Alan Whitehead MP

Member of Parliament for Southampton Test

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Monday 29th June - Sunday 5th July 2015

Monday – Visit to Oakwood Primary School for Send my Friend to School campaign event regarding the lack of access to education for children in the developing world. Interview with University of St Andrew’s student regarding energy security. APP Green Deal Group AGM. Parliamentary Labour Party meeting. Energy & Utility Forum event.

Tuesday – Industry and Parliament Trust meeting: ‘Smarter Energy? Reflections on Smart Meter Systems’. Committee on Climate Change's Progress Report to Parliament. Wessex Federation of Small Businesses meeting with MPs from Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Dorset. Renewable Energy Association event: ‘Gasification and Pyrolysis’. APPG on Infrastructure meeting. APPG Maritime and Ports AGM. Energy Networks Association event.

Wednesday – Co-operative Advantage launch. PMQs. APPG on HIV & AIDS event. Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency APPG meeting. BusinessGreen Leaders Awards.

Thursday – Meeting with the Head of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Section, Brazilian Embassy regarding the domestic and international agenda. Briefing regarding shore to ship power from Schneider Electric. Interview with an Imperial College student regarding energy storage.

Friday – Speaking at the Action Mesothelioma Day 2015 in Southsea. First constituency advice surgery of the month.

Saturday - Second constituency advice surgery of the month. National food collection for the Trussell Trust and FareShare at Tesco, Millbrook.

 

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New figures show David Cameron’s cuts to tax credits could hit more than half of families in Southampton Test

New figures from Labour show that 65 per cent of families with children in Southampton Test could be hit by David Cameron’s tax credit cuts.

The House of Commons figures show that there are 18,700 children in households which will be affected by any cuts to working families (in the Southampton Test and Itchen constituencies).

57 per cent of families with children in Southampton Test receive Tax Credits. Across the UK the figure is 51 per cent, with the number rising to 56 per cent in five UK regions.

David Cameron and George Osborne still haven’t come clean about exactly what cuts to tax credits they are proposing. But it’s clear that low paid working families in Southampton are in the firing line. The Tories concealed their proposals from public view throughout the election campaign. It is time for David Cameron and George Osborne to spell them out and let people judge whether or not they are fair.

A family with two children working full time at the National Minimum Wage would receive around £4,800 a year in tax credits, providing a vital boost to their living standards. But reports this week suggest that David Cameron is considering drastically cutting tax credits, with average losses to families of £1,400 a year.[1] To make up for that loss, someone working full time at the National Minimum Wage would have to work an additional six weeks. 

Source: HMRC (April 2015) Child and Working Tax Credit Statistics, April 2015. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/423621/ChildandWorkingTaxCreditsStatistics-April_2015.pdf

 

Cuts to working tax credits

New figures show David Cameron’s cuts to tax credits could hit more than half of families in Southampton Test

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Monday 22nd - Sunday 28th June 2015

• Monday – Chairing Carbon Connect roundtable: 'Local Authorities' Delivery of Low Carbon Heat'. Parliamentary Labour Party meeting. Federation of Small Businesses event.

• Tuesday – Meeting of Labour Southern Group of MPs. Meeting constituent as part of national lobby for Palestine. APSRG AGM. APP University Group meeting.

• Wednesday – PMQs. Carbon Capture and Storage Association event. Meeting with Sun Edison regarding the future of solar PV in the UK. Associated British Ports event.

• Thursday – Southampton Labour Party meeting.

• Friday – Meeting with the Chairman of Hants Police Federation regarding the Hants Constabulary budget. Visit to Fairisle Junior School for a ‘Send my Friend to School’ campaign event regarding the lack of access to education for children in the developing world.

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