Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Technology, has asked the Government a series of questions on what they are doing to ensure that the UK’s world class financial technology (fintech) industry remains on the cutting edge.
An Ernst and Young report commissioned by HM Treasury in 2016 found that the UK was the best placed hub in the world for fintech. Subsequent studies, such as the annual Z/Yen Financial Services Index, have further reinforced the UK’s claim to be the world’s best location for fintech firms.
Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has asked the Government a Parliamentary Question on what they are doing to ensure that educational technology resources are available to schools to further the educational attainment of pupils.
It revealed that the UK government is investing in applying technology to the education system and ensuing that the UK’s skill profile matches the anticipated demand in new high tech areas such as artificial intelligence.
Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has asked the Government a series of Parliamentary Questions concerning international trade to uncover what steps the Government is taking to prepare the UK for its departure from the European Union.
They have shone a light on a series of actions being taken by the Government to utilise technology and diplomatic relations to promote international trade and enable businesses to make the most of the new opportunities that withdrawing from the European Union’s Customs Union will bring.
Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed unemployment statistics today showing that the British jobs miracle is continuing unabated. Despite analysts predicting a decrease in employment of 13,000, the number of people employed rose by 102,000. The value of the Pound rose to $1.42, equivalent to its value before the UK voted to leave the EU.
The same was true of Windsor, were unemployment hit a fresh low of 405, or 0.7%. Windsor, traditionally in the lowest 10% of constituencies for unemployment, is now in the lowest 3% of constituencies!
As a nation we’ve become pretty good at recognising major public safety hazards and tackling them over time. Smoking is a case in point with a gradual escalation of measures from Government and over 1.5 million people taking part in Stoptober since 2011. Combined with a permissive attitude to electronic vaping devices, more than 10 million people have stopped smoking, including myself and literally hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved.
Why then have we not been equally concerned about the dangers of loneliness and social isolation? A meta-study of over 180,000 people by the University of York in 2016 found that social isolation was associated with a 29% higher risk of a heart attack and a 32% higher risk of a stroke – comparable to the effects of smoking or obesity.