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Real help for new mums

6. March 2009

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Real help for new mums

Having a baby is an exciting time for mums and their families. But it is also an expensive time. To help pay some of the costs, the Government are giving a cash boost of £190 that mums-to-be can claim. From April 2009, mums will get tax-free payment from the Government to help if they are at least [...]

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PM’s speech to US Congress

6. March 2009

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PM’s speech to US Congress

A full copy and video of the Prime Minister’s speech to both houses of the US Congress is available by clicking here

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Increased lending from Northern Rock

23. February 2009

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Increased lending from Northern Rock

Northern Rock is announcing that it is going to increase mortgage lending by up to £14 billion over the next two years. This is one of a series of measures that the Government is taking to try and rebuild the banking system for the future. Northern Rock was the first bank to get into real [...]

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Royal Bank of Scotland – Bonuses

19. February 2009

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Royal Bank of Scotland – Bonuses

People are understandably angry about the mismanagement of the banks The Government has been very clear that there must be an end to the short-term bonus culture in the banking sector. Those associated with RBS losses will not be rewarded for it – bonuses should reward good work and long-term value creation. So RBS is [...]

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Real Help for Families and Businesses

19. February 2009

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Real Help for Families and Businesses

I know that the international financial crisis is having a real impact on individuals, families and businesses in West Hull & Hessle. We shouldn’t repeat the mistakes of the past when people were left to cope on their own. So I welcome the launch of a new guide to finding help with homes, jobs and [...]

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Real Help For Business

20. January 2009

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I know that some businesses in Hull are finding it difficult to finance their current business plans. Not because their business has suddenly been transformed from a success to a failure; but because the credit crunch has impacted on the availability of capital and banks have changed their approach to risk, tightening lending conditions. This [...]

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Helping people back into work

20. January 2009

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I’m backing new help for people who lose their jobs including up to £2,500 ‘golden hellos’ to encourage businesses to recruit and train local people who are out of work. In the last recession the Government allowed short term unemployment to become long term unemployment because they didn’t give people the help they needed. The [...]

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Pre Budget Report

20. December 2008

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Real help through tough times What’s clear is that these are exceptional times and they require exceptional measures. What families and businesses need is real help now.  And the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, delivered this real help in the Pre Budget Report (PBR) setting out public spending and tax plans. Real help for Pensioners From April [...]

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FACING GLOBAL CHALLENGES: Supporting people through difficult times

21. November 2008

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I know that everyone is worried about the economic situation. When the American housing market crashed, banks stopped lending to each other and this started the so-called ‘credit crunch’. This has had an impact across the world. We all saw the American bank, Lehman Brothers, go bust. This Government took strong action to stop that [...]

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Making sure workers are paid fairly – no excuses not to pay up

20. November 2008

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Everyone should earn a fair wage for a fair day’s work – there is no excuse not to pay up. And there were two welcome bits of news this month that will be a boost to workers in Hull West & Hessle. The Government has said that it wants to change the current minimum wage [...]

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