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Delyn MP David Hanson will hold an award ceremony for all the women that have been awarded the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps. The local MP is also inviting all those women that may have applied for the badge directly.

Last December it was announced that former members of the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps would be awarded with a specially designed badge of honour commemorating their efforts during the Second World War.

David Hanson said:

“Over the last few months I have received over 20 applications for the badge and I have written to all the women inviting them to an Afternoon Tea and presentation Ceremony to be held on Friday 1st August at 3pm in Flint Town Hall.

“This will be a special event in which we can pay tribute to those that gave so much to the war effort. There will be a display of memorabilia, and they will be invited to bring photographs, uniforms and other items) with them, to share memories.

“Some constituents may well have applied direct for the badge and they are more than welcome to join us at the award ceremony. If you can contact me before the 28th July to let me know that you would like to attend then I can make the necessary arrangements. Also if you have still not applied for a badge please get in touch.”

You can contact David in the usual ways: David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA, email: hansond(at)parliament.uk or phone 01352 763159.

 

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Delyn MP David Hanson is urging constituents to come forward and nominate an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of their pupils.

For the second year, more than 3.5 million ITV regional news viewers are being invited to nominate a teacher.

Throughout July, ITV regional news programmes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are searching for the ITV Teacher of the Year and are asking viewers to make their nominations. It could be any king of teacher – Nursery, Primary, Secondary or Specialist.

The deadline for nominations is Friday August 1st and a panel of independent judges in each region will choose the regional finalist.

The 14 regional winners will go through to the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain panel of distinguished judges, who will select the overall ITV Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced at the Pride of Britain Awards on 1st October.

David Hanson said:

“A good teacher can be real inspiration and can help to shape your life.

“We all understand the need for a good education and a good teacher can use a host of innovative measures to engage pupils to help them to fulfil their potential.

“Theses awards are a way of recognising the fundamentally important role that teachers play in our society and I would urge people to come forward with nominations.”

For more information visit www.itvlocal.com/teacher

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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.”