By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I have obtained figures that show that working parents in Flintshire are still set to lose between £2,000 and £3,000 when they are transferred onto Universal Credit which will devastate their family finances and leave them unable to afford the basic necessities.

There is little incentive to work extra hours when the marginal tax rate under Universal Credit is still 75% for income tax payers. Those doing extra hours on the increased rate of National Living Wage will only get to take home £1.89.

The ‘clawback’ on additional earnings saw only a modest reduction in the Autumn Statement from 65% to 63%. Whilst this is a tiny step in the right direction, it is worth less than £300 for most working parents. It also goes nowhere near taking the taper back to the original 55% or offsetting the enormous £2,000 to £3,000 cuts that Universal Credit represents. Over 90% of the cuts are still being applied to Universal Credit. Read more “Working families in Flintshire are set to lose over £2,000 following the Autumn Statement”

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I am concerned about the lack of information contained within the Autumn Statement pertaining to north Wales. North Wales MPs have been tirelessly campaigning for the UK Government to invest £270 million into the region during this week’s Autumn Statement.

Buried away on page 33 of the Autumn Statement Blue book was a short sentence which stated:

“[The UK government] will also consider options for a growth deal in north Wales and looks forward to receiving proposals from local partners.”

Nothing more is mentioned about the £270 million that north Wales needs or if these considerations will ever become reality. Read more “Autumn Statement: First Impressions”