19 APR 2018

CAROLINE HELPS LOCAL RESIDENTS TO BE 'SCAM SMART'

"The cost of fraud carried out directly against individuals is now £9.7billion per year." Caroline Dinenage MP.

Caroline Dinenage MP, is hosting the Gosport constituency's first ever Scam Smart event to help members of the public to protect themselves from fraud.

The free event takes place at Thorngate Halls in Gosport from 1.30- 4pm on Friday 8 June and will feature useful help and advice from a number of different local and national organisations including Gosport Citizens Advice, Trading Standards and Hampshire Constabulary.

Speaking ahead of the event, Caroline said:

"I'm extremely concerned that there are an estimated 3.25 million victims of scams in this country, who lose around £9.7bn per year. This crime usually happens within the safely of the victims' own home, with fraudsters using more and more devious and ingenious tactics, causing not only financial hardship but also immense distress.

My Scam Smart event, which is open to all local residents seeks to give people the information and tools they need to help them spot a scam and protect themselves from these crimes."

Valerie Kelly, Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Gosport said:

"We are pleased to be able to support this event by raising awareness of the scams affecting our local community. These are becoming ever more sophisticated and a risk to the unwary. This event will highlight the tactics used to persuade people to part with their savings and hopefully prevent residents from becoming victims of this type of crime."

The event is free but booking is required via natasha.hook@parliament.uk or 02392 583127.


11 APR 2018

CAROLINE UNITES FOR PARKINSON’S

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has pledged to help improve the lives of people with Parkinson's on World Parkinson's Day (Wednesday 11 April).

Caroline's office has signed up to take part in the Parkinson's in the Workplace training from Parkinson's UK. The training aims to raise awareness of the challenges people with Parkinson's face.

The push for greater awareness is part of the charity's activity to encourage people to Unite for Parkinson's on World Parkinson's Day, as a survey found that 32 per cent of people with Parkinson's have been stared at in public and 11 per cent have been laughed at. In addition, 32 per cent of people do not feel that their symptoms are socially acceptable.

Parkinson's affects 145,000 people in the UK, which is one in 350 people in Gosport. With numbers of people affected expected to increase by a fifth by 2025, the charity is aiming to change attitudes about Parkinson's to make life better for everyone living with the condition.

Through the training, Caroline's office will learn more about the progressive neurological condition, the complex symptoms people face, as well as how to recognise and best support constituents with Parkinson's.

Caroline Dinenage MP said:

"It is shocking that people with Parkinson's face so many barriers, including being mistaken for being drunk, when out in public.

My office staff and I want to take the training so that we are all better equipped to improve the lives of everyone affected by the condition in Gosport and better understand the issues faced by those who come to my advice surgery."

Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson's UK, said:

"We are thrilled that Caroline and their team have signed up to our Parkinson's in the Workplace training.

Lack of public understanding can make simple things like getting the bus, going to work, or even heading out to the pub with friends daunting for people with Parkinson's.

That's why one small action like signing up to learn more about the condition can have a big impact on people with Parkinson's. We look forward to seeing the difference Caroline's support can make for their constituents in Gosport."


10 APR 2018

MP’S CHARITY NATIONAL BET!

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, visited the local Ladbrokes shop in Stoke Road to place a £25 charity bet ahead of the Grand National.

The Grand National is the world's most famous steeplechase and is watched by an estimated 600 million people across 140 countries and it is estimated that around half the entire UK adult population place a bet on the race.

Caroline said:

"The Grand National is one of those great sporting moments when the whole nation comes together.

I was delighted to visit my local shop to meet the staff and customers.

I was very happy to take Ladbrokes Coral up on their generous offer of a free £25 bet - I've put it each way on Blaklion - so I'll be keeping my fingers crossed on race day as any winnings will go to support local good causes."

Grainne Hurst, Director of Corporate and Industry Affairs stated:

"I would like to thank Caroline for taking the time to visit us ahead of the Grand National.

The Grand National is one of the busiest times of the year in our shops where lots of people go to have a small flutter and enjoy the racing. The Grand National is a great sporting occasion which we all enjoy."

The Grand National takes place on Sat 14th April 2018 at 5.15pm.


28 MAR 2018

PLASTIC BOTTLE DEPOSIT SCHEME WILL HELP STEM PLASTIC TIDE SAYS MP

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today welcomed an announcement by the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, that the Government will introduce a plastic bottle deposit scheme.

Similar schemes are in operation across Europe, with the most successful schemes in Norway and Germany, who recycle 97% of their plastic bottles.Ministers have been considering how a similar scheme would operate in the UK since the Autumn.

Currently 3 billion plastic bottles are incinerated, sent to landfill or end up as litter.

Commenting, Caroline said:

“This is great news for the environment and our marine habitats. The UK has lagged behind other countries in this regard for too long and I am pleased the Government is committed to tackling this issue. We have already seen effective action on microbeads and 9 billion fewer plastic bags thanks to the 5p charge so this is the logical next step.

As my challenge to #GiveUpPlasticsForLent comes to a close, there are lots of small lifestyle changes I am going to keep up and I’m delighted to see further action on plastic pollution.”


28 MAR 2018

CAPITAL IDEA! MP WELCOMES MILLIONS IN CAPITAL FOR LOCAL HEALTHCARE SERVICES

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today welcomed news that the Government is investing millions of pounds in our local hospitals and mental health services.

Today the Government has announced over £17.3 million of investment in Southampton and Portsmouth Hospitals to deliver improvements to theatres and maternity care.

An additional £3 million to fund 20 additional adolescent beds for Tier 4 CAHMS services.

Commenting on the news Caroline said:

“This is yet more good news for the NHS as we approach its 70th birthday.

Over the last week we have seen additional training places for doctors and midwives, with the lowest paid staff receiving pay-rises and now we are getting further investment in our local hospitals.

This really will make a difference to services locally and I particularly welcome the further investment in young people’s mental health services. This will help improve services and achieve parity of esteem between mental and physical health.

We are now seeing the benefits of the financial prudence we have all had to adopt over the last eight years, with our debt reduced and our economy growing we finally have more money to invest in our vital public services, like the NHS.”


26 MAR 2018

CAROLINE WELCOMES MIDWIFE TRAINING BOOST

"Expanding midwife training places by 25% is fantastic news for expectant Mums locally as well as across the Nation." Caroline Dinenage MP 

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today welcomed news that the Government will expand midwife training places over the coming years.

The Government has announced a 25% increase in the number of training places available over the next four years. It is anticipated the extra 3000 midwives will deliver continuity of care to help save the lives of 700 babies every year.

This comes just after a week where the Government announced a pay-rise for midwives of between 6-29%.

Commenting Caroline said: "I warmly welcome this fantastic announcement by the Secretary of State over the last weekend to deliver continuity of carer and drive continued improvement in our maternity services.

We all want the safest possible care especially throughout pregnancy and childbirth and this announcement will help us achieve that goal."


23 MAR 2018

CAROLINE BECOMES A GOSPORT TOURIST

Local MP Caroline Dinenage enjoyed a taste of life under the ocean in a visit to Gosport's award-winning Royal Navy Submarine Museum, in support of English Tourism Week.

The Submarine Museum is home to HMS Alliance, Britain's only remaining World War II submarine, and stands as a memorial to the 5,300 British submariners who have lost their lives serving this country. With over 100,000 visitors a year, the Submarine Museums joins tourism powerhouses Stonehenge and Bath's Roman Baths in the top five most-visited English sites outside of London.


A joint ticket is now offered for both the Submarine Museum and nearby Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower. This will strengthen the Gosport offer and ensure more visitors see both museums, spending more time in Gosport.

Caroline toured the Museum and the HMS Alliance followed by a tour of the Royal Navy's first submarine HMS Holland. Caroline then learnt more about their exciting plans over the next few months which includes the opening of a new permanent exhibition at the Museum, 'Silent and Secret' marking the 50th anniversary of HMS Resolution, the Royal Navy's first Polaris SSBN (Submersible Ship Ballistic Nuclear), commencing her first operational patrol. This new exhibition will focus on personal accounts and key objects at the Submarine Museum, which will explore the history of the British nuclear at sea deterrent.

Speaking after her visit, Caroline said:

"I really enjoyed my visit to the Submarine Museum, the chance to get a taste of what life must have been like on-board a real sub, HMS Alliance and learn more about the lives of those who served, is not only educational but also thought-provoking and would appeal to people of all ages, it's easy to see why it remains such a popular attraction!

We are so lucky to have a number of fantastic tourist attractions on our doorstep. The Gosport Constituency is home to the only Hovercraft and Diving museums in the country as well as a number of award-winning attractions such as the Explosion! Museum and 17th Century Village. Some of these locations have been used recently in TV programmes, such as Doctor Who and the new Transformers film, helping put Gosport firmly on the map!"

Tourism is one of England's largest and most successful industries, contributing £106 billion to the economy and supporting 2.6 million jobs. English Tourism Week is a week-long celebration of events showcasing the quality and vibrancy of the visitor experiences and the value our industry brings to our nation.


23 MAR 2018

CAROLINE WELCOMES SUCCESS OF 30 HOURS FREE CHILDCARE

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed new figures showing that 8,311 children are benefiting from the Government's 30 hours free childcare offer in Hampshire.

The offer saves working families around £5,000 per year per child and saw over 200,000 children benefit nationally in its first term. There are now nearly 300, 000 children in 30 hours places in England. It's backed by a record investment of £6 billion per year in childcare, which includes an extra £1 billion per year by 2020 to deliver the free entitlements.

High quality childcare not only helps children get the best start in life, but also supports many parents who want or need to work. Beneficiaries of the scheme have reported improved family finances as well as a better work-life balance.

Alongside introducing and increasing the National Living Wage, and raising the personal allowance, childcare support is one of a number of ways this Government is helping families with the cost of living.

Caroline was the Minister responsible for the implementation of 30 hours free childcare in her previous role as Early Years Minister at the Department for Education.

Commenting, Caroline said:

'For many parents, being able to afford good-quality childcare is essential to working and supporting their families. It's not just an issue, but the issue, and I know from speaking with families in Gosport what a difference 30 free hours is making. Reliable childcare gives parents peace of mind and makes day to day life that bit easier.

We want to help people with the cost of living. That's why this government is spending more money on childcare than ever before, helping parents to balance their home and working lives whilst ensuring more children get the best possible start in life.'


22 MAR 2018

CAROLINE BECOMES A GOSPORT TOURIST

Local MP Caroline Dinenage will visit Gosport's award-winning Royal Navy Submarine Museum on Friday, in support of English Tourism Week.

The Submarine Museum is home to HMS Alliance, Britain's only remaining World War II submarine, and stands as a memorial to the 5,300 British submariners who have lost their lives serving this country.

Seeing almost 100,000 visitors a year, the Submarine Museums joins tourism powerhouses Stonehenge and Bath's Roman Baths in the top five most-visited English sites outside of London. A joint ticket is now offered for both the Submarine Museum and nearby Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower. This will strengthen the Gosport offer and ensure more visitors see both museums, spending more time in Gosport.

This year sees the opening of a new permanent exhibition at the Museum, 'Silent and Secret' marking the 50th anniversary of HMS Resolution, the Royal Navy's first Polaris SSBN (Submersible Ship Ballistic Nuclear), commencing her first operational patrol. This new exhibition will focus on personal accounts and key objects at the Submarine Museum, which will explore the history of the British nuclear at sea deterrent.

Speaking ahead of her visit, Caroline said:

"We are so lucky that the Royal Navy Submarine Museum is just one of the fantastic tourist attractions on our doorstep. The Gosport Constituency is home to the only Hovercraft and Diving museums in the country as well as a number of award-winning attractions such as the Explosion! Museum and 17th Century Village. Some of these locations have been used recently in TV programmes, such as Doctor Who and the new Transformers film, helping put Gosport firmly on the map!"

Tourism is one of England's largest and most successful industries, contributing £106 billion to the economy and supporting 2.6 million jobs. English Tourism Week is a week-long celebration of events showcasing the quality and vibrancy of the visitor experiences and the value our industry brings to our nation.


21 MAR 2018

CAROLINE WELCOMES NHS PAY RISE

"I warmly welcome today's £4.2bn pay deal announcement by the Health Secretary for our fantastic NHS staff." Caroline Dinenage MP

The deal has been formally agreed by union leaders and ministers meaning that more than one million NHS Staff will be given a pay rise of between 6.5% and 29% over the next three years, with the lowest paid staff getting the biggest increase.

The agreement covers all staff on the Agenda for Change contract which is the entire workforce with the exception of doctors, dentists and senior leaders.

To boost the income of the lowest paid NHS Staff and help recruitment, the starting salary will increase by over £2,500 by 2021.

Personal development will be at the heart of pay progressions meaning more meaningful pay rises for those who hit milestones.

This deal is not just about better pay for hard working NHS staff – it is also about making the NHS a better employer. Shared parental leave rights will be extended to all staff, the NHS will commit to reducing sickness absence by improving staff health and wellbeing, and all staff will receive better skills and development training.

Today's announcement is only possible because of the balanced approach the Government is taking – investing in our public services like the NHS and helping families with the cost of living while at the same time getting our debt falling.

Commenting Caroline said:

"I pay tribute to the hardworking men and women in the NHS, who continue to deliver outstanding care in often difficult circumstances and I am pleased that a deal has been formally agreed for a well-deserved pay rise."


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