18 OCT 2018

CAROLINE COMMENDS LANDMARK ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE CONFERENCE

"Now more than ever, international unity is needed to protect threatened species across the globe. As poachers and criminals who trade in illegal wildlife have no national frontiers, nor does our global campaign against them." Caroline Dinenage MP.

This October, significant progress has been made in protecting endangered species at the London 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Conference. More than 500 countries and over 400 other groups are committed to tackling this abhorrent and lucrative organised crime. This was the fourth state-led global conference and the largest so far.

Highlights of the conference include the creation of the new international Ivory Alliance 2024 and the news that Laos has committed to a total ban on ivory. Through the IWT Challenge Fund, the UK has invested £18.5 million in over 60 projects, including £4.5 million for fourteen new IWTCF projects.

The IWT renewed its commitment to tackling the serious organised crime and stamping out the illegal trade, highlighting the essential role of local communities.

Caroline commented:

"It is fantastic to see global leaders working together to protect the world's most iconic species from the threat of extinction. It has been devastating to see the impact of the illegal trade on some of the world's most magnificent animals and their local habitats, the strides made at this year's conference show the global commitment to stamp out this abhorrent trade and end wildlife crime."


18 OCT 2018

CAROLINE SEEKS NEW HOMES FOR COMMONWEALTH TREES!

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has been successful in her bid for her Constituency to be part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

This means the Gosport area will receive five trees - two silver birch, two rowan, and a hazel - thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury's and ITV. In April a landmark documentary, The Queen's Green Planet, followed Her Majesty the Queen and this ambitious legacy project.

Caroline would like to see the five Queen's Commonwealth Canopy trees growing in locations across the local community so she is inviting local organisations, businesses, gardens, schools and community groups to bid for one.

Caroline said:

"Trees are a vital part of our landscape, both essential and cherished in our environment, they are crucial in reducing carbon and providing a home for wildlife.

I want to share the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy trees across the Gosport Constituency so that everyone can watch them flourish as part of this wonderful legacy initiative."

To apply for one of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy trees, please contact Natasha on natasha.hook@parliament.uk with the name of the organisation and where the tree will go by 28 October.


17 OCT 2018

Caroline Welcomes Winter Pressure Funding Boost for Health and Social Care

"It is crucial that people receive the right care at the right time. This extra funding will ensure more people get the care they need and reduce pressure on the Queen Alexandra and other local hospitals." Caroline Dinenage MP

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today welcomed news that additional funding has been allocated to help reduce social care delays and to speed up discharges from hospital.

Hampshire County Council (which covers the Gosport Constituency) has been awarded an additional £4.7 million and Portsmouth City Council will receive £890,417 - all of which will help free up hospital beds and get people back into their communities with the right package of care during the busy winter months.

This funding builds on the Better Care Fund which has seen delays fall by 39% nationally with improvements across Hampshire.

Commenting Caroline said:

"With winter just around the corner it is vital that our health and social care system is ready. The Government have also allocated £145M to NHS Trust's to improve winter resilience, to upgrade wards and increase bed numbers. With an additional £17 million to improve operating theatre capacity at the local hospitals, all supporting our local NHS to be better prepared this winter. My constituents deserve nothing less but the very best care and this will make a tangible difference in delivering that."

For more information Caroline can be contacted on 020 7219 0198


17 OCT 2018

CAROLINE WELCOMES HELP FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS

"Home ownership must never be a dream for a minority. These reforms will help fix our broken housing market for many first time buyers." Caroline Dinenage MP

Local MP Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed the launch of a consultation to deliver the Government's reforms to end unfair and unjust leasehold terms for new buyers.

Unfair practices in the leasehold market can prove to be expensive and turn the dream of household ownership into a nightmare. To end this the consultation will assess:

· How the ban on new leasehold houses will work in practice, in what circumstances an exemption will be provided, and how the policy will be enforced;

· Our proposition that the nominal future ground rents for both houses and flats will be £10 per annum, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for instance to support the provision of community-led housing, or housing for older people;

· How we intend to provide freeholders with equivalent rights to leaseholders to enable them to challenge the reasonableness of estate rent charges for the

Commenting Caroline said: "This is excellent news for first buyers in the Gosport constituency as the Government is committed to fixing our broken housing market. It is clear that there are some practices which cannot be justified and I am pleased that the Government is taking action to end this exploitation."

For more information Caroline can be contacted on 020 7219 0198


16 OCT 2018

CAROLINE'S OPEN LETTER TO THE CHAIR OF THE GOSPORT INDEPENDENT PANEL

Today, the Gosport Independent Panel held a meeting with families affected by the publication earlier this year of their report into deaths at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital between 1988 and 2000.

Since becoming Member of Parliament for the Gosport Constituency in 2010, Caroline has been determined to support those constituents who have contacted her who were affected by events at the Hospital to get access to the facts. Unfortunately, however data protection rules have prevented her pro-actively contacting these constituents, or even finding out who they are.

To that end, she has published an open letter to the Chair of the Gosport Independent Panel which was read out at the families meeting earlier today. You can read that letter here.

Commenting Caroline said:

"I have always supported the families of the deceased to get the full facts and answers they have been demanding for far too long. It breaks my heart that, along the way, some relatives have passed away, never knowing the truth of what happened to their loved ones, never seeing justice.

My team and I stand ready to offer help and support to any residents of the Gosport constituency affected by the Gosport Independent Panel's Report."

The Department of Health & Social Care have also put in place a support package for those affected by events at the Gosport War Memorial – call 01132545290 or e-mail gosportenquiries@dh.gsi.gov.uk


16 OCT 2018

CAROLINE COMMENDS BID TO TACKLE LONELINESS

"Loneliness is the new epidemic of our times with evidence suggesting it can be as harmful as smoking. This needs to change and it is great to see the Prime Minister leading the charge." Caroline Dinenage

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today welcomed the Prime Minister's launch of the Government's Loneliness Strategy.

The cross-Department strategy aims to tackle Loneliness which has become epidemic in recent years with evidence suggesting it is as great a public health danger as smoking or obesity.

Key components of the strategy include:

· All GPs in England will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to community activities and voluntary services and we have confirmed £1.8 million additional funding to increase the number of community spaces available.

· The first ever Employer Pledge to tackle loneliness in the workplace, and a number of high-profile businesses, including Sainsbury's, Transport for London, National Grid and the Civil Service, have already pledged to take further action to support their employees' health and social wellbeing.

The strategy builds on the £20 million worth of additional funding already announced.

Commenting Caroline said: "This strategy presents a powerful vision of how socially connected we want our communities to be. With as many as 18% of adults feeling lonely often or always this strategy is timely. Many of my own constituents will benefit from the measures outlined in the report."

Caroline can be contacted on 020 7219 0198


15 OCT 2018

FAREHAM LAND LP - PLANNING APPLICATION

Fareham Land LP have submitted a planning application to Fareham Borough Council for 75 homes on Newgate Lane.

You can see their plans in full here.

If these plans move forward, I'm concerned that this development could close the strategic gap between Gosport and Fareham and put further pressure on our already stretched infrastructure.

I have therefore expressed my objections to the plans and you can my letter here.


11 OCT 2018

Local MP Welcomes Vital Stem-Cell Success in Gosport

Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the news that there has been an increase in residents signing up to be a stem cell donor in the Gosport Constituency. The Anthony Nolan charity saves and improves the lives of people with blood cancer through matching patients with donors from their register. The charity informed Caroline that 67 local people were added to the stem cell register since last year, bringing the total to 1236 potential lifesavers.

Every year in the UK, around 2000 blood cancer patients need a stem cell donor to save their life – but too often donors are not avaliable or cannot be found quickly enough. Anthony Nolan works to make sure that patients can be matched quickly for life saving treatment.

Commenting on the news, Caroline said:

"Cancer is a devasting disease, everyone knows either a loved one or friend who has been effected by the illness. I am very grateful for the necessary work that Anthony Nolan does, not only through the register but also their innovative research and supporting patients and their families throuhgout their transplant journey. I am delighted by the news that increasing numbers of residents are signing up to this vital register."

If you would like to find out more about the register, or sign up, please visit www.anthonynolan.org or call 02072848299.


01 OCT 2018

QA BID TO REDEVELOP THE EMERGENCY FLOOR

QA has put forward a proposal for redevelopment of their emergency floor, which would aim to be open by February 2021, delivering improved urgent care for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.

The projected cost of the scheme, at £58.2million is significant but is vital to securing a long term solution for the overstretched service.

After a discussion with Mark Cubbon, the Chief Exec of the hospital in January, I suggested that they bid into the STP Capital scheme which the Department of Health & Social Care had announced. The bid was submitted in early September 2018 and I have both written to and spoken with the Minister of State for Health, Steve Barclay MP, to highlight the importance of this bid.

There would be a single point of access for all adult emergencies at QA, and a modern, fit for purpose facility for high quality care. In doing so it will improve patient safety, as well as ensuring the hospital delivers effective and efficient clinical practices; whilst also reducing admissions rates and confusion.


21 SEP 2018

MAJOR FUNDING BOOST FOR HOSPITALS AHEAD OF WINTER

To make sure the NHS performs as well as it possibly can this winter the Department of Health and Social Care are funding hospitals to deliver improvements in their A&E performance.

A total of 81 new schemes, totalling £145 million of capital investment, have been prioritised for hospitals across the country to help staff prepare ahead of winter.

This funding will enable the NHS to deliver additional beds, redevelop A&E units and upgrade wards, enhance bed management systems, and improve 'same-day' emergency care.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has identified a scheme that can help with its patient flow, and has been allocated £2.8m.


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