Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s new strategy for the UK’s manufacturing sector – ‘New Challenges, New Opportunities’ – to help UK firms take advantage of changing global trends in manufacturing.
The strategy brings together almost £150 million of medium term support for UK manufacturing, and sets out a framework to enable manufacturers to continue creating jobs and generating wealth into the future – including by seizing the opportunities of the low carbon economy, supporting skills, realising overseas opportunities, and improving the perceptions and understanding of manufacturing. It updates the manufacturing strategy first published in 2002.
David Hanson said:
“Manufacturing is central to the success of the UK economy and the Government is determined to help ensure the sector has the right foundations to endure the current economic slowdown and emerge stronger and fitter than ever.
“The UK is the sixth largest manufacturer in the world – the industry accounts for over half our exports, contributes £150 billion to the economy and around three million jobs.
“Following extensive consultation with manufacturing firms and trade unions, the government has published a new strategy for the manufacturing sector to help UK firms take advantage of changing global trends in manufacturing.
“These are demanding times, but despite the current challenging global economic climate, and recent downturns in the sector, there is reason to be confident. This strategy will help set the right framework to help businesses emerge from these challenging conditions and remain competitive in an increasingly globalised sector.”
Bagillt Cllr Mike Reece has briefed Delyn MP David Hanson and Sandy Mewies AM on plans to demolish the empty Indian restaurant at Boot End, Bagillt.
David Hanson said:
“This site has been an eyesore for as long as I can remember, it needs tidying and the demolition will improve Boot End.”
Sandy Mewies said:
“Mike Reece has done a great job in raising this and the demolition will be welcome. It is important that this site is now used in a positive way”
Mike Reece said:
“I pledged to get this site tidied up during my election campaign and I am pleased that this is now in progress. It will make a real difference to the visual image of Boot End and I hope it will be welcomed by my constituents.”
Delyn MP David Hanson looks back on 10 years of the National Minimum Wage and calls for rogue employers who con staff to be exposed.
This July marks 10 years since the introduction of the National Minimum Wage in 1998. When it came in ten years ago there were some that said it would cost the country 2 million jobs. The reality is totally different. An extra 3 million jobs have actually been created since then. Nearly one million low paid employees, two thirds of them women, have benefited from the National Minimum Wage.
David Hanson said:
“I became an MP to fight for the rights of the hard working people in Delyn. Looking back I think this is one of our proudest achievements in Government.
“However, we have not been complacent and have continued to build on this by increasing the minimum wage year on year and bringing in better safeguards at work like paid holidays and the right to request flexible working for parents and carers.
“The Government is also coming down hard on those people that don’t pay workers the minimum wage. And there are even tougher penalties for rogue employers who con staff as part of the Employment Bill, now before Parliament.
“If you think a rogue employer is not paying up then get in touch with me on 01352 763159 or call the national minimum wage helpline on 0845 6000 678.”
Delyn MP David Hanson is has welcomed the news that the Government plans to amend regulations so that tips can no longer count towards payment of the National Minimum Wage.
The changes will end the practice of employers using gratuities and service charges processed through the payroll to ‘top up’ staff wages to meet the £5.52 per hour National Minimum Wage, which rises to £5.73 on 1 October.
Currently, where tips and gratuities are given directly to workers by customers and are retained by the workers without any other party being involved, they cannot count towards NMW payment. Where there is evidence that cover charges, service charges, tips and/or gratuities are paid by the employer to the worker via the payroll then the tip can count towards national minimum wage pay.
In the last year alone the Government helped to restore £3.9 million in arrears to over 19,000 workers and has also increased the enforcement budget for the NMW by £2.9 million.
A consultation on implementing the Government’s recommendations will be launched in the autumn.
Guidance for both workers and employers will be issued following the consultation to ensure a smooth transition when the regulations are changed, which is anticipated to be 2009.
David Hanson said:
“These proposals are certainly very welcome and a good way to celebrate the 10thanniversary of the National Minimum Wage.
“Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK have jobs in sectors where tipping is commonplace. When people leave a tip, in a restaurant or elsewhere, they expect it to go to service staff and as consumers, we’ve got a right to know if that actually happens.
“Under these proposals a tip will not count towards the National Minimum Wage. The Government also wants to encourage employers to make it clear how tips are distributed so that customers know where their money is going and whether or not the establishment operates a fair tipping policy.”