Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the huge funding boost to the Flint Town Heritage Initiative (THI) in Flint. The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced it has earmarked £920,000 for the project.
The Heritage Lottery Fund exists to look after and celebrate our diverse heritage. The grant for Flint THI of £920,000 will be made available once further work on the application has been completed. A development grant of £25,000 has been awarded to support the further work.
David Hanson said:
“This is terrific news for Flint as this project will conserve and restore a number of key buildings in the area and examine ways to increase community and visitor involvement with the built environment.
“It is planned that the THI scheme will help to stimulate the local economy and will build on the success of the Town Strategic Partnership.”
Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s decision to formally recognise that selfless efforts of thousands of women who worked on the Home Front to provide food and timber during World War II.
The Government will acknowledge the tremendous efforts of the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps by presenting their surviving members with a specially designed badge commemorating their service and acknowledging the debt that the country owes to them.
The Women’s Land Army, colloquially known as the Land Girls, worked on farms to feed the nation, as the male workers went to war. At its peak in 1943 there were some 80,000 women working on the land, and it was continued after the war, finally being disbanded in 1950.
With their uniform of green ties and jumpers and brown felt slouch hats, they worked from dawn to dusk each day, milking cows, digging ditches, sowing seeds and harvesting crops. They supplied the nation with food, supporting the war effort and avoiding food shortages.
The Women’s Timber Corps, also known as the ‘Lumber Jills’ worked tirelessly in the forests to provide timber for the war effort felling trees, sawing timber and sharpening saws.
David Hanson said:
“The Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps made a vital contribution to this countries effort both during and after World War II and I am delighted that their selfless efforts are being formally recognised through this new badge.
“Those wishing to apply will need to submit a simple application form which will be available in the New Year. Please contact my office and I will make sure you get the information as soon as it comes available.
“Please write to David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA, emailhansond(at)parliament.uk or phone 01352 763159.”
Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the decision to double the amount of funding aimed at reducing the number of animals used in research.
The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) will see their funding substantially increase over the next three years. They provide a UK focus for the promotion, development and implementation of the 3Rs in animal research and testing.
The Centre currently receives just over £2 million per year from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) via the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). However, this will increase to just over £5 million in 2010/11.
Replacement is the ultimate aim for the Centre, but as long as the use of animals continues to be necessary, every effort must be made to minimise the numbers used and improve their welfare. Optimal laboratory animal welfare is critical for scientific, ethical and legal reasons.
David Hanson said:
“I very much welcome this announcement as I have lobbied Government, on behalf of my constituents, on issues of animal welfare, now many years.
“I want to see more resources channeled into medical research that does not involve testing on animals and I am delighted that the NC3R will do able to develop its work with their budget now set to be doubled.
Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s announcement to invest £135 million to promote financial inclusion and is urging credit unions in Delyn to apply for funding.
Ensuring that everyone in the UK can access the financial system and manage their finances is the objective of the Action plan for financial inclusion for 2008-11.
Government funding of £135 million will fund initiatives to promote financial inclusion. This includes:
- £12 million to fund dedicated staff to work to promote financial inclusion locally, with a focus on increasing the availability and awareness of home contents insurance for low-income people, in particular in areas affected by the recent flood events
- £76 million to fund free face-to-face money advice to financially excluded people
- £38 million to increase consumer access to affordable credit through credit unions and other third sector lenders. These lenders provide small, affordable loans (typically £500 or less) to financially excluded customers who might otherwise be dependent on expensive or illegal alternatives such as loansharks.
David Hanson said:
“Financial Inclusion is all about social justice – it’s making sure everyone, especially some of the more vulnerable members of our community, are able to manage their money and plan for the future. It’s also about safeguarding people’s rights, and making sure they do not face unnecessary costs.
“Credit unions play a key role in ensuring people have access to fair and affordable credit, and I urge the credit unions in Delyn to apply for some of the new money that has been made available.
“We need to make sure people are given all the help they need in coping with financial pressures and avoiding borrowing large amounts. The commitment to more face to face financial advisers is especially welcome as I know from speaking to constituents that getting the right advice on these matters can sometimes be difficult. I know that these proposals will make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Notes to Editors
- Credit Unions in Delyn constituency can contact David Hanson MP for more information on applying to the fund, David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A OAA or 01352 763159
- Alternatively, they can contact Kitty Ussher MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury at HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ