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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that the ABI (Association of British Insurers) and the Government have reached an agreement that ensures flood insurance remains widely available now and in the long term.

The agreement outlines the actions that both Government and the industry will take over the long term. These include:

* Improving understanding of flood risk.

* Government putting in place a long-term investment strategy, which will set out strategic flood prevention aims and assess future policy options and funding needs

* Ensuring that the planning system prevents inappropriate development in flood- risk areas.

* Raising awareness in areas where flood risks are significant, encouraging property owners to take sensible precautions, and providing more information about how to obtain flood insurance.

* Promoting access to home insurance for low-income households.

Implementing these steps should lead to a competitive flood insurance market, without the need for the Statement of Principles, which will therefore end in 2013. Until then, insurers will continue to:

– Make flood insurance for homes and small businesses available under household and commercial insurance, where the flood risk is no worse than a 1 in 75 [1.3%] annual risk.

– Offer flood cover to existing domestic and small business customers at significant flood risk, providing there are plans to reduce the risk to an acceptable level within five years.

David Hanson said:

“There has been significant investment in Flintshire to counter the risk of flooding and I will continue to do all I can to ensure that properties are protected.

“”This agreement ensures that flood cover is available in both the short and long term. I’m pleased that the industry has agreed to work with us to raise awareness and encourage homeowners to take steps to protect their homes where appropriate.

“I know that many constituents who had flooding problems in 2000 in Delyn did have problems with insurance after the event – I hope this agreement will prevent such issues in the future.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson will this Saturday attend the launch of a new graffiti board initiative in Holywell.

The concept has been developed by local Community Beat Manager, Catherine McHarrie, from North Wales Police and the local Neighbourhood Watch organisation.

The graffiti boards will go up in 3 “hotspot” areas which have suffered some of the most damage from graffiti. It is hoped that graffiti will now be applied on the boards and stay off the walls. If the initiative is successful then there will be competitions held throughout the year.

David Hanson said:

“Unauthorised graffiti is criminal damage and can blight our communities and I welcome this new an innovative scheme to help deal with the issue.

“These boards will give people an opportunity to express themselves through art, without defacing our town centres.

“I welcome the partnership between North Wales Police and Neighbourhood Watch and I am looking forward to seeing the boards for myself on Saturday.

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Delyn MP David Hanson is pleased that a number of Post Offices in Delyn are not earmarked for closure including: Flint; Chester Road; Bagillt; Riverbank; Greenfield; Holywell; Pentre Halkyn; Halkyn; Northop; Northop Hall Village; Sychdyn; Mold; Mynydd Isa; Pantymwyn; Cilcain; Nannerch; Caerwys; Trelawnyd; Talacre; Ffynnongroyw; Pen-y-Ffordd; Mostyn; Glanydon; Chester Road; and Leeswood.

The Delyn MP said:

“I have been in contact with the Delyn SubPostmasters ahead of today’s Network Change Programme announcement.

“I welcome the Post Office’s decision to keep the majority of branches open in Delyn. The Post Office network plays an important role in our local communities and I am eager for it to continue with confidence on a more sustainable footing.

“I have written to all SubPostmasters in Delyn, gathering their opinions about the changes and whether those earmarked for closure wish to remain open. I will be making representations where SubPostmasters wish to retain the facility and where constituents contact me.

“I am also keen to hear from anyone that will be affecting by any proposed closures during the consultation. You can either contact me directly or write to the addresses below.”

ENDS

The full address for responses during public consultation is:

Mr Steve Geraty

Network Development Manager

c/o National Consultation Team

FREEPOST CONSULTATION TEAM

Alternatively submissions and correspondence can be received by email at: [email protected]

For further general information members of the public may also call the Customer Helpline: 08457 22 33 44

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Delyn MP David Hanson is backing the Summer Reading Challenge, which aims to keep 650,000 young people across the UK active and reading throughout the summer holidays. After attending a House of Commons reception he visited Flint library to donate a number of children’s books and to promote the reading challenge across Flintshire.

The Summer Reading Challenge to children is simple – read six books through your local library this summer. Children are given a special pack and a set of incentives to collect as they read, with a certificate or medal for those that successfully complete the Challenge, which has a different theme each year. This year’s Challenge has a sporting theme and is called Team Read, with a programme of activities, incentives and an interactive website.

David Hanson said:

“I was pleased to attend the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge which is supported by libraries in Delyn each summer. I am delighted by this year’s sporting theme, and hope it will encourage more children than ever to join in.

“The challenge should keep the children of Delyn active and interested throughout the long summer holidays, and could help develop a positive attitude towards leisure time which they will take with them into adult life.”

The Summer Reading Challenge is 10 years old this year. It is created and run by The Reading Agency, the independent charity working to get people reading more, in partnership with the UK library network and supported by children’s book publishers.

Research shows how central reading for pleasure is for children’s life chances, and the Summer Reading Challenge is shown to improve children’s reading range, confidence and enjoyment. Schools say that this contributes to their overall confidence and reading achievement, with potentially life-changing results.

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Notes to editors

Please find enclosed photographs of David Hanson MP and Kate Leonard, Community Librarian

·        Founded in 2002, The Reading Agency is an independent charity and reading development agency. For more general information, please visit:www.readingagency.org.uk

  • Research shows that when public library and school staff work together, children’s reading enjoyment and skills can improve dramatically. Recent national initiatives and government policies have focused on different sectors working together to achieve shared objectives, and Every Child Matters in particular creates a crucial new partnership framework. Libraries have a unique role in this process, because they can link formal and informal learning experiences.
    • Importance of reading for pleasure for children’s life chances:Reading For Change, OECD, 2002. This showed that students who were more enthusiastic about and engaged in reading performed better in tests, and that being a frequent reader was more of an advantage, on its own, than wealth or social status.
    • Summer Reading Challenge research: Inspiring Children: The Impact of the Summer Reading Challenge, 2003, and Summer Reading Challenge 2006: Impact Research (both available to download from www.readingagency.org.uk) show how libraries can inspire children’s love of reading, widen their reading horizons and build their creativity.
    • The 2008 National Year of Reading is a year-long celebration of reading in all its forms. It aims to build a greater national passion for reading – for children, families and adult learners alike. The Year will encourage people to read in businesses, homes and communities around the country, providing new opportunities to read and helping people to access help and support through schools and libraries. To get involved and sign up to Year of Reading activities in your area, log on to: www.yearofreading.org.uk