Julie Hilling MP

Working Hard for Atherton, Blackrod, Heaton and Lostock, Horwich, Smithills, Westhoughton and Chew Moor.

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The decision was taken by Bolton Council's Planning Committee yesterday to defer the Loco-works development to the Planning Officer. With the development being such a huge project in Horwich, Julie has made the following statement:

The once great loco-works have become a blight on the lives of people who live nearby and so it is welcome news that the development will go ahead on this brownfield site. It will give the area a much needed boost as well as providing 1,700 additional homes and around 1500 new jobs.

 

However I still have several concerns that need addressing.  It was clear from the meeting that real worries still exist about primary school provision, transport issues and lack of sporting facilities. I will continue to press on these issues.  I am also very concerned about reports of contamination on the site, particularly asbestos.  The developers need to work alongside ex workers to eradicate this contamination.

 

It is important that resident’s views are considered and that the people of Horwich receive adequate facilities. I will continue to raise any concerns residents have.

 

Loco-works development reaction

  The decision was taken by Bolton Council's Planning Committee yesterday to defer the Loco-works development to the Planning Officer. With the development being such a huge project in Horwich,...

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Julie  joined other MPs to change housing benefit legislation on the controversial ‘Bedroom Tax’ in the House of Commons.  

The Bedroom Tax has caused hardship for thousands of people across Bolton West and for hundreds of thousands across the country.  The policy cost low-income families an average of £700 a year, two thirds of those hit by the Bedroom Tax have disabilities and 60,000 are carers.  In the North West alone over 75,411 people have been affected.

The Liberal Democrats, who voted for the original ‘Bedroom Tax which was introduced in April 2013, have repeatedly joined the Tories to keep the Bedroom Tax in place.  They have previously resisted any attempt to protect people from it until today when Liberal Democrat MPs joined Labour in voting against their own policy in Parliament.

Ms. Hilling, who has campaigned against the ‘mean’ and ‘unfair’ Bedroom Tax from the beginning, said, “Thanks to the support of Labour MPs the vote was won.  Unfortunately this vote will not abolish the ‘Bedroom Tax’, as Labour will do if elected next year, but it is a step in the right direction and a glimmer of hope for many.”  

“David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s ‘cruel’ and ‘unfair’ Bedroom Tax has hit the poorest and most vulnerable in our community.  The success of today’s bill means people who were not able to find smaller homes and disabled people who need a spare room will be exempt from the ‘Bedroom Tax’ if it becomes law.  The bill has passed its first stage but still has many to go through.  The Tories today showed they would stoop to any level to stop the bill and I'm sure they will continue to try to block it.”

“Despite the clear evidence that the Bedroom Tax is causing misery, hardship and forcing thousands to rely on food banks, the Lib Dems and Tories have voted again and again in favour of it.  If this government won’t ditch the Bedroom Tax, then the next Labour Government will.” 

"The Lib Dems voted with the Tories for the Bedroom Tax.  There wouldn't be a Bedroom Tax if it wasn't for the Lib Dems.  The only way to cancel the Bedroom Tax is to elect a Labour Government next year."

Campaigning to end the Bedroom Tax

Julie  joined other MPs to change housing benefit legislation on the controversial ‘Bedroom Tax’ in the House of Commons.  

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Julie is proud to support the pledge by Labour of 25 hours free childcare for working people with 3 & 4 year olds if Labour form the next Government. The pledge will help to support to working families here in Bolton West.

Childcare is such a major issue with many parents with jobs need extra help. 25 hours of free childcare for 3 & 4 year olds will help support those local families and ensure quality care is provided for their children.

Since this Government came to office, the average household is now £1600 worse off due to the rising cost of living, 35,000 fewer childcare places and the slashing of Sure Start services locally.

 

Ed Miliband has also pledged for children to access breakfast and afterschool clubs from 8am until 6p, through every primary school.

Julie has been out campaigning around the constituency for families in Bolton West.

Labour's Childcare Pledge

Julie is proud to support the pledge by Labour of 25 hours free childcare for working people with 3 & 4 year olds if Labour form the next Government. The...


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