Stronger economy

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Duncan Hames backed the successful bid for Wiltshire’s new ‘Growth Deal’, which will bring around £130 million of government investment to our area over the next seven years. Read more.

Duncan and the Liberal Democrats in Government are helping businesses grow and create more jobs, such as through the Regional Growth Fund, which has this year awarded businesses in Chippenham, Melksham and Corsham grants of £50,000 each to enable them to expand.

Here in the Chippenham constituency, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has more than halved since 2010, to the lowest since 2008. Read more.

The Liberal Democrats in Government have invested heavily in apprenticeships, doubling the number started each year, and Duncan is encouraging the local employers he meets to offer as many as possible. Read more about Duncan's campaign for more apprenticeships here.

Duncan and the Liberal Democrats have made tax fairer by raising the point at which people start paying income tax to £10,500, cutting taxes by £800 for 25 million people. Read more about Duncan's campaign to cut income tax further here.