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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s new action plan which includes measures to warn youngsters about the dangers of weapons and spotting those at risk of committing serious violence to stop them in their tracks.

The new action plan is the first of its kind to focus on serious violence. It sets out what the Government, together with police and local agencies, will do over the next three years to cut homicide, knife crime, gun and gang-related crime and sexual and domestic violence.

Key measures include:

·        creating a presumption to prosecute those who are found carrying a knife and tougher sentences for knife crime;

·        providing the police with 100 portable knife arches and 400 search wands immediately, and making more available over the next year to ensure this technology is available where needed across the country;

·        a new £1 million campaign to challenge the ‘glamour’, fear and peer pressure that can drive youngsters to knife crime, and working with Be Safe to offer over 1 million young people access to workshops on the dangers of weapons;

·        investing over £20 million over the next three years to support the rollout of multi-agency interventions and information sharing, involving local police, local councils, voluntary groups and health workers, across the country to manage and identify people at risk of committing serious violence as well as providing support for victims;

·        increasing the number of Sexual Assault Referral Centres for victims of sexual violence from 19 to 48 to cover every part of the country; and

·        greater protection of children from sex offenders – including a pilot in four police force areas (Cleveland, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire and Warwickshire) to allow for the increased disclosure of child sex offenders’ convictions to certain members of the public.

David Hanson said:

“This is the first action plan of its type to clamp down on serious violence and the measures set out today aim to reduce the incidences of violent crime further, making our streets and out communities safer places to live.

“Although violent crime only accounts for around 1% of all crime, when it does occur not only does it have a devastating impact on the victims but the effects are felt by family, friends and the local community.

“There has been some excellent progress with violent crime down by 31% since 1997, but any incidence is one too many which is why this plan has been put forward.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that the contract for the new Sainsbury’s Supermarket in Flint has been signed off. The new store is expected to create 150 new jobs in the town. 

David Hanson said:

“I am delighted that Sainbury’s has decided to open its first store in North Wales for 16 years in Flint.

“With the National Lottery investing almost £1 million in refurbishing buildings around the town, and the strong local economy, Flint continues flourish.

“The decision to set up the new supermarket in Flint is yet further recognition of the progress made in Flintshire and the new jobs will provide another boast to the local economy.”

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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.”