I am seeking urgent clarification on funding for Welsh Police Forces following the Spring Statement.
The Chancellor, who delivered the Spring Statement today (13 March 2019), stated that:
“I can announce that The Prime Minister and I have decided, exceptionally, to make available immediately to the police forces in England an additional £100m over the course of the next year, ring-fenced pay for additional overtime targeted specifically on knife crime.”
I asked the Chancellor if this funding only applied to England as the Home Office is responsible for police funding in England and Wales and the lack of investment is unfair and unprecedented. Read more “Spring Statement: Police Funding”
Tom Enders, outgoing Chief Executive of Airbus, told us that a no deal Brexit would be catastrophic for the company and as a result would put its future in Broughton at risk.
He joins a list of other organisations – like the British Medical Association (which is made up of our doctors) and businesses (like the joint letter from all major supermarkets) – who have stated that a no deal Brexit would put our country at risk. We must listen to these experts and act upon their advice.
I asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he had met the outgoing Chief Executive and if he would act upon his advice.
I cannot stand idly by and see our jobs and local economy put at risk.
The Help to Buy scheme seems to be helping the Chairman of Persimmon Homes more than people looking to get on the property ladder. It was announced today that Persimmon, who benefit greatly from this Government scheme, gave the Chairman of the Company a bonus of £511 million.
I wanted the Chancellor to promise that he would get a grip of the situation. Instead we had a bland technical fudge. The Chancellor should reform the scheme and make sure the more houses are being built.
The UK has become a safe haven for some of the wealthiest people in the world who break international laws. A recent cross-party report by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee stated that the UK Government is not doing enough to keep our society free of this dirty money and should go further.
Labour has long called for an overseas register of interests so we can route out these dodgy dealings. The minister said that he wants to remain ‘consistent to our values’. Well, I don’t know what values the UK Government has but I know that people in Flintshire want a fair society where those who do wrong are held to account and cannot use the UK to harbour their ill gotten gains.