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Delyn MP David Hanson has today praised local people’s campaigning as key in securing record funding for overseas development. David Hanson MP said the campaigning of churches, faith groups and charities in Delyn has been recognised by the Government as it announcement the annual overseas aid budget will increase from £5 billion in 2007 to £9 billion in 2010.

This funding is further confirmation of the UK’s global leadership on international development issues. This record funding will provide more resources to help the world’s poorest people escape poverty and respond to humanitarian crises.

The UK has a proud record on international development. The UK’s Department for International Development has already been acclaimed as the world’s leading aid agency helping deliver real improvements to the world’s poorest people. For example, UK aid: is lifting 3 million people out of poverty permanently, every year; is helping treat a million Africans with HIV/AIDS; and has put 6 million more children into school in Ethiopia, 17 million more in Bangladesh.

The UK is also a global leader in responding to humanitarian crises. For example, the UK is the largest donor to the UN’s Central Emergency Relief Fund. This has delivered significant humanitarian relief to the people of Darfur, to those affected by the recent floods in Africa and the 2005 Pakistani earthquake.

David Hanson said:

“This is a great result for anti-poverty campaigners in Delyn and around the globe. I have pressed upon the Secretary of State for International Development, Douglas Alexander, that the people of Delyn are proud of our international development record. We wanted the government to do more and they have listened and delivered.

“But we still have much work to do. For example, poverty still kills a child every three seconds and 72 million children have no school to attend. I will continue to work with campaigners in Delyn until we have realised our ambition of eliminating global poverty.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson has given his support to the CO (carbon monoxide) Awareness Week, organised by campaign group CO Awareness, by reminding homeowners and landlords of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Last year research commissioned by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) as a part of its wider gas safety review revealed that 45 % of households were unaware of the dangers of CO poisoning from gas appliances, which killed 16 people in 2005/06.

Often referred to as ‘the silent killer’ CO fumes are particularly dangerous because they cannot be detected. You cannot see, smell or taste the fumes, which in extreme cases can kill without warning in a matter of hours.

HSE advise that if you suspect your appliance is giving out excess carbon monoxide you should switch the appliance off, ventilate the room, visit your GP as a matter of urgency and ensure that a CORGI-registered installer makes the necessary repairs.

CO is produced when there isn’t enough air for the complete burning of carbon fuels such as gas, oil and coal, which causes an excess of poisonous fumes. Signs that an appliance may be leaking excess carbon monoxide include:
* Yellow or orange flames (except for fuel-effect fires which display this colour flame);
* Soot or stains around the appliance; and
* A pilot light that frequently blows out

More information on gas safety is available at:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/index.htm

David Hanson said:

“As the winter nights draw in more and more people are using their heating systems for warmth and it is vital that people understand the importance of having their gas appliances regularly serviced and maintained. Such checks should be carried out by a CORGI-registered installer and using audible carbon monoxide detectors could play a key role in saving lives

“Landlords are required by law to have their tenants’ gas appliances and systems maintained and annual safety checks carried out.

 

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that fewer pubs and off-licences are persistently selling alcohol to children thanks to strict penalties, tough enforcement and positive efforts by the industry.  

The results of the national Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol Campaign (TUSAC), during which 2,683 premises were targeted by police and trading standards officers during a 10-week campaign between 4 May and 13 July 2007, show that in nearly 9,000 test purchase operations children were only able to obtain alcohol in 14.7 per cent of cases.

Only 22 premises (0.8 per cent of premises targeted) sold alcohol to children on three separate occasions.

The figures signal a further improvement in the test purchase failure rate since national enforcement campaigns began three years ago.

In 2004, the overall test purchase failure rate was 50 per cent. In 2006, it had dropped to 20 per cent. In this latest and more targeted campaign it now stands below 15 per cent overall.

Whereas earlier enforcement campaigns were conducted on a random sample of premises, good and bad, this campaign targeted premises known to be problematic. A further reduction in the failure rate is therefore particularly encouraging.

David Hanson said:

“These figures are very encouraging and show that the Government’s efforts, working alongside its enforcement partners, are making a positive difference. The efforts of industry must also be recognised as they have made strong attempts over recent years to educate staff on the front line and strengthen procedures.

“The ‘Challenge 21’ policy is now established as standard practice across the industry. However, there is still room for improvement and we must work hard to make sure the sales stop, full stop.

“The Government’s new alcohol strategy campaign, released this summer, outlined how the new laws and licensing powers will be used to bear down on irresponsibly-managed bars, pubs and off-licenses, at the same time as giving everyone the information they need to drink safely and responsibly.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson is celebrating the work of the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (HEES) does in Delyn to help the most vulnerable in the community to keep warm and stay healthy.

HEES, which combats fuel poverty by installing central heating and heat saving insulation work into the homes of vulnerable people, has so far assisted 1685 households in Delyn – a total spend of £1,637,812.55 in the area.

The scheme manager, eaga plc, has reported that 557 households have benefited from a brand new central heating system or repair to their current central heating system in Delyn and 1116 have benefited from energy saving insulation measures since the beginning of the scheme in June 2001.

Householders applying for HEES also have the opportunity to undergo a comprehensive check to see if they are in receipt of all the benefits they are entitled to. Benefit Entitlement Checks (BEC) have been operating as part of HEES since June 2003, with the average weekly increase per client in Delyn being found as £11.91.

In terms of vulnerable groups of people who have been helped by HEES grants, eaga has reported that 98 households with children under the age of four, 595 households on DLA, and 1162 households over the age of 60 in Delyn have benefited from improvements to their homes.

 

David Hanson said:

“HEES provides heating and insulation to the homes of some of my most vulnerable constituents, and it has my total support. Affordable heat is a basic need that all should be able to benefit from, as a warm home is a healthy, happy home.”

 

Find out more about HEES at www.heeswales.co.uk