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Tamworth Conservative Association is made up of many members across the area and aims to build a better Tamworth Constituency by promoting the Conservative cause.
With an active social calendar, suitable for all ages, Tamworth Conservatives organize a wide range of activities from pub quizzes to formal dinners and drinks receptions.
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The prime minister will say his party’s reforms will ensure it pays for people to go out to work.
Under the £350m Conservative plans, the amount of state-subsidised childcare for three and four year-olds would be doubled to 30 hours a week.
Currently, all three and four-year olds in England are entitled to 570 hours of free early education or childcare a year, which works out as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year.
The Conservatives said the 30-hour offer from 2017, announced a week ago, would result in more than 600,000 extra 15-hour free childcare places every year.
They said the proposal would be funded by reducing tax relief on pension contributions.
Mr Cameron will say his government inherited a “shocking” situation, “where couples were spending as much on childcare as one of them took home in earnings”.
He will add that “for many second earners, work didn’t pay because the cost of childcare was so high”.
A Conservative government would expand on the changes made in the last Parliament, Mr Cameron will say.
Behind Bars was instigated by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis and has proved popular with people across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
The campaign carried out by Staffordshire Police has seen 3,772 cars, vans, motorcycles, mopeds, lorries and even a tractor seized – with over 1,200 vehicles scrapped – since it was launched in May 2013.
More than 70 higher-value uninsured vehicles have been sold off at auction with the proceeds going back into local communities in Staffordshire.
The number of car insurance dodgers in Staffordshire is being driven down as the crackdown gathers pace. Annual figures released by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau show there were an estimated 1,214 fewer uninsured vehicles on the road in Staffordshire in 2014 compared to 2013.
Mr Ellis said, “The crackdown on insurance dodgers remains far and away the most popular thing raised with me by people I’ve spoken to across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
“Over 3,750 people have had to learn their lesson the hard way thanks to tremendous work by officers from Staffordshire Police, which has really gained momentum in recent months. It’s clear that the message is hitting home as the number of insured motorists on Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent roads has risen significantly.
“Those who drive without insurance can’t hide in Staffordshire, they are being caught and dealt with by having their vehicles seized and, in many cases, scrapped or sold at auction. It’s definitely struck a chord with law-abiding motorists who are hit by rising premiums because of these law-breakers. Why should all pay more because some people don’t pay at all?”
Some of the vehicles seized since the campaign launched can be viewed atwww.staffordshire.police.uk/carsbehindbars.
Cars Behind Bars uses Staffordshire’s extensive automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system that identifies those flouting the law.
The fixed penalty fine for people who are caught without insurance was increased nationally from £200 to £300 in 2013. Motorists also face their car being seized, could be summoned to court and be disqualified, and an endorsement of six penalty points. Drivers re-claiming their car when they have proof of insurance have to pay £150 car recovery costs plus £20 per day storage.
Daniel Dalton MEP has been named Conservative in the European Parliament.
The West Midlands MEP will lead for the Party on issues such as trading standards, product safety, fake goods and fair business practice.
Mr Dalton said, “I am proud to be handed this important portfolio, an area which affects people’s lives directly at home in the West Midlands and right across Europe. My priority will be to make sure consumers and traders get a fair deal, wherever they are and whether they do business face to face or online.
“I also want this approach to be balanced with common sense in the EU. Over-zealous regulation only ends up punishing the consumers it is supposed to protect, either by skewing competition or restricting choice. The healthiest approach to consumer protection is to make sure shoppers get all the information they need to make an informed choice – then let them decide how they spend their money.
“However, where products are downright dangerous we must act to take them out of circulation. In fact Conservative MEPs have already achieved notable successes by banning harmful toys and changing design regulations to prevent some household fittings such as window blinds becoming death-traps for infants.
“I want to build on those achievements, because consumer confidence is not only good for the public but also essential to a prospering economy. Unless people feel safe from sharks and rip-off merchants, they will not have the confidence to part with their hard earned cash.”
The tax-free personal allowances are increasing from £10,000 to £10,600. This will also be the first year people born between 6th April 1938 and 5th April 1948 will have the same allowance as working age people, as their allowance has only risen by £100.
The higher rate (40%) tax threshold is increasing to £42,385 and the starting rate of income tax on savings will be cut from 10% to 0% on savings income of up to £5,000.
The new couple’s allowance means people who are married or in a civil partnership can transfer up to £1,060 of their tax-free allowance to their partner, but only if both partners don’t pay more than the basic rate of income tax.
Also, the married couple’s allowance, which is only available if one partner was born before 6th April 1935, is increased to a maximum of £8,355 and a minimum of £3,220.
He said the moves were the “biggest changes to pensions in 100 years”.
People aged 55 and over will be given new powers to decide what to do with their retirement savings. From Easter Monday, they can cash in Defined Contribution (DC) pension savings. But there have been warnings about potentially big tax bills.
Mr Osborne told Sky’s Murnaghan programme, “What it means is that people who have worked hard and saved hard can have access to their pensions savings.”
He also urged people to make use of the government’s guidance scheme. The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) will run the Pension Wise guidance service for those approaching retirement.
Pension savers will no longer be required to use their pension pot to buy an annuity when they approach retirement. Some 540,000 people will be able to take control of their savings from 6 April, according to the government.
Pension changes 2015
- People aged 55 and over can withdraw any amount from a Defined Contribution (DC) scheme, subject to income tax
- Tax changes make it easier to pass pension savings on to descendants
- Many people with Defined Benefits (DB) schemes will be allowed to transfer to DC plans
- All retirees will have access to free guidance from the government’s Pension Wise service
- Existing annuity holders are unaffected for the time being, but there are plans for them to be able to sell their annuity