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Delyn MP David Hanson has sent out his spring newsletter to constituents and is urging those that have not received a copy to get in touch.

David Hanson said:

“Over the last week or so people all over Delyn should have received a copy of my latest newsletter.

“I am pleased that crime has fallen across the region since my last report, and unemployment has fallen by a further 13 per cent. With the new US Defence contract at Airbus and many more jobs being created in the area there is plenty of good things happening in our area.

 

“I am determined to develop Flintshire further, building on our strong local economy and improving the quality of life for all.

 

“If you have not received a copy of this report by the end of this week, and would like to, then please contact my office on 01352 763159 and I will make sure that you receive one.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the decision to award a badge of recognition to the surviving pilots and other men and women who served in theAir Transport Auxiliary during World War II.

The badge will recognise the contribution that the men and women of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), including the female pilots known as the ‘Spitfire Women’, who delivered over 300,000 aircraft between factories and front line airfields.

The ATA was a civilian unit founded in 1938, and included ground school instructors, ground engineers, crash rescue teams, nurses and doctors, administration staff and Air Cadets. The group had a remarkable record and very few aircraft were lost or damaged. Tragically 173 pilots and 8 flight engineers lost their lives including Amy Johnson, the pioneering female civil aviator. By 1945 the group had 650 pilots from 22 countries around the world including from as far afield as Chile, South Africa and the United States.

David Hanson said:

“This new badge will provide a fitting tribute to all the members of the ATA who did so much for this country during World War II. The award will offer further recognition to the surviving members of the ATA and will also serve as a reminder of the sacrifice and bravery of those that gave their lives during the War.”

Details of those eligible for a badge will be made available on the DfT website shortly. For more information about the honour please contact David Hanson MP, 01352 763159, email: hansond(at)parliament.uk or write to David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA.

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed a new initiative to pay employment experts in the public, private and voluntary sectors to not only get people into work – but to keep them in long-term employment.  

The new ‘Commissioning Strategy’, gives a much greater focus on payments by results when awarding welfare-to-work contracts to the public, private and voluntary sectors in Great Britain. The strategy means contractors working together to deliver solutions to the hardest to reach.

Organisations will have to offer jobseekers more creative and innovative ways of helping them to overcome their specific problems.

An increasingly significant proportion of the rewards paid to these specialist providers will be paid when someone has been in work for at least 6 months in the first instance, rising potentially to 18 months further down the line.

This compares to the current system where only the first three months of a person’s employment are taken into account. In return, providers will be rewarded with longer and larger contracts. These contracts will last up to 5-7 years, instead of the current average of 3 years.

David Hanson said:

“Employment opportunities in Flintshire are on the increase and unemployment remains low but it is important that we use all the resources available to get those that can work into employment.

“The private and voluntary sectors already play an important role in delivering the Government’s work programme and it is right that they are rewarded for getting results.

“However I want to see more people in jobs for longer which is why I welcome the initiative to reward providers when someone has been in work for at least 6 months in the first instance, rising potentially to 18 months further down the line.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed new plans for earlier intervention to get drug using families into treatment, new asset seizure powers to reduce incentives for crime and the delivery of new approaches to drug treatment.

 This year the Government will invest almost £1 billion in ‘Drugs: protecting families and communities’, which builds on the current ten year strategy, by:

·        extending powers to seize drug dealers’ assets to demonstrate that crime does not pay;

·        placing a greater responsibility on drug-users on benefits to get treatment and back into work;

·        embedding action to tackle drugs through the neighbourhood policing approach, gathering intelligence from communities;

·        strengthening and extending international agreements to intercept drugs supplied to the UK;

·        focusing on families where parents use drugs and prioritising treatment for parents to protect their children;

·        piloting new approaches that allow more flexible and effective use of resources including personalised treatment;

·        increasing the use of community sentences with a drug rehabilitation requirement; and

·        developing support for drug treatment so that those who quit drugs are offered training and support in getting work and re-establishing their lives.

Compulsory testing on arrest and assessment by a drugs worker, backed up by tough sanctions – including, in some cases, prison sentences – have contributed to a fall in recorded acquisitive crime of around 20 per cent and over 1,000 crack houses have been closed since 2003. But tackling drugs remains a formidable social problem with Class A drug use costing the UK £15 billion a year in crime and health costs alone.

David Hanson said:

“Over the last ten years drugs use has fallen to an 11 year low and drug related crime has fallen by 20 per cent over the last five years. However, people are understandably concerned about drugs and drug crime which I why I welcome these proposals and this investment.

“Unprecedented investment in drug treatment has more than doubled the number of people getting treatment to 195,000 in the last year and led to faster treatment services.

“I want to see far fewer people start taking drugs in the first place, but also earlier intervention with more people that are hooked going through the full treatment programme so they can go on to lead healthy lives free of drugs.”