16 JAN 2019

MP'S PRESS MINISTER ON PORTSMOUTH PORT

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, alongside MP's from across South Hampshire met with Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, to discuss recent concerns surrounding Portsmouth Port in the event of a No-Deal Brexit.

Concerns were raised earlier this month, at a meeting of the Local Resilience Forum, regarding the impact a No-Deal Brexit could have on movements at the Port and congestion on surrounding roads.

The area's MPs met with the Minister to ensure that the Government were working to ensure major traffic congestion would not be caused on local roads following a No-Deal Brexit. They were assured that the Department of Transport have looked very carefully at this, that very few additional ferry movements to Portsmouth are projected and that ferry companies have reassured them that the proposed increases would be manageable.

Caroline commented:

"It was very useful to meet with Chris Grayling to ensure that the Department of Transport are taking our concerns seriously. I was pleased to be reassured that there are no plans to shut any roads and that predictions that the M3 might be affected are wholly inaccurate.

I have, however, asked the Secretary of State to double check their profiling to be absolutely certain, as Portsmouth Port is very small and the location means that traffic difficulties can easily occur."

The Secretary of State advised that he will be writing to the Local Resilience Forum in person to address and allay their concerns.


14 JAN 2019

CHANGES TO UNIVERSAL CREDIT FAIR FOR FAMILIES SAYS MP

"Universal Credit has supported many into work. The announcement shows the Government is committed to learning whilst this huge change is undertaken." Caroline Dinenage MP

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today welcomed news that the Government is scrapping the two child cap for Universal Credits benefiting thousands of families across the country.

Previously, existing claimants who had more than two children before April 2017 would not be supported under Universal Credit.

However, the Government has stepped in with £250 million to ensure that the most vulnerable people continue to receive the support they need.

Commenting Caroline said: "Universal Credit is a welcome change to the complex benefits system inherited from the previous Labour Government.

However it is right that as Universal Credit is rolled out that the policy is continually tweaked to ensure that it is fair. I commend the Government for this very sensible approach benefiting local families in Gosport."


11 JAN 2019

CAROLINE STAGES 'CYBER SAFETY' EVENT

"The online world is rapidly changing so being able to keep up to date with your children's use of technology can be a challenge." Caroline Dinenage

Caroline Dinenage MP, is hosting the first Cyber Safety event in the Gosport Constituency to help members of the public to be confident with digital parenting.

The free event takes place at Brune Park in Gosport from 6.30- 7.30pm on Thursday 7 February, as part of Internet Safety Day, and will feature useful help and advice from Hampshire Constabulary and Parent Zone.

Speaking ahead of the event, Caroline said:

"The online world is a fantastic place for young people to learn, create and express themselves, however it can also present serious risks to our children. And not all parents are as tech-savvy to the dangers as we would want to be!

My Cyber Safety Event will give mums, dad's and guardians the opportunity to learn how to protect their children online with guidance and advice from Parent Zone and Hampshire Police."

Ollie Barron, Family Support Worker at Parent Zone said:

"Our aim at Parent Zone is to help improve outcomes for children in a digital world so that they can make the most of the incredible opportunities that the internet offers.

In my sessions, I try to help parents feel more confident about their children's use of the internet. We provide them with simple, evidence-based strategies to help them raise resilient children - able to stay safer online and recover when things go wrong."

The event is free but booking is required via https://bit.ly/2Kizizi.


09 JAN 2019

CAROLINE CELEBRATES INCREASE IN SCHOOL ATTAINMENT

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has praised the 2018 Key Stage 2 results for primary schools across Gosport.

Figures released by the Department of Education show that 13 Primary Schools in the Gosport Constituency have seen an increase from last year in the proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, with 9 of these performing better than then national average.

Commenting Caroline said:

"I would like to applaud the hard work and effort of teachers, pupils and parents who have adjusted well to the reformed KS2 tests and improved results throughout the constituency.

These more demanding KS2 tests have set a higher standard in schools, bringing England's primary school curriculum closer to the curricula common in countries with the most successful education systems."


07 JAN 2019

NHS LONG TERM PLAN WELCOMED BY MP

"The NHS has been there to help us for 70 years. The Long Term Plan sets a clear direction for the NHS backed by record funding that will protect the service for generations to come" Caroline Dinenage

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today welcomed the 10 year plan for the NHS unveiled by the Health Secretary.

The plan which has been developed by clinicians, patients and medical experts, sets out how the health service can make the most of the additional £20 billion real terms funding increase.

Key priorities from the plan include:

  • Improving cancer survival rates with earlier and rapid diagnosis, new diagnostic centres and genomic testing so that within ten years 55,000 more people survive cancer.
  • Improving prevention, detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
  • Better access to mental health including at schools to give 370,000 adults and 345,000 children greater support.
  • Fighting inequalities of existing provision for veterans, care after custody services, severe mental illnesses and learning disabilities.
  • Within five years every patient in England will have access to a digital GP service.
  • Making the NHS a world class employer.

Commenting Caroline said:

"This is excellent news for the NHS nationally and for us locally. Integral to the plan is a stronger recognition and more support for our vital community and primary services, which will hugely benefit my constituents. All backed by a £20.5 billion per year real terms increase in NHS funding."


24 DEC 2018

CAROLINE CELEBRATES CHANGING PLACES FUND

"A quarter of a million people require Changing Places toilets so it is important to ensure these essential facilities are accessible to everyone" Caroline Dinenage MP

Local MP and Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage, has announced that over 100 NHS hospitals will be able to build Changing Places facilities backed by a new £2 million Government fund.

Ministers will also launch a consultation next year on proposals that the essential facilities are included in all new large publicly-accessible buildings and significant redevelopments. Currently, building regulations guidance only goes so far as recommending Changing Places toilets are provided.

While the number of the facilities has increased from 140 in 2007 to more than 1,200 today, the Government is determined to go even further to improve disabled people's quality of life.

In Gosport new Changing Places facilities have been installed in the Discovery Centre with further facilities being planned for Lee on Solent Splash Park, Alver Valley Country Park, Gosport Bus Station Redevelopment and Gosport Leisure Centre.

Commenting, Caroline said:

"It is utterly shocking how few Changing Places toilets there are currently in NHS hospitals and other public spaces. People with disabilities and their carers rightly expect to find suitable facilities in a hospital of all places.

A quarter of a million disabled people need Changing Places and this investment will mean many more of them can access a toilet safely and comfortably. Whilst this is something most of us take for granted, access to spaces like these make a big difference to the lives of disabled people and their carers."


24 DEC 2018

CAROLINE WELCOMES GAFIRS CASH BOOST

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed new funding awarded to Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Services (GAFIRS).

The government funding is part of a £1 million package being awarded to dozens of charities working to keep coastal and inland waters around the country safe, helping with the cost of new equipment to help volunteer search teams save lives.

GAFIRS will receive £6,942.60, to ensure that it can continue to keep people safe on and around the Solent.

Commenting, Caroline said:

"I am delighted that the Conservatives in government have recognised the fantastic work done by GAFIRS here in the Solent and are providing this valuable support.

"The volunteers of GAFIRS are our unsung heroes – their commitment saves lives and on behalf of the whole community, I extend my sincere thanks to them for their work."


21 DEC 2018

IVORY BILL BOOSTS ELEPHANT PROTECTION

"I am delighted that the Ivory Bill has become an Act of Parliament this week, one of the toughest in Europe and the world. These robust measures are essential to protect elephants and fight back against poachers." Caroline Dinenage MP.

This week, the Ivory Bill has become an Act of Parliament, prohibiting dealing in ivory. Following the widespread engagement of the Government with environmental groups, the public and the trade sector, the law bans the sale and purchase of ivory. The Bill provides for narrowly-defined and carefully-targeted exemptions if the item does not directly or indirectly contribute to the poaching of elephants.

In the last ten years, elephant populations have declined by a third, with around 20,000 elephants slaughtered a year. This October, the Government hosted the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, and the passing of this Bill is another crucial step towards protecting elephant populations for future generations.

Caroline commented:

"It has been devastating to see the decline of animal populations and the endangering of species across the globe. It is fantastic that the Bill has gained cross-party support and the Government is becoming a global leader in closing ivory markets, introducing one of the toughest bans in the world. It is vital to protect these magnificent animals against poachers and I am glad that the Government is standing up to this abhorrent trade.

Caroline can be contacted on 02392583127.


19 DEC 2018

IMMIGRATION PLANS DELIVER ON REFERENDUM RESULT SAYS MP

"For the first time in over forty years we will have full control over who enters our country; tangible evidence we are delivering on the referendum result." Caroline Dinenage MP

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today welcomed new plans unveiled by the Home Secretary to give back control of immigration policy to the UK Parliament.

The Immigration White Paper released today will end freedom of movement of people from the EU and ensuring that talent and skills are prioritised rather than country of origin under the EU system.

There will be a new visa route for skilled workers, no cap for professions such as doctors and engineers and no limit on the number of international students coming to our world class universities.

Commenting Caroline said: "These plans demonstrate the clear mandate from the British people that they want control over immigration.

However, by maximising the highly skilled – rather than the arbitrary EU system – Britain remains open to business and international talent.

This is about controlling our borders not closing them."


18 DEC 2018

CAROLINE WELCOMES AMBITIOUS NEW STRATEGY TO ELIMINATE AVOIDABLE WASTE

"Giving up single use plastic for Lent was a huge eye opener for me to understand how difficult it is to avoid unnecessary waste packaging. These ambitious plans will change this." Caroline Dinenage MP

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed new plans unveiled by the Environment Secretary to eliminate avoidable waste.

The Government has updated the Resources and Waste Strategy; the most comprehensive change in a decade.

To do this, the new Resources and Waste Strategy will cut our reliance on single-use plastics, end confusion over household recycling, tackle the problem of packaging by making polluters pay, and end the economic, environmental and moral scandal that is food waste.

Key measures include:

Legally ensures businesses and manufacturers pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste – up from just 10 per cent now.Calls on producers to take more responsibility for items that can be harder or costly to recycle including cars, electrical goods, and batteries.Ends confusion over what to recycle at home to improve recycling rates. We will simplify the existing complicated system with a consistent England-wide approach. Explores weekly collections of food waste for every householdIntroduces a deposit return scheme to increase the recycling of single-use drinks containers

Commenting Caroline said: "These new plans are ambitious in improving our natural environment and ending unnecessary waste.

All too often we see this waste ending up on our beaches or on the streets.

I'm really pleased to see the Government giving this issue the attention it deserves."


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