Delyn MP David Hanson and Sandy Mewies AM have welcomed the success of this year’s Mold Food and Drink Festival and are backing the town to go from strength to strength.
Once again Mold Food and Drink Festival proved to be a great success amongst visitors and locals. The Festival, which was set up last year, attracted over 11,000 people, a three fold increase on 2006.
The Festival gave visitors an opportunity to take advantage of the wide range of local produce available, including meat, fish, vegetables and cheeses. Local performers took to the stage to entertain the hoards whilst celebrity and local chefs gave cookery demonstrations in the packed exhibition hall.
David Hanson said:
“I was pleased to go to the opening of Mold Food and Drink Festival and to support the local businesses, the Town and County Councils and many volunteers who made this Festival such a success.
“I particularly want to pay tribute to the organisers, Mold Hotel and Restaurant Association, who worked tirelessly, on a voluntary basis, to make this event the success it undoubtedly was. There were also a large number of volunteers that gave up their time over the weekend and their contribution needs to be recognised.
“Mold continues to go from strength to strength with the success of this year’s Eisteddfod and becoming the first town in Wales to gain Cittaslow status. As ever I continue to be wholly supportive of local business and always welcome the opportunity to promote local initiatives that help boost the economy and improve the quality of life for people in Delyn.”
Sandy Mewies AM
“This is a wonderful event which is proving to be a great success for local people and visitors alike”
Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the second annual Child Trust Fund (CTF) statistical report that shows that 2,206 children in Delyn have received £250 to start saving for their future.
The report shows that three quarters of parents have already set up their child’s account and a quarter of children have had additional money saved into their accounts. In Delyn over 2,000 parents and guardians are already topping up their children’s savings.
David Hanson said
“The Government is helping children save for their future through the Child Trust Fund – £250 for children at birth, and an additional £250 at age 7.”
“Already 2,004 parents in Delyn are topping up the government investment. Every contribution helps build real savings for children to invest in their aspirations when they reach 18 and I hope that all parents, grandparents, friends and family will contribute if they possibly can.”
The CTF was introduced for all children born in the UK on or after 1 September 2002, with a £250 voucher from the Government to start off each child’s account, and a further £250 paid into the account at age 7. Children from lower-income households receive an extra £250 top-up at birth and at age 7.
The latest figures show that for vouchers issued to 15 September 2007, a total of 3.02 million accounts were opened: 2.36 million by the parents themselves and the remainder opened by HMRC on behalf of eligible children. HMRC are targeting marketing at areas that have shown low take-up and are furthering their work with voluntary and community organisations to reach parents who are less financially confident.
Delyn MP David Hanson has urged local communities in the area to play their part in supporting the Energy Saving Trust’s Energy Saving Week (22nd-28th October). He urged local constituents to visit the Energy Saving Trust’s website to find out what simple steps they could take to save energy in the home, cutting energy bills and protecting the environment at the same time.
David Hanson said:
“I applaud the Energy Saving Trust for organising Energy Saving Week, to highlight the impact that wasting energy can have on the energy bills of hard working local people and the environment.
“The work of the Energy Saving Trust, in partnership with organisations such as the Women’s Institute, the Royal Mail and local faith groups, in encouraging their particular communities to work to improve energy efficiency, is a great way of bringing local people together to play their part in this important effort.
“I will make sure I do my bit by taking simple steps like switching appliances off at the socket rather than leaving them on stand by.
“In Energy Saving Week, I am now urging all of my constituents and local communities to see what they can do to save energy. To find out about some simple and cheap ideas, you can contact the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012 or visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk”
Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the latest British crime survey, which shows that crime levels across the UK are stable while total recorded crime continues to fall.
Crime in England and Wales remains stable according to the British Crime Survey (BCS) and has fallen by seven per cent according to the police recorded crime statistics.
Whilst the BCS interviews in the year to June 2007 showed violent crime as stable, there were nearly 21,000 fewer violent crimes recorded by police in the quarter April to June 2007 compared with the same quarter in 2006.
In the year to June 2007 there was a six per cent decrease in firearms offences according to provisional statistics. That equates to 639 fewer offences bringing the annual total down to 9,712. Serious and slight injuries from firearms fell by 11 and seven per cent, respectively. Firearms offences resulting in fatalities increased from 53 to 56.
The BCS in the year to June 2007 showed overall levels of anti-social behaviour and worry of crime to be stable compared with the previous year, but confidence in the criminal justice system (CJS) fell in five of the seven different aspects of the CJS.
David Hanson said:
“I welcome these latest statistics that show that the Government’s investment in both the police and local communities is paying dividends.
“In North Wales the risk of victimisation remains below the national average and robbery, burglary and fraud are down.
“I will continue to work with the local police in Delyn to make sure they have the powers they need to tackle criminal behaviour on all levels.”