February 7, 2018

Universal Credit – What You Need To Know

Universal Credit is being phased into Cardiff, starting this month. It is a new, single monthly payment to replace the following benefits and tax credits:  Housing Benefit  Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance  Income-related Employment and Support Allowance  Income Support  Child Tax Credits  Working Tax Credits  It will not replace Child Benefit, and it will not replace Contribution-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Contribution-Based Employment and Support …

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December 5, 2017

Tax Credits and the Tories’ Two Child Limit

When Theresa May became Prime Minister, she stood on the steps of Downing Street and promised that she would govern in the interests of the “just about managing” acknowledging that people can work every waking hour and still be struggling to make ends meet. But this agenda is increasingly looking like a sham. Last week, the entire Social Mobility Commission …

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September 25, 2017

I Call for a Brake on the Universal Credit Rollout

The Universal Credit roll out will happen in Cardiff in February 2018 despite major and widespread concerns about its impact on recipients so far. I have written, with other MPs, to the Conservative Minister asking for the roll out to be paused.   Intended to replace six means tested benefits, Universal Credit has left many people in dire need. They have found their existing …

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October 21, 2015

David Cameron refuses to answer my question at PMQs

I was drawn out of the ballot for Prime Minister’s Questions today for the first time. I asked the Prime Minister about the UK’s increased use of food banks since 2010, and if he knew how many more families would now be reliant on food banks as a result of the Government’s cut to tax credits. Needless to say, he …

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July 13, 2015

Tory Budget Leaves Working People in Cardiff Central Worse Off

George Osborne thinks he can fool the British public, but this week’s Budget uncovered the reality that the Conservative Party is not, as he claims, the party of the working people. This was a Budget from a politician wanting to grab headlines rather than putting Britain first. The priority should be to help those in work but we now see …

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