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eBrief from Cathy Jamieson MP 12th March 2012 Government in disarray on child benefit plans secure
eBrief from
Cathy Jamieson MP
12th March 2012
Government in disarray on child
benefit plans
secure additional hours, the changes mean
that they will actually be better off giving up
their work and claiming benefits, which makes
no sense whatsoever.
Last week, a number of charities joined
USDAW to write to the Prime Minister, asking
for him to drop the plan, and wait for the new
Universal Credit system to come into effect in
18 months time.
So far the Government shows no sign of
listening, despite strong reservations now
being expressed by their own MPs!
Call for Low Paid to be protected
The Government’s policies on Child Benefit
descended into more chaos last Monday with
all sorts of contradictory briefing on how they
would resolve the problems they have created
for themselves with their plans to cut Child
Benefit for higher earners.
Put simply, their plans would mean that a
couple where each parent earns £42,000 a
year would keep all of their Child Benefit, but a
family with one parent working, with a salary of
£43,000 would lose it all.
During an Opposition Day debate on Living
Standards, I called on the Government to stop
the change, go away and properly review the
situation and bring back a report for Parliament
to discuss.
was back at the Despatch Box on Tuesday for
questions to the Chancellor and Treasury
I
I also raised
again the Tax
Bombshell
which is set
to drop on
many local
couples in
part time
work. If these
workers are
not able to
Ministers. With Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
picking up on fuel prices, and Shadow Chief
Secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves
again raising Child Benefit and Working Tax
Credits, I turned my attention to how low paid
public sector workers will be protected as pay
restraint kicks in.
I
reminded the Chief Secretary to the Treasury
that we wrote to the Chancellor in January,
asking about the promises he previously made
to ensure these workers get a rise of £250. We
have not yet received a reply, but hopefully it is
now on its way!
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Feed in Tariffs and Energy Costs

Feed in Tariffs and Energy Costs Every week I submit my name into the ballot whichpressed the Minister again on the fall-out from the chaos around the changes to the Feed In Tariffs for Solar PV. I was disappointed that he tried to dismiss the concerns, as I was relaying problems which had been brought to me by local businesses! At Topical Questions , I asked what progress had been made on helping people move from PrePayment Meters to less expensive tariffs for their electricity since I last raised the issue. He indicated that this is something the Government is looking at. Following my Question, Consumer Focus got in touch to highlight further problems, which I will follow up. In the meantime, I would be interested to hear from anyone who has good or bad experience of moving away from PrePayment Meters. Local smokers urged to ‘Take the L eap’ to quitting on No Smoking Day On Leap Year Day smokers across the UK were being urged to Take the Leap and get ready to quit on No Smoking Day, which is coming up this week on Wednesday 14 March. To add a bit of encouragement, I joined colleagues in Parliament to pose with a giant version of the light-hearted campaign poster. We know that stopping smoking is one of the best things people can do to boost their health, as well as putting money back in their pockets. Quitting can be hard, but there is a lot of support available, and thousands of others are also trying to do the same thing. One in five (21%) UK adults smoke, including 25 per cent of people in Scotland – the highest percentage in Great Britain. But UK figures show two thirds want to quit. No Smoking Day , which recently merged with the British Heart Foundation, is an annual health campaign now in its 29 year. It is responsible for helping more than 750,000 smokers attempt to quit on the day, and for inspiring another two million to seek out information to help them quit in the future . Friday 16 March 10am Crosshouse Area Centre Drop In Surgeries this week 2 Saturday 19 March 10am Catrine Community Centre " id="pdf-obj-1-5" src="pdf-obj-1-5.jpg">

Every week I submit my name into the ballot which takes place for the various Ministerial Question times that run throughout the week. Last week I was surprised, but pleased, to get onto the order paper with an Oral Question on Feed in Tariffs, and a Topical Question, where

  • I could ask about an issue without prior notice being given to the Minister.

  • I pressed the Minister again on the fall-out from

the chaos around the changes to the Feed In Tariffs for Solar PV. I was disappointed that he tried to dismiss the concerns, as I was relaying

problems which had been brought to me by local businesses!

At Topical Questions, I asked what progress had been made on helping people move from PrePayment Meters to less expensive tariffs for their electricity since I last raised the issue. He indicated that this is something the Government is looking at. Following my Question, Consumer Focus got in touch to highlight further problems, which I will follow up. In the meantime, I would be interested to hear from anyone who has good or bad experience of moving away from PrePayment Meters.

Local smokers urged to ‘Take the Leap’ to quitting on No Smoking Day

On Leap Year Day smokers across the UK were being urged to Take the Leap and get ready to quit on No Smoking Day, which is coming up this week on Wednesday 14 March. To add a bit of encouragement, I joined colleagues in Parliament to pose with a giant version of the light-hearted campaign poster.

We know that stopping smoking is one of the best things people can do to boost their health, as well as putting money back in their pockets.

Quitting can be hard, but there is a lot of support available, and thousands of others are also trying to do the same thing.

One in five (21%) UK adults smoke, including 25 per cent of people in Scotland the highest percentage in Great Britain. But UK figures show two thirds want to quit.

Feed in Tariffs and Energy Costs Every week I submit my name into the ballot whichpressed the Minister again on the fall-out from the chaos around the changes to the Feed In Tariffs for Solar PV. I was disappointed that he tried to dismiss the concerns, as I was relaying problems which had been brought to me by local businesses! At Topical Questions , I asked what progress had been made on helping people move from PrePayment Meters to less expensive tariffs for their electricity since I last raised the issue. He indicated that this is something the Government is looking at. Following my Question, Consumer Focus got in touch to highlight further problems, which I will follow up. In the meantime, I would be interested to hear from anyone who has good or bad experience of moving away from PrePayment Meters. Local smokers urged to ‘Take the L eap’ to quitting on No Smoking Day On Leap Year Day smokers across the UK were being urged to Take the Leap and get ready to quit on No Smoking Day, which is coming up this week on Wednesday 14 March. To add a bit of encouragement, I joined colleagues in Parliament to pose with a giant version of the light-hearted campaign poster. We know that stopping smoking is one of the best things people can do to boost their health, as well as putting money back in their pockets. Quitting can be hard, but there is a lot of support available, and thousands of others are also trying to do the same thing. One in five (21%) UK adults smoke, including 25 per cent of people in Scotland – the highest percentage in Great Britain. But UK figures show two thirds want to quit. No Smoking Day , which recently merged with the British Heart Foundation, is an annual health campaign now in its 29 year. It is responsible for helping more than 750,000 smokers attempt to quit on the day, and for inspiring another two million to seek out information to help them quit in the future . Friday 16 March 10am Crosshouse Area Centre Drop In Surgeries this week 2 Saturday 19 March 10am Catrine Community Centre " id="pdf-obj-1-40" src="pdf-obj-1-40.jpg">

No Smoking Day, which recently merged with the

Foundation, is an annual health

campaign now in its

29 th year.

It is

responsible for helping more than 750,000 smokers attempt to quit on the day, and for inspiring another two million to seek out information to help them quit in the future.

Friday 16 th March 10am Crosshouse Area Centre

Drop In Surgeries this week

  • 2 Saturday 19 th March 10am Catrine Community Centre