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Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders is demanding action from the Government to support Vauxhall and the automotive sector ahead of the Autumn Budget.

In a private meeting with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark MP; Justin Madders emphasised the strategic importance of the manufacturing sector and the need for an interventionist approach from Government if the UK is to compete with the likes of Germany and France.

He called upon the Government to support the long-standing aspiration to bring more of the supply chain to Ellesmere Port, which would reduce costs and boost efficiency, as well as delivering a number of skilled jobs to the local economy.

In a separate move, Mr Madders has written to the country’s 41 Police and Crime Commissioners to encourage them to procure British manufactured vehicles. Cheshire Constabulary came under fire when it moved from locally made Vauxhall Astras to Hyundais, which are manufactured overseas. He is pushing for social impact to be given much greater consideration when purchasing decisions are made.

Commenting, Justin Madders said:

“The Ellesmere Port factory remains of one of the most efficient of its kind anywhere in Europe, but when we are competing against other countries, we need more than just a highly skilled and productive workforce.

“The countries with whom we are competing pull out all the stops to support their manufacturing industries, including offering incentives to relocate the supply chain and working with the owners to optimise the local infrastructure. It’s also much more common to see the public sector purchasing in a way that supports local jobs in other countries than our own.

“Ministers can’t afford to just sit on their hands and hope for the best any longer, a modern economy demands an active Government with a positive industrial strategy. I will continue to press the Chancellor to deliver the measures in the budget that our local area needs if it is to thrive. The budget later this month is the opportunity for the Government to show by its actions, not just words, that it supports British manufacturing.”

“There is also no escaping the fact that uncertainty around the plans for Brexit and the chaos at the heart of Theresa May’s Government have deterred companies like PSA from making long-term decisions about their future. We were promised a Northern Powerhouse, but it seems to have descended into a Westminster power struggle.”

MP meets Business Secretary to call for greater support for Vauxhall

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders is demanding action from the Government to support Vauxhall and the automotive sector ahead of the Autumn Budget. In a private meeting with...

Local MP Justin Madders, is urging those in Ellesmere Port and Neston who are at risk of getting flu to get their free vaccine jab before winter sets in as it emerged that over 41,500 local people missed out on protection last year.

Justin said:

“Flu and complications associated with it cause 8,000 deaths a year on average in England - around 6,000 of which are people with existing heart and lung conditions.

“In the Cheshire West and Chester area last year 16,652 older people missed out on their jab and a further 17,174 working age people with long-term conditions also didn’t get the vaccine. Thousands of eligible young children and pregnant women also failed to take advantage of free protection.

“Getting the flu can be bad enough for even the fittest of us, but for older people and those with long-term conditions in particular, it can cause serious health problems.

“Getting the flu jab is free and easy, and offers the best chance we have of avoiding the flu. I’d therefore urge all those eligible – including all care home staff for the first time - to speak to your GP or local pharmacist and get your vaccination booked before the cold weather sets in.

“Information on eligibility for the free flu jab, and other tips on staying well this winter, can be found at www.nhs.uk/staywell .”

Justin Madders MP urges “get your free flu jab”

Local MP Justin Madders, is urging those in Ellesmere Port and Neston who are at risk of getting flu to get their free vaccine jab before winter sets in as...

A straightforward, cost effective and fair system should be established for the owners of leasehold houses to purchase the freehold of their home, an MP will propose in a new Bill. The system would also apply to the owners of flats where a majority of leaseholders within a block wish to purchase the freehold.

The new system would be based on a simple calculation, with a cap on the total paid for a freehold and would replace the lengthy, complicated and expensive system of enfranchisement currently in operation. Similar systems exist in Scotland, Northern Ireland and a number of other countries.

The new Bill, being introduced by Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders also seeks to establish a new compensation scheme for those who have been misled into leasehold agreements and to change the rules around the award of costs in Property Tribunal cases, which Madders claims are “unfairly weighted in favour of the freeholder.”

The Leasehold Reform Bill is to be introduced through the ‘Ten Minute Rule’ procedure, which allows an MP to make their case for a new law. The process will start with a ten minute speech by Justin Madders in the House of Commons on 7th November 2017.

The Government consultation, “tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market” closed on 19th September and proposed a number of measures including banning the sale of leasehold houses in future and limiting the ground-rent levied on other leasehold properties.

While Mr Madders, who is also the Deputy Chair of the APPG on Leasehold Reform, welcomed the Government’s proposals, he expressed concern that they did nothing to address the issues being experiences by existing leaseholders.

Commenting, Justin Madders MP said:

“Abuses of the leasehold system have made huge profits for developers, while causing misery to thousands of people. Many owners of leasehold houses were led to believe that they were buying their dream home, but instead they were providing a revenue stream for an offshore company operating from a tax haven.

“While I welcome the Government’s proposals, they do nothing to address the injustice that current leaseholders face, many of whom feel trapped in properties with escalating ground rents because of the complexity and expense of the current system for purchasing freeholds.

“The current system allows freeholders to delay and put off people who want to buy their freehold. The whole process is extremely costly, archaic and lacks transparency. Great expense is also incurred in just proceeding to a Tribunal to purchase the freehold due to the practice of freeholders using surveyors and lawyers to argue for unrealistically high costs to purchase the freehold. The system I am proposing removes the opportunity for them to do that: by creating a simple formula set out in law to purchase a freehold there will be no need to resort to expensive and time consuming tribunals.

“There have been some examples of poor practices by both developers and solicitors and in those cases, there needs to be some form of redress that does not rely upon the victims handing over thousands of pounds in legal fees.

“I hope that MPs from all parties will back these reforms, which would make a huge difference to large numbers of their constituents.”

Justin launches new Bill to deliver justice for leaseholders

A straightforward, cost effective and fair system should be established for the owners of leasehold houses to purchase the freehold of their home, an MP will propose in a new...


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