10 FEB 2015

William Alvey C.E. School

 

Pupils from William Alvey C.E. School in Sleaford welcomed local MP Stephen Phillips to assembly last week where he talked a little about what his job entails. Every year group across the school has been learning about democracy in this general election year and Stephen's picture presently graces a notice board in the main school hall. After assembly, Stephen met with pupils from Year 6 who had been preparing questions for him to answer, including what he thought he had achieved since he became our MP nearly five years ago. Stephen answered by referring to his work on mental health for veterans and, speaking during his visit, thanked Mr Alvey, the staff and children for inviting him. "It is fantastic to see everyone at William Alvey learning about democracy," he said. "I've had a lovely visit this morning even if some of the questions I have been asked have been quite tricky!"


27 JAN 2015

Elite Fish & Chips

 

Rachel Tweedale, who at the tender of age of 27 runs the Sleaford branch of the Elite Fish and Chip Company with its restaurant on Grantham Road Sleaford, has been serving local MP Stephen Phillips and his family on Fridays for the last 5 or so years, first from the Tritton Road branch near North Hykeham, and more recently from her new place of work. Rachel was recently named the Young Fish Fryer of the Year in the 2015 National Fish and Chip Awards, a hugely prestigious award, but obviously well-deserved for someone running a branch of a family business well known across the constituency for the last 25 years. Stephen dropped in last week to congratulate Rachel on her many successes and said, "Rachel is a real role model for young people wanting to get on and run their own businesses. This latest award comes as no surprise given her talents, and I am looking forward to many more years of Friday dinners cooked for the family by Rachel and her staff."


19 JAN 2015

Youth Parliament

 

George Baker MYP – the most recently elected member for Lincolnshire of the National Youth Parliament – met with Stephen Phillips QC MP on Saturday to raise a number of issues of importance for young people in the County and more widely. One of those issues – mental health for young people – is something on which Stephen has already been campaigning since being elected as MP for Sleaford & North Hykeham in 2010. Last year, Stephen led a debate on mental health services in Lincolnshire and he has recently championed appropriate mental health care for those who have served in the Armed Forces also. "George is an impressive young man," Stephen said, "and has been able to tell me much about what young people in the County are concerned about. I hope to meet with him and his colleagues again in the near future."



Labour and tuition fees: yet more chaos (28/02/15)

Labour are in chaos on tuition fees.

Their new policy on tuition fees has already unravelled, and has been roundly criticised by experts for:

1. Benefitting the wealthiest graduates the most

Labour’s policy will benefit wealthier graduates the most.

As the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the independent think tank, says: 'Mid-to-high-income graduates are the primary beneficiaries of this reform, with the very highest earners benefiting the most...Most lower earning graduates will be unaffected' (IFS, Labour’s higher education funding plans, 27 Feb 2015).

Martin Lewis of Moneysavingexpert.com agreed that 'only affluent graduates will gain' and that the policy 'stems from an illiteracy about how student finance works' (Daily Telegraph, 26 Feb 2015).

2. Being bad for universities and bad for the economy

By putting funding for higher education at risk, Labour’s policy would hit universities, the economy - and therefore students.

A group of Britain’s top academics warns Labour’s policy would ‘damage the economy...and risks the quality of education for all’ (Times, 2 Feb 2015).

Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, says the policy is ‘disastrous’ and ‘would make it difficult to provide the stuff our students need’ (BBC News, 27 Feb 2015).

Properly funded universities are vital for a stronger economy, giving people the skills they need to get on in life. Labour’s policy would put our economy and a better future at risk.

3. Showing – yet again – that Labour would hit hardworking people with more taxes

Labour say their tuition fees policy will be paid for by reducing pension tax relief.

That means a policy that benefits better off students would be paid for by a new tax on pensions, hitting many people on middle incomes – including nurses, teachers and firefighters.

Such a move is more evidence that Labour aren’t on the side of hardworking taxpayers.

Labour’s latest poorly-thought-through policy - which will hit students, universities and hardworking taxpayers - is yet another example of the chaos Britain would face under Ed Miliband.

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A more secure retirement (27/02/15)

If you've worked hard all your life, we believe you deserve security in retirement.

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Offering everyone dignity and security in retirement (26/02/15)

We're building a Britain that offers everyone dignity and security in retirement. SHARE this to let everyone know.

Let's stick to the plan that's helping hardworking families (25/02/15)

Our long-term economic plan is helping hardworking families - by giving more people the security of a job, cutting income tax for 26 million people, freezing fuel duty and keeping mortgage rates low.

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Top global economists: Britain must stick to the plan (24/02/15)

Top global economists are clear: we must stick to our long-term plan to secure a better future for families across Britain.

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Securing a better future for our elderly (23/02/15)

We’re building a Britain that offers everyone dignity and security in retirement.

If you’ve worked hard during your life, saved, paid your taxes and done the right thing, you deserve dignity and security when you retire.

It’s a key part of our long-term economic plan and it’s about the type of country we want to build: one where if you put in, you get out. And no one has put in as much as our elderly.

Our five commitments for dignity and security in retirement will:

  1. Reward those who have worked hard by continuing to increase the State Pension through the triple lock
  2. Reward saving by introducing a new single-tier pension
  3. Give people the freedom to invest and spend their pension however they like – and let them pass it on to loved ones tax-free
  4. Give everyone the help they deserve in later life by protecting pensioner benefits including the free bus pass, TV licence and winter fuel payment
  5. Ensure Britain has a strong economy, so we can protect the NHS and make sure no-one is forced to sell their home to pay for care

These commitments reward those who have worked hard and done the right thing – and will secure a better future for our elderly and for Britain.

Why this week was important for families across Britain (21/02/15)

1. The deficit is falling

January saw the largest monthly surplus in the public finances since the crisis. That means we're on track to halve the deficit as a share of national income this year.

As part of our long-term economic plan, we’re dealing with the deficit so we live within our means and don’t leave our children and grandchildren with more debts than they could ever repay

(Source: Office of National Statistics, Summary of Public Sector Finances, 20 Feb 2015)

2. More jobs being created - and the highest employment rate in history

There are 1.85 million more people in work since 2010, and the employment rate is the highest in history - meaning a record number of people with the security of a job to provide for their families.

(Source: ONS, Labour Market Statistics, 18 Feb 2015)

3. Inflation falling

Inflation has fallen to a record low - helping household budgets go further, so families are more financially secure.

(Source: ONS, Consumer Price Index, 17 Feb 2015)

4. Wages rising

Pay is up 2.1%% in the year. Wages are rising faster than prices - meaning more money in people’s pockets.

(Source: ONS, Labour Market Statistics, 18 Feb 2015)

On the deficit, jobs, inflation and wages, our plan is working and helping families be more secure.

But in an uncertain world economy all of this progress will be at risk unless we carry on working through the plan that is delivering stability and rising living standards.

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