Posts in the category of: Squeezed middle

Press Release: Liam Byrne condemns George Osborne’s attack on Birmingham’s children – 30 September 2014

by Liam Byrne | 01.10.14

Press Release: Liam Byrne condemns George Osborne’s attack on Birmingham’s children Tuesday 30th September     Liam Byrne today condemned George Osborne’s attack on Birmingham’s children as the politics of ‘you’re on your own’.   George Osborne’s freeze of working age social security payments such as tax credits will trap thousands of Birmingham children living […]

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My speech to Labour Party Conference in Brighton, 23rd September 2013

by Liam Byrne | 23.09.13

Conference – It’s a privilege to open this debate, a debate we approach with a passion and care. That’s not a sign of weakness, that’s a sign of our strength. We are so much stronger and our policy is so much better for the work of Unison’s Liz Snape, the TUC’s Kay Carberry, for the […]

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Give us the tools to tackle youth jobs crisis, say councils

by Liam Byrne | 31.01.13

Give us the tools to tackle youth jobs crisis, say councils Labour councils demand new freedoms to fight for youth jobs as Work Programme fails young people  Labour today called for new freedoms for councils to tackle the youth jobs crisis as analysis of the government’s Work Programme showed the programme found jobs for just […]

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Strivers Tax pushes 200,000 children into poverty

by Liam Byrne | 17.01.13

Cuts to tax credits and benefits will push 200,000 children into poverty, Ministers admit 200,000 children will be pushed into poverty as a result of David Cameron and George Osborne’s real terms cuts to tax credits and other working-age benefits, according to official government figures. In an answer to a parliamentary question, work and pensions […]

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Labour challenges Government to back compulsory jobs guarantee

by Liam Byrne | 07.01.13

Labour will tomorrow challenge the Government to back its plan for a compulsory jobs guarantee for the long term unemployed as new figures from the IFS show 7 million working people will be hit by the Government’s ‘strivers tax’. The new report from the IFS shows that 7 million working families will lose out under […]

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Youth Jobs Taskforce calls on Government to follow Liverpool’s lead

by Liam Byrne | 16.11.12

Labour’s Youth Jobs Taskforce rolled into Liverpool today to witness first-hand the City’s fight against youth unemployment. The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Liam Byrne, visited Glendale Liverpool Ltd apprentices on site in St John’s Gardens and later met with Liverpool’s Deputy Mayor Paul Brant to discuss the city’s scheme.   Shadow Work and Pensions […]

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Government need to take action on private pension rip-offs

by Liam Byrne | 18.07.12

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: “Today’s report from respected industry leaders is fresh evidence for why we need to take action on private pension rip-offs. At the weekend Labour set out a plan for change. We now need a new consensus where savers and good pensions companies come together to make […]

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Talking to working parents with Ken Livingston

by Liam Byrne | 03.12.11

Following my Opposition Day debate on living standards, here’s the link to news of my visit to a Sure Start in Islington with Ken Livingston, to talk to parents about the squeeze on childcare. Everything we heard confirms my worst fears about what the government is doing to working parents; they are forcing them out of work. […]

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Opposition Day debate on living standards

by Liam Byrne | 02.12.11

Here’s the text of my Opposition day debate speech on living standards last week… Opposition Day Debate Speech “The impact of Government policies on living standards” 30 November 2011 Mr Speaker, I rise to move the motion in my name, and the names of my right honourable friends. Mr Speaker the verdict is now in, […]

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Hundreds of thousands of women will still have to work longer under pension changes

by Liam Byrne | 13.10.11

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said on women’s pensions today: “This is a humiliating climb-down for David Cameron, who has ordered his ministers to rush out an eleventh-hour change to his Pensions Bill which will face a storm in Parliament next week. “Together, Labour and thousands of campaigners across Britain have demanded this […]

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