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Welcome to my April newsletter


Dear <<First Name>>, 

Welcome to my April 2018 residents' newsletter, my latest monthly update designed to give an overview about what I've been doing locally across the Havant constituency, and in Westminster. Please feel free to forward this on to your friends, family and neighbours who may be interested: they can sign-up to receive it themselves by clicking this link!

I want to thank everyone who came to my record breaking third Havant Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair last month, helping to make the event a real success. In total we had around 2,000 people attend to find out about the 500 jobs and careers that were being offered by local firms on the day.

Work is now well underway for my next major community event, which will be my third Community and Older Persons Information Fair on Friday 3 August at the Beacon in the Meridian Centre in Havant, taking place from 10am to 2pm. 

Admission is free - there will be a great many local groups, businesses and service providers available to chat and offer guidance. Past events have had organisations like AgeUK Portsmouth, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, South Eastern Hampshire CCG, Hayling Choir and Hayling Men's Shed exhibiting. 

So whether you are looking for some help or want to get involved with a community group, then come along to find out more.
 
Thank you to residents for your ongoing support, and I will continue working hard for you locally and in Westminster. 
 
Please contact me to invite me to a community event, or to give me feedback on this newsletter! 

Best wishes, 

Alan Mak MP

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Since the last newsletter, Alan has: 

  • Hosted his third Havant Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair at Havant Leisure Centre, with around 2,000 people attending. 
  • Launched the Emsworth Surgery Campaign  calling on the Surgery's doctors to keep a presence in the town centre shoul they move the main site to Redlands Grange. 
  • Successfully lobbied for more funding for our local hospitals
  • Volunteered for a litter pick in Purbrook to raise further awareness about the damage plastic is causing to our local environment.
  • Attended an Alzheimer's Society refresher session in Westminster for Dementia Friends. 
  • Backed Havant and Hayling Island as visitor destinations as part of English Tourism Week.
  • Successfully completed the #GiveUpPlasticForLent Campaign, cutting out single-use plastics for Lent. 
  • Called for a solution to ensure that Cystic Fibrosis patients can get new drug Orkambi on the NHS during a Westminster Hall debate.
  • Praised ‘inspirational’ long serving Havant councillor Gwen Blackett after she steps down as councillor following 45 years of service. 
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LOCAL NEWS

Record breaking attendance at Third Havant Jobs Fair 

A record breaking number of jobs were on offer as thousands of people flocked to Havant Leisure Centre for my third Havant Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair. The event is Havant’s largest ever jobs fair, with an estimated 2,000 people coming on the day.

More than 50 local organisations, businesses and entrepreneurs from across the area hosted stands at the fair, offering over 500 job and apprenticeship opportunities.

Companies exhibiting included Fat Face, who opened a new distribution centre at Dunsbury Park last year, South Western Railway, the Armed Forces, Superdrug, construction firm Barratt Homes, Langstone Technology Park management company Fasset and defence contractor Lockheed Martin.

My top priority as your local MP is a strong economy and helping local residents, so I was delighted this year’s Jobs Fair was our biggest yet. We had a really diverse range of employers offering hundreds of jobs as well as specialist workshops on CV skills and interview techniques run by the National Careers Service. 

That means more jobs for local people and it has been fantastic to showcase all the jobs on offer. Thank you to our wonderful local businesses, and our generous sponsors whose hard work and enthusiasm made the day so rewarding. We’ve already had news of hires being made!

READ MORE HERE

Support the Emsworth Surgery Campaign

I have recently launched a campaign calling on doctors at the Emsworth Surgery to keep an ongoing presence in the town centre following a potential move to a new building at Redlands Grange.

Talks between the doctors and NHS England to build a modern health centre for Emsworth at Redlands Grange are at an advanced stage, with an announcement expected in the coming months.

In anticipation of the planned Redlands Grange move, I have brought together other community representatives in calling for a community presence to be maintained in the town centre – with a satellite surgery the preferred option. The doctors currently operate a satellite surgery in Westbourne, close to the location of the new clinic.

I believe it’s important that some presence is maintained in the town centre, especially for those residents who would find it harder to access the new facilities at Redlands Grange. That’s why I have launched my campaign to persuade the doctors that Emsworth Surgery needs to keep a presence in the town centre.

If you wish to sign-up to the campaign please visit here

If you wish to leave a comment, visit alanmak.org.uk/contact

READ MORE HERE

Helping keep our streets plastic free

We can all do out bit to keep our community clean, and I recently joined volunteers in Purbrook for a community litter pick, helping clear some of the rubbish that people carelessly throw away.
 
In total, 22 people joined me, including local Councillors, members of the Stakes WI and residents’ association supporters, helping to collect more than 50 bags of litter, rubbish and even a radiator in just over two hours.
 
During Lent I’ve been cutting out single-use plastic, but it’s great that volunteers from the community are getting together for litter picks too. I am delighted to hear that they are starting to take place across the constituency, in Purbrook, Hayling Island, and also in Emsworth with the Final Straw campaign.
  
Waste crime and fly-tipping blight our communities and spoil our countryside, and we need determined action to tackle it. Everyone must take responsibility for our waste to make sure it is disposed of in the right way.
 

Havant in top 20 places for superfast broadband

Havant is one of the top 20 places in the country for superfast broadband availability, research from the House of Commons Library has found.

The constituency was rated as one of the best places in the country for internet access, with close to 99 per cent of houses able to access superfast broadband.

In addition, average download speeds in the constituency are 39 per cent higher than the national average, ranking Havant inside the top ten fastest places in the South East.

Only around 110 lines – or just 0.3% of the homes in the constituency - are currently unable to receive 10Mbps, which the regulator Ofcom regards as 'decent broadband'.

It means Havant has already achieved the manifesto commitment by the Government to ensure that 95 per cent of homes across the country have access to superfast broadband.

I am delighted that Havant has been rated as one of the fastest places in the country when it comes to internet speed. Connectivity now plays a crucial role in our day-to-day lives, whether it’s working from home, running a business, ordering the shopping or watching a film, so it’s vital that the Government ensures every home has access to high speed internet. As one of the most reliable places in the country for superfast broadband we are sending a message to companies looking to invest that Havant is open for business.

READ MORE HERE

WESTMINSTER NEWS

Successfully lobbying for extra investment in local hospitals

Following my campaigning work in Westminster over the last couple of years, I was delighted to see the Government confirm £17million in extra NHS funding to improve healthcare in our area. This is on top of the 157 more doctors and 145 extra nurses at the Queen Alexandra Hospital since 2010. I’ve lobbied the Health Secretary consistently on funding, especially given the challenges QA has faced.
 
The extra money for hospitals in Portsmouth and Southampton will go towards increased theatre capacity, meaning more potential operations and shorter waiting lists. There is also a plan to use more innovative new technology, such as a virtual online service for mothers enabling personalised care.
  
This comes after the confirmation that all of the more than 1 million personnel working for the NHS in England will receive at least a 6.5% pay rise over the next three years.

The announcement by the Health Secretary means for the bottom half of earners in the NHS will receive pay rises of between 9% to 29%, with those at the bottom of their pay scales receiving the most, by 2020-21.
 
Everyone recognises the tireless work of our fantastic nurses and doctors, so it is only right that the Government has invested extra money to ensure that they get the pay rise they deserve.

READ MORE HERE

Home Secretary praises ‘inspirational’ long serving Havant councillor

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has praised the dedication of long-serving Purbrook councillor Gwen Blackett in the House of Commons. Cllr Blackett retires this May after serving continuously on the council for 45 years, having been first elected in 1973.

I was delighted that the Home Secretary rightly praised Cllr Blackett for her long service and dedication to the residents of Purbrook. It’s remarkable that of the 100 years that women have had the right to vote, Cllr Blackett has served for nearly half of them. Her trailblazing efforts are truly inspirational for anyone else thinking of going into politics.

Speaking at Women’s and Equalities Questions in the House of Commons, the Home Secretary was responding to my question on boosting female participation in politics. Replying the Home Secretary said more needed to be done, as well as praising the trailblazing efforts of Cllr Blackett. 

READ MORE HERE

 

Prime Minister backs Havant domestic abuse charity

Since becoming your local MP in 2015 I have been backing the work of the Southern Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS), a Havant-based charity, to tackle domestic violence in our area.
 
Sadly too many people across Britain are affected by domestic violence, with thousands of women enduring abuse every single day, often at the hands of those to whom they are closest, in the places they should be safest.
  
The Government is taking action, and has brought forward a new domestic abuse bill, which for the first time will provide a statutory definition of domestic abuse that includes economic abuse, alongside other non-physical abuse. The new powers will allow for tougher sentences in cases involving children and will also create a domestic abuse commissioner to act as a national champion for victims.
 
After the Government’s consultation was launched last month, I spoke to the Prime Minster to tell her about the work being done by SDAS to build a specialist safe house in South Hampshire, and I was delighted that she backed the project, tweeting her support.
 
The team are doing a great job raising money through the ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign with more than £60,000 raised so far, but more is still needed. I urge everyone to get behind the effort as moving into a refuge takes the victim away from violence and can quite literally save their lives.
 
To buy a virtual brick and support the safe house campaign visit www.southerndas.org. Bronze, silver and gold coloured bricks can be ‘bought’ in return for donations of £25, £100 or £1000 and dedications and messages can also be added to the larger value bricks.

READ MORE HERE

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Recycling Reminder for Havant Residents

Havant Borough Council has reminded residents that their recycling needs to be clean, loose and dry to be of use. Items that can be recycled are as follows:

  • Plastic bottles – all types e.g. milk, fruit juice, squash, mineral water, household cleaners and detergent bottles.  Please remove lids and empty and rinse all bottles.
  • Paper & Cardboard – newspapers, magazines, yellow pages, phone books, cardboard, catalogues, envelopes, other paper products and cardboard packaging.
  • Cans – food tins, drinks cans, aerosols (empty, with the plastic lids removed, should not be pierced or squashed).
  • Aerosols – deodorants, hair sprays air fresheners and furniture polish can be accepted in recycle bins. However, aerosols for products such as insecticides, oven cleaners, paints and automotive sprays – often marked with a skull and cross bones or a black cross on an orange background – are not accepted and should be placed in normal household waste bins for disposal. 

For a full recycling guide please visit here.

MP advice surgery details

 
Alan and his team will allocate surgery meeting appointments where they feel that it would be beneficial for Alan to meet the resident concerned. Each meeting lasts for 15 minutes, and are by appointment only. Most residents' queries and casework matters do not require a meeting because Alan can progress such matters without the need to take up a resident's time as long as the necessary information is provided. 

Surgery Schedule: 
  • Friday 27 April, 16:30 - 17:30
If you need Alan's help, please contact Alan using the form on this page.

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Please include your full address including postcode in all communications. 

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Post: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
E-mail: alan.mak.mp@parliament.uk

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Post: Building 6000, Langstone Technology Park, Havant, PO9 1SA
E-Mail: alan.mak.mp@parliament.uk
Phone: 023 9241 5620

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