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
Delyn MP David Hanson hails Government’s commitment to greater prosperity and fairness in Delyn.
David Hanson MP has welcomed the tax and public spending and tax plans set out by Alistair Darling, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
David Hanson said:
“This Government understands the aspirations of the people of Delyn and these changes will make a real difference to the lives of local families and pensioners.”
“We pay taxes to pay for public services and it’s important that people feel that the tax system is fair. That’s why it’s right that everybody who benefits from living in Britain, including wealthy business people, pay their fair share.
“At the same time, we need to do more to help less well off families in Delyn The Government’s commitment to raise Child Tax Credits well above inflation next April will give them a more secure future. The commitment to raising the Pension Credit minimum guarantee to £124 for single pensioners and £189 for pensioner couples from next April will help them too.
“Many people in Delyn also have been worried that rising house prices mean they won’t be able to pass on what they had hoped to their children. The Government’s bold plans to change the way Inheritance Tax works means a couple will now be able to leave twice as much to their children before they pay tax – that’s £600,000 – and from April 2009 it will go up to £700,000. This will help bring peace of mind to many home-owners.
“The Government can set out ambitious plans only because of the strong economy over the past ten years, with firm control over inflation and growing job opportunities.”
Delyn MP David Hanson will this Friday present a number of new ‘Endeavour Awards’ to ex-offenders who have successfully turned their lives around. The participants receiving the awards will be the first on the mainland UK to achieve‘Endeavour Awards’ and are all from the North East Wales area.
The Endeavour Award is a non-competitive qualification based on the long-established Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, bridging the gap for those aged over 25 to participate in such activities. It involves four sections – Skills, Service to the community, Physical recreation and Expedition and requires a sustained commitment of six months of activity.
The Endeavour Award has been developed and made available by Community Justice Interventions Wales (CJIW), an organisation with a long history of effective partnership working with probation areas and YOTS in Wales. Organisation like CJIW exemplify the successful approach that tackling re-offending is not solely an issue for statutory agencies alone, but an opportunity for the wider community to become involved in the development and evolution of innovative measures to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
The event represents the success of Government initiatives such as the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) to enable opportunities for people who have drifted into substance-misuse and offending to find a route to resettlement in mainstream society, in this case through engagement with educational, voluntary and recreational activities.
Represented at the event there will be more than 20 voluntary organisations that form part of the wider partnership working with probation and DIP to prevent re-offending.
David Hanson said:
“I fully endorse this scheme and want to praise those that have worked so hard to make it a success. I also want to pay tribute to the ex-offenders that have made the most of this opportunity, engaged with programme and have turned their lives around.
“It is important that we tackle the issue of reoffending. Through these types of schemes not only can we help to rehabilitate offenders, but through community service schemes, we can ensure that something is given back to the community.
“I look forward to presenting these new certificates on Friday where I will be reiterating my support for this initiative.”
Delyn MP David Hanson has presented computer equipment to a number of local schools at Tesco’s Mold branch.
The presentation is part of the Tesco Computers for Schools programme which is now in its fifteenth year of being run. This year there were student and teacher representatives from, Mynydd Isa Infant School, Derwenfa CP School, Leeswood Primary School and Ysgol Bryn Gwalia County Primary School.
David Hanson said:
“I very much welcome any initiative which helps to give children the computers and the equipment they need to get the best out of their education.
“I want to praise Tesco for organising and being committed to this scheme and thank the children, teachers and governors for continuing to collect the tokens.”