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Delyn MP David Hanson is urging local community groups to apply for the B&Q ‘One Planet Living’ Awards. Local groups could apply for an award of between £1,000 and £10,000 of B&Q products.

David Hanson said:

“I welcome this new scheme which allows environmental groups, community organisations, schools, charities and sports clubs can all apply for materials and funding.

“The B&Q Award materials will be given to projects supporting the environment, biodiversity, natural habitats, wildlife, local culture and local heritage.

“This year there will be two additional awards of £5,000 to schools which submit innovative science-based proposals, showing a real understanding about the environment and the importance of tackling climate change.

“I want to encourage local groups in Delyn to apply for the awards.”

For more details visit www.diy.com/awards or contact B&Q for an application on 0845 300 1001. The deadline for applications is 28 March 2008.

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the latest figures out today that show unemployment continues to fall with the employment level at a record high of £29.4 million in work.

At the same time new figures show the numbers claiming jobseekers allowance (JSA) is down for the 16th consecutive month, falling by 10,800 in January to 794,600, the first time it’s fallen below 800,000 since 1975. The number of vacancies in the UK economy remains high at 677,400. Redundancies are at their lowest level since records began in 1995.

David Hanson said:

“These latest figures show that the British economy is staying strong as the number of employment opportunities across the country continue to increase.

“The current challenge we face is ensuring that people have the right skills to fill the increasing number of vacancies that are available.

“I have been working closely with the Government, Welsh Assembly and local employers to ensure that we not only continue to attract business to North Wales and the Deeside Hub area, but that we make the right investments in education and skills so that people can take up the positions as they become available.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson is backing the new Post Office Christmas Club which is available at all Post Office branches nationwide and is a good way to budget for Christmas.

We spend an average of £393 on Christmas presents alone, and according to research conducted by YouGov for the Post Office many of us spend more than we can afford.

Forty three per cent said they felt pressured to overspend, and 24 per cent admitted they would still by paying for Christmas at Easter.

Planning and budgeting is the solution suggested by 83 per cent of the survey and with the post Office Christmas Club you can plan ahead, making pre-payments from just £5 over the counter using a special Christmas Club payment card.

From 1 November the card is unlocked, enabling customers to use it to buy goods and services directly at retailers, or to purchase retail gift vouchers. The maximum individual payment is £500, up to a total of £1,000 per card per annum.

Each club member will receive a great bonus booklet of at least £100 in special offers with selected retail partners – a significant benefit compared to current rates from high street savings accounts.

David Hanson said:

“This Post Office scheme is a good way for people to regularly put small amounts aside to help save up for Christmas.

“The need for such a scheme in the wake of Farepak was identified by a Treasury review and this easy, straightforward scheme will appeal to those that struggle to save on the run up to the festive period.”

For more information on Post Office gift vouchers and other Post Office products, visit www.postoffice.co.uk or call 08457 223344.

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Delyn MP David Hanson has backed the Government’s decision to increase packaging and recycling targets from 2008 onwards.

The new targets have been designed to save more CO2 emissions than the targets originally outlined last year. The new targets take into account updated market data and the feedback received during last year’s public consultation.

In this year alone the new, higher targets will save over 8m tonnes of CO2 from being emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere, helping in the fight against dangerous climate change. The targets will increase again over the following two years to realise a further saving of 258,097 tonnes of CO2 in 2009 and then an additional 285,436 tonnes in 2010.

The new overall recovery targets of 72% in 2008, 73% in 2009 and 74% in 2010 will ensure that we meet our 2008 EU Directive target of recycling at least 60% of our packaging waste. They will also contribute to meeting the ambitions outlined in the 2007 Waste Strategy for England.

David Hanson said:

“I welcome these new targets which recognise the important role recycling can play for both businesses and consumers in tackling the dangerous effects of climate change.

“In order to meet these targets we need to ensure that the right recycling facilities are in place to assist businesses and the general public. This why I am keen for the UK Government to continue to work closely with the Welsh Assembly,  Flintshire County Council and others to develop the right package of measures to help us meet these recycling targets.”