Reducing The Cost of Living

Keeping prices low is incredibly important, though more people are in employment and education than ever before, cost of living is still a key issue for many of my constituents.

I will campaign locally and nationally to help reduce the cost of living so that low-income families no longer feel the 'pinch' and the economy can continue to grow.

Be it rent, food prices, transport costs or boosting social mobility, I will lobby to improve standards of living and ensuring that Brexit will bring about more opportunity for residents, particularly for goods purchase, employment options and securing decent, affordable housing.

Getting benefits right is also 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 feedback with the Department.

News

Casework Report - October

This is my last casework report under the current Parliament as I expect Parliament will dissolve next week for a General Election.

Help to buy extension - Forces Members

This month the Government is extending the Help to Buy scheme for armed forces members.  This will help many more of our service personnel make their first steps on the property ladder as a thank you for their commitment to our country.

The Queen's Speech

Today’s Queen's Speech set out this Government’s ambitious domestic agenda.

✅ Invest in our NHS
✅ 20,000 new Police officers
✅ More schools funding...
✅ Deliver Brexit

We will deliver on Britain’s priorities and we will Get Brexit Done.

 

A change to UC deductions

A number of you have written in to me with concerns over heavy deductions of benefit whilst claiming Universal Credit.

View From the House - September 9th

Hello and welcome back to my weekly View from the House for Tamworth Informed. The summer recess has been incredibly busy, with a lot of changes. I signed off my last View from the House saying there would be lots of news to report, I do not think I am wrong!

The Spending Review

Today the Chancellor set out a review on spending.  This is not a budget but an insight into a change in direction on public policy and Government spending.

Pension Credit - are you entitled?

The charity Independent Age has been investigating the Pension Credit system.  They have kindly produced figures from each constituency of Pension Credit uptake and where improvements can be made.

Improving child care costs reporting

A topic which sometimes crosses my desk from local parents is the challenges they face when trying to report their child care to the Universal Credit or Tax Credit system.