Harriet Harman

Labour Member of Parliament for Camberwell & Peckham

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Harriet Harman MP calls on Camila Batmanghelidjh to give the London Borough of Southwark the information they need to help vulnerable children and young people affected by the closure of Kids Company.

Harriet Harman MP has today also written to the Cabinet Office to ask the Government to provide the necessary resources for Southwark Council to enable them to support these children and young people.

She thanks the staff of Southwark Council for their hard work in seeking to protect vulnerable children and young people from the impact of the closure of Kids Company.

 

Notes to editors:

 1. Kids Company was based in Camberwell and supported many of the children and young people in Harriet Harman’s constituency

 2. Full text of the letter to Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster:

 

Dear Oliver,

Re: Kids Company

Following the closure of Kids Company, Southwark Council has been undertaking a great deal of work to make sure that vulnerable children and young people do not suffer because of the closure.

As you know I am very concerned that Southwark Council has the resources it needs to be able to protect these children and young people.

I am writing now to ask what additional resources are being made available to Southwark Council.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Harriet Harman

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For further information contact Rachel Smethers on 0207 219 2057 or email harriet.harman.mp@parliament.uk

Press Release: Kids Company closure - protecting the children and young people is vital, says local MP Harriet Harman

Harriet Harman MP calls on Camila Batmanghelidjh to give the London Borough of Southwark the information they need to help vulnerable children and young people affected by the closure of...

Tax credits which help families make ends meet are set to be cut by the new Conservative Government.  They announced this in their Budget last month.  We agree that the deficit needs to be brought down but this is absolutely the wrong way to do it and Labour is against it.

 

Tax credits go to families on low incomes - most of them in work but on low pay.  The Labour government brought them in to tackle in-work poverty, where even though people are working, they don't earn enough to live on.   And Tax Credits "make work pay" by topping-up low pay so that people are better off in work than on benefits.

 

In Camberwell and Peckham alone 64% of families get Tax Credits.  Even with the National Minimum Wage those families need the tax credits to make ends meet.  The Government is going to put the Minimum Wage up - and that's a good thing.   But the cuts in the Tax Credits are much bigger than the increase in the Minimum Wage and so around the country 3 million families will be, on average, £1,000 a year worse off.

 

Of course it's right that employers should increase pay.  But it's wrong for the Government to cut Tax Credits before that happens.

 

The Conservatives said before the election that they would cut £12billion from the welfare bill.  But they always ducked questions about cutting Tax Credits, inferring that they would be safe.  They said they would not "balance the books on the backs of the poor".  Yet that is exactly what cutting Tax Credits would do. So they have no democratic mandate to do it.

 

And they plan to do it in an underhand and undemocratic way.  Even though this is a £3.6 billion cut which will effect around 3 million people they plan to sneak it through without proper scrutiny by the House of Commons.  They plan to cut tax credits in a Committee with no more than 15 MPs in a meeting in a room upstairs in the House of Commons lasting no more than 45 minutes.  I’ve written to the Prime Minister saying:

*That it was not in their Manifesto

*That it is a big measure involving 3 million families and £3.6billion

*That it is highly controversial - they say that families will not be worse off because of the increase in the Minimum Wage but we, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies dispute that, and so it should first be scrutinised by the all-party Select Committee for the Department of Work and Pensions and if the Government then intend to go ahead with it they should put it in a Bill that will be scrutinised by the whole House of Commons and the House of Lords before it becomes law.

 

It is shameful that the Government is planning to sneak this controversial and harsh measure through without proper scrutiny at the same time as they are cutting tax for millionaires.  We are determined to campaign against this and make it our task, as Opposition, to seek to prevent them.

 

Southwark News Column: Government Cuts to Tax Credits

Tax credits which help families make ends meet are set to be cut by the new Conservative Government.  They announced this in their Budget last month.  We agree that the...

Responding to reports that local charity ‘Kids Company’ may close, Harriet Harman MP for Camberwell and Peckham today said:

“Kids Company work with some of the most deprived and vulnerable children and young people in South London, and in other parts of the country.

“Whatever happens to Kids Company, these children and young people must be protected and supported. Such vulnerable young people must not suffer as result of the breakdown of government confidence in Kids Company.

“The Government must ensure that local authorities and voluntary organisations have the resources they need to make sure that the children and young people who are being supported by Kids Company will not be without that support if the charity closes.

“The Government must publish a full report showing what funding decisions they have made in regard to Kids Company, and on what basis”.

 

 

 

Press Release: Local charity Kids Company

Responding to reports that local charity ‘Kids Company’ may close, Harriet Harman MP for Camberwell and Peckham today said: “Kids Company work with some of the most deprived and vulnerable...


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