living standards is to grow the economy."

Monday 14 April 2014

Greyfriars demolition continues

David Mackintosh outside Greyfriars Bus Station ahead of demolition

On Easter Sunday the two vehicle bridges across Greyfriars Road will be removed as we move ahead with the demolition of the old bus station.

This weekend sees the first major external demolition works at Greyfriars as engineers continue to take down the building once named ‘the mouth of Hell’. While the bridges are removed Greyfriars Road will be closed from Wellington Street.

While a lot has been happening inside the building for over a year, this will be the first major external work to take place.

To minimise any disruption to traffic the work is taking place on Easter Sunday. The road will close at 8pm on Saturday 19 April, with work being completed ready for the road to reopen at 6am on Monday 21 April morning.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said "A month ago we opened North Gate Bus Station, bringing bus users into a modern facility in the heart of our town centre. With Greyfriars closed we have had specialists onsite to complete a detailed survey of the building ahead of demolition work. A key concern for us in this complex demolition project is to keep the town centre moving and avoid any unnecessary disruption, so we are timing this phase of the project over Easter Sunday. As the demolition work progresses we will finally see the end of a building that has cost people in Northampton £500,000 a year to keep running as we open up the north of the town centre for investment and redevelopment."

Information is being hand delivered to all town centre businesses about the road closures, and a letter is being sent to town centre residents who may be affected.

Friday 04 April 2014

David welcomes Income Tax cut

Cllr David Mackintosh, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Northampton South, has today welcomed the Government Income Tax cut which will mean more money in your pocket and more financial security for you and your family.

As part of the Conservatives' long-term economic plan, we're cutting income tax for over 25 million people - and lifting 3.2 million out of income tax altogether.

From Sunday night, the tax-free personal allowance will increase to £10,000 - meaning you'll pay less tax and keep more of the money you earn. Use our quick income tax calculator today to find out how much you'll save this year.

This has only been possible because of the consistent action we've taken to cut the deficit.

So we need to let people know that the difficult decisions are paying off. Click this link to our Income Tax calculator to see how much you'll save:

Friday 04 April 2014

Launching the Credit Union at The Guildhall

Cllr David Mackintosh at the launch of the Credit Union at The Guildhall

Cllr David Mackintosh today launched an new outlet for the Northamptonshire Credit Union at The Guildhall which will provide advice and help to the public.

The new access point will mean that the Credit Union’s advisors are more accessible to the general public for longer opening hours.  The Credit Union is available to anyone and offers money management and budgeting advice, saving schemes and, where appropriate, low cost loans that are charged at much lower interest rates than doorstep and payday lenders.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said, "In these tough economic times we want to do everything we can to help people who are experiencing financial difficulties, and by setting up this new access point at The Guildhall people will find it easier to get help from Northamptonshire Credit Union."

The Northamptonshire Credit Union is the latest of a host of local services that now operate in partnership with the Borough Council from The Guildhall One Stop Shop, including the Police, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, County Council and other health and social support groups.

Cllr Mackintosh added, "I am pleased to welcome them to The Guildhall, the help they offer is vital to many people and I support the vital work they do to empower people to manage their own finances and keep them out of debt."

The Credit Union Access point is open from Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm.

Tuesday 01 April 2014

Free parking starts in Northampton

Cllr David Mackintosh launching the free car parking offer

The Conservatives at Northampton Borough Council have today launched free weekend parking in Northampton’s multi-storey car parks, plus two hours free on weekdays beginning on 1st April.

After successful trials during the summer and Christmas, Northampton Conservatives have introduced the scheme permanently to make Northampton more attractive to visitors and help stimulate the town centre economy.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said, "I am absolutely committed to making Northampton town centre a more vibrant and welcoming place to visit, and initiatives such as this will help draw people into our town centre, which will in turn support local businesses and jobs. The trials we ran last year proved to be very popular with visitors and traders, and I am happy to be able to make this permanent and give people an extra incentive to come and enjoy our town centre and spend their time and money here."

Visitors to Northampton town centre can park free of charge on Saturdays and Sundays, and for up to two hours free every week day in the four multi-storey car parks at St John's, St Michael's, Grosvenor Centre and the Mayorhold.

Parking will continue to be free on Sundays and bank holidays in all Northampton Borough Council car parks.