In response to a report by CORGI, the UK’s gas safety watchdog, which revealed the Wales is one of the worst places in the UK to be affected by carbon monoxide poisoning, David Hanson said:
“This research reveals an alarming lack of knowledge about carbon monoxide across Wales, which is putting lives at risk. I urge all my constituents to fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm and have their gas appliances checked annually by a CORGI registered installer to prevent any further tragedies.”
Wales experienced three carbon monoxide poisoning incidents during the reporting period. These incidents resulted in three deaths and left 10 people injured. The main cause of all carbon monoxide incidents came down to a lack of servicing and maintenance of gas appliances (52%).
The report showed that although the vast majority of people (80%) in Wales believe that they know about carbon monoxide poisoning, when questioned further approximately 10% of people who said they has a good knowledge could not correctly identify the symptoms.
The report also revealed that the appliance that is most responsible for incidents is gas boilers. This is followed closely by gas fires.
- CORGI is the body charged by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to maintain a register of competent gas installers in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
- The hotspot regions for carbon monoxide poisonings, in order, are: London, Yorkshire, the Midlands and Wales.
Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the latest employment figures which show that employment remains high at over 29.5 million, up 446,000 compared to a year ago as more people continue to take up opportunities to work.
The number of job vacancies remains at a near record high with over 678,000 jobs available, up 35,000 compared to a year ago.
The figures also show that more people are looking to get back into work, with the number of people judged economically inactive down 23,000 over the quarter.
Welcoming the news David Hanson said:
“Unemployment across Flintshire remains low as the Government’s welfare reforms are providing more people with greater opportunities to get in to work to help lift them and their children out of poverty.
“I will continue to work to ensure that people are given the skills and the opportunity to make the most of the jobs that are available.”
Delyn MP David Hanson has presented a cheque for £3,920 to the charitable trust Plas Derw Trust Ltd.
Plas Derw Trust promotes outdoor and environmental education and run Flintshire Forest School. The Trust is running weekly sessions for the Youth Justice Service, transition programmes and Holiday Clubs.
The Trust has secured the funding from Big Lottery Fund ‘Make it Happen’ for its Forest School Summer Holiday Club. The Holiday Club will provide young people aged 10-19 years free Forest School sessions from the 23rd July.
David Hanson said:
“This funding award is recognition of the hard work of those connected with the Plaas Derw Trust as well a great opportunity for hundreds of young people to get involved with the Forest School sessions.
“I welcomed the opportunity to hand over the cheque and learn more about the Forest School projects first hand.”
Pippa Gallagher said:
“Forest School holiday club has been increasingly successful over the past twelve months. The funding from the Big Lottery is an excellent opportunity for all young people to be able to experience Forest School from all areas of Flintshire.
“We plan on getting the children/young people off the streets during the holidays to learn new skills make new friends and gain in confidence and self-esteem.”
Delyn MP David Hanson is urging constituents of all ages to enter a competition to design the new logo and strap line for the Older People’s Commission for Wales.
The Older People’s Commission was formally established in Wales on 21st April 2008 with Ruth Marks taking up her role as the Older People’s Commissioner Wales. This is the first time ever that a Government, anywhere in the world, has created a role specifically to work with older people.
The Commissioner wants to promote awareness of the interests of older people in Wales and of the need to safeguard those interests, promoting the provision of opportunities and eliminating discrimination against older people.
The competition will run until July 18th 2008 with the winner being announced in August at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Cardiff.
Both the logo and strap line need to have clear, positive and bilingual messages in keeping with the development of the Older People’s Commission strategy.
David Hanson said:
“Through the UK’s first Commissioner of Older People older people in Wales will have a strong voice to promote and safeguard their interests.
“Social trends in Wales mean that the needs of older people are a high policy priority. Around 20% of Wales’ population is aged over 60, a higher proportion compared to the UK population. Over the next 20 years, the number of people over 60 in Wales will increase to 28% of the population and the numbers over 85 will increase by over a third.
“The design of a new logo and strap line is extremely important to the image of the Older Person’s Commission and it would be great to have a Flintshire winner.”
If anyone requires further detail about the competition please contact the Older People’s Commission Wales by e.mail – [email protected], by telephone 02920 786579 or by post – Logo competition, Older People’s Commission, Temple Court, 13 Cathedral Road, Cardiff. CF11 9HA