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Richard Benyon, Member of Parliament for Newbury, has welcomed new figures which show that the Government’s flagship ‘Help to Buy’ policy has aided 225 people in buying their own home in the Newbury constituency.

Help to Buy was introduced by the Conservatives to help working people achieve the aspiration of buying their own home. Nationally, the scheme has now enabled 120,000 families to realise this dream, less than three years since its launch.

Richard said: “This policy has clearly been a huge success in the Newbury constituency. I am even more pleased that, nationally, 80 per cent of those helped are first-time buyers”.

He continued: “As of 1 December, the Help to Buy ISA will start supporting those who are working hard to save up for a deposit for their first home. This is a further incentive from Government to help the next generation of home owners”.


·         Help to Buy has helped nearly 120,000 families buy their own home. More than118,000 people have been helped to buy a home through the three parts of Help to Buy: the Equity Loan, Mortgage Guarantee and New Buy schemes (HM Treasury press release, 9 September 2015, link).

·         Most of the people benefitting are first-time buyers.80 per cent of sales have been to first-time buyers, helping to create a new generation of homeowners (Ibid.).

·         Help to Buy is supporting responsible lending.The average price of a house purchased through Help to Buy is £186,000 - well below the UK average price of £277,000. In addition, 95 per cent of sales have been outside of London, with the highest number of homes bought through the mortgage guarantee scheme in the North West (Ibid.).

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Richard Benyon, Member of Parliament for Newbury, is to meet Shailesh Vara, Minister for Courts and Legal Aid next week, following the start of a consultation period which proposes the closure of West Berkshire (Newbury) Magistrates’ Court.

Richard, who successfully campaigned against potential closure in 2010, has already made representations to the consultation and has requested this meeting to enforce the case for local justice.

Richard said: “I am grateful to the minister for granting me a meeting. I maintain that our court has been purposely run down by the Courts Service with this very aim in mind. I am deeply troubled that the concept of local justice is being lost”.

He continued: “It is vital that the Ministry of Justice is made aware of the detrimental impact this potential closure will have on our local community and I would urge all interested parties to make their feelings known to this consultation, which is to close on 8th October”.

Richard’s forthcoming meeting follows discussions with the Law Society earlier this week.


·         Richard’s consultation response and correspondence with the Ministry of Justice are available on his website:

·         The consultation can be accessed here:

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Richard Benyon, Member of Parliament for Newbury, has reacted with concern to the news that the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) is reducing certain roles within the business.

Richard said: “I am of course concerned at the news of 500 job losses at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. My first concern is for any of the employees who may be offered redundancy. I want to ensure that the AWE works with agencies such as Jobcentre Plus to provide the best opportunities for retraining and employment in the area. I am also determined to ensure that there are no compromises on safety or security at both sites”.

He continued: “The sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield have benefitted from huge investment in recent years; the AWE remains a valued local employer and have a considerable supply chain across the local economy. Skills taught in the AWE school for apprentices and in the fields of science and engineering are transferable across the economy. The benefits of the AWE are seen across the UK”.



1.       The Aldermaston site is situated within the Newbury constituency. Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) Burghfield, is situated within the constituency of The Rt Hon John Redwood MP. Many employees at AWE live within close proximity to the site in communities such as Tadley, which is in the constituency of North West Hampshire, whose Member of Parliament is Kit Malthouse.

2.       Last month the claimant rate for jobseekers in the Newbury constituency was 0.6% of the working age population. While no one is complacent, this does mean that the chances of finding employment for any staff made redundant are high.


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Richard Benyon, Member of Parliament for Newbury, has described the decision by the Ministry of Justice to consult on the closure of Newbury Magistrates’ Court as a “blow for local justice”.

Richard said: “I believe that the court service has run down the use of Newbury Court to claim that the level of usage warrants its closure. Decades ago, justice was delivered in Lambourn, Hungerford and Newbury, now victims face travelling to Reading to give evidence”.

He continued: “I have already held discussions with the Chief Executive of West Berkshire Council to see if their video link could be used by the court service and I will be making representations to the consultation to keep the court open”. 

Richard has previously fought a successful campaign to stop the closure of the court in 2010.


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Member of Parliament for Newbury, Richard Benyon, has welcomed Phase 2 of Superfast Berkshire’s broadband project, which will see up to 99% of West Berkshire’s premises covered.

Gigaclear, who have been awarded the contract and are responsible for the deployment of ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premise technology to more than 11,700 premises, will afford homes and businesses access speeds of 50Mbps and up to 1000Mbps.

Richard said: “With Phase 1 of this project to complete shortly and with Phase 2 now signed off and due to start imminently, this is a really exciting time.”

He continued: “Broadband is so vital to the rural economy, as well as our quality of life. We are well on course to becoming one of the best connected counties in the country and we must all be patient when we come across roads being dug up – it is all for a good cause.”

Richard at the signing alongside (L) Matthew Hare, Chief Executive of Gigaclere and (R) Roger Croft, West Berkshire Council’s Broadband Lead. 

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Richard Benyon was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Newbury on 7 May 2015, with an increased majority of 26,368. Richard won 61 per cent of the vote share.



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