05 DEC 2016


Local MP Caroline Dinenage is supporting Local Charites Day on Friday 16 December.

This year, the Office for Civil Society provided £250,000 in match funding to boost Localgiving's 'Grow Your Tenner' and will support the #GiveMe5 campaign which will run on Local Charities Day. This brings the total match funding available for local charities participating in the campaigns to £350,000.

Grow Your Tenner matched one time donations from the public by up to £10 and monthly direct debits by up to £10 for the first three months. #GiveMe5 will give people another opportunity to get involved and support charities in their area by matching 1,000 £5 donations made on Local Charities Day.

Caroline said:

"Local charities are so important to our community and they touch the lives of so many people. The work they do is incredible and Local Charites Day is a great way to put these fantastic organisations in the spotlight and help them to raise a bit of money!"

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:

"On Local Charities Day, I want us all to shout from the rooftops about small, local charities: their energy, commitment, expertise and the benefits they bring to their communities. We have already done a huge amount of work for small and local charities, reducing regulation and introducing a Bill to parliament which will make Gift Aid even more flexible and generous.

There is more to do, and Local Charities Day and campaigns like Grow Your Tenner give us a chance to ensure that these responsive, locally engaged and committed organisations get the recognition they deserve, helping us build a Britain that works for everyone. I would encourage as many people as possible to donate to a local cause through the 'Grow Your Tenner' campaign, helping us build a compassionate Britain that works for everyone."

For more information please visit https://localgiving.org/what-we-do/campaigns/giveme5/.

02 DEC 2016


Local MP Caroline Dinenage will be supporting 'Small Business Saturday' this weekend and she urges shoppers to support local independent retailers.

'Small Business Saturday' is an initiative encouraging everyone in the UK to shop small, both on the day and beyond. It is the fourth year that the campaign, which originated in the USA, has been run in the UK. The initiative is being led by American Express in collaboration with British businesses, organisations and local authorities, and is fully supported by the Government.

In 2015, shoppers spent £623m with small businesses on Small Business Saturday, an increase of £119m or 24% on 2014. #SmallBizSatUK trended at number 1 all day on Small Business Saturday with over 100,000 tweets sent in support of the day, reaching more than 25 million people and over 75% of local councils actively supported the campaign, delivering on the ground activities including free parking, Christmas fairs and small business networking events plus much more.

Speaking ahead of the event, Caroline said:

"Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and have the power to drive us ahead in the global race. Alongside government support, small businesses are dependent on British consumers. That is why I am proud to be backing 'Small Business Saturday' which will get people in through the doors of our local independent retailers.

This is a great opportunity for Christmas Shopping in some of the fantastic independent retailers in Gosport, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hill Head and Stubbington and don't forget that by shopping small and supporting small business you are also supporting our local community and economy!"

Having run a small business for over 20 years, promoting the value of small businesses has always been a key priority for Caroline. She is an active member of the BIS Select Committee and was recently appointed Small Business Ambassador for the south by the Prime Minister.

For more information please visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.

01 DEC 2016










Caroline Dinenage MP yesterday met the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, and the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon to discuss a range of issues affecting the Gosport constituency and her fight against the planned disposal of HMS Sultan.

The meetings follow announcements that three Government sites in Gosport will be disposed of in coming years: Fort Blockhouse, HMS Sultan and the Haslar Immigration Removal Centre (IRC).

Caroline raised her concerns with the Chancellor about the cumulative impact of these disposals on Gosport's economic base. She made clear her position that to lose the excellent training establishment at Sultan would be to the detriment of Gosport, the Royal Navy and the country as a whole.

In the wake of the Autumn Statement, in which the Chancellor announced a new Productivity Investment Fund worth £23 billion, earmarked for high value-generating infrastructure and research, Caroline made the case for greater investment in the Solent region. She emphasised how poor infrastructure undermines our region's growth making our area 4% less productive than the South East region and called for Government support to correct this deficit.

At the meeting with the Defence Secretary, Caroline honed in on the MOD's decision to close HMS Sultan and Fort Blockhouse. She made a strong case against the proposed plans regarding HMS Sultan, pointing out that the decision is not in the best interests of the Gosport community, the Royal Navy or the MOD themselves and sought further detail on the level of research that had taken place to reach this conclusion. Caroline also questioned what measures the Department will be taking to ensure a viable future for the sites listed for disposal, which is essential not just for the local community but for military capabilities and the taxpayer. She stressed that the MOD's record in this area is not strong in Gosport, citing the examples of the low-value sale of Haslar and that RNAS Daedalus still remains under public ownership.

Speaking after the appointments, Caroline said:

"In the wake of a number of difficult announcements concerning the Gosport constituency in recent months, I have today made representations at the highest levels regarding HMS Sultan. The MOD owns roughly 21% of the land in the Gosport constituency. While a great deal of this could better serve our area by being released to commercial developers, who would help create jobs and deliver growth, I believe it would be to the massive detriment to Gosport and the Royal Navy to entirely lose the excellent engineering training at Sultan.

"I welcomed the Government's focus on boosting productivity in the Autumn Statement last week. Today I made clear to the Chancellor that there is massive potential for the Solent region to attract international investment and generate growth but we are currently lagging behind the rest of the South East region in terms of productivity and connectivity, so extra Government support in the coming years would be most welcome."

Alongside the meetings Caroline has created a taskforce to strategise a way forward for HMS Sultan, Fort Blockhouse and the former Haslar IRC. She hopes that yesterday's high level deputations will help secure Government support for the group's ambitions to see a vibrant, productive future for the Gosport constituency and Solent region more generally.

30 NOV 2016


Local MP Caroline Dinenage is supporting GREAT.gov.uk, a website set up by the government to make it quicker, more cost effective and easier for UK businesses to export and find investors.

Research has found that many businesses have the potential to export but don't, whereas others may already be selling abroad but could significantly increase their exports with the right support and encouragement.

Both the Government and private sector have a range of services available to help new and existing exporters, these have been brought together in a single website that acts as a one stop digital destination for trade and investment, bringing together UK businesses, international buyers, international investors and online marketplaces. It will give access to millions of pounds' worth of potential overseas business, as well as signpost to first class information, preferential deals with e-commerce sites and great support services to help businesses win lucrative contracts

Speaking about the website, Caroline said:

"I'm passionate about helping small and medium sized businesses grow because it benefits our local economy. Research has shown again and again that exporters are more productive, adaptable and resilient. Exporters achieve a stronger bottom line and are more likely to stay in business. However - while there are over 2.5 million registered UK businesses - only 11% of them export.

Too often, businesses are unsure of how to get started exporting or take the next step onto the global marketplace. GREAT.gov.uk matches supply and demand, puts power in the hands of businesses to start exporting or attract investors, and makes doing business abroad as attractive as it is to do business at home."

For more information please visit www.GREAT.gov.uk.

29 NOV 2016


Local MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the news that Coastal Forces Heritage Trust's will receive a £925,000 cash injection from the fines levied on banks for manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) financial benchmark.

Coastal Forces Heritage Trust is a small charity with the mission of preserving the history of the Royal Navy's Coastal Forces. Coastal forces volunteers made an immensely important, but often forgotten, contribution in WW2. The small sea craft they operated went into enemy waters at night, achieving remarkable success totally disproportionate to the numbers and size of the vessels.

They are seeking to establish a permanent exhibition at Explosion! Museum in Gosport to commemorate the achievements of Coastal Forces personnel. The proposed museum will fulfil three significant functions: firstly, commemorating the memory of those brave citizen sailors of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve and "Hostilities Only" ratings who rallied in great numbers to the defence of the nation in WWII; secondly, informing and educating young people about their achievements; and thirdly, providing local employment and investment within a challenging part of Hampshire.

Following the news Caroline said

"I am delighted to hear that the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust have received LIBOR funds for this fantastic proposal.

It's absolutely right that fines paid by bankers who helped create the financial crisis are being used support the armed forces community. Our brave service personnel have sacrificed so much for our country and the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust is a way of ensuring we never forget their achievements."

For more information about the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust please visit www.coastal-forces.org.uk.

28 NOV 2016


Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, is today urging local people to get their flu jab and find out more about how they can stay well this winter.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign, run by Public Health England and NHS England, aims to raise awareness of the vulnerability of the elderly and those with long-term health conditions at winter among family, friends and carers.

People suffering from a long term health condition, those aged 65 or over and pregnant women are entitled to receive the free flu vaccine free of charge.

The campaign encourages people to seek immediate advice from a pharmacist at the first sign of winter illnesses - before it gets too serious, heating homes to at least 18°C (65°F) and keeping an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours.

Caroline said:

"It is so important that if you are a pensioner, suffer from a long term condition, or have children between 2 and 7 that you find out about how to stay well this winter.

If you have older relatives or elderly neighbours please check that they have had a flu jab and keep a closer eye out for them over the winter months."

For further information about how you and your family can stay well this winter, please visit www.nhs.uk/staywell.

25 NOV 2016


In recent weeks, I have received significant levels of correspondence with regards to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is one of 44 areas across England that are developing detailed local transformation and sustainability plans (STPs) to find ways of meeting the opportunities and challenges facing the local health and care system. This has focused on both the need to empower people to stay well and also on how to provide safe, high quality, consistent and affordable health and care to everyone.

The plan does not replace or slow down local transformation programmes. Instead, organisations have come together to do the things that can only be achieved by working in partnership. This includes describing the implementation of a number of critical national programmes, including the Five Year Forward View for mental health and for general practice

The full STP Delivery Plan and a summary are now available on Fareham & Gosport CCG's website, here. This includes details on how you can get involved.

23 NOV 2016


The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, today delivered his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons. Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed the prioritisation of investment to improve productivity and ultimately living standards.

Highlighting the role infrastructure investment plays for transforming growth potential and people's daily lives, the Chancellor announced £1.1 billion investment in local transport networks, including £220 million to address pinch points on strategic roads. The Chancellor also announced a new National Productivity Investment Fund worth £23 billion, earmarked for high value-generating infrastructure and research.

£683 million to Local Enterprise Partnerships in the South West, South East and London was announced, with individual allocations to be announced shortly.

In other highlights, a further £102 million of LIBOR bank funds will be made available for Armed Forces and Emergency Services Charities. To help working families, the Chancellor has cancelled the fuel duty rise, saving families £130 per year. The personal tax-free allowance will rise to £12,500 in April 2017, when tax-free childcare will also be introduced. The National Living Wage will be increased from £7.20 to £7.50 per hour, worth an additional £500 per year for full time workers.

To support enterprise, Corporation Tax will fall to 17% next April. The Government will implement the business rates reduction package worth £6.7 billion.

Commenting, Caroline said:

"Productivity in Britain is too low, so I am delighted that this Autumn Statement prioritises investment to transform growth potential and support businesses. In particular, I am pleased it prioritises investment in transport infrastructure, which is so essential for unlocking economic potential and improving people's daily lives. This is a big issue in our local area and I earnestly await news as to whether the Stubbington Bypass and BRT project will be funded.

"In addition, the measures to support ordinary working families and improve living standards are very welcome. The fact that this Government is able to raise the National Living Wage, increase the personal tax-free allowance and deliver on its manifesto commitment to provide tax-free childcare despite fiscal pressures proves this Government's competence and commitment to social justice."

23 NOV 2016


As readers may know, I have launched a taskforce to address the implications of recent Government announcements concerning the Gosport constituency. Namely, the disposal of HMS Sultan, Fort Blockhouse and the former Haslar Immigration Removal Centre.

On Friday 18 November, I hosted the first taskforce meeting. Representatives from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, Gosport Borough Council and Portsmouth City Council were all in attendance. The private marine sector was also represented, along with the Higher Education sector. This group of experts have practical experience and in-depth understanding of local governance and planning, the Ministry of Defence and utilisation of public land. This knowledge base is so essential for strategizing a smart path forward.

The group will be assisting me in developing a detailed analysis of the implications of the site disposals for the Gosport community and economy. This will enable me to effectively make the case for investment in Gosport, with evidence-based arguments.

I have already raised my concerns at a meeting with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Looking forward, I have meetings arranged with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Defence Secretary in the coming weeks to raise my concerns about these announcements.

22 NOV 2016


Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, and Young disabled volunteers marked the expansion of a volunteering programme for young disabled people.

Leonard Cheshire Disability's 'Can Do' scheme offers exciting opportunities for 10 to 35‑year-old disabled people to volunteer in their community. Over 6,000 young disabled people have volunteered through 'Can Do' since Leonard Cheshire established it in 2008.

With the programme now serving 18 regions across the UK, the charity hosted a reception in Parliament for volunteers and politicians who believe 'We Can Do'. Caroline met some of the 1,000 disabled people to have this year developed skills and gained confidence through Can Do workshops, community projects and mentoring.

Caroline said:

"I was delighted to meet two really inspiring young people from our local area, Carrieanne from Portsmouth and Connor from Gosport. It was great to hear about the skills they'd learnt on the scheme and how it has made a real difference to them. Not only does it allow hundreds of young disabled people the opportunity to gain skills, meet new people and have fun, but their work makes a real difference to their local communities.

I hope many more will get in touch with Leonard Cheshire to volunteer."

Felix Labwo, a 26-year-old Can Doer with Asperger's Syndrome was one of the VIP speakers on a night that featured poetry and a film screening. He said:

"I would recommend Can Do to anyone looking to develop themselves or wanting to make a contribution to their community. Can Do helped my communication skills, and gave me drive and motivation."

Speaking to MPs at the event, Leonard Cheshire Chief Executive Neil Heslop said:

"I am delighted so many people have joined us in celebrating the many ways we all 'Can Do' together."

This winter, the homeless and refugees will be among those to benefit from projects delivered by Can Doers.

For more information please visit www.leonardcheshire.org.

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