Shocking new research by the House of Commons Library shows that Tory changes to tax credits will leave working families on average £1,300 worse off a year. Only a few months after the election, the Tories are breaking their promise to stand up for working people.
Over three million working families will be affected by this cut to tax credits. In Swansea West alone, around 2,900 families will be made worse off. Instead of helping working people, the Tories are pushing through changes which will hit working families in the wallet.
The Tories have not planned any transitional changes to protect affected families. 2.7 million parents with children will be left out of pocket by over £100 every month, and there is a real risk that children will suffer directly as a result of these changes.
Labour is calling on David Cameron to stop the tax credit cut. We need to balance the books, but the way to do that isn’t to make working families worse off.
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Shocking new research by the House of Commons Library shows that Tory changes to tax credits will leave working families on average £1,300 worse off a year. Only a few...
Swansea People First today met with Swansea West MP, Geraint Davies, to discuss the impact of the Conservative Government’s spending cuts to people with learning difficulties.
The registered charity for people with learning disabilities in Swansea seeks to empower and promote the rights of those with disabilities, and highlight the barriers to their independence. Geraint Davies MP met with the members of the charity to discuss areas for collaborative working to raise awareness of the impact of the Government’s spending cuts.
Successive reductions to Wales over the last five years have seen £1.3bn taken out of vital public services, and has placed pressure on local authorities across Wales.
Said Geraint Davies, “I heard first hand of how the Conservative cuts to Wales has hit people with disabilities so hard in Swansea, including reductions in services, transport and income that has made a painful difference.”
“We’ll be working together to highlight the impact of the cuts on the most vulnerable in Swansea"
Swansea People First today met with Swansea West MP, Geraint Davies, to discuss the impact of the Conservative Government’s spending cuts to people with learning difficulties. The registered charity...
Swansea West Labour MP Geraint Davies presented his Bill today to ensure parliamentary scrutiny of international trade agreements that will bind future governments for twenty years with powers for companies to sue governments in secret tribunals. The agreements also mean currently protected products like Cornish Pasties and Cumberland sausages will be able to be produced in Canada and U.S. in future.
The trade agreements include the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) Canadian-EU agreement Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The Bill states that if passed it would “require scrutiny of and enable amendments to international trade agreements, including investor state dispute settlements, by the European and UK Parliaments; and for connected purposes.”
Speaking after he presented his Bill Geraint Davies “The Canada & EU free trade agreement CETA to be ratified in 2016 will bind further governments as it will be in force for 20 years contains powers for companies to sue governments in secret tribunals.
“CETA would also mean British products like Cornish pasties and Cumberland sausages can be produced in Canada as the UK Government has chosen not to protect any of its Geographical Indicators (GIs) whilst those other countries have chosen to protect these, for example Brie & Champagne both remain protected.
“My Bill on the order paper would require parliamentary scrutiny of trade agreements including TTIP and CETA to protect our products, our democracy and our public finances.
“This Bill has cross-party backing with support from Conservative, SNP, Plaid Cymru and Lib Dem Members of Parliament all co-sponsoring the Bill. I will also be calling for a backbench debate on the floor of the House of Commons, so MPs can call on the Government to allow further scrutiny.
“CETA has been signed at the EU level but not ratified. The 25th Sept is the first anniversary of the agreement being completed and signed. This is expected to come to the UK Parliament no earlier than mid 2016. It has received no scrutiny in the UK Parliament, despite ushering the most controversial part of TTIP, ISDS because of the relationship between Canadian and US firms.
“CETA and TTIP also pose a significant danger for our climate and environment. CETA will provide a major opportunity for foreign energy and mining companies from Canada to step up fracking and other environmentally damaging activities in the UK and the EU. Energy and mining are omitted from the agreement’s sustainable development and trade chapter.
“If CETA goes ahead, what happens to TTIP may become irrelevant. The UK parliament along with EU state parliaments need to discuss and vote on this and other Trade agreements and my bill would allow scrutiny of all parts of these highly damaging agreements.”
MP's Trade Bill to safeguard Cornish Pasties and Cumberland Sausages as well as UK sovereignty and public finances
Swansea West Labour MP Geraint Davies presented his Bill today to ensure parliamentary scrutiny of international trade agreements that will bind future governments for twenty years with powers for companies...
Geraint Davies MP spoke today in a Emergency Debate in the House of Commons:
"Swansea is a City of Sanctuary, and the Leader of the Council Rob Stewart has said that Swansea will help in any way it can. Would the Shadow Home Secretary agree with me that the issue is to establish the capacity for people who will willing take people, rather than just plucking numbers from the air and that there is a welcome home for many people in distress across the country and that of course includes Swansea?"
Geraint is also appealing for donations that will be taken to the refugee camps, as can be seen in the poster below:
Geraint Davies MP spoke today in a Emergency Debate in the House of Commons: "Swansea is a City of Sanctuary, and the Leader of the Council Rob Stewart has...
Geraint Davies MP and Julie James AM are appealing to the residents of Swansea to help them in collecting much needed supplies for thousands of refugees fleeing war-torn parts of the Middle East, including Syria and Eritrea.
Geraint Davies MP said ‘Recent images of children washed up on beaches is heart breaking and we cannot stand by and do nothing for these desperate people. We are arranging this collection for Refugees in camps in Calais who need our help, and we are sure the people of Swansea will respond with their famous warmth to families who have left everything to seek safety. We must remember that these are human beings who have simply been born in a different part of the world to us. Many people in Swansea are very concerned about the ongoing crisis and we are acting to provide much needed practical help.
Julie James AM said ‘Conditions in the camps are worsening, supplies of essentials are running low and the camps are getting busier. The people of Swansea can do their bit to help the refugees live more securely and more comfortably while waiting for a wider European political response to help resolve the crisis.’
Long-lasting food, warm clothes, toiletries, blankets and shoes can be dropped off to C/o Geraint Davies MP & Julie James AM - 5th floor, Sun Alliance House, St Helens Road, Swansea or ring 01792 475943. All suitable donations are welcome.
Geraint would also like to direct members to organisations that accept donations such as:
The Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Make-a-single-donation/Europe-Refugee-Crisis-Appeal
Save the Children - http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/about-us/emergencies/child-refugee-crisis-appeal?utm_campaign=refugee&utm_medium=ppc&utm_source=refugeecrisisappealppc&sissr=1
Geraint Davies MP and Julie James AM are appealing to the residents of Swansea to help them in collecting much needed supplies for thousands of refugees fleeing war-torn parts of...