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Delyn MP David Hanson is backing Carers Week and has shown his support for carers in Flintshire who are amongst the six million people in the UK who tirelessly devote their time, efforts and energy to looking after a loved one.

Carers Week – now in its 14th year – tackles the issue of carers’ health with a hard-hitting campaign headlining the sobering fact that; “Carers can’t afford to be ill.” A national survey of 2,000 carers reveals that a large majority feel their health is worse as a result of the strain of caring.

Carers Week (9-15 June) aims to publicise that support, advice and practical help is available for those who may be feeling isolated, exhausted or ill as a result of their caring responsibilities.

David Hanson said:

“There are six million carers in the UK, including many in Flintshire and I’m pleased to be able to offer my support to them.

“It’s a nationwide issue that affects so many people at a local level and it’s vital we can get the message out that help and support is available.

“I hope that by drawing attention to Carers Week, many more of my constituents who spend their lives looking after others will realise they are not alone and that there are people who want to care about them too.”

Carers Week is a partnership of 10 UK-wide charities working together. For more information about Carers Week, please visit www.carersweek.org.

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed a new international agreement prohibiting the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of all cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to others. The UK will now work to encourage the widest possible international support for the new Convention. 

David Hanson said:

“I welcome this break-through agreement which builds on the UK’s leadership on landmines and the Arms Trade Treaty.

“Cluster munitions have raised humanitarian concerns because they scatter ‘sub-munitions’ over an area, and because those sub-munitions can have a high failure rate.

“Up to 60 per cent of the victims of cluster munitions in southeast Asia are children.

“Currently, the UK spends around £10 million per annum on clearing mines and explosive remnants of war, including unexploded cluster munitions.

“Our support provides immediate relief to civilian populations from the threat posed by cluster munitions which have failed to detonate, and enable post-conflict reconstruction and development.

“For the UK the agreement will mean we will have to take out of service the two types of Cluster Munition we currently retain, including the M85 artillery weapon and the M73, part of a weapons system for Apache helicopters. The UK does not produce or export any cluster munitions.

“I will be working closely with the Government to ensure that we get the widest possible international support for the new Convention’

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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.”