By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I am deeply concerned that unemployment in the constituency has continued to maintain momentum.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in January 2019 was 1,130. That’s 20 higher than in December 2018 and sees the 30% increase in unemployment since December 2017 built upon and not decreased.

This represents a rate of 3.5% of the economically active population aged 16-64.

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.1%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.0% in October to December 2018.

The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 255 higher than January 2018 and 40 higher than December 2018.

There were 240 claimants aged 18-24 in January 2019, 65 higher than January 2018.

During a recent Work and Pensions question time I asked the Secretary of State what she was going to do to stop the rise in unemployment. My question on that day came after manufacturing figures showed that the industry had shrunk -1.1% in the quarter. Our region is particularly reliant on manufacturing and a decline of this size will only ever mean job losses.

The Secretary of State dismissed my question at the time. A week later we now have the unemployment figures to demonstrate why the UK Government should be doing more to support constituencies like Delyn. We have a month-on-month increase in unemployment and a 30% rise over the year. This is because of an utter lack of interest by the UK Government into our economy.

Whilst the UK Government turns its back on us, Flintshire County Council and the Welsh Government are doubling their efforts. Either through expansion of council house building, investment in our local infrastructure or support for new businesses they are doing their utmost. We now need a UK Government to show they too believe in North Wales.

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I am encouraging teachers in the constituency to take advantage of the free training opportunities being made available by the UK Parliament.

As part of the UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme the Education and Engagement Service will be hosting the next residential Teachers’ Institute 1-3 July 2019. Teachers will experience Parliament first hand, and then return to their schools to support understanding of, and increase engagement with, Parliament.

Transport, accommodation and meal costs are covered, and applications are welcome from teachers, school leaders and teacher training providers working with young people aged 5-18. Read more “Parliamentary Training for Delyn teachers”

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I have been working closely with Usdaw – the trade union that represents shopworkers – and the Co-Op to ensure that we strengthen the law against those who commit violence against shopworkers.

Shoplifting has increased, attacks on shopworkers has risen and the Government need to sort this out. I have applied on four separate occasions for a debate and I will keep doing so.

I asked the Leader of the House of Commons if she would give government time for this debate so we can do right for the hundreds of thousands of people who work in retail and keep them safe.

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After two years without an Assembly in Northern Ireland, due to the collapse in the power sharing initiative, I am concerned that we are lacking local scrutiny of decisions made whilst the devolved government is out of action.

I asked the Secretary of State what action she was taking to ensure that we have more local involvement in decision making and not merely a process which is like a decision being taken behind a pane of glass – you can see what’s going on, but have no way to impact upon its outcomes.