On Friday 10th April I was delighted to welcome Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to Amber Valley. I took him to visit Trent Barton in Heanor to show them the great work that they do employing local people. They employ over one-thousand people, including…Read More
As some of you may already be aware, Universal Credit is a new single payment being introduced by this Government for people who are looking for work or on a low income. Universal Credit will help claimants and their families to become more independent and will reform and simplify the…Read More
Getting unemployment down in Amber Valley was a promise I made to my constituents. I’ve worked hard to do this and I’m pleased to say that that claimant count is down from 4.9% at the time I was elected to 1.9% now. That means it’s more than halved – but…Read More
Today saw the announcement that the JSA in claimant count fell again in November here in Amber Valley. It’s now at 1.9%, lower than the 2.1% announced in October. This means that a further 91 of my constituents are back in work or starting their own businesses.
We also saw the announcement yesterday…Read More
On Monday 3rd November, I asked the Minister of State for the Department for Work and Pensions, Mark Harper about Disability Living Allowance claims for under-16s. I welcome the progress made reducing delays on Personal Independence Payment claims, but I am concerned about the delays experienced by those applying for…Read More
On Tuesday 25th November, Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, made a statement to the House on Universal Credit. As many of you will already know, I serve on the Work and Pensions Select Committee which examines the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department…Read More