25 November 2011 Nic Dakin MP
Make Tuesday a new start – and change course It’s a big day for the economy on Tuesday as the Chancellor sets out his plans for the year ahead. This is yet another chance for the Toryled Government to draw a line under what’s been a year of flatlining growth, and great worry and uncertainty for many people in Scunthorpe, and get a plan for jobs and growth that works. It is time for this Toryled Government to say to the one million young people without jobs, the struggling businesses who are waiting for delayed grants and confidence and of course the families who are working hard but sinking fast, that we all deserve better than this. Rising unemployment is costing us too much, with too many people being forced onto benefits and fewer people in work to keep the local economy afloat. The last year has seen too many failures.
LABOUR LAUNCH £1 MEMBERSHIP FOR VETERANS AND SERVING ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL
Business support schemes like the Regional Growth Fund In recognition of the unique role that the forces play whose administrative failures mean struggling firms are in our country, Labour became the first Party ever deprived of money and jobs are put at risk. this week to offer a reduced membership rate of just Failure too from the Government’s Work Programme. Since its launch in June 2011, longterm youth unemployment has risen by 56%. The best Christmas present David Cameron and George Osborne can give to this country is a change of course on the economy and a real plan for jobs and growth that actually works. Labour has set out a fivepoint plan for jobs and growth which offers real help to families and businesses, for example through a tax break for small businesses who take on extra workers and a the creation of 100,000 jobs for young people through a tax on bankers' bonuses.
£1 to the Armed Forces. The new rate demonstrates the value Labour places on the defence community and was launched alongside Labour Friends of the Forces, a new organisation dedicated to campaigning on the issues that matter to the Armed Forces, their families and the wider service community. If you are keen to participate within politics and work with Labour to use your experience to help build the best possible policy programme for our Armed Forces, please get in touch. You’ll be helping Labour campaign to uphold and strengthen the Military Covenant – our bond between the nation and the Services.
GOVERNMENT’S HOUSING CREDENTIALS IN TATTERS The picture’s all too familiar to a lot of young families in North Lincs who still can’t find a decent, affordable home to buy or rent.
New figures released earlier this week showed that, across England, the building of only 454 new affordable homes (including both social housing to rent and affordable housing to buy) got underway in the last six months – a staggering 99% fall. Labour’s fivepoint plan for jobs and growth would repeat the bankers’ bonus tax to build 25,000 additional affordable homes. Together with our proposed cut in VAT on home improvements to 5%, that would mean more homes, that are in a better condition, creating much needed jobs and apprenticeships. The Toryled Government's failure to deliver the new affordable housing we need shows just how out of touch they are with families across the country.
RUSHED CHANGES ON SOLAR – BAD FOR HOMEOWNERS, JOBS AND GROWTH As the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder, many people will be worried how they are going to afford to keep warm this winter while keeping rising heating bills in check. Yet the Toryled Government’s decision to slash support for solar power will hit many families who are trying to protect themselves from soaring energy bills by installing their own low carbon energy solutions. The recent changes to the Feedin Tariff for solar photovoltaic panels go too far, too fast hurting families while putting at risk thousands of jobs in our young solar industry. With energy bills soaring, we should be doing everything we can to encourage new, green energy sources, not least when these could help households reduce costs and feel more in control of the fuel they use. These rushed changes put thousands of jobs and businesses in the solar industry in jeopardy. In these tough times we should be supporting growing industries like solar, not pulling the rug from beneath them. So for me, these changes are a triple whammy: bad for homeowners, bad for jobs and bad for growth not to mention a betrayal of David Cameron’s forgotten promise to be the “greenest government ever”. Published on behalf of Nic Dakin MP