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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s first annual report on claims management regulation, which says that better regulation has significantly reduced cold calling in person, which includes the practice of ‘clipboarding’ – knocking on doors and aggressively approaching people in shopping centres. Unauthorised advertising and marketing in hospitals have also been almost entirely removed.

The Compensation Act 2006 received Royal Assent on 25 July 2006. Part 2 of the Act establishes a statutory framework for the regulation of claims management services. It is now prohibited to provide the regulated services unless authorised or exempt. The Regulator has powers under the Act to take action against persons suspected of providing regulated services without authorisation, and against authorised persons suspected of breaching the rules or unprofessional conduct.

Once authorised, businesses will have to comply with strict rules of conduct including:

* a prohibition on cold calling in person;
* a prohibition on high pressure selling;
* transparent contracts;
* disclosure of referral fees, and
* provide a comprehensive complaints procedure.

David Hanson said:

“The regulation has put in place vital safeguards for consumers in Delyn when using the services of claims management companies and is raising standards across the industry.

“The new rules that claim managers must now follow have cleaned up the industry. Consumers can have more confidence that they will be dealt with fairly when seeking to make a claim.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson has visited DangerPoint in Talacre to learn more about the ways in which they are helping to keep safe online.

DangerPoint is a highly effective way of providing people with the skills to avoid everyday dangers and risks. In this unique controlled environment, people can actually see and hear the hazards they may encounter in real life, but without the risks.

Over 15,000 have already used the facilities at DangerPoint and it is proving very popular with children and schools.

David Hanson said:

“Having visited DangerPoint for its launch I very much enjoyed returning to see for myself some of the strong and innovative work that is being carried out.

“I was approached by staff at the centre as a result of holding an online survey on my website on the issue of keeping children safe both online and when using computer games.

“I discussed this and many other issues during my visit.”

 

 

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed a new deal between the Governmentunions and employers that will see agency workers in the UK receive equal treatment after 12 weeks employment.

The Government is committed to extending protection for vulnerable workers, wherever they work and the deal on agency workers adds to the already substantial protection rights that have been increased since 1997

 

Agency workers are currently covered by employment rights such as the right not to be discriminated against on the grounds of race, sex, age etc, to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage, Working Time entitlements such as regular rest and paid annual leave, health and safety and social security provisions such as maternity and paternity pay and specific regulations governing the conduct of agencies.

 

UK agency workers are likely to be the largest single group to benefit from the increase in the UK’s statutory entitlement to paid annual leave which increased from 4 weeks to 4.8 on 1 October 2007 and will increase to 5.6 weeks in April 2009.

 

David Hanson said:

“I am pleased that employers and unions have today reached agreement on new rules on equal treatment for agency workers after 12 weeks employment, ending six years of deadlock.

 

“The agreement will give increased protection to agency workers and guard against unfair wage undercutting without putting jobs at risk or cutting off a valuable route into employment.

“I hope that this deal can now pave the way to reaching agreement in Europe on an agency workers directive that secures this flexibility for the UK.

“Resolving this issue can also allow us to secure the opt-out for workers in the European working time directive – a vital part of the UK’s flexible labour market.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson is supporting the launch of VQ Day – the first nationwide day to celebrate vocational success – and is encouraging local colleges and learning providers to get involved. 

 

‘VQ Day’ has been created to raise public awareness about the value of vocational qualifications.  VQ Day, due to be held on 23rd July 2008, will be marked by a national event in London, as well as regional events held by colleges and learning providers around the country. The Day will also see the publication of a report into the vocational qualifications landscape.

 

David Hanson said:

 

“The launch of VQ Day is a huge step forward for the world of vocational learning.  A vocational qualification can set people up for life and it is high time that the hard work of colleges, students and employers is recognised nationally in this way.”

 

Plans for the Day are being led by education foundation, Edge, and are supported by the wider education community including exam boards, employers’ organisations, the Association of Colleges and the Association of Learning Providers.  An action pack is also available for colleges and learning providers to download fromwww.vqday.org in order for them to hold their own VQ Day celebrations.

 

A roll call of vocational success has been established at www.vqday.org for past and present vocational learners to log on and add their name to the list. Visitors to the website can also vote for their Celebrity VQ Hero 2008. The shortlist of five celebrities, all of whom have made their name after gaining a vocational qualification will be announced shortly.

 

Andy Powell, CEO of Edge also hopes the Day will counter the prejudice which sees less than half (44 per cent) of the population agree that vocational qualifications are as important as A-Levels:

 

“Every year millions of people across the country study for and gain a vocational qualification, leading to further vocational study or university, better jobs and enhanced skills. However, despite these clear benefits, vocational qualifications sadly do not enjoy the prestige of their more academic counterparts.  The launch of VQ Day is just one step in starting to put this right.”

 

For more information visit www.vqday.org.

 

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For interviews, case studies, online videos, background information or more detail on plans for 23rd July, please contact:

Heather Wilson or Zoe Penn, Band & Brown Communications, 020 7419 6950 /vqday(at)bbpr.com

 

Notes to Editors

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 4,173 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 15th – 18th April 2008.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

 

According to the Census 2001 (Office of National Statistics), there are 45,434,897 adults aged 18 and over, 38 per cent of this figure is 17,265,261.

 

 

About VQ Day – 23rd July 2008

  • Millions of people take a vocational qualification every year leading them on to further vocational study or university, better jobs and/or enhanced skills. For too long, this success has gone without the recognition and celebration it deserves.  To raise the profile of vocational qualifications and celebrate vocational success ‘VQ Day’ is being launched.  VQ Day will be an official celebration of the people who gain vocational qualifications every year, and the people who help them achieve this success.
  • Plans for VQ Day are being led by Edge, the education foundation, in conjunction with the vocational qualifications community including, OCR, Federation of Awarding Bodies, Department for Innovation, University & Skills (DIUS), Edexcel, City & Guilds, EDI, Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), Qualifications & Curriculum Authority (QCA), fforwm and the Association of Colleges,  Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College among others.
  • VQ Day will be launched at a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons on 23rd April and the inaugural Day will take place nationwide on 23rd July 2008.  A national celebration event will be held in London to showcase the diversity of vocational success, accompanied by a report examining the vocational qualifications landscape in the country.  It is hoped that regional events will also be staged and that VQ Day will help raise the profile, and communicate the value, of vocational qualifications to future students, potential employers and the wider public.
  • A roll call of vocational success is being established online, with all learners past and present invited to add their name to the list of people across the UK who have gained a vocational qualification.  In addition, honorary vocational qualifications will be awarded on VQ Day to ‘VQ Heroes’ who embody vocational success.

 

About Edge

  • Edge is dedicated to raising the profile of vocational and practical learning, with a skills rather than an academic focus. It wants educational standards raised through applying practical experience to learning and providing opportunities to excel through vocational, as well as academic, studies. Edge believes that this is essential for the future competitiveness of the nation.  For more information visit www.edge.co.uk.