Gerald Jones MP

Putting Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney at the Heart of Parliament

Princes Trust and Osborne's U-Turn (DEC 2015)



December 2015

On 25th November, the Chancellor, George Osbourne delivered his Autumn budget statement and did a U turn on his proposed cuts to tax credits. This would have caused hardship for thousands across the country including almost 5,000 working families in Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney. The Labour Party along with other opposition parties, charities and many individuals fought a strong campaign and I would like to thank all those who signed our petition in Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre. This concerted effort forced George Osbourne to do a U turn, however, we should be aware that this U-turn on tax credits might not be all it seemed as there are reports that the Tories are planning similar cuts to working families this time through Universal Credit cuts.


Last week, I was privileged to attend an event at Tydfil Training to award certificates to young people who had completed training through Princes Trust. The stories told by many of the young people were truly inspirational and highlighted the value of investing in our young people to give them greater confidence and a sense of achievement. The work done with young people by staff at Tydfil Training & Princes Trust is exceptional.


I will be opening a new constituency office in January at Oldway House, (off Penderyn Square), Merthyr Tydfil. The telephone number will be 01685 383739. The office is due to open on Monday 11th January. In the meantime, if you need any advice or assistance, please contact me on 020 7219 5874 or 07939 589996 or email


Finally, at this most special time of year, may I take this opportunity to wish all Express Readers a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful new year. I know for many, Christmas can also be a difficult time so please spare a thought for anyone who is sad, unwell or lonely this Christmas.

This article was originally published by the Merthyr Express and the Rhymney Valley Express. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised or would like to know more, feel free to contact Gerald using the contact tab above.

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