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The General Election is now just around the corner, with less than 100 days to go.

Local MP Katy Clark says it’s time to make sure you’re registered to vote under the new individual electoral registration system at the General Election to be held across the UK on Thursday 7 May.

Katy Clark, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, is urging anyone who wishes to vote in the General Election on 7 May this year and to ensure they are registered by the 20 April deadline. This can now be done on a new online system at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Katy Clark said “Individual registration has now been introduced to Scotland. This is a change since the Referendum in September 2014 and all individuals need to make sure they are registered. It is no longer done on the former household basis. This will particularly effect anyone who may have moved recently or students who are studying - so it’s important to check you’re not left out."

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Individual Electoral Registration

A new process for voter registration was introduced in Scotland on 19 September 2014, which means each person is required to register to vote individually, rather than by household. The purpose of the new system, which was introduced in England and Wales earlier last year, is to ensure greater confidence regarding the identity of electors and improve access to the registration process

If you are not registered to vote or you’ve moved, you are now required to register on an individual basis and provide ‘personal identifiers’ - date of birth and national insurance number. This will allow registration officers to cross check the information provided against national databases and other Council records before you can be added to the register. To complete the online voter registration application, visit https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you prefer, you can contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01292 612221 to complete your voter registration by telephone or to request a registration form. Please remember, you will need to provide your national insurance number and date of birth to complete the registration process.

It’s time to make sure you can vote in May’s elections

The General Election is now just around the corner, with less than 100 days to go.

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Katy has welcomed a Parliamentary inquiry into the impact of closure of City Link on employment. 

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, of which Katy is a member, is holding an inquiry on the topic with the Scottish Affairs Committee looking into the impact of the closure on employment in Scotland. The Committees held a joint evidence session on Tuesday 27th January when they questioned Jon Moulton, Founder of Better Capital, the investment firm which owned City Link. Nearly 3,000 employees lost their jobs following the collapse of City Link in December 2014.

Speaking on the subject Katy, who had called for an inquiry to take place, said “The collapse of City Link over Christmas had a devastating impact on employees and their families and they are rightly demanding answers. We need to know whether Better Capital and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, took every step possible to avoid City Link going into administration. We must also know why self-employed drivers were allowed to take on staff and to work overtime in the run-up to the collapse given it looks very likely that they will now not be paid for this work.”

“Most importantly we need to look at what steps need to be taken to better protect workers, including those who are self-employed, so that we don’t see many more similar occurrences from happening in the future. What has happened with CityLink has similarities to what happened locally to Simclar and we need far better regulation of companies and more protections for the workforce. I very much hope this inquiry will get to the heart of all of these questions.”

Katy welcomes investigation into City Link

  Katy has welcomed a Parliamentary inquiry into the impact of closure of City Link on employment. 

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Katy has called on the Government to end cuts to HMRC in order to close the tax gap. 

Katy questioned Ministers during Treasury questions in the House of Commons and highlighted the detrimental impact which job losses and the closure of local tax offices have on tax collection. In particular Katy highlighted the damage caused by the planned closure of Irvine tax office. The ‘tax gap’ is the difference between the amount of tax that should, in theory, be collected by HMRC, against what is actually collected.

Having been informed by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke that the tax gap in 2012/13 was estimated to have been £34 billion, 6.8% of total tax due, Katy said "The Government's own figures suggest that the tax gap has increased by £3 billion. Independent experts say that the tax gap could be up to £120 billion. In North Ayrshire, the local tax office is to be closed by this Government. Since 2010, 10,000 people in the Treasury have lost their jobs, despite the fact that every tax inspector brings in far more-in taxes-than they cost. Do the Government believe that they should rethink their strategy?"

Speaking after the session Katy said "It is disappointing that the Government appear content to see the tax gap increase and are making little effort to ensure that this worrying development does not continue into future years. It is crazy that the Government is continuing to cut jobs at HMRC and closing tax offices, such as the one in Irvine while billions of pounds of tax remain uncollected every year. We have been repeatedly told by Ministers that there is no alternative to the current austerity policies but even by the Treasury's own figures simply collecting the correct tax owed would go a substantial way to bringing down the deficit. We need a proper strategy to combat tax avoidance and evasion but this cannot happen if we continue to cut tax collection offices and jobs."

Katy calls for re-think on HMRC job cuts

Katy has called on the Government to end cuts to HMRC in order to close the tax gap. 


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