Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the latest job figures out that show a fall of 133 thousand over the last year in the numbers claiming the key out of work benefits, people who are getting the opportunity to find work and provide for themselves and their families.
New figures issued by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show an increase of 69,000 people in employment, while the number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) is down for the 13th consecutive month, falling by 9,900 in October, and the number of vacancies in the UK economy remains high at 667,000.
Separate figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) also show the numbers of people claiming Incapacity benefit (IB) is down by 45,000 and the numbers of lone parents claiming income support (IS) has fallen by a further 9,000.
David Hanson said:
“These are another encouraging set of figures, showing that work is still the best route out of poverty.
“For these people getting off benefits and into work means the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families.
“Unemployment remains low in Delyn but we still have a challenge to get more long term benefit claimants into work. That’s why the Government are working with employers to form local employer partnerships which will provide access to new jobs for 250,000 of our most disadvantaged people.”
Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the new crime figures for Flintshire which show that overall crime has fallen by over 12 per cent and violent crime by 17 per cent, but insists that there is more that needs to done to bring crime down still further.
The North Wales Police figures, which provide a breakdown of crime during the year to date (1st April 2007 – 3rd November 2007) show a huge decrease in violent crime across Flintshire and Deeside with a decrease of over 17 per cent and 30 per cent across most of Delyn. Burglaries are down by over 21 per cent whilst vehicle crime plummeted by over 20 per cent.
New powers for the police and local communities to tackle anti-social behaviour are clearly are having an effect and the latest figures show anti-social behaviour is down by over 6.2 per cent.
David Hanson said:
“The latest crime figures released by North Wales Police are extremely encouraging with violent crime, burglary, anti-social behaviour and vehicle crime all down this year.
Overall, across Flintshire and Deeside crime is down by over 12.1 per cent so far this year and I want to praise the hard work of local officers across Flintshire.
“However, we will not be complacent and we must continue to strive to bring crime down still further.
“I am committed to working alongside local communities and the North Wales Police to ensure they have the powers they need to tackle crime in all its forms.”
Delyn MP David Hanson is urging schools and youth groups in Delyn to take in part in the 2007/08 National Youth Parliament Competition.
Healthy democracies need well-informed citizens who understand the democratic process and have the skills and confidence to participate. Now in its seventeenth successful year, the National Youth Parliament Competition helps bring to life the process of parliament, government and politics, by offering young people the opportunity to set up and video their own parliamentary debates and to reflect on how laws are made. The competition is organised by the Citizenship Foundation, and sponsored by the Ministry of Justice, the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Parliament Education Service.
Students take on the roles of Government, Opposition and backbench MPs, recreate the parliamentary chamber, and make a 20 minute video of their debate on a mock bill. Videos are judged by MPs in Westminster.
The competition is open 11-18 year olds in state or independent education or in a youth group of any kind. Each team must have a minimum of 20 students but can involve 250 or more.
David Hanson said:
“This competition provides young people with a unique and challenging opportunity to get involved in political debate.
“The mock debate not only plays an important role in enabling young people to make sense of politics and develop the skills and understanding to participate in our democracy, but it can also be a lot of fun.”
For more information about the competition please contact the NYPC Project Officer at the Citizen Foundation on 020 7566 4156 nypc(at)citizenshipfoundation.org.uk or visit www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/nypc
Delyn MP has welcomed the Queen’s Speech which has focused on responding to the rising aspirations of the people of Delyn.
David Hanson said:
“We have had years of strong economic growth in Delyn and it is now clear that the Government has to take it to the next level and do more to meet their rising aspirations.
“It is clear that people want Government to focus on education, the NHS, security, affordable housing, a cleaner environment, a better balance between work and family life, and a strong economy. Working alongside the Welsh Assembly the Government have put in place a strong programme to deliver on these issues.
“The Climate Change Bill will be formally introduced, for the first time putting in place statutory targets for carbon emissions reduction and there are robust measures to build stronger communities, tackle crime and terrorism.
“The next Parliamentary programme will continue to be built on the foundation of a strong and stable economy, with low inflation, sound public finances, high levels of employment, and interest rates kept as low as possible.”