Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that eligibility to apply for the HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge and UK Merchant Seafarers Badge has been extended to include all those who have served in UK Armed Forces. This means that veterans of the ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are now eligible.
The HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge was launched in May 2004 and since then its eligibility has been gradually extended from the First and Second World War veterans, to whom it was initially issued, to successive generations of veterans so that all may be united under one badge.
The UK Merchant Seafarers Veterans Badge was introduced, in 2006, as a special version of the HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge to reflect the unique relationship that the Merchant Navy and fishermen have held with the Armed Forces, during UK military operations, over the years. Today’s extension means that all veterans are now eligible to apply for these badges from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency. Since 1 February 2005 HM Armed Forces Veterans’ Badges have been given as standard to all personnel leaving Service.
David Hanson said:
“I am delighted that the eligibility for these badges has been extended once more and now many of our troops that have served the country out in Iraq and Afghanistan will now be included.
“Veterans are a diverse group. But what they have in common is that they have served our country with pride, they have honoured their commitment to defend its interests and they have made a major contribution to the wellbeing of our nation.
“Hundreds of my constituents have already received a badge and I am keen to ensure that all those entitled to receive a badge do so at the earliest opportunity. I am always delighted to write to the Ministry of Defence on behalf of local veterans.”
Anyone with details of a Flintshire veteran, which can be awarded to those who served in any of the services, should contact David Hanson at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA or via hansond(at)parliament.uk They need to provide the name, address, service number, unit served and years of service of the veteran, which Mr Hanson can then pass onto the Ministry of Defence to apply for the badge. If approved, it should arrive in around 3 months.
Delyn MP David Hanson is urging small businesses in Delyn to make the most of the free legal advice that is available to them. Research suggests that many small businesses are currently paying for employment law advice which they could be getting for free.
Government research found that less than half of all businesses asked said they were likely to seek outside advice for employment issues in the next year. The Government is set to contact around 400,000 small businesses as part of a campaign to make sure they know how to access free help from the Business Link website, http://www.businesslink.gov.uk.
The Employing People section of http://www.businesslink.gov.uk is designed to give businesses simple, practical advice and guidance on the full range of employment issues, from taking on staff through to dismissals and redundancies.
The site includes calculators and interactive guides to help businesses understand their legal obligations.
Producing written statements of employment is a significant time burden for employers, with many using external advisers to complete them. If half of employers switched to using the tool provided, the saving to business could be as much as £160m.
If a third of affected businesses used the new redundancy statements tool, the saving to business could be as much as £5m.
David Hanson said:
“I know that for any small business every penny counts and I want to ensure that for businesses in Flintshire, Business Link is their first port of call when it comes to getting employment legal advice.
“The service helps small businesses understand their rights and obligations and enables them to plan with more clarity.”
Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that from today (28th January) female war veterans can apply to have their efforts recognised by a new badge of recognition.
The badge will acknowledge those surviving members of the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps who worked on the Home Front to provide food and timber for the nation during World War I and II.
Badges will be awarded to surviving members as of 6 December 2007. Badges will not be able to be awarded to spouses or families of deceased members except where death has occurred after 6 December 2007.
Applicants will need to supply date of birth, approximate dates of service in the Women’s Land Army or Women’s Timber Corps and the location at which they were stationed.
David Hanson said:
“The Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps made a vital contribution to this countries effort both during and after World War II and I am delighted that their selfless efforts are being formally recognised through this new badge.
“Application forms are now available. Please contact my office with details of the applicant’s date of birth, approximate dates of service in the Women’s Land Army or Women’s Timber Corps and the location at which they were stationed and I will happily make the application on your behalf.
“Please write to David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA, emailhansond(at)parliament.uk or phone 01352 763159.”
Notes to editors:
Applications for the badge can be made in a number of ways
The application form is available on the Defra website at
Requests for application forms can be made by post or telephone to
Mr Dermot McInerney
c/o 17 Smith Square London SW1P 3JR
Defra helpline 08459 33 55 77
Delyn MP David Hanson has expressed his concern at the news that employees at Keating Group Limited are to lose their jobs as the company has been put into administration.
David Hanson said:
“I am deeply concerned to hear that employees at Keating Group Limited have lost their jobs as the company has now been put into administration.
“It is also worrying to hear that employees may not be paid in full for their last month at work. Under the Employment Rights Act 1996, the Redundancy Payments Office operated by the Insolvency Service must pay certain debts owed by an insolvent employer to his employees.
“I will be contacting the factory to find out the current situation.”