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

Sunday Trading

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

Wolverhampton Council - Economic Report

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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  • lower the level at which Working Tax Credit (WTC) start to be withdrawn, from £6,420 to £3,850; and
  • increase the taper rate at which Tax Credits are withdrawn, from 41% to 48%; meaning that, for every £1 earned over £6,420,there will be a 48p reduction in the level of Tax Credits entitlement.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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Why I shall vote for Andy Burnham

Deciding for which leadership candidate to vote is as hard for me as for many other supporters.  I did not nominate a candidate because none of them looked very inspiring to me.  It seems to me that some of them are unlikely ever to inspire the wider electorate either.  None of the candidates has ever had for any length of time what many constituents would call a real job – it’s all been in and around the Westminster bubble – and that critique includes Jeremy Corbyn (for whom I am not voting) and Andy Burnham (for whom I am).

As the campaign has progressed, two candidates have grown into the role of putative leader (Burnham and Corbyn) and two have not (Cooper and Kendall).  I think that Andy Burnham is much more likely to grow the appeal of Labour, and win in 2020, than any other candidate.  However, it is not just about winning – important as that is.  It’s also about principles, and then about the consequent policies Labour should propose for the 21st century.

Andy Burnham is right that Labour’s mission must be to revive hope, by proposing policies to tackle the insecurities and inequalities which bedevil our society.  His manifesto sets out his principles and his proposals.  For example, he espouses:

  •  “a modern comprehensive education system, replacing tuition fees with a new graduate tax, and creating new university-style support for young people seeking apprenticeships.
  • “an affordable home for all to rent or own – by freeing councils to build new homes and introducing regulation of the private rented sector.
  • “a secure, well-paid job for everyone – by abolishing the youth rate National Minimum  Wage, establishing a true living wage for all ages, banning forced zero-hours contracts and unpaid internships.
  • “affordable and reliable transport for all – through a policy of progressive re-nationalisation of our railways and re-regulation of our buses.
  • “good care for all your needs from cradle to grave – and no one forced to sell their home – through a National Health and Care Service, bringing social care into the NHS.”

Andy Burnham is clear on inequality, saying:  “I want to lead a Party that doesn’t just talk about equality but one that acts on it. It is unacceptable that, in the Britain we live in, your gender, the colour of your skin, a disability, your sexuality or age can all be factors that mean you have a less than equal chance of getting on in life and a more than likely chance of earning less, being out of work, being stopped and searched, having health issues or being discriminated against.  As a country, we must stand together to eradicate hatred, prejudice and intolerance, rather than letting it spread. I will fight for a cross-government strategy on hate crime, from schools to social media, to tackle the growth in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.  I came into politics to fight for true equality. But if we want to change our country, we must also be prepared to change ourselves.”

Andy Burnham is clear on the deficit, saying:  “It is essential to have a plan to reduce the deficit, but the Tory Government’s approach of doing so almost exclusively through spending cuts will destroy the fabric of our communities and hurt the most vulnerable. Instead, I will bring forward a balanced Labour plan for a sustainable economy, based on growth and investment, fair pay, a re-balanced tax system, and a labour market that works for all.  Alongside it, I will promote an industrial strategy for Britain, devised and delivered in partnership with both business and trade unions, and with government investing for the future in infrastructure and the green economy.”

Andy Burnham is not afraid to risk the ire of the right-wingers, to be bold.  Without boldness, we cannot win in 2020.  For example, he overtly stands up for trades unions, for re-nationalising the railways, for access to justice, for challenging TTIP

I do not agree with every word of Andy Burnham’s manifesto – one seldom does in politics – but I do agree with enough to know that he is the best candidate.  This is a candidate after my own heart:  not afraid to assert and use the power of the state to regulate and to intervene when there is market failure.

 

Rob Marris

MP for Wolverhampton South West

Why I shall vote for Andy Burnham

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Rob Marris at the official opening of the letting agents Martin & Co.’s office at 11 Waterloo Road, July 2015.

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Rob Marris opens Martin & Co Office

Rob Marris at the official opening of the letting agents Martin & Co.’s office at 11 Waterloo Road, July 2015.

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2015 was a disastrous election result for my Party.  

A welcome U-turn on the EU referendum. The economy next?

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Strange title you may think ... but it is the silence that precedes the ultimate act of those who tragically decide to end their lives.

The Silence of Suicide

Strange title you may think ... but it is the silence that precedes the ultimate act of those who tragically decide to end their lives. Read more

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Rob Marris your newly elected MP for Wolverhampton South West

 

Thank You

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