North West Region

Rapid population increase warning

Rapid population increase warning

Oct 30, 2015

Office for National Statistics joins Office for Budget Responsibility in failing public sector planners Official projections by the National Audit Office (NAO) published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) predict that the UK’s population is set to increase by 9.7 million over the next 25 years to nearly 75 million by 2039. These increases, say the NAO will be made up 51% immigration, and 49% natural increase (birth over death rates). Steven Woolfe, UKIP’s Migration and Financial Affairs spokesman commented: “With the way in which it accounts for the number of people immigrating into the UK in these population figures, the Office for National Statistics joins the Office for Budget Responsibility in being a government funded organisation that is not fit for purpose in terms of helping relevant authorities plan future public services. How the ONS can use a figure of 185,000 for net migration for their UK population projections when the real number is currently 330,000 and on a rising trajectory needs explaining. This important number has a critical knock on effect on bands throughout the population age spectrum and can drastically alter birth rates.   “As a result, what are government departments, local councils , public authorities, the NHS, Schools and voluntary bodies to make of this glaring anomaly between the ONS projections and the likely reality if the UK does not leave the European Union and its free movement of people Treaty obligations, that mean that hundreds of millions of people have the right to come to the UK to settle, at any time? These bodies are responsible for ensuring that our railways, health service, education and transport systems can meet the demands of a rising population. Already our NHS is crumbling due to increased demand, there are not enough primary school places for immigrant children and the housing shortage in London and the south east is getting worse not better.    “Without robust statistics and forecasts from organisations like the ONS and OBR, the government is flying in the dark with respect to future budgetary and resource decisions until one day, in the not too distant future, the poor quality analysis of these organisations comes home to roost. This...

Roaming charge cut could cost consumers

Roaming charge cut could cost consumers

Oct 30, 2015

Scrapping mobile phone roaming charges for travellers within the European Union will almost certainly lead to higher charges at home, says local UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall. He was commenting after the European Parliament voted through proposals to regulate roaming charges throughout the EU. Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader, warned that domestic mobile users would end up footing the bill. He said: “This will no doubt benefit well-heeled business executives and indeed MEPs travelling to Brussels and Strasbourg. “But it will almost certainly result in higher costs for domestic users because the phone operators have lost a major revenue stream. “Like any business, they will seek to recover that loss and the only place to recover it is from domestic prices. “So we MEPs will get lower prices but most other people will pay more. Yet again we see European regulation delivering unintended consequences. “We will now have non-roaming customers subsidising roaming customers, increasing costs for the majority who have less money and influence, to cut costs for the minority. “It’s a bad law and that is why UKIP is opposed to it.”...

Paul Nuttall Column 28/10/2015

Paul Nuttall Column 28/10/2015

Oct 28, 2015

Hot off the press – Paul Nuttall MEP’s latest column in which he discusses Tony Blair and the Chilcot report: (Click to make larger if...

Scrap the ‘Tampon Tax’

Scrap the ‘Tampon Tax’

Oct 27, 2015

UKIP WELCOMES JEREMY CORBYN CALL TO SCRAP TAMPON TAX CALLS to scrap the “tampon tax” have been welcomed by UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours. The North West MEP has been campaigning for the 5% VAT levy – imposed by the European Union – to be scrapped and gave a speech to the European Parliament in June 2015 addressing this very issue. Ms Bours spoke out after new Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn adopted UKIP’s policy in calling for the levy to be abolished. But she pointed out the hurdles that lay ahead due to the EU’s refusal to recognise that female sanitary hygiene products are not a “luxury”. In her speech to the European Parliament on June 9, Ms Bours explained: “It is not quite difficult, it is nigh on impossible – the UK is subject to EU rules on VAT which forces us to impose a 5% tax on these and many other products. “There’s nothing anyone can do about it, because only the unelected and unaccountable EU Commission can propose or begin to amend legislation. “So it doesn’t matter how you vote in elections, you can’t vote for anybody that can actually initiate change to EU law. “The only way we are going to get rid of this ridiculous tax, is for politicians to start listening to the electorate, decide they will do what is best for their voters, not the ‘project’, and leave the EU. “Once we leave the EU we can act swiftly, follow in Canada’s footsteps and get rid of this archaic tax on feminine hygiene products.” On Sunday, she commented further: “I welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s intervention on this subject and I applaud the fact he has adopted a UKIP policy. It’s certainly about time. “The tampon tax is nothing short of a tax on women. David Cameron clearly doesn’t have a problem with that, but I think he’ll find almost the entire country will disagree with him.” NOTES TO EDITORS Louise Bours MEP address European Parliament on “tampon tax” June 9, 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq7YFlDTyw4 Cameron’s headache over “tampon tax”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3288222/David-Cameron-faces-fresh-headache-Tampon-tax-unites-rival-MPs-against-EU.html Corbyn campaigns on “tampon...

EU propaganda on farms

EU propaganda on farms

Oct 26, 2015

PRESS RELEASE Brussels stamps a claim on British Agriculture   Tens of thousands of farmers across the UK are being forced to put up EU propaganda –  and to pay for the privilege. Under new guidance put out by the Government any farmer who receives more than £7,700 in agricultural subsidies from the EU will have to pay to put up posters advertising this.  Those who receive more than £388,250 must display a permanent billboard and those getting £38,825 for capital items must put up a plaque at least one square foot. Local UKIP MEP, Paul Nuttall said: “It’s totally wrong that our farmers are obliged to get involved in the EU propaganda blitz especially when this money came from the British taxpayer in the first place. “There are thousands of faceless bureaucrats in Brussels whose whole reason for existence seems to be dreaming up interfering and pointless rules. And here we go again and those farmers who disobey face being penalised. “We have to hand over £350 million a week to Brussels and they so graciously deign to give us less than half back. Demanding that farmers who benefit from the Countryside Stewardship scheme erect gratitude signs is an outrage.   “It is particularly galling as our agricultural sector faces increasing financial problems but meanwhile the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy costs Britain an estimated £10 billion a year,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. He also pointed out, “I don’t think this is a coincidence that we are going to see more EU gratitude plaques erected in fields during the EU referendum campaign.” ends Notes DEFRA Guidance Section 8.4...