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Rob Marris MP and Pat McFadden MP passed on Christmas greetings to postmen and women at the Wolverhampton Delivery Office and North West Midlands Mail Centre. 

Rob Marris MP and Pat McFadden MP deliver festive cheer to postal workers

  Rob Marris MP and Pat McFadden MP passed on Christmas greetings to postmen and women at the Wolverhampton Delivery Office and North West Midlands Mail Centre.  Read more

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Rob Marris MP for Wolverhampton South West has attended an event in Parliament celebrating the impact National Lottery funding has had on the UK’s public parks.

Rob Marris MP celebrates National Lottery funding for Parks

Rob Marris MP for Wolverhampton South West has attended an event in Parliament celebrating the impact National Lottery funding has had on the UK’s public parks. Read more

Rob Marris and Lorna Mitchell at the Language Studio

For Small Business Saturday, as local MP and as Shadow Treasury I visited the Language Studio in Darlington Street Wolverhampton, above Make & Mend.  It was recently opened by Lorna Mitchell from Wednesfield.

Small Business Saturday

For Small Business Saturday, as local MP and as Shadow Treasury I visited the Language Studio in Darlington Street Wolverhampton, above Make & Mend.  It was recently opened by Lorna... Read more

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On Wednesday 2 December 2015 I voted against the UK government’s proposals for military action in Syria.

Syria: UK military action

On Wednesday 2 December 2015 I voted against the UK government’s proposals for military action in Syria. Read more

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The widow of Bob Jones CBE spoke of her pride as a Wolverhampton community centre was named in memory of her late husband.

Centre renamed in memory of community stalwart Bob Jones CBE

The widow of Bob Jones CBE spoke of her pride as a Wolverhampton community centre was named in memory of her late husband. Read more

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Rob Marris MP backs local shopworkers and opposes Government changes to Sunday trading laws

Sunday Trading

  Rob Marris MP backs local shopworkers and opposes Government changes to Sunday trading laws Read more

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Wolverhampton Council set out the vision, aims and objectives for the city.

Wolverhampton Council - Economic Report

  Wolverhampton Council set out the vision, aims and objectives for the city. Read more

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The campaign established by Martin Lewis at Moneysavingexpert.com rightly needs to be recognised by this Government as a serious issue. This is clearly an attack on graduates and students.

Rob Marris MP has written to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid MP. Expressing his concern over the proposed changes to the student loan repayment threshold, for students who entered higher education 2012 onwards.

 

It would be unfair and unjust to disadvantage retrospectively most of the hundreds of thousands of students who entered higher education from 2012.

 

#StopStudentLoanUTurn

The campaign established by Martin Lewis at Moneysavingexpert.com rightly needs to be recognised by this Government as a serious issue. This is clearly an attack on graduates and students. Rob... Read more

The Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 will come into force on 6 April 2016.  It is a “Statutory Instrument” which was introduced by the Conservative government.  The effect of these Regulations is to:

  • lower the level at which Working Tax Credit (WTC) start to be withdrawn, from £6,420 to £3,850; and
  • increase the taper rate at which Tax Credits are withdrawn, from 41% to 48%; meaning that, for every £1 earned over £6,420,there will be a 48p reduction in the level of Tax Credits entitlement.
  • as a consequence of these changes to WTC, these regulations also lower the level at which Child Tax Credit (CTC) begins to be taken away, from £16,105 to £12,125.  This change was not announced in the government’s Summer Budget, but is a consequence of lowering and steepening the taper for WTC.

The cuts amount to £4.4 billion in 2016-17.  Shockingly, the government has not carried out an impact assessment.

This Statutory Instrument introduces a work penalty into the Tax Credits system, and weakens incentives for people to find work or to work additional hours.  Labour opposes these cuts to Tax Credits, which were not even in the Conservative manifesto. 

According to the independent Institute of Fiscal Studies, these changes will see over 3 million families lose an average of £1,000 a year.  The IFS has also confirmed that it is “arithmetically impossible” for the government’s so called National Living Wage to make up for these losses.

Labour MPs voted against these changes.  We want to see a higher wage economy, where people are less reliant on Tax Credits to make ends meet.  Labour also wants to see action on low pay and high rents, which are the real drivers of rising Social Security spending.

 

The draft Regulations can be found online at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2015/9780111138946/pdfs/ukdsi_9780111138946_en.pdf

 

An explanatory memorandum to the Regulations is online at:  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2015/9780111138946/pdfs/ukdsiem_9780111138946_en.pdf

 

Rob Marris, MP for Wolverhampton South West

Government cuts Tax Credits

The Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 will come into force on 6 April 2016.  It is a “Statutory Instrument” which was introduced by the...

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I refer to the open letter from religious professionals to me, published in the Express & Star.It is in response to my article which the Express & Star published, setting out my reasons for proposing this legislation.

I have no wish to enter into a tit-for-tat on this issue. However, a few comments might illuminate matters.

I am promoting choice - not death

  I refer to the open letter from religious professionals to me, published in the Express & Star.It is in response to my article which the Express & Star published,... Read more

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