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March 2011

The Coalition’s Mr Bumble cuts study support for Hull youngsters

Mar 27, 2011

Hull youngsters wanting to stay on in further education will soon lose two thirds of the money currently available from the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

It announced in the House of Commons today by Education Secretary Michael Gove that the EMA budget of £580 million will be replaced by a bursary scheme worth up to £180 million.

Hull North MP Diana Johnson said: “By slashing the money available under EMA by two thirds from 2012 it is clear that the vast majority of Hull students will lose out from this Coalition cut.

Chancellor sneaks out Budget blow to Hull pensioners

Mar 24, 2011

Hull’s elderly are set for a shock later this year when they get up to £100 less from the Tory-led Government to help with winter energy bills.

Many pensioners have come to rely on the Winter Fuel Allowance to ease the pain of soaring heating bills since the benefit was introduced during the first term of the last Labour Government.

When the next payments are made in November or December, most Hull pensioners aged 60 to 79 will get £200 instead of last year's £250. Those 80 or older will get £300 instead of £400.

Squeezed Hull families gain little from Budget

Mar 23, 2011

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has expressed disappointment that today’s Tory Budget will leave families in Hull worse off, while bankers get a tax cut this year.

Commenting after the Budget statement delivered by Chancellor George Osborne, Diana Johnson MP said:

“There was little in the Budget to get more Hull youngsters into education, employment or training. Any help in making work pay is more than clawed back elsewhere and undermined by the lack of jobs in Hull.

Hull MP calls for VAT rise on fuel to be reversed

Mar 11, 2011

Hull North Labour MP Diana Johnson is calling on the Chancellor George Osborne to reverse the Government’s VAT rise on fuel.

January’s hike in VAT to 20% added nearly 3p to the price of a litre of petrol and will raise £700m for the Treasury, according to figures from the independent House of Commons Library.

The Labour Party wants the VAT rise on petrol to be reversed immediately, using the £800m extra that the Government is now getting from the bank levy, compared to what it was expecting in the last Budget.

Hull loses £70 funding for every child

Mar 04, 2011

The funding for services like Sure Start and childcare in Hull is being slashed by £70 per child next year, new figures have revealed.

Meanwhile, Kingston upon Thames in Surrey is to lose £30 per child.

Hull North MP Diana Johnson said: “The Prime Minister made a personal promise to protect and build on Sure Start. Now we know that these were just hollow words and yet another broken promise to Hull families.