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2014-07-22-red-tapeNorth Wiltshire MP James Gray has called for schools to be freed from meaningless regulations and bureaucracy.

Speaking during Questions to the Secretary of State for Education, Mr Gray said, "Governors across North Wiltshire who run some of the best schools in the land do an outstandingly good job, but many of them tell me that they are overburdened by rules, regulations, bureaucracy and the forms they have to fill out for central Government," before asking whether there is "a way that they could be freed from some of these responsibilities so that they can take a much more strategic overview of the direction of the school and spend less time bogged down in bureaucracy."

Responding, Schools Minister David Laws MP said:

"[T]he Government want to reduce all aspects of bureaucracy in the school system. We want to make sure that governors are not overburdened with bureaucracy but are armed with the vital information that will allow them to do their job properly and to have more effective governing bodies, which can play a vital role in school improvement."

Mr Gray added this morning, "I am delighted that the Government recognise the need to cut red tape in the school system. We are fortunate in Wiltshire to have some of the best schools in Britain, and the Government needs to take further steps to make sure that headteachers and school governors can get on with their main task of further improving their schools without being mired in unnecessary bureaucracy."

2014-07-18-wiltshire-police"We're making Britain an even safer place to live, work, and raise a family with our action plan to tackle crime," said North Wiltshire MP James Gray welcoming news that crime is falling.

"Latest figures from the independent Office for National Statistics show that since 2010 recorded crime in Wiltshire has fallen by 12 per cent thanks to our plan, and the hard work of police officers across the county."

"Families are safer and more secure, and North Wiltshire can enjoy a better, brighter future."

The Government is following an action plan to tackle crime by:

  1. freeing the police to fight crime by cutting red tape and scrapping unnecessary targets,
  2. giving criminals tougher sentences so communities are protected and justice is done,
  3. giving the police the powers they need to tackle criminals, using the latest tools and techniques,
  4. stopping people from becoming criminals by tackling the root causes of crime,
  5. making the police answer to the community to help drive down crime in your area.

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