David's Jobs Club restarts on 27th September

David Mowat's Jobs Club:

Getting Warrington Back to Work


Jobs_Club.jpgDavid Mowat founded the Jobs Club in April of 2009 and it has now completed its 10th season. Over 200 people in Warrington have now benefitted from the club and more than two thirds of those attending have subsequently found a job, started their own business or gone back into a training course.

The Jobs Club draws on the expertise of local businessmen and entrepreneurs to assist participants with skills building, preparing for interviews and improving their CVs. This season includes workshops such as "the Hidden Jobs Market - using social media to find work", "Interview Techniques" and "Leadership & Management."

Check out the full itinerary.
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Get tough on the FA - Mowat urges Government

David Mowat at Warrington Town FCWarrington South MP David Mowat yesterday urged the Government to put more pressure on the Football Association to give a greater share of its revenues to non-league football clubs such as Warrington Town FC. During a Commons debate to mark Non-League Football day, Mr Mowat called on the Government to act

Currently the FA’s revenue (which mostly comes from the England Football Team) is split 50:50 between “grassroots football” and the “professional game” – or in other words league football clubs.

Mr Mowat was one of a group of local businessmen who saved Warrington Town from bankruptcy in 2007 and he remains a director at the club.

David Mowat said:

The Football Association has a surplus of about £80 million per annum, which basically comes from the England team. That money is given 50% to the grass roots and 50% to the professional game. There is absolutely no reason why it should not all go to the grass roots.

“Front Benchers on both sides of the House should be applying pressure on this. It would result in an additional £40 million for clubs like Warrington Town FC.”

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Labour’s plans for benefit handouts of £54,000 are a slap in the face for hardworking taxpayers in Warrington

Mowat_14_Oct_WH.jpgLocal MP for Warrington South, David Mowat has slammed Labour’s plans for a welfare system that could see people in London getting benefit handouts of up to £54,000 – paid for by hardworking taxpayers in Warrington.

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, has said he will scrap the Conservatives’ benefit cap in favour of a new system that reflects higher housings costs in London.

New analysis of independent figures show that under this system, people in London could get benefit handouts of up to £54,000 per year. This would be more than double the current limit.

David Mowat commented:

“Labour want to take money from hardworking families in Warrington and use it to subsidise families living in expensive properties in London. It’s a slap in the face for the town’s taxpayers

“Most people I speak to in Warrington are amazed that the cap introduced by the Conservative-led Government is so high. Labour fought tooth and nail to prevent the cap and now they are trying to unpick it. It’s the same old Labour party.”

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My speech on HS2 and its effect on Warrington

Yesterday I made my Westminster Hall speech on HS2 and the effect that it will have on Warrington, particularly the piece of line which has become known as the Wigan Spur.

You can watch my a recording of my speech and the debate here or alternatively you can read a transcript of the speech here.

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Secretary of State requests clarifications over Arpley

Arpley_Protest_3.jpgSecretary of State for Communities & Local Government Eric Pickles has written to the operators of the Arpley landfill site to request further clarifications before he determines the Planning Application to extend the life of the Arpley site until 2025. This development will mean that the decision will now be put back for a further 8 weeks

In his letter, the Secretary of State has asked the site’s operators to comment on three developments – a recent High Court case involving development on Green Belt land, Warrington Borough Council’s Local Plan Core Strategy (adopted since the appeal was heard) and a letter from local MP David Mowat.

Mr Mowat wrote to the Secretary of State in June to point out that keeping the site open was contrary to the Government’s landfill policy and that Halton Borough Council would not be using Arpley beyond the end of the year.

David Mowat said:

I am delighted that the Secretary of State has decided to act on the information which I brought to his attention.

“There have been some significant developments since the Appeal was heard which I believe tip the balance decisively in favour of rejecting this application and they need to be taken into account.

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To Frack or not to Frack?

It is the position of both the Government and the opposition that we should move ahead to explore for unconventional gas in the UK. The reasons for doing this are clear.

1) With the depletion of north sea reserves we have recently become an importer of gas. Currently most of this supply comes from Norway but contracts for future supply have also been signed with Russia. It is in our interests as a country to minimise these imports both on security and economic grounds.

2) Gas prices in Europe have continued to rise in recent years; more supply will mitigate or reduce the effect of rising prices which will reduce fuel poverty and increase industrial competitiveness. In the United States gas prices are about a third of those in the UK which has had a dramatic benefit for consumers and jobs.

3) More gas can make a significant reduction in our carbon emissions. Currently most of our energy comes from coal and oil which produce around double the emissions of gas. If we were able to replace all coal and oil usage with gas, we would reduce emissions by a massive 40 percent.

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New Enterprise Allowance helping people in Warrington to get off benefits and start their own business

Local MP for Warrington, David Mowat has welcomed new figures showing that 280 people in Warrington have been helped off benefits and are now running their own business, under the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance scheme.

The allowance – which supports people on out of work benefits to start their own business – has helped more than 46,000 people across the country to set up successful businesses since it was introduced in April 2011.

The support available to people starts with help from a business mentor to develop their business idea. Then, once they have got the business up and running, and have moved off benefits, they are eligible for 26 weeks of financial support as they get their business going.  

David Mowat said:

“It’s excellent news that 280 people in Warrington have been helped to get off benefits and to realise their dream of starting their own businesses and being their own boss. Small businesses, are a hugely important part of our community and vital to local jobs.

“That’s why supporting small businesses is an important part of the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan. There’s more to do, but these figures show that our support is helping people to get off benefits and running their own business, giving them the promise of a better and brighter future. And each new job these businesses create is another family in Warrington with the security of a regular pay packet.”

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Helping hardworking people to find a home in Warrington

Local MP, David Mowat has welcomed figures showing that the Conservatives are delivering new affordable homes and helping hardworking people to get on the housing ladder in Warrington.

In Warrington, 930 new affordable homes have been delivered since 2010 and 141 people have been able to buy their own home thanks to Help to Buy, giving more families the opportunity to move into a good quality, affordable home and plan for their future.

Nearly 200,000 new affordable homes have now been delivered across the country since 2010 while Help to Buy has enabled over 27,000 people to buy their own home. Thanks to the Conservative’s long-term economic plan, Britain is now building more homes than at any time since 2007.

David Mowat said:

‘Labour cut the number of social homes to rent and their Great Recession led to a collapse in housebuilding meaning thousands of families could not find a home they could afford.

‘That’s why the Conservatives, as part of our long-term economic plan, took action to get Britain building again and launched Help to Buy to help couples trapped on high rents afford homes of their own. Thanks to these policies, 930 new affordable homes have now been delivered and 141 people have been able to buy their own home in Warrington.

‘Our long-term economic plan is helping people to find a good quality, affordable home where they can raise a family, contribute to their communities and enjoy greater financial security.’

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Mowat welcomes income tax cut to make people in Warrington more financially secure

Local MP David Mowat has welcomed a new tax cut for hardworking people in Warrington.

The personal allowance which rose to £10,000 in April, takes around 900 people in Warrington out of income tax. Taxes have been cut for more than 26 million people across the country, with over three million now taken out of paying income tax altogether.

Because of tax cuts, since 2010 the typical taxpayer is now paying £705 less in income tax than they were. Taxes will be cut even further next year when the personal allowance is set to rise again to £10,500, as announced in the 2014 Budget.

David Mowat MP commented:

This tax cut is excellent news for hardworking people in Warrington.

‘This is the third time this Government has cut income tax, benefitting 889 people here in Warrington, with 8,836 people now taken out of income tax altogether.

‘Cutting taxes is a key part of the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan to build a better future for Britain. These cuts mean 80,583 people are keeping more of the money they’ve worked hard to earn, giving them and their families more financial security for the future.’ 

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Appleton Thorn Young Offenders Intsitute

David Mowat, MP for Warrington South, today wrote to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prisons, Jeremy Wright MP, regarding the status of Appleton Thorn Young Offenders Institute.

You can read the document in full here. 

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