Improving The Welfare Benefits System

Getting benefits right is a concern of mine, the benefit system is there as a safety net for those who need support and should not be abused.  However it is also important that for benefit claimants, the system is actually helping, not hindering their progress. 

I have particular interest in seeking improvements to the Universal Credit system which is replacing so many welfare benefits.  Helping people help themselves is key and I will share resident feedback with the Department to help make the system better.

News

Over 1000 food parcels delivered by Staffs CC

Christopher Pincher MP congratulates County Council on delivering the 1,000th food parcel to the vulnerable

Speaking to the Tamworth Herald, Christopher Pincher MP said:

More local and national help for business

Today the Chancellor announced a new 'bounce back' loans scheme.  This is a 100% Government backed loan scheme which will enable small businesses borrow up to £50,000 and access the cash within days. 

Boris is back in action

The Prime Minister returned to the podium today - he had an important message for us all, you can read his statement in full below.

 

New children, Child Benefit and Covid19

I know there has been a number of new births over the past few weeks but not all parents have yet been able to register the birth.

While registry offices continue to run, demand is high and so some registration processes are taking longer than normal.  

Extension of sick pay to those who are shielding

I know a number of you who would ordinarily work but have been asked to shield due to being in a high-risk group have ran into difficulties, particularly if your job role cannot be amended for you to work from home.

More info on Furlough

I am receiving a lot of correspondence on furlough so I wanted to explain a little more about it and how it may help you.

The Budget 2020

Yesterday the Chancellor unveiled a Budget that delivers on our promises to the British people to level up our whole United Kingdom and spread opportunity across every community. 

Tax Free Child Care

I understand that there are many working families across Tamworth who are not currently claiming support they can receive from the Government to help them with child care.

Changes comnig to ESA & PIP Assessments

A number of you will know that I regularly raise issues with the DWP both locally and nationally about the challenges some residents face when having to attend multiple face to face assessments in Birmingham for their benefits.