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Month: November 2017

SNP WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR FAIR PENSIONS FOR WASPI WOMEN

SNP WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR FAIR PENSIONS FOR WASPI WOMEN

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has said that the SNP will never stop fighting for women born in the 1950s who face losing thousands of pounds due to changes in their state pension age. Over 6,300 women in West Dunbartonshire are believed to be adversely impacted by state pension inequality – resulting in their retirement plans being shattered due to receiving little or no notice of the changes from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Local MP Martin…

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SNP MPs PRESS FOR FURTHER ACTION TO TACKLE FLAWS IN UNIVERSAL CREDIT

SNP MPs PRESS FOR FURTHER ACTION TO TACKLE FLAWS IN UNIVERSAL CREDIT

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has criticised UK Chancellor Philip Hammond for not doing enough in his Autumn Budget to tackle problems in the roll-out of Universal Credit. The MP for West Dunbartonshire has joined SNP colleagues at Westminster in calling for the UK government to take further action to fix the flaws in its flagship welfare policy. This week the SNP will present a Bill in the House of Commons aimed at making Universal Credit fairer and more flexible, so…

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TORY BUDGET FAILS HARD-PRESSED FAMILIES IN WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

TORY BUDGET FAILS HARD-PRESSED FAMILIES IN WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has responded to the UK government’s Autumn budget, condemning the Chancellor’s plans as a missed opportunity to boost household incomes and support hard-pressed families in West Dunbartonshire. A report by the Resolution Foundation has warned that the UK faces the longest period of falling living standards since records began as a result of ongoing Tory austerity. Analysis of the UK budget finds that the Chancellor’s plans are set to worsen inequality, taking away an average of…

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CLYDEBANK POST COLUMN – UK BUDGET 2017

CLYDEBANK POST COLUMN – UK BUDGET 2017

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP: “Despite living in one of the richest countries in the world the UK government continues to pursue an austerity agenda which is forcing more people than ever before to turn to food banks and rely on emergency aid.” On Wednesday 22nd November the UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond will present his budget plans in Westminster. And with Christmas fast approaching too many families in Clydebank and across the country are facing financial difficulties due to rising inflation and…

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BIG LOTTERY FUNDING AWARD FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE COMMUNITY GROUP

BIG LOTTERY FUNDING AWARD FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE COMMUNITY GROUP

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has welcomed the success of a community-based addictions charity in securing an award of National Lottery funding. The Alternatives Community Recovery Project, which provides support and counselling to families in West Dunbartonshire affected by drug-related problems, has been successful in applying for £96,000 from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland. The funding has been awarded to support the charity’s addiction support services across Dumbarton, Clydebank and the Vale of Leven. The group will work with…

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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP LAUNCHES SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION

WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP LAUNCHES SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has launched his annual school Christmas card competition to raise funds for local good causes. After the success of last year’s contest, which was won by Erin Wilson of Lennox Primary and raised £400 for Clydebank and Dumbarton Women’s Aid charities, Martin has written to all local primary schools inviting pupils to take part. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Friendship’, with schools asked to return their Christmas card designs to Martin’s local…

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REPORT WARNS TORY AUSTERITY WILL DRIVE A MILLION MORE CHILDREN INTO POVERTY

REPORT WARNS TORY AUSTERITY WILL DRIVE A MILLION MORE CHILDREN INTO POVERTY

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has said the Tory claim to make work pay “lies in tatters”, as a new report reveals a decade of cuts to tax credits and Universal Credit has slashed family incomes and pushed children into poverty. The Austerity Generation report published by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), based on analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), reveals working families with children have been hit hardest by Tory cuts, with losses reaching thousands of…

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