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Graham Stuart welcomes “defining Budget” with working people at its heart

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Graham Stuart has welcomed the Summer Budget, calling it a “defining” moment for the Government.  Key measures in the Budget included:

  • A new National Living Wage: The new National Living Wage will mean two and a half million people get a direct pay rise.  Those currently on the minimum wage will see their pay rise by over a third this Parliament, a cash increase for a full time worker on the minimum wage of over £5,000.
  • Changes to the personal allowance for income tax: There is further support for working people with an increase in the tax-free personal allowance so someone will be able to earn £11,000 before paying any income tax at all.  The Government will also raise the 40p rate to £43,000, lifting 130,000 people out of this higher tax rate.
  • Cutting tax on business to secure growth, with Corporation Tax reduced to 18 per cent: The Government has already taken this rate to the lowest in the G20 and aligned it for large and small businesses.  Corporation tax will now fall to 19% in 2017 and 18% by 2020, helping businesses to hire and create more jobs.
  • Extending the Employment Allowance to £3,000 – cutting the jobs tax for firms. From 2016 the Employment Allowance will rise 50 per cent so a firm will be able to employ 4 people full time on the new National Living Wage and pay no national insurance at all.
  • Commitment to strong defence: The Budget commits to meeting the NATO pledge to spend 2% of our national income on defence – not just this year, but every year of this decade.
  • Investment in transport: The Chancellor confirmed that all money raised from vehicle excise duty will go into a special fund for investment in roads.
  • Investing in skills: The Government will introduce an apprenticeship levy on large firms to fund three million more quality apprenticeships.  Firms that offer apprenticeships can get more back than they put in.  The money will be directly controlled by employers and ministers will work with businesses on how to do this.

Graham Stuart MP said, “This is a defining moment for the Government – a landmark as we move to a higher wage, lower tax and lower welfare economy.  The new National Living Wage will make a huge difference to the quality of life of millions of people.  We can afford it thanks to the tough decisions this Government has made since 2010 – with the conditions for growth restored and corporation tax cut, people deserve a pay rise.

“There is further good news for families as the personal allowance for income tax rises to £11,000, while the threshold to pay the 40p rate goes up to £43,000.  With the OBR estimating that almost a million more jobs will be created over the next five years, the economy will continue to strengthen.

“The wider context of this Budget is that the Conservatives continue to control spending so that we can keep bringing the deficit down.  It is only by doing this that we can reward work, protect the elderly, the vulnerable and the disabled and maintain key commitments – including that to a strong defence.  This is a Budget to steer Britain through to better times ahead.”

New traineeship programme to give young people the skills to compete in a global economy

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Local MP Graham Stuart has welcomed plans to set up a new traineeship programme to help give young people the confidence, skills and experience to compete with more experienced adults.

The new programme was announced by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock just before he visited Beverley and Holderness at Graham’s invitation earlier this month to discuss what is being done locally to help prepare young people for success in today’s increasingly competitive labour market.

Following the announcement Graham said, “This is great news for young people trying to get a foot on the work ladder. The Government is doing more than ever to make sure our young people have the skills they need to compete and succeed in the workplace. A record half a million people started apprenticeships last year, with 3,790 in Beverley and Holderness. This new traineeship programme will help even more young people.”

Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills, added, “We want to support everyone in our country to reach their personal best. To do that, we are introducing traineeships to help young people with the skills they need to get, and hold down a job.

“That’s vital for our economy to compete in the global race. It’s also a question of fairness. Traineeships will give young people the helping hand and experience they need to compete for apprenticeships and good jobs.”


Graham Stuart to host Skills Minister in Beverley this Friday

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Local MP Graham Stuart will be hosting the Department for Education’s Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock, in Beverley on Friday 11th January.

During the visit to East Yorkshire Graham will be showing the Minister the great work that is being done locally to help prepare young people for success in today’s increasingly complex labour market.

During the day they plan to visit both East Riding College and the Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA).

Graham said, “Now more than ever it is important that we do all we can to prepare our young people for success in the future.  There are many different pathways to a good career and we must make sure that each student has the skills they need.

“The Government has done a lot of good things to support economic growth and get more young people into work such has expanding apprenticeships, establishing University Technical Colleges and studio schools, and promoting more work experience placements.

“These are just some of the reasons we are seeing the highest numbers in employment in our history. In Beverley and Holderness we have unemployment of 4.1%, well below the national average and far less than in the United States or Europe.

“This is all good news, but there is much more to be done and we can’t be complacent. That is why I will continue to do all I can to press the Government to do more to understand and champion rural areas like ours so that we can create more jobs and eradicate the deficit left behind by Labour.”


Local MP welcomes Government efforts to get people into work

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, has welcomed the Government’s plan to help people gain better skills and improve their chances of getting a well-paid job.

In recent months, the Government has:

  • Confirmed a 63 per cent increase in the number of people starting an apprenticeship in the Coalition’s first year
  • Set out plans for advanced learning loans to fund further education for those aged 24 and over, which will only be repaid when the learner has found well-paid work
  • Launched the first ever National Careers Service, helping young people and adults find the right job for them
  • Announced 25,000 Higher Apprenticeships, giving people the chance to acquire skills up to degree level
  • Set up the first Community Learning Trusts to boost the number of adults in learning

Graham said, “Conservatives in Government have delivered an important boost to skills. More people are starting apprenticeships than ever before, and it’s great that the new loans system will mean that nobody will be stopped from learning due to the cost.

“I hope young people and adults in Beverley and Holderness will take advantage of these opportunities to gain new skills, which should lead to a great career and a bright future.”

In an effort to help get people into work, Graham is teaming up with Jobcentre Plus to deliver a Jobs Fair in Beverley from 10am – 2pm on Friday 7th September at the Memorial Hall on Lairgate. Employment opportunities, work experience and advice will all be available.


MP Graham Stuart delighted as 150 flock to Education and Skills Fair

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

jobevent1WEBAround 150 people attended an Employment and Skills Fair organised by Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart on Monday July 13.

The highly successful fair saw unemployed constituents accessing a range of employment and training services under one roof.

Graham said: “While it is saddening to see just how many people need the help and support of these various training and skills agencies, I am delighted so many took the trouble to come along. Hopefully they have taken a positive step towards getting back into work, or maybe even getting their first job.