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Delyn MP David Hanson and Sandy Mewies AM will take part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28 September at Llwyn Beuno Community Centre, Holywell.

 

Organised by Macmillan Cancer Support, individuals and groups up and down the country will host coffee mornings to raise money to help people living with cancer.

 

Last year the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning raised over £6.7 million to help sufferers. Money raised help Macmillan fund more nurses and health and social care professionals, build more cancer centres, improve access to cancer information and provide more financial help to people living with cancer.

 

David Hanson said:

 

“I welcome the work of Macmillan Cancer Support in setting up these coffee mornings and am delighted that the people of Delyn continue to participate in these events.

 

“I join in with these mornings every year and I know they raise lot of much needed money to help those suffering from cancer.”

 

Sandy Mewies AM said:

 

“The event at Llwyn Bueno is always a great success and a pleasure to attend – not least for the home-baked goodies on offer. But its nice to know that we enjoy ourselves we are raising money for this vital service which gives such support for people with cancer and their families”.

 

To get involved in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, call 0845 602 1246 or visitwww.macmillan.org.uk/coffee

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that from October 1st carers willbe able to earn more money without losing their benefits.

From 1 October 2007, the maximum amount of money that carers in Great Britain will be allowed to earn without losing their entitlement to Carer’s Allowance (CA) will rise from £87 to £95 a week, after expenses such as income tax and national insurance contributions have been taken into account.

 

Carer’s Allowance is designed to provide a measure of help for someone who forgoes the opportunity of full-time work to provide at least 35 hours of care a week for a severely disabled person who receives Attendance Allowance, an equivalent rate of the Disability Living Allowance care component, or a specified minimum level of Constant Attendance Allowance with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or a War Pension.

 

Income-related benefits like Income Support, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, along with Pension Credit for people aged 60 or over, provide additional help for lower-income households and are payable at a higher rate where someone is entitled to Carer’s Allowance.

 

The increase in the earnings limit is an interim measure ahead of the government’s forthcoming review of the National Carers Strategy. The strategy will look at how CA could be reformed to meet today’s needs more effectively.

 

Carers who employ someone to look after a disabled person or a child aged under 16 while they are at work will continue to be entitled to the allowance while earning significantly more than the normal limit.

 

David Hanson said:

 

“This is good news for the carers in Delyn that play a vital role in our community, helping to support their love ones.

 

“This latest increase will mean some people will be able to claim carers allowance for the first time and more local carers will be able to keep their allowance if they earn more money. Together with next April’s normal increase in Carer’s Allowance, carers should be able to receive more than £7,500 a year combined.

 

“I am pleased the Government is reviewing its National Carers Strategy, as it vital that we get our approach right in order to address the needs of carers.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson is urging businesses in Flintshire to register for e-alerts on the London 2012 website in order to make the most of the forthcoming business opportunities connected to the Olympic Games in 2012. 

 

Mr Hanson is working with the Wales Unit for the 2012 Games in the Department for the Economy and Transport at the Welsh Assembly Government to help encourage the many world class companies large and small across North Wales to look in detail at the potential commercial opportunities arising as part of the multi billion pound London 2012 Olympic Games project.

David Hanson said:

“It would be a real wasted opportunity if local businesses missed out on some of the contracts that will be available simply because there was a simple lack of awareness and forward planning.

“All companies that are interested should register for e-alerts on the London 2012 website www.london2012.com.

“I am also keen to hear from people on how we can engage on this issue and ensure that Flintshire profits from what looks set to be a fantastic event.”

ENDS

Notes to editors: To contact David Hanson MP to discuss any issue connected to the Olympic Games please use one of the following channels:

Phone 01352 763159, write to 64 Chester Street, Flint, Flintshire CH6 5DH or emailhansond(at)parliament.uk

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the latest Labour Market figures which show that there are record numbers of people in employment. The latest reports shows that employment is up, unemployment is down and numbers claiming benefits have fallen.

The latest figures show employment is up 132 thousand on the year, and up 84 thousand on the quarter. ILO unemployment is down 28 thousand on the quarter and down 53 thousand on the year. Economic inactivity is up 156 thousand on the year and down 1 thousand on the quarter.

The number claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell 4.2 thousand in August to 852.9 thousand. It is down 100 thousand over the year. Separate figures published by DWP in August show that in the year to February 2007 the number on incapacity benefits fell by 43 thousand to 2.66 million and the number on lone parent benefits fell by 6 thousand to 771 thousand.

David Hanson said:

“I am delighted with yet another set of very strong labour figures, with record numbers in work. Here in Delyn, unemployment has been reduced by 40% since 1997. Across the country, numbers on all main out of work benefits fall in total by around a million.

“The Government is determined to reach full employment and earlier this week the Prime Minister announced measures to fast track more lone parents into jobs that are vacant, and confirmed plans to help 250,000 people into jobs through the Local Employment Partnerships. These measures will help those that are hardest to reach make the move off benefits and into work.”

“I want to see Flintshire’s economy continue to develop, allowing even more people to take advantage of the job opportunities available”