Katy Clark MP

working hard for North Ayrshire and Arran

Welcome to my website

Recent News

Katy has paid tribute to Dorothy Lynam who last week stood down as the Irvine Herald’s Kilwinning correspondent after 30 years. 

 

Of Dorothy Katy said, 

“Dorothy is a remarkable women who has contributed so much to Kilwinning over many years. Not only has she dedicated so much time to helping the Irvine Herald but she has fulfilled a number of roles within the community including at Kilwinning Abbey and as Secretary of the Community Council. I am sure Dorothy’s input will be sorely missed by the Irvine Herald but given the energy she has I am sure she will continue to contribute to the community in other ways. I wish her all the best for the future.”

Katy pays tribute to Dorothy Lynam

Katy has paid tribute to Dorothy Lynam who last week stood down as the Irvine Herald’s Kilwinning correspondent after 30 years.   

It was announced on Thursday 16th September that Irvine Tax Office will be one of fourteen offices across the UK to close.  There are 28 staff in the office who are employed in the office, and Katy  has expressed her anger at the decision.  Speaking on the closure, Katy said:

“I have no doubts that the decision to close these offices is a huge mistake.  I have recently put Parliamentary Questions down regarding the viability of the office in Irvine on behalf of members of the trade union PCS who live in North Ayrshire.  The union believes that this office is still financially viable and would be able to bring in significant levels of tax.  The PCS union nationally have also drawn attention to the fact that today HMRC have confirmed that £34 billion in tax was uncollected last year. 

“At a time when we are being told there is no alternative to cuts to public services, these further attacks on HMRC staff are economic madness.    The only outcome of these closures will be even higher sums of tax going uncollected and increased levels of tax evasion as there are less resources to pursue those who seek to avoid paying their share.   The beneficiaries of these closures will not be the majority, but the large corporations and wealthy individuals who will be able to afford specialist accountants and lawyers to hide their wealth.  

“I will continue to work with the union and press for staff to be redeployed.  With the office due to close in December this will be a worrying time for all the staff in the run up to Christmas, and the decision could not have been made at a worse time.”

Katy’s anger at Tax Office closures

It was announced on Thursday 16th September that Irvine Tax Office will be one of fourteen offices across the UK to close.  There are 28 staff in the office who...

Katy has expressed her concern at figures exposing the extent of child poverty in North Ayrshire.

The figures produced by the End Child Poverty campaign show that across the North Ayrshire and Arran Parliamentary constituency there are 3,013 children living in in-work poverty and 1,447 in out of-work poverty.

After housing costs are taken into account 26.23 % of children living in North Ayrshire and Arran live in poverty.

Speaking on the subject Katy said “The last Labour Government made real progress in reducing poverty across the United Kingdom taking 1.5 million children out of absolute poverty. Sadly this progress has stalled since the current Government took office and we can now see the devastating impact that this has had on children in North Ayrshire. This can come as little surprise. The IFS has shown that a key reason why poverty fell between 1997 and 2010 was increased investment in social security measures such as tax credits. These troubling figures are therefore an inevitable consequence of this Government’s austerity measures such as the bedroom tax and 1% uprating cap on a range of both in and out of work benefits.”

“These statistics also demonstrate that the Scottish Government have failed to give Scottish families the support and protection which they require. Funding for anti-poverty measures have been stripped back to the extent that Professor Arthur Midweather has concluded a billion pounds has been diverted from them. I very much hope the Smith Commission will result in Scotland being given further powers to address child poverty however in the meantime the Scottish Ministers should be using the powers that they already have to provide effective assistance to those on low-incomes.”

 

Katy concerned by child poverty figures

Katy has expressed her concern at figures exposing the extent of child poverty in North Ayrshire.


View More News Stories

Liquid syntax error: Error in tag 'subpage' - No such page slug cookies