Jon Trickett

Hemsworth Labour

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This week I have written to Iain Duncan Smith to demand the government provides support for the former employees of Remploy factories.

Workers still struggling to find jobs following Tory closure of Remploy factories

This week I have written to Iain Duncan Smith to demand the government provides support for the former employees of Remploy factories. Read more

I am contacted regularly by rail users in my constituency who are appalled at the high prices and unsatisfactory services they are currently receiving on our railways –since 2010 rail fares have risen massively in my area. 

Rip off Railway

I am contacted regularly by rail users in my constituency who are appalled at the high prices and unsatisfactory services they are currently receiving on our railways –since 2010 rail... Read more

Today the Government have defeated Labour's motion in the Commons to scrap the Bedroom Tax by a majority of 32, winning the vote 298 to 266.

Tory and Lib Dem MPs have voted again & again to keep this cruel tax. It is clear that only a Labour Government will scrap the Bedroom Tax

Only Labour will scrap the Bedroom Tax

Today the Government have defeated Labour's motion in the Commons to scrap the Bedroom Tax by a majority of 32, winning the vote 298 to 266. Tory and Lib Dem...

Tomorrow, during an opposition day debate Labour will be calling on the government to abolish the hated bedroom tax with immediate effect, this may be their final opportunity to do the right thing before the election.

Labour is the only party that has been clear from the start in their opposition to the cruel and unjust tax and we would scrap it as one of the first things we do in Parliament.

The only question remaining is whether the Lib Dem’s will do the right thing before the election and to abolish the Tax they voted for, or will they continue to ignore it and show their true colours?

The Tax is costing half a million households an average £700 extra a year, one in three victims are disabled and 60,000 are carers.

I know from speaking to people affected by the bedroom tax in my area that it is impacting hard on families that are already struggling. Many of my constituents have told me they feel like they can’t make ends meet and they are being forced into rent arrears.

This is why a Labour would scrap the bedroom tax as one of its first acts in government.

During the debate we will also address the shocking rise in the use of food banks since 2010 – which is a clear consequence of the Tory cost of living crisis. 

Food banks are a devastating symbol of Tory Britain with nearly one million people having visited food banks in 2013-4 over one third of which are children.

The recent cross party report ‘Feeding Britain’ found that the single biggest reason for food bank referrals was benefit related problems, however, Iain Duncan Smith has said that this is a ‘tiny’ amount compared to Germany, where food bank use is higher.

The report lays bare the extent of inequality under this government where low pay and rising prices have pushed hundreds of thousands into relying on food banks – that is why Labour is committed to freezing energy prices, taking action on water bills and raising the minimum wage, as well as abolishing the unfair bedroom tax.

Our economic plan will ensure we earn our way to raising living standards for all, not just the few at the top.

 

 

 

Scrap the bedroom tax before Christmas!

Tomorrow, during an opposition day debate Labour will be calling on the government to abolish the hated bedroom tax with immediate effect, this may be their final opportunity to do...

Yesterday in Parliament deeply unfair Firefighters pension regulations were passed by 313 votes to 261 - despite our best attempts to throw it out.

Tories and Lib Dems voted in favour of the regulations while none of the UKIP MP’s voted against the regulations, strongly demonstrating that none of them are on the side of working people.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and Labour have warned that the pension scheme, combined with new fitness standards, could result in many Firefighters being forced out of work as they get older and losing out on their full pension. The ambiguous new fitness standards would also put Firefighters and public safety at real risk.

This is seriously unjust as even the government’s own Williams Review found that that two thirds of Firefighters aged 55-60 wouldn’t be able to meet the fitness standards required.

The Tory led government has presided over 48 separate periods of strike action by Firefighters in England since September 2013 and, after more than three years of dispute, they have failed to negotiate a fair and sustainable solution.

The way Ministers have handled Firefighters’ pensions has been shambolic and deeply irresponsible and I understand why so many people are outraged, not least as the pension offer proposed is not the only arrangement possible – there was money available for them to bring forward alternatives.

Firefighters risk their lives to protect us, and this Government has let them down by failing to listen to the concerns of Firefighters who just want a decent pension after a lifetime’s hard work.

The Tories can’t build a better future for working people because they stand up only for a privileged few. Firefighters deserve better than this.

Firefighters deserve better than this

Yesterday in Parliament deeply unfair Firefighters pension regulations were passed by 313 votes to 261 - despite our best attempts to throw it out. Tories and Lib Dems voted in...

Today in Parliament Labour is proposing legislation on ‘pay transparency’ to make publishing the difference between men and women’s pay mandatory.

It is shocking that women today are earning on average £209,976 less over their lifetime than men and it is time that the Tories and Lib Dems demonstrated their commitment to equal pay and vote with us.

Pay transparency for large employers was originally included by Labour in the Equality Act (2010) (section 78) but ditched by the Conservatives and Lib Dems on entering Government.

In Yorkshire the pay gap between men and women is one of the biggest in the country. The gap between what men and women earn rests at 19.6% - compared to London, where the pay gap is 13.2%.

Women also make up the majority of individuals working on zero-hour contracts and as many of my constituents will know working on a zero hour contract means insecurity at home and makes budgeting and childcare arrangements nearly impossible.

Labour would tackle the pay gap by requiring companies with more than 250 workers to publish their hourly pay gap – meaning many of my constituents who are concerned about unequal pay will be able to see if discrimination exists in their workplace. I believe such transparency would go a long way toward helping shrink the pay gap.

 

Labour propose legislation to close the gender pay gap

Today in Parliament Labour is proposing legislation on ‘pay transparency’ to make publishing the difference between men and women’s pay mandatory. It is shocking that women today are earning on...

Today it has been revealed that hospitals are missing their A&E targets with the worst result since April 2013. Even Pontefract and Pinderfields Hospitals are struggling to reach their targets.

The full scale of the pressures facing the NHS are now clear to see, under the current Government many people have found it much harder to get a GP appointment and with more than a quarter of NHS walk-in centres having been closed and 850 fewer GP surgeries offering extended hours than in 2009, people often have no other choice than to attend A&E departments.

To take off some of the strain, Labour have created a ‘Time to Care Plan’ which would see 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs paid for by a tax on properties worth £2 million or more. We would also guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours – and on the same day for those who need it.

We would repeal the Tories’ Health and Social Care Act and integrate health and social care services into a system of “whole-person care”, give mental health the priority it deserves and guarantee that patients will wait no longer than one week for vital cancer tests and results by 2020.

The NHS simply is not safe under this Government. 

Hospitals in crisis with record numbers waiting more than four hours to be seen in A&E

Today it has been revealed that hospitals are missing their A&E targets with the worst result since April 2013. Even Pontefract and Pinderfields Hospitals are struggling to reach their targets....

 

Thank you to all of the people who brought to my attention the extremely important MND Charter. I recently signed the Charter which has the aim of making sure all people with Motor Neurone Disease receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

The charter has received over 20,000 signatures so far and is made up of the following crucial points:

1. People with MND have the right to an early diagnosis and information

2. People with MND have the right to access quality care and treatments

3. People with MND have the right to be treated as individuals and with dignity and respect

4. People with MND have the right to maximise their quality of life

5. Carers of people with MND have the right to be valued, respected, listened to and well-supported.

I agree that more needs to be done to further improve care and support for people with MND. It is important therefore that the Government look at new ways to encourage the development of new drugs and non-drugs based treatments alongside other types of available treatment, such as care facilities in communities, and assistance for patients at home.

I hope that the MND Charter will help inform Government and commissioners about the requirements for healthcare, social care and welfare amongst people with MND.

You can sign the charter too by visiting the MND website. Your three minutes could make a big difference: http://www.mndcampaigns.org/take_action/304_mnd_charter

 

 

 

 

 

Photo from: MND Campaigns website http://www.mndcampaigns.org/

 

It takes three minutes to make a difference

  Thank you to all of the people who brought to my attention the extremely important MND Charter. I recently signed the Charter which has the aim of making sure...

 

The Tories are trying to privatise the only publicly owned train line in the country ahead of the General Election.

East Coast has returned over £800 million to the taxpayer and has established itself as one of the best train operating companies in the country.  Rather than trying to sell it off before the election, David Cameron’s Government should have been putting the public interest first and working to get a better deal for passengers.  

The contract has not been signed yet and it’s not too late for the process to be halted, I have signed the petition to stop the sell off, you can too: http://tinyurl.com/nrysc83

 

Stop the privatisation of the East Coast Main Line

  The Tories are trying to privatise the only publicly owned train line in the country ahead of the General Election. East Coast has returned over £800 million to the...

 

George Osborne constantly claims that the economy is only safe under a Tory government, however, the Autumn Statement today made clear that the Tories have entirely failed to deliver on their promise to reduce the deficit.

Under the Tories the average employee is now at least £1600 worse off per year, wages are stagnant, jobs are insecure and many people in my constituency are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet. This is all while they give millionaires a tax cut.

Low pay combined with higher housing costs and a failure to deliver benefit reform has driven social security costs higher - £25 billion more than George Osborne budgeted.

Little wonder then, that in the Chancellor’s autumn statement, he failed either to mention that he has wholly failed to deliver his deficit reduction plan or that the deficit is estimated to rise once again by a further £12.5 billion.

Labour’s strategy will be different, it will be fair. Our strategy would be centred on jobs and growth because an economy is more productive when pay scales are not settled by a race to the bottom.

We will tackle the wages crisis by halving the number of people on low pay, by increasing the minimum wage and by driving up to the living wage.

We will also put people back to work with a tax on bankers’ bonuses – this will fund the compulsory jobs guarantee available to the long term unemployed. It is far better to have people in work, and paying taxes, rather than being on benefits and unproductive.

We will also build 200,000 houses a year by the end of the Parliament which will put people back to work as well as fulfilling an urgent social need.

We will help to make work pay for working parents by expanding free care for children aged 3 and 4 by increasing the bank levy.  We will also stop the race to the bottom by dealing with unscrupulous use of zero hours, unethical employment agencies and other inappropriate labour market practices

Our actions will be guided by the principles of fairness and efficiency. It is not right that millionaires were given a tax cut by this government when others are struggling to get by. It is only right that those with the broadest shoulders should bear their share.

 

Autumn Statement

  George Osborne constantly claims that the economy is only safe under a Tory government, however, the Autumn Statement today made clear that the Tories have entirely failed to deliver...

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