Exmouth JournalAs we headed into recess strong jobs numbers were announced, a clear sign that more people have the security of work than ever before, in fact the number of people looking for a job is down this year by the biggest amount since 1995, and the number of young people relying on benefits has had its biggest annual fall since 1997.  We also saw that crime is down by more than 10 per cent.  Families are safer and more secure – and communities can enjoy a better, brighter future.

Commonwealth Games

Express & EchoTo the Commonwealth Games for its 2014 opening ceremony. And it didn’t disappoint: tartan-clad performers, spinning oversized Tunnock's tea cakes and a giant kilt were among the highlights. As the Minister in charge of the Commonwealth it seems a good time to reflect on the great network that these Games celebrate – a network whose membership now stands at 53 countries, representing a third of the world’s population.

Sidmouth sewers to be cleaned

A high pressure jet is being used to blast a build-up of fat, baby wipes and storm debris in a project to tackle a smell pervading Sidmouth. 

Hugo Swire welcomes fairer funding for local schools in East Devon

The Government has announced that schools in some of the least fairly funded local areas in the country will benefit from a £390 million cash boost in the biggest step towards fairer schools funding in a decade. The schools budget in Devon will increase by £16.7 million making a real difference to children in East Devon. 

Care Homes

Change is always difficult, change when it involves elderly and vulnerable people even more so. And enforced change when it involves loved ones the most difficult of all. So the news that Devon County Council is to close all but two of its care homes has understandably alarmed many people.