23 JAN 2017

MP WELCOMES STEM INVESTMENT IN GOSPORT SCHOOLS

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage has welcomed an announcement of sponsorship for iSTEM+ activities across the full age and ability range of pupils within the Gosport & Fareham Multi Academy Trust.

The Foundation sponsorship will support a ground-breaking initiative in Gosport schools in 2017 through which every Key Stage 2 student at Gomer Junior School, and every Year 7 student at Bay House School, will make use of micro:bits. These are pocket-sized codeable computers, designed to facilitate computer and tech education. The open-ended STEM explorations the pupils engage in will be designed and supported by older students and assisted by external experts. The Foundation believes that this model of collaborative development is one which could be followed by schools throughout the UK.

The iSTEM+ approach is an initiative to enable schools to respond to UK employers' needs by equipping learners with STEM, digital and employability skills. It has been developed by a team from the Cambridge Centre for Innovation in Technological Education led by Professor Adrian Oldknow. The first iSTEM+ local cluster was established in a group of schools, academies and colleges in the Gosport constituency in May 2015. The lead schools are Bay House School and 6th Form and Gomer Junior School. These schools are two of the founding schools of the new Gosport & Fareham Multi Academy Trust which opens this year.

Gomer Junior School, one of the schools in the Gosport & Fareham Multi Academy Trust, has developed its own 'gSTEM' Key Stage 2 version of the iSTEM+ approach. School leaders will be showcasing this model at the UK's leading tech education roadshow, BETT 2017, on 25th January at 17.10 in the STEAM village.

Commenting on the announcement, Caroline said:

"It is vital that we equip our young people with STEM skills. This boosts aspiration and broadens horizons for pupils leaving school, as well as responding to the tech skills-gap in our economy. I am proud to have schools innovating on the STEM agenda in my constituency. This support from the Micro:bit education foundation will help Gosport schools continue to inspire their pupils through an exciting STEM curriculum."


19 JAN 2017

NEWGATE LANE SOUTH REFUSE COLLECTIONS

A constituent recently raised with me the issue of refuse collections taking place along Newgate Lane South at around 7:30am causing more problems during rush hour.

I raised this issue with Cllr Sean Woodward, who has now advised me that in the long-term, Fareham Borough Council will be making fundamental changes to the scheduling of this round however it will require considerable planning and communications with residents to change their bin collection rota's and therefore will not be a quick fix.

However, in the interim, the early collections will be shared between crew which should enable the refuse collectors to be clear of Newgate Lane South by 7am at the latest. Fareham Borough Council are looking to implement this in the next week or so and will then carry out an internal review into whether or not this is helping to ease the situation.


18 JAN 2017

CAROLINE WELCOMES LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT IN OVER 10 YEARS

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the news that unemployment across the UK remains at the lowest rate for over a decade – down nearly 900,000 since 2010 – according to the latest labour market figures, with 329 000 more people back in work across the South East since 2010.

In Gosport, the number of people claiming the key out of work benefits has fallen by 857 since 2010, representing a 60 per cent drop.

Today's figures also showed that the employment rate amongst women is at record levels, there are over 500,000 more disabled people in work over the past three years and the number of young people unemployed is now at the lowest level in over 12 years.

Local MP Caroline Dinenage said:

"We start the New Year with another encouraging set of figures, which show the strength of our economy as we step up to the challenges of 2017. Long-term unemployment is the lowest it's been since 2008, more women are working than ever before and youth unemployment is down by 360,000 since 2010. This is great news for families, as well as for the economy generally.

"Economic regeneration is an absolute priority for the Gosport area and it's fabulous to see that more and more people are entering paid employment."


17 JAN 2017

A GLOBAL BRITAIN

The referendum vote last June, in which 64% of people in Gosport voted to leave, was a vote for change and I am pleased that the Prime Minister has confirmed that this decision will be honoured in full. Theresa May outlined 12 negotiating objectives for Brexit, which amount to one big goal: a new, positive and constructive partnership between Britain and the European Union.

1. Certainty: whenever the Government can, it will provide it. It will also put the final deal that is agreed between the UK and EU to a vote in both Houses of Parliament.

2. Control of our own laws: bringing an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain.

3. Strengthen the Union: as powers are repatriated back to Britain, the right powers are returned to Westminster and the right powers are passed to the devolved administrations. No new barriers to living and doing business within our Union should be created.

4. Maintain the Common Travel Area with Ireland, while protecting the integrity of the United Kingdom's immigration system.

5. Control of immigration: continue to attract the brightest and the best to work or study in Britain but there must be control.

6. Rights for EU nationals in Britain, and British nationals in the EU: the Government has told other EU leaders that we can offer EU nationals here this certainty, as long as this is reciprocated for British citizens in EU countries.

7. Protect workers' rights as we translate the body of European law into domestic regulations.

8. Free trade with European markets: the Government will pursue a bold and ambitious Free Trade Agreement with the EU, allowing for the freest possible trade in goods and services. But this cannot mean membership of the EU's Single Market. That would mean complying with European Court of Justice rulings, free movement and other EU rules and regulations without having a vote on what those rules and regulations are.

9. New trade agreements with other countries: through the Common Commercial Policy and the Common External Tariff, full Customs Union membership prevents us from doing this – but the Government wants a customs agreement with the EU and has an open mind on how this is achieved.

10. The best place for science and innovation: continued collaboration with European partners on major science, research and technology initiatives.

11. Co-operation in the fight against crime and terrorism.

12. A smooth, orderly Brexit: an agreement about our future partnership by the time the two year Article 50 process has concluded. From that point onwards, a phased process of implementation will avoid a disruptive cliff-edge.

While Britain wants to remain a good friend and neighbour to Europe, the Government is clear that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain.

I welcome this clear and detailed plan, which gives us certainty as we move forward to forge a new place for ourselves in the world. You can read the Prime Minister's speech in full, here.


13 JAN 2017

CAROLINE WELCOMES FUNDS TO FIX POTHOLES

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed news that road-users in Hampshire will benefit from a dedicated £2,123,000 pothole fund.

This cash is part of a £1.2 billion fund for local road that the Government is allocating to councils to repair and rebuild transport links across the country.

This funding will improve roads, cut congestion and improve journey times includes money from the new National Productivity Investment Fund, announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement and the Pothole Action Fund. It also includes £75 million which councils can bid for to repair and maintain local infrastructure such as bridges, street lighting and rural roads.

Local motorists will benefit from the dedicated funding after the Government announced that nearly £50 million of funding will be made available to local councils over the next 12 months. This is part of a wider package totalling £11,689,000 across the South East.

Caroline commented:

"The state of our roads is consistently raised with me by local residents and remains a great source of frustration for drivers. I was pleased that last year the Pothole Action Fund targeted key local roads including the A32 from Fareham to Gosport Town Centre.

"This funding, which builds on the £1,488,000 Hampshire got last year, shows the Government delivering on its commitment to invest in infrastructure to attract businesses and secure a better future for local businesses."


09 JAN 2017

MP WELCOMES NEWS OF GOSPORT DAY SERVICES

Local MP Caroline Dinenage today welcomed the news that Gosport Day Services is to remain fully open.

Caroline had received numerous correspondence from service users expressing their concerns with proposals to move Gosport Day Services into the Gosport Discovery Centre as part of Hampshire County Council's plans for a new Community Hub. Due to this, Caroline made representations to Hampshire County Council regarding the issues raised.

Hampshire County Council have recently informed both Caroline and service users that Gosport Day Services is to remain open fully with the potential for further access to the Gosport Community Hub space for some activities based in the local community.

Commenting Caroline said:

"I am pleased to hear that Hampshire County Council have taken on board the feedback they received regarding this proposal and have decided to keep Gosport Day Services open.

This service is vital for so many in the Gosport Constituency and I am encouraged that service users can continue to use this wonderful facility."


22 DEC 2016

MP PROMOTES INTERNS PROGRAMME

Local MP Caroline Dinenage is encouraging people to apply for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Centenary Interns programme.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is seeking applications from the brightest and the best young people aged 18+ to join a new CWGC Centenary Interns programme in 2017.

The CWGC Centenary Interns will join the Commission for four months, based in France and Belgium, to welcome visitors to some of the CWGC's most well-known sites. These will include the CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery near Ieper (Ypres), which will be the focus of the UK Government commemorations of the Centenary of Passchendaele: Third Battle of Ypres in July 2017.

The CWGC Centenary Interns will welcome visitors to, and guide them around, CWGC cemeteries and memorials. They will also undertake research and help offer context and a clearer understanding of both the CWGC and the First World War, from the perspective of people the same age as many of the war dead.

UK Government funding for the new programme was announced by former Chancellor George Osborne on the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme in July 2016, and it will launch early in the New Year. Over the next two years the CWGC expects to bring more than 40 interns to the Western Front, funded by a £600,000 LIBOR grant.

CWGC Director General Mrs Victoria Wallace, said

"This is a fantastic opportunity for young people interested in the First World War to help others gain a real insight into the workings of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which has done such wonderful work in commemorating the fallen of the two World Wars for 100 years. The CWGC Centenary Interns will be able to welcome and help visitors, and share with them the stories of so many of those we commemorate. It is a chance to be right at the heart of the UK and Commonwealth commemorations in France and Belgium in 2017 and 2018. Please tell any enthusiastic young people you know to consider this great role, playing a part in marking such historic anniversaries."

Caroline added

"These internships are an exciting, high quality opportunity as well as an appropriate and enduring way to remember and reflect on the First World War.

The successful applicants will get a fantastic chance to be right at the centre of the commemorations and it will have an incredible impact on the way they look at life."

Those wishing to apply can find full details on the CWGC Blog at blog.cwgc.org/interns2017 or register their interest via interns@cwgc.org.


20 DEC 2016

CAROLINE AND MINISTER WELCOME GOSPORT APPRENTICES TO PARLIAMENT



Last night, local MP Caroline Dinenage welcomed Gosport apprentices and their employers to a parliamentary reception to thank them for their contributions to her local Get In Go Far campaign.

Since 2010 there have been over 11,000 apprenticeship starts in the Gosport constituency. The national average is only 4,900, meaning that Gosport has the third highest number of apprenticeship starts in the country. But Caroline launched her Get In Go Far campaign in the summer because she felt more could be done to raise the profile of apprenticeships in our local area and highlight the wealth of opportunities on offer.

Each week, local apprentices contributed a short biography, which Caroline published on her website. The fantastic submissions showcased everything from mechanical engineering and defence munitions apprenticeships to automotive journalism, tax collection, child and nursing care and microbiological laboratory.

The group enjoyed refreshments in historic surroundings and had the opportunity to take a tour of the Houses of Parliament and watch proceedings in the Commons and Lords from the public galleries. They were joined by the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Rob Halfon MP, who praised the diversity of apprenticeship opportunities on offer in Gosport.

Commenting, Caroline said:

"I am always excited to welcome people from the Gosport constituency up to Parliament and this evening is no exception. It is a delight to host these fantastic apprentices and their employers and congratulate them for the work they do. Apprenticeships offer such amazing opportunities to learn the specialist skills needed to forge a rewarding career in a specific sector."

Speaking at the event, the Minister said:

"We need apprenticeships in our country to give young people that ladder of opportunity and improve the skills of our nation. It is brilliant to see so many employers and apprentices here tonight, including apprenticeship coordinators from Gosport's local Sixth-Form College – a fantastic model that could be replicated across the country. There is such a fantastic array of professions here tonight – I never knew Gosport was such an amazing place!"

You can read the full range of apprentices' stories on Caroline's website, here.


15 DEC 2016

MP WELCOMES JOINT-LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES IN OVER 10 YEARS

Local MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the news that unemployment across the UK remains at the joint lowest rate for over a decade – down nearly 900,000 since 2010 – according to the latest set of labour market figures out today, with 331,000 more people back in work in the South East since 2010.

In Gosport the number of people claiming the key out of work benefits has fallen by 779 – a 56% per cent drop – since 2010.

As well as unemployment continuing to run at a 10-year low, the number of women in work is at a record high of almost 15 million and youth unemployment is down 352,000 since 2010. There are 31.8 million people in work, up by 2.7 million since 2010 – that's well over 1,000 jobs created on average every day – and average wages excluding bonuses grew by 2.6 per cent over the last year.

Caroline said:

'Building an economy that works for everyone means making sure everyone can have the security of a regular income so they can provide for themselves and their family.

'Today's figures are good news for families in Gosport and across the UK. Unemployment continues to run at its joint lowest rate for over a decade, there are over 330,000 more people back in work in the South East since 2010, and the number of people in Gosport relying on the key out of work benefits has fallen by over 750 – an incredible 56% drop.

'But there is more to do to help people of all backgrounds and abilities into work, which is why we will continue with our important reforms to welfare that are ensuring it always pays to be in work.

'It's because of the measures we have taken to put our economy in a position of strength that we can build a country that works for everyone – with more people sharing in our country's prosperity.'


14 DEC 2016

MP SEEKS BEST LOCAL KEBAB

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is calling for local people to get nominating in the British Kebab Awards.

The British Kebab Awards were launched in 2013 and are the first and only of their kind, the annual event celebrates the contribution of the UK's kebab businesses to the British economy and the achievements of the hard-working people of the UK's almost 50 year old industry.

The British kebab industry is constantly growing and contributes more than £2.2 billion to Britain's economy every year. The British Kebab Awards aim to celebrate the best of the industry and improve the public image of the kebab. The awards are sponsored by the UK's largest takeaway website JUST EAT.

With nominations now open, this is a chance for local people to have a say on which restaurant they think deserves a prestigious British Kebab Award.

Caroline said:

"The contribution that the British kebab industry makes both economically and culturally is worth celebrating, so this is the perfect time to show how much you appreciate your favourite kebab shop by nominating them for the British Kebab Awards."

Nominations are now open via www.britishkebabawards.co.uk.


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