Prosperity and fairness

Following the success of last year’s event, Dudley South MP, Mike Wood, is organising his fifth annual Jobs and Careers Fair for local people to me

Does my Right Honourable Friend agree that what the steel industry, including in the Black Country, needs above all else is a long-term strategy, with a pipeline of projects that can create good opportunities for those who work in the sector?

 

Greg Clark The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

MHCLG Questions: Mike Wood MP

MHCLG Questions: Mike Wood MP
media date: 
Monday, 22 July 2019

Mike Wood: What steps his Department is taking to deliver economic growth through the Midlands Engine.

 

James Brokenshire The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the blue badge scheme for people with hidden disabilities.

 

Michael Ellis Minister of State (Department for Transport)

From 30 August 2019, the blue badge scheme will include non-visible as well as visible disabilities. This change will be assessed 12 months after implementation, using feedback form the public, stakeholders and local authorities who administer the scheme. We will be tracking how many badges are awarded under the new criteria.

 

Mike Wood: Rebalancing the economy is not just about north and south or the different nations of the United Kingdom. Will the Minister ensure that the shared prosperity fund is distributed using a range of indicators, such as gross value added, the regional human poverty index and disposable income, so that areas in the West Midlands in need receive their fair share?

 

Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

Absolutely—those are exactly the kinds of questions that we dealt with in the consultation.

I apologise to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and to my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller), for not being able to be present at the start of her speech. I was able to catch up with her remarks, and I think that she spoke on behalf of all of us in the House.

Mike Wood: How many people in the West Midlands are benefitting from recent increases to the personal allowance and the higher-rate threshold?

 

Philip Hammond The Chancellor of the Exchequer

The answer is lots. Had I known my hon. Friend was going to ask me that, I would have been able to give him a precise answer. I will write to him.

Mike Wood: I thank the shadow Minister for giving way. His point is entirely bogus, because as the Minister made clear, and as he knows, the Bill concerns purely employers’, and not employees’, contributions, so it does not tax anybody’s redundancy payment.

 

Peter Dowd Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

 

Surely the hon. Lady acknowledges the Low Pay Commission’s conclusion:

“In light of this evidence we concluded when thinking about the pay floor for this age group, that it could not currently be set to the same level as the national living wage without risks to employment.”

 

Alison Thewliss

(Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Treasury), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government))

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