Jobs and skills

Helping to get local people into jobs by connecting them with employers through job fairs every year - ensuring everyone has the opportunity of work.

Skills, Employability and Aspirations in Dudley South

Regular readers of my column will know that I have something of a passion for education and I have used my position as a Member of Parliament to push for better standards in our schools and an educational system fit for the modern day.

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

Mike Wood: Understandably, several concerns have been expressed about the impact that any changes might have, particularly on people on lower incomes who might have served in a job for many years before being made redundant. Can the Minister explain how the £30,000 threshold compares with the maximum available from statutory redundancy pay, and who might be captured by the measure?

 

Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

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

Mike Wood: On the example that I think the hon. Lady was starting to give, until fairly recently Reading football club had a tradition that anybody who had played for the club for 10 years received a testimonial. It was not a contractual term, but it is difficult to see how that is anything other than expected earnings as part of employment. Is it not right that it should be taxed accordingly?

 

Kirsty Blackman Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Economy), SNP Deputy Leader

Mike Wood: What progress he has made on promoting renewable energy generation.

 

Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

Mike Wood: I welcome the progress that has been made in closing the gender pay gap and increasing the representation of women on company boards, but what are the Government doing to support low-paid, low-skilled women, who often seem to be left out of the conversation?

 

Victoria Atkins (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women)

Mike Wood: I beg to move,

That this House 
has considered beer taxation and pubs.

I am delighted to have secured this important debate, alongside Ruth Smeeth and my hon. Friend Mr Evans, and I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for allocating us this time.

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