25 APR 2017

CAROLINE WELCOMES MINISTERIAL SUPPORT FOR SWIFT DELIVERY OF BYPASS


Caroline Dinenage MP has welcomed the Minister for Local Growth's commitment to delivering the Stubbington Bypass 'at pace'.

Andrew Percy MP, a Minister within the Department for Communities and Local Government, has emphasised his belief that the Stubbington Bypass is a vital local development which will deliver real and much needed benefits for Gosport residents. The development will alleviate congestion and transform the connectivity of the Solent Enterprise Zone, as well as the wider Fareham and Gosport peninsula. The Minister has emphasised the importance of Caroline's continued advocacy for the Bypass in securing government investment.

The scheme is supported by the third round of Local Growth Funding. The latest £31.02 million allocation is part of a combined Local Growth Fund package of £182.92 million for the Solent region.

Commenting, Caroline said 'Having campaigned for investment in this project since I was first elected, it is vital that we maintain momentum. It is fantastic that the Government is committed to driving progress forward, and if re-elected I will continue working hard to ensure that efficient delivery enables residents to benefit from this important development without delay.'


18 APR 2017

GENERAL ELECTION

The Prime Minister today announced that there will be a General Election on June 8th.

This is a good decision, last summer people in the Gosport constituency voted emphatically for Brexit. Britain needs the strongest, most stable leadership in place as we now move forward to negotiate our exit from the EU and beyond.

Every vote cast for Theresa May and the Conservatives will help strengthen Britain's hand in the Brexit negotiations.

I'm looking forward to campaigning across Gosport, Lee on the Solent, Stubbington & Hill Head. I hope local residents will continue to back me as their hard working MP with a proven track record of getting things done for our area.


13 APR 2017

GOSPORT VOLUNTARY ACTION NEEDS YOU

Gosport Voluntary Action (GVA) is a registered charity providing fantastic support, advice, information and practical help to voluntary and community organisations in the borough.

Do you work for a company that believes in social responsibility and engagement with the local community? Do you have employees that want to give something back? Are you looking for an opportunity to upskill your young managers of tomorrow? Are any of your older employees on the point of retiring and looking for a worthwhile challenge?

If so, they would love to talk to you about the opportunity they offer to become a trustee of Gosport Voluntary Action.

For more information please click here.


11 APR 2017

CAROLINE WELCOMES PLANS TO TACKLE LITTER IN GOSPORT

Litter affects us all, it blights our local environment in Gosport and costs £621,000 to clean-up. That is why, the new Litter Strategy sets out plans to help to tackle this anti-social behaviour, making Gosport a more attractive area and helping our local economy to prosper and grow.

As part of the first national Litter Strategy litter louts could be hit with £150 fines. This will build on measures to better distribute public bins, making it easier to throw away rubbish, and the recommendation that offenders on community sentences help to clear up fly-tipped waste. These plans will make sure in Gosport residents can all enjoy the local environment and it is a clean, healthy place to live and work in.

The Great British Spring Clean was a new national initiative launched by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. This was the nation's biggest ever anti-litter campaign. As part of these efforts, Caroline took part in the Great British Spring Clean along with many anti-litter heroes in Stokes bay and is committed to keeping Gosport tidy.

Caroline commented:

"Litter is something that affects us all in Gosport and blights our local environment. I want to make sure Gosport is a great place to live in, work in and the local economy can thrive.

The Litter Strategy will make it easier for people to get rid of litter properly, creating an anti-littering culture and introducing tougher enforcement measures to hit thoughtless litter louts in the pocket.

We want to make sure Gosport is a nice local environment for us to all enjoy and tackling litter is an important part of our drive to make Gosport a better place to live."


10 APR 2017

MP SUPPORTS 'WE WON'T WAIT' CAMPAIGN

This Parkinson's Awareness Week Caroline Dinenage MP has pledged her support for Parkinson's UK's 'We Won't Wait' fundraising campaign.

The charity's first ever public fundraising campaign aims to raise money to support vital research into the development of treatment options, enabling those affected by the disease to enjoy a better quality of life. Parkinson's Awareness Week runs from the 10th -16th of April, and World Parkinson's Day, which marks the birth of Doctor James Parkinson, is the 11th of April.

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disease which is thought to affect around 1 in every 500 people. It is estimated that 5, 600 people are currently living with the condition in the South East. Despite advances in treatment, available drugs don't currently stop, slow down or reverse the condition or its effects. Rather, they mask some symptoms for a limited time, and can have distressing side effects.

Research released by the charity has revealed an enduring lack of public awareness about the disease, with nearly 50% of people in the South East believing that it is possible to prevent Parkinson's. More than four in five people do not know that the amount of time Parkinson's medication works for is limited.

Commenting, Caroline said 'Parkinson's Awareness Week is an incredibly valuable initiative, which I am glad to be a part of. Parkinson's UK has been pioneering research into a cure for nearly 50 years, and I would urge everyone to get behind this important campaign, whether by donating, participating in local events, or sharing stories about how Parkinson's has affected you, a family member or a friend. Parkinson's is such a cruel disease, and those affected desperately need to see the progress that only cutting-edge research will deliver.'


05 APR 2017

CAROLINE WELCOMES INCOME BOOST TO WORKING FAMILIES IN GOSPORT

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the news that ordinary working families in Gosport are set to benefit from a range of Government measures coming into effect this week.

From 3 April, the tax-free personal allowance will rise for the seventh year to £11,500, benefitting people around 50,746 in Gosport and meaning a typical basic rate taxpayer will pay a full £1,000 less income tax than in 2010.

As a result of our changes to the personal allowance and higher rate threshold, 4,590,000 individuals in the South East gain on average £205, and a total of 174,000 individuals will have been taken out of income tax altogether, compared to 2015-16.

In addition:

The National Living Wage – which delivered a pay rise to a million people last year – will rise again to £7.50: an income boost of over £500 for a full time worker in Gosport. The Government will provide up to £2,000 a year per child through the roll out of tax-free childcare, to help with childcare costs for families in Gosport.Hard-pressed savers will get a boost, with access our new market-leading NS&I bond which will pay 2.2% on deposits up to £3,000.

Caroline said:

"We've come a long way over the last seven years – there are 2.8 million more people in work, unemployment is at its lowest for twelve years and we've cut income tax for over 30 million people. However there is still more to do to help people locally and across the UK feel the benefits of the recovery, and make ends meet.

By giving the lowest paid a wage boost, taking more people out of income tax, boosting savings and helping with the cost of childcare, we're putting ordinary working people at the heart of our plan for Britain: to build a stronger, fairer economy that works for everyone."


04 APR 2017

SOUTHERN HEALTH LAUNCHES NEW STRATEGY FOR HEALTHY FAMILIES

Caroline Dinenage MP has welcomed Southern Health's new strategy for improving services available to young families. This brings together existing health visitor and family nurse services with community expertise provided by the charity Barnardo's.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust was awarded the 0-5 year public health nursing contract by Hampshire County Council earlier this year, and the new contract took effect on the 1st of April. It provides four levels of graduated support based on the individual needs of each family.

In partnership with Barnardo's, who work directly with over 240,000 children, young people and their families across the country every year, Southern Health will develop and grow their community support networks. Further to this, all families will be offered five appointments at key stages throughout pregnancy and during the first two years of life. Specialised advice will be offered to families who would benefit from extra support in relation to particular issues, such as breastfeeding or healthy eating. A fourth level of support has been designed to ensure that families with more complex requirements are provided with individually tailored care plans.

Commenting, Caroline said, 'Every family is different, and it's really encouraging to see this recognised in the structure of support being delivered by Southern Health. Barnardo's expertise should really help to ensure that all families have ready access to advice and assistance, as well as supportive social networks, which can make such a big difference. Being a parent can be incredibly difficult and no parent should feel like a failure for asking for help.'


03 APR 2017

MP SHOWS SUPPORT FOR TOP TECH START-UPS

Caroline Dinenage MP showed her support for entrepreneurs at SETsquared's parliamentary reception last week, which celebrated the top 50 tech start-ups to have been supported by the organisation.

SETsquared is the enterprise partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Surrey and Southampton. It has supported many high growth tech companies that are now having a significant economic impact. Collectively, the partnership has raised over £1bn of investment and created over 9,000 jobs.

The top 50 entrepreneurs were selected by an expert panel of investors based on a range of criteria, including investment raised, global export, and social impact. Those honoured at last week's reception work across a diverse range of industries, including health, green technology and 5G and wireless communication.

Commenting, Caroline said 'The south has always had a vibrant culture of innovation but it's vital that promising ideas receive the right support. It's been wonderful to meet entrepreneurs from across the region who took that difficult first step and are now thriving. By providing support, logistics, training and mentoring SETsquared makes the most of the wealth of talent we have here in the UK. '


31 MAR 2017

PROJECT 365 LAUNCHES!

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage today helped launch the Project 365 led by Rev Sean Blackman and We Can Read.

Rev Sean Blackman will be reading 365 books in 365 days to promote reading in the local area. He aims to encourage parents to read to their children, promote literacy in schools to develop children's skills and nurture a lifelong love of books. The campaign will also be encouraging children and parents to get sponsorship for reading a number of books and raising money for preschools, primary schools and secondary schools.

He will also be promoting the work of our local libraries and local group "We Can Read" which helps adults with literacy skills. 1 in 10 households in the UK do not have books.

Sean's previous projects "30 Books in 30 Days" and "100 Books in 100 Days" were huge successes and raised over £1000 which enabled local schools to buy more books for their libraries to try and improve the worrying statistic 17% of 15 year olds have not attained minimum reading level.

Caroline said:

"Sean has helped to capture the imagination of local school children and inspire them to open books and enjoy the value of reading.

We know that this is so important for improving educational attainment but also inspiring creativity, expanding children's horizons and increasing their understanding of others' experiences."

Sean Blackman said:

"The importance of reading is as vital today as it has ever been.

Reading makes us smarter, reduces stress, increases vocabulary, improves relationships by enabling us to see other people's points of views, boosts confidence improves job opportunities."

For more information about Project 365 please visit http://www.project365.org.uk/.


31 MAR 2017

CAROLINE SUPPORTS BOWEL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage is supporting Bowel Cancer UK's campaign to urge more people to take part in bowel cancer screening and save lives, as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April.

More than 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK, it's the nation's second biggest cancer killer. However, it shouldn't be. It's treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Bowel cancer screening can save lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK only a third of those who receive a test complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat.

Caroline said:

"I would urge my constituents who are sent a bowel screening test to use it. Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early.

If you are over 60, take the test when you receive it in the post. If you are younger, tell the people over 60 in your life to take the test. Early diagnosis really can save lives."

Deborah Alsina, Chief Executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said:

"I'd like to thank Caroline for supporting our campaign during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to raise participation levels for bowel cancer screening.

One in 14 men and one in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime but it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early."

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme can detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms when it is easier to treat. Anyone who is registered with a GP and aged 60-74, will receive a test in the post every two years. They carry out the simple test at home in private and it comes with step by step instructions. The test looks for hidden blood in their poo, which could be an early sign of bowel cancer.

Visit Bowel Cancer UK's website to find out how to get involved in their campaign for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: bowelcanceruk.org.uk.


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