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New Year message from Harlow’s MP Robert Halfon

General Election 2024 / Wed 3rd Jan 2024 at 09:11am

A Letter from Robert Halfon MP to the residents of Harlow and the Villages Residents

Local Member of Parliament, Robert Halfon, has written an open letter to residents from across Harlow and the Villages to mark the start of 2024. 

“Dear Residents, 

“I would like to start by wishing everybody in Harlow and the Villages a very Happy New Year for 2024! I also want to take this opportunity at the start of the New Year to thank everybody in public services, retail and hospitality in Harlow who have worked tirelessly throughout the Chrtistmas and New Year celebrations. 

“On Christmas Day, I visited Princess Alexandra Hospital with the Harlow Hospital Chaplain, Tim Weeks, to visit wards, meet patients and thank NHS staff for their tireless hard work – their passion and dedication to supporting local people and providing the very best care is absolutely unparalleled. All of the NHS staff at PAH, from the doctors and nurses to the administration and support staff are second to none. 

“The start of any new year is always a good time to reflect on what happened last year and look forward to the future. As we enter the New Year, I am doubling down on my commitment to you that I will do all I can to support our public services and to protect our NHS, to work with the Government to tackle the cost of living, and to work closely with the local Council to build an even better Harlow. 

Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair 2024

“Since being elected in 2010, I have hosted an annual Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair in Harlow (except during the pandemic years). My Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair is back this year for the tenth time, taking place on Friday 26th January at the Latton Bush Centre. Over the last decade, thousands of local people have visited the event and secured new jobs with local employers and I invite everybody to come along! 

“Cutting the Cost of Living 

“Towards the end of last year, the Conservative Government announced that inflation had fallen from 10.7% to 4.6% – more than halving inflation since this time last year. The cost of items on the shelves is now the lowest it has been for over two years. By halving inflation, hard-working Harlow people will keep more of the money they earn. 

“Rewarding Harlow People

“This Government is delivering for hardworking Harlow people. From January, we are slashing the rate of National Insurance by 2%. For somebody earning  £35,000, this tax-cut is worth over £450 per year with Harlow workers noticing this saving in their January payslips… and we are not stopping there. 

“From April, this Government is also giving lower earners, pensioners and those in receipt of Universal Credit a financial boost. The National Living Wage will increase by 9.8% to £11.44 per hour – an extra £1,800 each year for lower paid workers. Pensioners will receive an 8.5% boost to their state pensions, taking their weekly income to over £200 for the first time, and Universal Credit and other benefits will also increase by 6.7% next year, an average increase of £470 for over 5 million of the most vulnerable households.

“Backing Harlow Businesses 

“I would like to pay tribute to all of the small businesses in Harlow who work so hard to create jobs and opportunities for local people. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy and this Government is delivering a £20 billion package to support local businesses. This means that shops across Harlow will have a freeze in business rates and our local pubs will be able to secure additional rates relief. 

“Every year, to mark Small Business Saturday, I present my awards for the Best Business, Best New Business and Best Business with Apprentices in Harlow, as nominated by local people. I was really pleased to visit three businesses just before Christmas to present my awards. Congratulations to Louise from L Hibbard Photography, Shane from G9 Football Development and Franco and Maisy from Frank and Joe’s Men’s Hair Salon. 

“Local residents can keep in touch with my work by following me on Facebook or by going to www.roberthalfon.com.

“Kindest wishes,

“Robert

“P.S. – The kindness of so many Harlow residents is extraordinary. I’m hugely appreciative of all the kind words of support and encouragement that I have received recently from so many constituents. 

“This was demonstrated to me more than ever on Christmas Eve when I lost my wallet in Old Harlow after visiting a local pub with friends. The next morning, I had an email from the Marquis of Granby pub to say that a gentleman had found my wallet in the street and had passed it to the landlord and I was able to retrieve it on Christmas Day. I asked who the gentleman was but he didn’t leave a name. If he is reading this, I would be very pleased if he would contact me directly so that I can thank him personally.”

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16 Comments for New Year message from Harlow’s MP Robert Halfon:

Luke Burton
2024-01-03 10:13:03

Go away. You're a terrible MP with a track record of simply repeating nonsense. Harlow is riddled with crime despite you being the party of law and order.

Crazyhorse 74
2024-01-03 11:29:19

Well his got my vote dont think labour would do any better.

Me.
2024-01-03 11:32:47

I could not even bebothered to read all of this. Robert Halfon and the rest of them obviously think that we are all bloody stupid,well we are not. Its just constant,the same old waffle,it dont mean anything to me,most of it is just words and more words and no action.

MikeO
2024-01-03 13:02:29

Halfon has not done anything that has made this town better for the people who live here. And his Government have not done anything for the people of this country either - well, apart from making the cost of living crisis an even bigger burden; causing the NHS waiting list to increase to record levels; overseeing a huge increase in the use of food banks; ignoring the RAAC problem that caused thousands of schools to shut; and making our streets less safe by cutting the number of police officers, that is.

Jasper
2024-01-03 13:32:56

Robert You might need to visit the job fair as a customer. When did you last go into a shop for your groceries. Everything has gone up not down. Are you relying on the manipulation of figures as most MPs of all Parties rely on. Lies, lies and more lies. As in the movie 'Brewsters Millions' vote for none of the above.

Cllr James Griggs
2024-01-03 16:25:47

Prices at their lowest? Are you joking, you clearly don’t understand the economics. A reduction in inflation means the prices are increasing at a slower rate. Everything is still much more expensive than just a few years ago. Your supportive foray with Trussenomics only served to compound an already awful situation. No mention of a new PAH I see. Have you now finally realised that we’ve all seen through your failure to deliver on that promise? No mention of education, your specialist area. Any update available on the SFG saga where you were happy to claim it was your hard work that built the school for which you now disown any responsibility? The best thing about it being 2024 is that your boss has told us it’s an election year, though we all know his promises mean absolutely nothing. Bring on the General Election and let’s see the back of the worst period of failing and corrupt government in living memory. Britain urgently needs change.

voteforme
2024-01-03 16:48:17

As inflation is around 4% this year and was around 10% in 2022, how can prices on the shelves be lower than they were 2 years ago, or have I misunderstood the comment. And as for state pensions, my pension goes up in May not April, also I doubt all of my pension will go up by 8.5% and, of course, because I have a bit of private pension I will be paying tax on the all of the increase. I agree that employee NI is being reduced but taxation will still be at the highest level for circa 70 years will it not. All of these points have been made before so Robert, why don't you cut the crap and say it how it is, that over the last 13.5 years the gov't have messed up but we are trying hard to fix it. Stop telling us stuff that is so blatantly untrue. And Crazyhorse, you don't think labour would do any better, I think it is impossible not to do better

Eddie
2024-01-03 17:23:42

I don't think Labour will do any better, simply because the unions will hold this country to ransom. The slightest excuse and they will be out , and they will get away with it as certain labour mp,s stand on the picket line with them. God help us if Starmer gets in.

Nicholas Taylor
2024-01-03 17:32:06

Support public services Robert, you really are trying to pull the wool over peoples eyes. Just one example of what your government has done since 2010, that is to see the number of Surestart Centres being cut from 3600 in 2010 to just 1292 now. These centres provided support to the most vulnerable people in the poorest areas, giving children and parents a better chance of improving themselves on a number of levels. The Governments 'Levelling Up' agenda should have concentrated on such work, rather than providing billions of pounds to come up with schemes such as Harlow's Cultural Square and new bus station. Far better to have given every child free access to leisure, sporting and cultural activities, giving them a sense of purpose, membership of a club, learning about something they actually want to do, learning life skills, all whilst keeping so many of them off the streets causing anti social behaviour.

Luke Burton
2024-01-03 18:19:13

Eddie - as if the unions aren't already striking already. Already impossible to get on a train or a doctor's appointment - how much worse can get it?

Voteforme
2024-01-03 18:31:49

Eddie, were you a union member, is that how you behaved?

JD
2024-01-03 19:08:10

Please Mr Halfon, you're an intelligent man can we please stop this nonsense of "By halving inflation, hard-working Harlow people will keep more of the money they earn." You know as well as the rest of us that prices are still rising (inflation had fallen from 10.7% to 4.6%). Please stop towing the party rhetoric. Harlow has an unusable new school which further public spending required to rebuild. A hospital on its knees due to procrastination over a new hospital, along with an decade of NHS underfunding under this government. I do however praise Mr Halfon with his championing local businesses - especially Louise Hibbard Photography who we have used on a few occasions and she has captured (and created) some wonderful memories as a family - and I hope Mr Halfon, or whoever our next MP is, would continue this.

David Forman
2024-01-03 22:44:06

Nicholas Taylor deserves a big round of applause for his comment, particularly the following: "Far better to have given every child free access to leisure, sporting and cultural activities, giving them a sense of purpose, membership of a club, learning about something they actually want to do, learning life skills, all whilst keeping so many of them off the streets causing anti social behaviour." This sounds like a good plan to me.

David Forman
2024-01-03 22:44:44

Nicholas Taylor deserves a big round of applause for his comment, particularly the following: "Far better to have given every child free access to leisure, sporting and cultural activities, giving them a sense of purpose, membership of a club, learning about something they actually want to do, learning life skills, all whilst keeping so many of them off the streets causing anti social behaviour." This sounds like a good plan to me.

Mark Ingall
2024-01-04 11:32:47

A thousand children have had their education damaged by government failure and incompetence and Harlow's MP has not a single word to say on the matter.

Pedro
2024-01-04 19:49:13

Sorry Rob, as someone who has supported you and your party over the past 3 GEs, your party has squandered an 80 seat majority by ignoring people's concerns on major issues like Housing, Immigration and taxation, it failed miserably to control the invasion of illegal economic migrants, your party ignored it's members and installed an unelected party leader Who lied and backstabbed his way to the top, Your party have let you and the residents of Harlow down by delaying the NEW hospital and the moving of the HPE, Shame you may well lose your seat and the alternative is certainly a poor choice

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