Driving forward the creation of new jobs

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THERE were three priorities for the Government in the first half of this year: growth, aspiration and modernising public services. Put simply, we will work to help more people get a job and get on in life in a Britain that has the best modern public services.

We are continuing our rescue mission on our economy - dealing with the huge deficit we inherited was the single most important step towards recovery and growth.

Now we’ll strive to be the most pro-growth Government in living memory. Over the next few months we will drive forward a programme with one purpose: creating jobs.

We’ll show we are on the side of enterprising business and enterprising people.

Abroad we will unashamedly talk Britain up - to improve trade and investment so more jobs are created at home. Our message is clear, Britain is open for business.

This Government is on the side of people who want to get ahead and who want their children to get ahead.

This Government has launched a major programme for public sector modernisation to create better schools and hospitals and a fairer welfare system. We are updating our public services - cutting waste but bringing choice, encouraging competition and opening up to new providers.

Earlier this month – in partnership with the Business Minister, Edward Davey - I launched a public consultation on open data inspired by the Prime Minister’s commitment to transparency as a significant driver of economic activity, which is increasingly enabling the creation of valuable new services and applications.

The idea is to open up opportunities for developers, businesses and members of the public to generate economic growth through the use of data.

We want the public, businesses and other interested parties to let us have their views on public services including GP achievements and prescribing, the performance of hospital teams in treating key conditions, the effectiveness of schools at teaching pupils across a range of subjects and criminal sentencing by courts.

I hope you will make your views count by responding to the consultations on http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/making-open-data-real-public-consultation and http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/consultation-data-policy-public-data-corporation.

FRANCIS MAUDE

MP for Horsham