Robert Halfon MP Gives First Hundred Days Report
Politics / Mon 17th Aug 2015 at 12:29pm
DURING the election campaign, Harlow MP Robert Halfon campaigned hard for Harlow residents on five key issues: lower fuel bills, Bringing jobs and Apprenticeships back to Harlow, Harlow Housing for Harlow People, Protecting our NHS, and Fair Immigration Fair to the Taxpayer.
In the 100 days since the election Robert has been working hard to deliver on key promises made during the election:
1. Protecting Our NHS
– £8 billion extra pledged in the Summer Budget for the National Health Service
– David Cameron has pledged that people will have “access to the NHS services they need seven days a week” by 2020. By 2016, Harlow will have an extra weekend service staffed by local GPs providing care to residents
2. Helping Harlow Commuters by Freezing Fuel Duty
– Fuel Duty has been frozen for 2015, and as a result of the continued action taken on fuel duty since 2011 by the end of 2015-16 the typical motorist will save £9 each time they fill their tank compared to what it would have been had this action not been taken.
– By reducing green levies the Government has been able to take £50 off the average household energy bill, and the Government is continuing to work with the big firms to make sure hard working households get a fair deal
– For winter 2015 to 2016, you could get £140 off your electricity bill through the Governments Warm Home Discount Scheme. This is a one-off discount on households electricity bill, usually between September and March.
3. Harlow Housing for Harlow People
– Housing association tenants in England will be eligible to buy their housing association home and will soon be able to register their interest. In Harlow 1,790 families will potentially be able to benefit from this change, helping them to get on the housing ladder and buy their own home at a price they can afford
– Help to Buy, the scheme which allows people to buy their own house with a deposit of just 5%, has been extended to 2020. This scheme has already helped over 100 families in Harlow.
– From December 2015 the Government will give savers £50 for every £200 they save through the Help to Buy ISA scheme
– There will be a reduction of Social Housing Rent for Harlow tenants of 1% from 2016 – 2020
4. Championing Jobs & Apprenticeships
– There have been measures to bring about full employment nationwide and the number of Harlow residents on Job Seekers Allowance has gone down by 510 since July 2014.
– We have introduced a national living wage at £7.20 an hour from April 2016, and £9 by 2020.
– The government has promised 3 million more apprenticeships by 2020 through an Apprenticeship Levy
5. Fair Immigration Fair to the Taxpayer
– The Government is currently legislating for an in-out referendum to be held on Britain’s membership of the EU before the end of 2017. The Government’s EU Referendum Bill passed through the Committee Stage on 18 June.
– The UK has committed £19 million towards bolstering security and infrastructure to tackle problems at the port of Calais. £1.4 million will go towards the secure waiting area for lorries, and £7 million has been agreed for increasing security at the Channel Tunnel railhead at Coquelles.
– The Government has reformed the family visa route, capped economic immigration and cracked down on bogus colleges and the abuse of student visas
– The Government has also scrapped housing benefit for EU job seekers and limited benefits claims for EU migrants with no prospect of a job – and the Conservatives have set out plans for further reform under this Government.
In addition to his work in Parliament, Rob has attended 12 community events, 8 charity functions, 7 school visits, 5 surgeries, 5 business openings, 4 meetings with Harlow Council, and much else besides.
Robert Halfon says:
‘I love Harlow. I champion Harlow. I work hard for Harlow.
During the election I campaigned hard for a stronger NHS, keeping fuel duty low, supporting Harlow Housing for Harlow people, championing jobs & apprenticeships and ensuring that all immigration to the UK is fair to the taxpayer
In the last 100 days I have been working hard in government to deliver on these pledges.
I’m glad that in the first 100 days I have been able to achieve this in Parliament for the people in Harlow and across the country.’