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Child Maintenance

Thank you for contacting me about child maintenance and ‘Gingerbread’s Missing Maintenance’ report. I understand your concern about this issue, and I can assure you that the Government is doing all it can to ensure the system is fair and parents make an appropriate contribution to their children’s upbringing. The Government is committed to pursuing…

Maximum Workplace Temperatures (EDM 344)

My thanks to those of you that have contacted me about EDM 344. Though I do not sign EDMs due to their excessive cost and limited legislative effect, I still felt it best to respond to the Motion here. I am proud of the UK’s world-leading health and safety regime. The Health and Safety Executive…

Personal Independence Payments

Thank you for contacting me about Personal Independence Payments (PIP). Around £50 billion of public money a year is spent to support people with disabilities and health conditions. Spending on disability benefits has risen by over £3 billion in real terms since 2010, and will remain higher in each year to 2020 than in 2010.…

Holiday Hunger

Thank you for contacting me about school holiday hunger. No child should have to go hungry and it is important to ensure every child, regardless of their background, has the very best start in life. The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission recommended a number of measures to help children. Child poverty is best addressed…

Pensions Dashboard

Thank you for contacting me about the Pensions Dashboard. I firmly believe that creating a strong savings culture will help secure a better future for individuals across the UK. This means helping people plan and save effectively for their retirement. This year it is expected that 10 million people will be newly saving or saving…

Terminal Illness and Access to Welfare

Thank you for contacting me about the special rules for terminal illness (SRTI) and the Access to Welfare (Terminal Illness Definition) Bill. I appreciate your concerns. It is crucial that people who have a terminal illness should receive support when they need it and with the minimum of stress. That is why I support a…

Increases in the State Pension for Those Living Abroad

Thank you for contacting me about increases in the State Pension for those living abroad.  The UK State Pension is payable worldwide and is uprated abroad where there is a legal requirement to do so. In some countries, however, there is no agreement with the UK for securing the social security rights of people moving between…

Universal Credit

The introduction of Universal Credit (UC) for new claimants in Broxtowe is going well but only because of the work we have done to prepare for it. I want to thank Conservative run Broxtowe Borough Council, the Citizens Advice Bureau and Job Centre Plus for their combined efforts, in no small part due to the…

Benefits Freeze

Every year in April benefits get uprated. Things like: the state pension, Personal Independence Payments, disability premiums, if you have health conditions. But in 2016, the government decided that we needed a 4-year freeze on working age benefits.  We in The Independent Group, we believe that all policy should be evidence-based. And that that evidence…