By David Hanson MP / Latest News / 0 Comments

Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that the National Minimum Wage has risen again to £5.52 from 1st October.

Upon recommendations by the Low Pay Commission, from the adult minimum wage rate has risen to £5.52, that the Youth Development Rate will rise to £4.60 and that the minimum wage for 16-17 year olds will be increased to £3.40.

David Hanson said:

“I am delighted that some 50,000 of the most vulnerable workers across Wales will benefit from this increase in the National Minimum Wage. We cannot afford to forget that 10 years ago people could have been paid less than £2 per hour for doing the same job.

“This Government is committed to a rising minimum wage and the latest increase will help millions of workers across the UK and hundreds in Delyn.

“I am proud that the National Minimum Wage continues to play an important role in the development of our economy.”

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / 0 Comments


Delyn MP David Hanson for today welcomed new leave entitlement which will benefit around 300,000 workers across Wales – and another rise in the minimum wage that will benefit 50,000 in the region from this week.


Up to six million workers across the UK, including 3.5 million women and 2.5 million men, will benefit from the extra annual leave – around 300,000 of them in Wales. The new leave entitlement helps fulfill the Government’s pledge to give an extra boost to workers who are made to take bank holidays out of their annual leave entitlement.

In addition, more than a million workers across the UK will be better off as a result of the minimum wage increases which, when combined with Working Tax credits and other benefits, will provide a guaranteed minimum income of at least £276 a week for families with one child and one full-time worker.

David Hanson said:

“This is great news for workers in Delyn and the 300,000 workers across Wales who stand to benefit from the increased holiday entitlement. 50,000 will also be better off thanks to the latest increase in the minimum wage.

“These changes show the Government is determined to do right by Britain’s hardworking families.

“The changes that come into effect this week will be backed up by a tough new minimum wage enforcement regime announced by the Government last month, including increased maximum fines for employers who flout the laws. Employers who do not pay the correct wages will have to repay arrears to their workers at a higher rate.”

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / 0 Comments

Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales is to visit Mold on Wednesday 3rd October to meet with local councillors, members of Cittaslow Mold and Labour party members.


The Minister, who was promoted to his position in the Welsh Office earlier this year, will meet with the leader of Flintshire County Council, Aaron Shotton at lunchtime on the day, before meeting with Mold Town Council and Cittaslow Mold members to discuss a number of important issues in the town, including Mold’s Cittaslow status, energy conservation and Mold going carbon neutral.


The Minister will then finish off the afternoon by meeting local Labour party members.


Delyn MP David Hanson said:


“I am delighted that the Minister has accepted my invitation to visit Mold in his capacity as the new Minister at the Welsh Office.


“I know he will be listening to the issues raised with him by the leader of Flintshire County Council, as well as the ideas of Mold Town Council and Cittaslow Mold.


“As Mold continues to build on its recent successes at the Eisteddfod and achieving its Cittaslow status this is an excellent opportunity to promote its interests to an influential Government Minister.”


Geoff Collett, Cittaslow Mold and Mold Town Councillor, will be giving a presentation to the Minister at Mold Town Hall on Cittaslow Mold, followed by Steve Woosey, Manager, North Wales Energy Efficiency Advice Centre on Mold Going Carbon Neutral, and Will Pierce, Energy Manager at Flintshire County Council, on FCC energy conservation.

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / 0 Comments

Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed a range of tough new powers to tackle alcohol-fuelled disorder, knife and gun crime, including realistic imitation firearms and air weapons. 

The new violent crime measures form part of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 and include:

·        An offence to manufacture, import or sell realistic imitation guns;

·        An offence to sell an imitation gun to a person aged under 18;

·        An offence to modify an imitation gun to make it realistic or convertible into a real firearm;

·        A doubling of the maximum sentence for carrying an imitation gun in public without reasonable excuse, from 6 to 12 months.

·        Air weapons sold only by firearms dealers who are registered by police with all sales taking place face-to-face;

·        Increasing the age limit for buying or possessing an air weapon from 17 to 18. Also, an offence to sell, hire or make a gift of an air weapon to a person under the age of 18;

·        An offence for any person to fire an air weapon beyond the boundary of any premises;

·        An offence to sell a knife to a person aged under 18 (increased from 16).

David Hanson said:

“These new laws, which come into force on Monday, give North Wales Police more powers to tackle some of the most serious forms of crime and send a very strong signal that weapons on our streets will not be tolerated.

“I am pleased that the Government is taking action to prevent young people, who are often amongst the most vulnerable in society, from getting hold of knifes by raising the age from 16 to 18.

“It is important to recognise that gun crime is a problem in a few areas around the country and the Government is focusing its efforts in neighbourhoods within London, Liverpool, Greater Manchester and Birmingham overseen by a new Ministerial Taskforce and a new dedicated national unit, the Tackling Gangs Action Programme Team. These areas account for over half of all firearms offences in England and Wales.

“These new powers are the latest example of how the Government is working to make all communities safer, putting the interests of law-abiding people at the heart of our crime prevention action plans.”