Posted by: Jason's Staff | December 18, 2014

Designated Drivers

Jason is backing the national Designated Drivers scheme run by Coca-Cola in partnership with the Department for Transport’s THINK! road safety campaign.

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The scheme means that designated drivers can enjoy a “buy one, get on free” offer on Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Zero as they celebrate the Christmas period in local pubs and bars.

For more information please visit: http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/designated-driver/coca-cola-designated-driver-faqs.html

Posted by: Jason's Staff | December 17, 2014

Post Office Card Accounts

Jason is delighted with the government’s announcement that the future of the Post Office Card Account has now been secured until at least November 2021. 2.5 million claimants of pensions, benefits and tax credits use the system.

As Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Post Offices, Jason praised the announcement and also the new local branches in the constituency that mean over 300 extra post office opening hours every month.

 

 

Posted by: Jason's Staff | December 12, 2014

Guide Dogs Christmas Cracker

Jason continues to back the charity Guide Dogs and met with staff, volunteers and puppies to thank them for their hard work this year.

Guide Dogs Christmas Cracker

The charity also gave Jason a custom-made Christmas cracker which included messages from local residents on the Guide Dogs’ campaign for a national law on pavement parking which Jason is backing.

For more information please click here.

Posted by: Jason's Staff | December 10, 2014

Cystic Fibrosis APPG

Jason is Chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and was delighted to officially launch the group in Parliament.

Cystic Fibrosis APPG

Jason is pictured with Ed Owen, the Chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Emma Lake, Public Affairs Office at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Emma spoke movingly about living with Cystic Fibrosis.

For more information please visit: http://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/

Posted by: Jason's Staff | December 9, 2014

New Trains for West Yorkshire

Jason asked the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander MP to confirm that the bidders for the new Northern Rail and Transpennine franchises will commit to replacing the outdated ‘pacer’ trains that constituents have to suffer on their daily commute.

Posted by: Jason's Staff | December 8, 2014

Santa Dash in Huddersfield

Jason joined family and friends to take part in the annual Huddersfield Lions Santa Dash. Jason and the team were fundraising for the Joseph Salmon Trust.

Santa Dash 2014

Posted by: Jason's Staff | December 8, 2014

Honley Festive Weekend

Jason enjoyed the St Mary’s Christmas Street Market in his home village of Honley. Church Street was packed as the sun was out. Entertainment included the Honley Male Voice Choir.

Honley Xmas Market 2014

Posted by: Jason's Staff | December 7, 2014

Hepworth J&I School

Jason spent a lovely morning with the children at Hepworth J&I School talking about jobs and careers.

Hepworth School Jobs Day

The pupils had come to school dressed as the jobs they’d like to do in the future which included being a Palaeontologist, a butcher, a You Tuber and a computer coder. Jason answered questions about his role as the local MP and his previous careers in the RAF and ITV.

Posted by: Jason's Staff | December 3, 2014

Autumn Statement

Jason welcomed the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement that will help the hardworking people of Holme Valley, Colne Valley and Lindley. George Osborne announced:

  • A reform of Stamp Duty – 99.8% of people who pay stamp duty in Yorkshire and the Humber will pay the same or less.
  • Around 60,000 apprentices in Yorkshire and the Humber will benefit from a reduction in their employer’s National Insurance Contributions. Since 2010 there have been 4,120 apprenticeship starts in Jason’s Colne valley constituency.
  • Cutting Air Passenger Duty for children – from May a family travelling from Leeds-Bradford or Manchester Airport will pay no duty for under 12s. From 2016 the duty will also be abolished for under 16s.
  • Ahead of Small Business Saturday on 6th December 68,000 small businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber will benefit from the extension to Small Business Rate Relief, with savings worth £51m. 48,000 of these businesses will pay no business rates at all.
  • 20,000 small businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber will benefit from the £1,500 discount for retail properties.
  • The personal tax allowance will be raised to £10,600 in April. That’s great news for the hardworking people of the Holme Valley, Colne Valley and Lindley, including those who have taken up one of the 1.8m new jobs created since this Government came to office, 85% of which are full time.

The above was on top of the announcement earlier this week which set out clear plans for investment in infrastructure, including roads, rail and local flood defences. Jason recently met with the Chancellor to ensure that the North gets its fair share of the deal.

 Jason & George Osborne

Across Yorkshire and the Humber the plan commits to invest in:

  • 8 major Strategic Road Network projects including the M62.
  • £60 million national funding pot for local stations to bid for funding to improve access.
  • The Northern Powerhouse, tending new franchises for Northern Rail and the Trans-Pennine Express, replacing the pacer carriages with modern trains.

 To local people this means an improvement in connections between cities like Leeds, Bradford and York. It’s a huge boost for local households and businesses helping to deliver more jobs, growth and ultimately a better future for the hardworking people of Holme Valley, Colne Valley and Lindley.

The Chancellor’s statement also included our steps to reduce borrowing and bring welfare spending under control. The Chancellor’s speech can be read in full on www.gov.uk, as can the Autumn Statement document.

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