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  • Weekly Round-Up
    On Wednesday Labour gave Conservative MPs the chance to do the right thing in standing up to the Prime Minister and defending their constituents from the devastating cut to Universal Credit. Nearly half of all claimants of Universal Credit are already in work; it is simply disingenuous to suggest that a cut to these benefits is to encourage people into work. 2.5 million people in work are now set to face not only a cut in Universal Credit but […]
  • Karin Smyth MP questions Government decision to change test requirements for new HGV drivers
    Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, has questioned a government proposal to change test requirements for new HGV drivers. This, along with plans to extend working hours for transportation workers, could have damaging consequences for safety on the roads. Smyth wrote to Baroness Vere, Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department for Transport in early September, expressing her concerns at the plans to change safety requirements for HGV […]
  • Weekly Round Up
    Many of you have contacted me regarding the Governments plans to slash Universal Credit, and I am supporting the #CancelTheCut campaign, calling on the Government to cancel their plans to cut this support. It is shameful that the very workers who got us through this crisis are in the firing line for a £1000 cut to their income every year. This £20 is what enables some families to put food on the table at the end of the week. The cut will take […]
  • Karin Smyth MP welcomes protections for Bedminster Down Green Belt
     Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, has welcomed renewed protection for Bedminster Down Green Belt following her representations to Mayor Rees. In May 2019 Karin Smyth was contacted by constituents who were concerned that the draft Policy DS10: Changes to the Green Belt in South Bristol in the Bristol Local Plan Review. This plan sought to remove land at Bedminster Down from the Green Belt and to make development allocations. Ms. Smyth agreed […]
  • Karin Smyth MP condemns Government decision to cancel vote on plans to cut Universal Credit
    Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, has condemned a Government decision to cancel the Labour Party’s Opposition Day Debate which would have brought about a vote on plans to cut Universal Credit at the end of the month. At the start of the pandemic, the Government increased the standard allowance of Universal Credit by £20 per week.  The Government had originally planned to implement the cut in April 2021, but were forced to change course […]
  • Afghanistan Statement
    The scenes from Afghanistan are truly horrifying. I am certain that the humanitarian crisis now unfolding was not inevitable. The chaos being unleashed from the utter collapse in the Afghan government and civil society will stain history for years to come, as the people of Afghanistan enter into a new age of turmoil and destruction. Those of us who have followed events over the past few decades have drawn inspiration from the work of our service […]
  • Karin Smyth MP appalled by chaos unleashed by Government failure to open Oasis Academy
    Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, is appalled by the news that the Oasis Academy is now not expected to open until September 2024. In a statement issued by the Department for Education, the Government state: We are writing to you following our recent discussions to confirm that the current forecast realistic year of opening for the pre-opening Oasis Academy in South Bristol is now September 2024. The revised year of opening is due to a […]