My e-news bulletin for the month of April.

May 17, 2012 4:29 PM
Welcome to my e-news bulletin for the month of April

Here is my monthly update for the last month which will give you an idea of what I've been up to last month, both in the constituency and in Westminster. Please feel free to forward this email to your friends and family, who can sign up themselves by clicking onto my website.

I look forward to receiving your feedback!

Jenny Willott MP



A large part of the time I spend in the constituency is dedicated to helping constituents with problems and offering advice. This month, I dealt with queries from constituents from across the 6 wards in the constituency about a wide range of issues, with benefits/tax and immigration being the biggest issues.

Some of the wide ranging issues I have dealt with this month include:

Remember, if there is anything I can help you with, please do contact me on the details listed at the bottom of the email or come along to one of my advice surgeries - no appointment is needed.

Out and about in the constituency

I have been busy visiting organisations and attending events across the constituency again this month. Here are a few of the things I have done:

  • Visited Asda Pontprennau with Vince Cable

  • Visited Cardiff Institute for the Blind and RNIB with Vince Cable

  • Attended a Clothes Party at Hope Court with Cathays Councillor Elizabeth Clark

  • Attended a Thanksgiving Service at Llandaff Cathedral with the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee

  • Attended the Cardiff Business Club Lunch when Nick Clegg was the speaker

  • Held my regular advice surgeries on Friday afternoons

  • Joined local Lib Dem councillors and candidates out knocking on doors and speaking to residents across Cardiff

In Parliament

This month sees the start of the new Parliamentary session and a new Queen's Speech. The pomp and circumstance surrounding the Queen's regular visits really is something to see and one of my favourite parts is hearing the military band outside Parliament playing for the crowds gathered to see the Queen such military classics as the Doctor Who theme and Star Wars.

The Speech laid out the Government's legislative programme for the coming year. Particularly welcome is legislation to split up the banks so that those providing high street banking services can't gamble their customers' money on high risk investments in the way that we've seen in the past.

I'm also delighted to see the Pensions Bill, which will introduce a £140 flat rate pension for all new pensioners, getting rid of the complex system of means testing which has, for many on lower incomes, made saving for retirement futile. This will particularly benefit women, who on average have a pension of £40 less a week than men. The new system is based on the Citizens' Pension that Lib Dems have proposed for a number of years. After introducing the Triple Lock, which in April meant that the Basic State Pension increased by £5.30, the highest cash increase ever, this is another sign that Lib Dems in Government are making a difference in the living standards of pensioners.

Finally, the Speech contained reference to reforming the House of Lords. Efforts to reform the Lords have been going on for 100 years, so I don't think it will be quick or easy to do, and whilst it is certainly not the most important item in the Queen's Speech, I do believe that it is absolutely right that this issue is finally tackled.

However, not everything can be tackled by legislation. You can't legislate to get the economy moving or pass a law demanding businesses create new jobs, so the Government also needs to create the right environment for businesses to succeed and for confidence in the economy to grow.

The Government's plans for growth are central to getting the deficit under control and moves such as cutting red tape, setting up a Green Investment Bank to invest in jobs in the sector, and working with pension firms to invest money into long term, sustainable projects are critical to helping the economy get back on its feet.

April also saw the launch of the new Youth Contract, investing £1 billion in helping young people get the training and support they need to find work, andan increase in the personal income tax threshold, as promised in the Lib Dem Manifesto. As a result, 138,000 low and middle income workers in Cardiff received an average tax cut of £130 in April and, 5,700 people were lifted out of paying income tax altogether. People will see a further income tax cut next April and in future years until we reach the £10,000 threshold we promised at the last election.

There is of course much more work to be done, and getting the economy moving will not be easy, but there is a real commitment in Westminster to make sure that this is exactly what happens.

5 ways to contact Jenny Willott MP
  • Visit Jenny at her weekly advice surgery - every Friday, 2.30pm until 4pm, at 99 Woodville Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4DY. No appointment necessary.
  • Write to Jenny in Westminster or at her Cardiff office:
    • Jenny Willott MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
    • Jenny Willott MP, 99 Woodville Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4DY
  • Email Jenny -[email protected]
  • Phone the constituency office on 02920 668558 or the Westminster office on 0207 219 8418.

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