Jon Trickett

Hemsworth Labour

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US company Concentrix has unfairly stopped benefits to thousands of people over the past year. Since Labour's campaign to stop this injustice, the Government has taken all new tax credit checks in-house and announced the contract with Concentrix will not be renewed.

Despite these positive developments, this does not change the fact that many have faced poor communication and long waiting times to reinstate the payment. This caused huge stress and worry for thousands of vulnerable people.

HMRC, the Government body which organises tax, has announced they will provide compensation to some whose tax credits were stopped in error. This is different from the money paid following any appealing to the decision to cut the tax credits themselves.

HMRC has commented it will pay redress ‘where it is evident that Concentrix have made a mistake or that their actions have caused undue worry or distress’. If you were victim to an error made by Concentrix or suffered due to the stress the situation imposed on you, I would advise that you contact HMRC about possible compensation.

As always, do get in touch if you would like more information or advice on this issue.

Concentrix Update

US company Concentrix has unfairly stopped benefits to thousands of people over the past year. Since Labour's campaign to stop this injustice, the Government has taken all new tax credit...

As you all know, the HS2 proposed route for our area could be devastating. There is absolutely no doubt about that.

To effectively fight the route in our area we need to join forces across the region. That’s why I am committed to bringing together all Councils from every one of the areas affected by the HS2 route in Yorkshire.

I will be asking local councils to work together so we can all campaign and fight to reverse the decision made on the route through our area.

Again, if you want to voice your concerns on HS2 to the government directly, the consultation process with is now open and closes on 9th March. Please do make your concerns heard by following this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-crewe-to-manchester-west-midlands-to-leeds-route-refinement-consultation-2016

HS2 Update 01/12/2016

As you all know, the HS2 proposed route for our area could be devastating. There is absolutely no doubt about that. To effectively fight the route in our area we...

I’ve met recently with Leader of Wakefield Council, Peter Box, and District Councillors to discuss the proposed HS2 route through our district. We are all in agreement that the route through our area is unacceptable and will have a devastating and significant impact on residents. We are resolved to continue fighting and campaigning against the route in our area going forward.

HS2 Update

I’ve met recently with Leader of Wakefield Council, Peter Box, and District Councillors to discuss the proposed HS2 route through our district. We are all in agreement that the route...

The consultation on the route of HS2 through our area is now open until March. I urge any constituent who has concerns about the route to raise them with HS2 through the link provided below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-crewe-to-manchester-west-midlands-to-leeds-route-refinement-consultation-2016

HS2 Consultation

The consultation on the route of HS2 through our area is now open until March. I urge any constituent who has concerns about the route to raise them with HS2...

To say I was flabbergasted to discover that the Secretary of State was announcing about how HS2 might affect our area without telling me first is an understatement.

As you will see from the first line of the letter to me from the Secretary of State he clearly had already made the announcement.

Keep your eyes open for information.

Lastly, just to remind everyone that the Secretary of State told the House that he was receiving the location of the depot, in actual fact the letter clearly states it is still right next to Crofton.

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Letter on HS2

To say I was flabbergasted to discover that the Secretary of State was announcing about how HS2 might affect our area without telling me first is an understatement. As you...

I was furious to hear the Government’s announcement this week on the HS2 route in our area.

 

In his speech the Secretary of State said that those affected should ‘be treated with fairness, compassion and respect’. I can assure the Secretary of State that my constituents have not been treated in this manner and have been continually ignored on this issue which stands to have a dramatic effect on homes and communities.

 

Furthermore I do not feel the serious concerns of the proposed route through my constituency have been properly addressed. Huge uncertainty remains about exactly how the route will impact on my constituents, particularly with the proposed site of depot in Crofton. Indeed it appears the Secretary of State visited the proposed site without the courtesy of informing me or my affected constituents.

 

Nearly a month ago I wrote to the Secretary of State requesting a meeting as a matter of urgency so that I can highlight my constituents’ substantial concerns and address options which may mitigate any of adverse effects of the route.

 

I recently received a letter from the Secretary of State, updating me on how they intend to consult. I will put the letter online later today. 

HS2 Update

I was furious to hear the Government’s announcement this week on the HS2 route in our area.   In his speech the Secretary of State said that those affected should...

Pharmacies play a crucial role in our community. Not only do they dispense medication locally and conveniently, they also offer information and guidance to local residents which may prevent unnecessary visits to their GPs for everyday illnesses.

Which is why the Government’s recent announcement that budgets for community pharmacies will be reduced by 3.4% in 2016/17 and 4% in 2017/18 is extremely concerning.

As usual with this Government’s attitude towards healthcare they are driven by cost and not concerns for care. In fact research into the Government’s cuts have suggest they will have a disproportionately negative impact on the most deprived areas, such as ours.

When our health services are being stretched to capacity, the importance of community pharmacies is greater than ever. Closures of pharmacies or a reduction in provisions will only lead to increase the huge pressure on GPs and A&E services. This will have the greatest effect on the deprived, elderly and long-term sick.

That is why today the Labour Party is holding a debate on the Government's cuts to pharmacies. We must ensure that community pharmacies, such as the eleven in my constituency, are protected and supported in continuing to provide their vital service.

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Community Pharmacies

Pharmacies play a crucial role in our community. Not only do they dispense medication locally and conveniently, they also offer information and guidance to local residents which may prevent unnecessary...

Update on Concentrix

I wrote a number of weeks ago about the growing concern around US firm Concentrix and I wanted to update you all on the latest findings.

While it is welcome that the contract with Concentrix will not be renewed the true scale of this shambolic situation is becoming more evident by the day.

The latest figures show that 1 in 3 of the 45,000 claimants who had their payments stopped by Concentrix took up a mandatory reconsideration, 90% of which were successful on appeal. Even then, after successfully challenging the decision, HMRC claim that they are unable to reimburse claimants in a lump sum payment, further disadvantaging those who have been unduly penalised.

To make matters worse there have been complaints about the lack of communication and assistance from HMRC. Many people who have had their payments stopped have been left in serious financial difficulties as a result. This has been made even more distressing due to being left in the dark by HMRC.

I know of one claimant who was on the phone for an astonishing 19 hours over the course of 6 weeks trying to find out whether HMRC had made an error. Another claimant simply couldn’t get through to an HMRC advisor despite calling the helpline more than 70 times.

I am pleased that HMRC have now recruited over 300 staff to deal with the significant backlog of complaints regarding erroneous findings from Concentrix but this situation was entirely avoidable. In their dogged attempt to target benefit claimants, this Government have ended up causing significant distress to thousands of people and substantial costs to the taxpayer to clean up their own mess.

I would advise anyone in the Hemsworth constituency who feels they may be affected by this issue to contact my office.

Update on Concentrix

Update on Concentrix I wrote a number of weeks ago about the growing concern around US firm Concentrix and I wanted to update you all on the latest findings. While...

The closure of BHS in August was a huge blow to its 11,000 employees who lost their jobs, to the members of its pension fund, who have been left with a £571 million deficit, and to shoppers all around the UK.

The BIS report into this is clear: Philip Green’s mismanagement and neglect were responsible for BHS’s demise.

Philip Green ran BHS into the ground over 16 years, awarding £422 in dividends, mostly to himself and family, and selling the company owing £6 million in unpaid taxes and VAT.

Philip Green who is worth an estimated £3.22 billion displayed a complete disregard for the livelihoods of BHS employees and those who rely on its pension fund. It is time that he made good on his promise to replenish the pension’s deficit out of his own pocket or be stripped of his knighthood.

But it is important to understand that as repugnant as Philip Green’s actions were he was acting within the law. This matters as the Tories would have us believe that BHS is an isolated case of one man when in fact it is the whole system which allows this to happen.

The majority of British companies are well managed and play by the rules. But the Tories have championed an economy built on deregulation which has led to a culture of many companies exploiting their workforce rather than creating wealth.

But while the Tories now offer words of fairness and democracy, their lack of action exposes a Government without the political will to take on a corporate culture of short-term greed over long-term investment.

They have over the last six years implemented a harsh programme of austerity on the most vulnerable in our society while turning a blind eye to the conduct of Philip Green and others. I hope this case serves as a wake-up call to the serious problems about how business is governed in our country.

Philip Green's mismanagement of BHS

The closure of BHS in August was a huge blow to its 11,000 employees who lost their jobs, to the members of its pension fund, who have been left with...

Have you received a text message from HMRC asking you for your bank details?

We have received notification that many constituents are being contacted, via text, by an organisation who claims to be from HMRC informing the recipient that they are in line for a refund. The text asks you to click on a link and it then asks you to provide them with bank details so they can send the refund.

HMRC do not contact you by email about your HMRC account. 
HMRC do would never inform you over a text that you have a refund.

Do not respond to the text and report the incident to action fraud by accessing the Action Fraud web site.

Have you received a text message from HMRC?

Have you received a text message from HMRC asking you for your bank details? We have received notification that many constituents are being contacted, via text, by an organisation who...

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