Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed new gambling laws designed to protect children and vulnerable people, cut crime and keep games fair. The enforcement of these new protections are being backed by more than 1500 inspectors.
The Gambling Act, which replaces legislation dating as far back as 1845, governs nearly all forms of gambling including: gaming in arcades and adult gaming centres; betting; bingo; casinos; gambling in clubs and pubs; lotteries (except the National Lottery) and remote gambling.
The Act creates the Gambling Commission, one of the most powerful gambling regulators in the world. It will be able to levy unlimited fines, withdraw licences, bring prosecutions, enter premises, seize goods and suspend and void bets.
The Act also gives a new role to local authorities, empowering more than 1500 licensing officers (alongside 50 specialist Gambling Commission compliance officers) to inspect gambling premises to enforce the new laws.
David Hanson said:
“These new laws mean that for the first time, betting shops and remote gambling sites based in the UK will be governed by a dedicated regulator, the Gambling Commission.
”Local authorities will be able to impose sanctions on operators, including limiting opening hours and reducing numbers of gaming machines and local people will be able to object to new gambling licences and seek reviews of existing ones.
“The Government brought in the Gambling Act because most of our laws were nearly 40 years old and these developments were going unchecked and unregulated. The Gambling Act gives the Gambling Commission and local authorities unprecedented powers to ensure gambling is conducted fairly, children and vulnerable people are protected and crime is kept out.”
Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s decision to back children’s helplines across the UK with a grant of £30 million.
The Government have announced that the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) will get £30 million over the next four years to strengthen its ChildLine Service – the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. As part of the partnership with the Government the NSPCC will also be putting more money into its helplines.
The money will also help expand the NSPCC’s other helpline services, including those provided online, and the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline which allows adults to report concerns. In future children will also be able to access services via text message.
ChildLine is a service provided by the NSPCC. It operates 365 days a year and in 2005 nearly 160,000 children received counselling from the service and through a similar service provided over the internet.
The NSPCC Child Protection Helpline receives calls from members of the public and professionals who are concerned about children. It makes referrals to other services where appropriate and provides specific safeguarding advice, information, counselling and support to members of the public who have serious concerns for children. It is staffed by a range of professionally qualified and experienced staff, including social workers, counsellors, teachers and nurses.
Children and young people can call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem. Members of the public who have serious concerns about a child children can call the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000.
David Hanson said:
“Children are our most precious resource and we want to give them the best possible start in life. We can’t do that unless they are safe. We must continue help the most vulnerable – including those whose childhood is being ruined by abuse or bullying and we must make sure every child has someone to call on for help and advice.
“This £30m funding package will help the NSPCC to expand their services significantly and improve them. We all know that children are most familiar and comfortable using modern methods of communications – for example on-line or text messages – and this funding will help the NSPCC develop this.”
Delyn MP David Hanson has backed the Government’s efforts in leading the international community to tackle global poverty, but realises that there is much more that needs to be done.
David Hanson said:
“The fight against global poverty is one that we simply cannot afford to lose and I welcome the lead this Government has taken in the international community on this issue.
“Since 1997 the amount of aid has increased from £2.1 billion to £6.85 billion. Working with the international community we have written off 100% of debt owed by the world’s most heavily indebted countries and the Government is committed to expanding the international aid budget still further.
“The measures we have taken have helped to lift over 3 million people permanently out of poverty each year and in places like Bangladesh contributions have helped lift 1,300 people out of poverty every single day. And we are now providing clean water for 7.5 million people in Bangladesh and 2 million people in India.
“Despite the progress that has been made there is still so much more that needs to be done to reach the Millennium Development Goals.
“The Government has committed itself to £1.2 billion of health spending in developing countries by 2010 and £8.5 billion for education over the next 10 years to help 22 African countries. We continue to support education projects in places like Uganda and Afghanistan, which are helping to get millions of children into the classrooms.
“There are new challenges emerging all the time and with developing countries having to deal with climate change it is important that the UK offers the right aid packages. Through the pioneering £800 million Environmental Transformation Fund (for investment in low carbon technology in developing countries) the UK is helping to secure low carbon economic development in developing countries.
“The UK has led the argument on trade and has made clear from the start that pro-poor policies should be central to this trade round. We must keep up the pressure on the international community to deliver on its promises as we cannot afford to rest until global poverty is made a thing of the past.
Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed The Disability Rights Commission’s Annual Report and Accounts 2006-2007 which demonstrate the Commissions extensive achievements in a landmark year.
The last twelve months have been a milestone year for the commission with wide ranging provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 on transport and the establishment of a Disability Equality Duty on all public bodies coming into effect.
The Disability Rights Commission was established by the Disability Rights Commission Act 1999 to work towards the elimination of discrimination against disabled people; promote equal opportunities; encourage good practice and keep the working of the Disability Discrimination Act and the DRC Act under review. The Commission opened for business in April 2000 and will close when the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) becomes operational in October this year.
The Commission for Equality and Human Rights, established by the Equality Act 2006, will promote equality and tackle discrimination on the grounds of disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, age and religion or belief and from the start will take on the work of three commissions – the Disability Rights Commission, Equal Opportunities Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality. The CEHR’s remit will include promoting and protecting human rights.
David Hanson said:
“The Disability Rights Commission is a major force in ensuring legislation delivers real equality for disabled people.
“Last year’s wide-ranging achievements have included undertaking substantial activity to promote awareness of the Disability Equality Duty, and ensure that public bodies understand their duties to put equality for disabled people into effect.
“The Disability Equality Duty is part of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005and contains four key elements. These include the requirement for public sector organisations to eliminate unlawful disability discrimination and disability-related harassment; promote equality of opportunity for disabled people; promote positive attitudes; and encourage disabled people to take part in public life.
“The Commision has worked hard to ensure that disability rights remain central to the work of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights and should be proud of its achievements in helping to make a fairer and more equal society.”