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INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWS HOW GOVERNMENT POLICY IS TRANSFORMING ISLAND LIFE

A new interactive map shows how government policy is transforming many aspects of life on the Isle of Wight.

The map, launched by Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis MP last Friday, allows anyone to see key statistics relating to their local area.

On the Isle of Wight some 71,212 people – approximately half of the Island’s population – have seen their income tax cut by an average of over £1,000 per year.

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Other highlights include:

  • The number claiming unemployment benefit is down 52% since 2010
  • Island schools receive the huge sum of £4,848,668 in pupil premium ensuring disadvantaged pupils get the same opportunities as their peers
  • 170 families on the Island have already bought their own home with the Help to Buy scheme

Councillor Whitehouse, the Isle of Wight Council’s Conservative Cabinet Secretary, has said:

“The new interactive map is a fantastic tool that reveals some great progress we’re making on the Island.

“The highlighted figures above do not include the £260million grant from the government, that we don’t have to repay, and which we’re using to upgrade the Island’s entire road network to boost tourism, investment and the convenience of Islanders.

“Conservatives in County Hall, working with Island MP, Bob Seely, really are delivering economic growth, jobs, improving schools, and better public services all round. We can now literally chart our progress as we drive forward our plans to deliver educational excellence and economic regeneration”.

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You can view the interactive map for yourself at https://www.conservatives.com/yourarea.

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