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Delyn MP David Hanson has backed moves to introduce extra protection for people buying and selling homes. By the 1st October all residential estate agents will be required to belong to a redress scheme.

The move will mean that those that experience problems with an estate agent will have access to a free, easy to use ombudsman. The scheme will be transparent, independent and fair. It will speedily resolve complaints and will have the power to award compensation.

New measures will also come into force in October 2008 that:

* give greater powers to the Office of Fair Trading to remove rogue estate agents from the market

* increase the investigatory powers of enforcement officers.

David Hanson said:

“They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things that can happen in your life. These protections will give people extra protection when dealing with estate agents.

“A survey in 2004 Research commissioned by the Office of Fair Trading showed that 21% of sellers and 23% of buyers experience problems with estate agents.

“The measures should not only give people more confidence in the system but also help to drive out the rogue estate agents that can give the industry a bad name.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed moves to legislate in order help the Co-operative finance sector grow as part of the Government’s strategy to promote financial inclusion.

The Co-operative finance sector, because of the unique way in which they run, often provides finance to those who can not find it elsewhere or in hard to reach communities. Many also have high ethical investment standards not seen in other financial sectors and have been the drivers for social change in Britain and around the world.

There are over 4,300 Co-operatives in the UK with around 11 million members. The Co-op sector employs around 200,000 people, contributes around £27billion in turn over to the economy every year and owns around £8.5billion of assets. It is a major financial sector which the Government hopes to make stronger through upcoming changes.

Change is needed to update many laws governing Cooperative Finance to bring them up to date and in line with other financial sectors. The Government will bring forward legislation, in various forms, to help the sector grow even stronger such as reducing red tape and creating a level playing field for the sector against other forms of finance.

The Government has recently announced funding of £135 million to fund initiatives to promote financial inclusion. These include:

  • £38 million to increase consumer access to affordable credit through credit unions and other third sector lenders;
  • £76 million to fund free face-to-face money advice to financially excluded people
  • £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.

A high proportion of these services will be given by mutual and co-operative financial services.

David Hanson said:

“I welcome this commitment as Cooperative and Mutual societies play a hugely important role in the economic and social wellbeing of the United Kingdom.

“The sector has grown enormously in the last ten years and these reforms will help it to develop further, helping it to expand and promote its social and ethical agenda across areas like Flintshire.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed measures announced as part of the Government’s new Equality Bill to end age discrimination in the provision of goods and services and to close the pay gap.

David Hanson said:

“Equality is a matter of principle and this legislation really does matter. We need to address the inequalities that persist in our society and recognise that although there has been real progress, there are a number of areas that we need to improve on.

“It is still the case that men who work full time still earn 40% more per hour than women who work part time and although more disabled people are now working than ever before, a disabled person is still 2 and half times more likely to be out of work.

“At the current rate it will take another 80 years before women are paid the same as men. In order to tackle the discrimination there are proposals to bring in a new era of openness in the workplace.

“This will put the spotlight on pay unfairness which we all know goes on but which often stays swept under the carpet.

“It is also legal to tell someone that they are too old to receive anything from healthcare to insurance. With an ageing population – the number of people over 85 set to double in the next 20 years – this is clearly not acceptable.

“This Bill will promote age equality and seek to end discrimination. There will be powers to outlaw age discrimination in the provision of goods and services.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson is backing Flint-based manufacturers Kimberly-Clark in its bid for better waste paper collection and recycling in Flintshire.

 

David Hanson MP met with the team at the Aber Park site on Friday (June 20) to hear concerns over key business matters including the rising costs involved in obtaining the waste paper Kimberly-Clark uses in its products and spiraling energy costs.

Mr Hanson was told how the cost of recovered paper for the Flint site will reach about £8 million this year, and how the price for just one of the mills on site, Coleshill mill, had risen by 73 per cent since 2006.

In a bid to combat the costs, Kimberly-Clark is looking to join forces with Paperback Recycling Limited in Deeside to improve access to quality office recovered paper, and reduce that which would otherwise be sent to landfill.

Kimberly-Clark’s Recovered Paper Buyer Tony Waring said: “The UK now exports 54 per cent of all its recovered paper, of which nearly half goes to China, meaning the cost is going up and up.

“We are committed to using recovered waste and diverting as much waste from landfill as possible, but the costs and availability are having a huge impact on us here in Flint.

“We welcome the support from our local MP David Hanson, and are working with the Welsh Assembly, to help us improve access to quality office recovered paper. The project would involve us working with Paperback Recycling Limited – who would target office paper collections in the Flintshire and Deeside area.

“The project will divert about 700 tonnes of office paper each year from landfill to be delivered exclusively to Flint to be used in Kimberly-Clark products.”

Rising energy costs were also on the agenda, as Mr Hanson was told how the spiraling bills were offsetting the huge efforts being made to improve energy efficiency at the Flint plant.

Kimberly-Clark has made huge strides in the past few years towards improving energy efficiency at Flint, and is continuing to build on these achievements.

But despite the efforts, energy bills for the company are soaring.

Kimberly-Clark’s Flint Site Manager Malcolm Wright said: “We have reduced energy use by seven per cent on last year, and cut water usage by eight per cent, yet our energy bills will rise by £3 million in 2008.

“This is going to have a profound effect on British manufacturing, and it is something we want to highlight.”

Management at the Mill also took the opportunity to highlight continuing work on sustainability and environmental management including some significant past achievements.  The Mill is particularly proud of being the first mill in Europe to receive the Forest Stewardship Council recycled accreditation in November last year.

Community achievements were also on the agenda, including the recent charity golf day. The event, now in its eighth year, was organised by the Flint site’s Employees in the Community group, and raised £3,500 for Nightingale House Hospice and CHICS North Wales and West Cheshire.

After listening to the concerns raised and following a tour of the site, Mr Hanson said: “At a recent meeting with representatives from Kimberly-Clark in London I was made fully aware of the issues concerning paper recycling in Flintshire and very much welcomed the opportunity to meet with staff at the Aber Park site in Flint.

“I have made it clear that I support Kimberly-Clark’s initiatives and had previously made representation to Government Ministers on their behalf. I will continue to work closely with Kimberly-Clark and promote their interests.”

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23/6/08

Issued on behalf of Kimberly-Clark by Quadrant Public Relations.  For further information please contact Jayne Morris on 01352 700208.

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