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Photo of the month: Alan Mak MP with staff & supporters from the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre at the Havant at Home event in Havant Park. 

Welcome to my August newsletter


Dear <<First Name>>, 
 
Welcome to my August 2017 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!

While Parliament itself takes a break for August my work continues and I'll be remaining busy throughout the constituency – one of the highlights will be helping to open the Hayling Island Three Churches Fete for the third consecutive year.

Don't forget, nominations are still open for my Small Business Awards. Whether it is your favourite cafe, pub or restaurant, tradesman who has gone the extra mile, or a local business leader or apprentice who has inspired you, please visit alanmak.org.uk/nominate for more information.
 
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: 

  • Welcomed a commitment by the Government to increase funding for all Havant schools following his Westminster campaign.
  • Become a founding member of a new cross-party group which will promote the interests of island communities across the UK. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on UK Islands will make the case for island communities across the country, including on Hayling Island.
  • Presented awards to high achieving students at the Purbrook Park School prize giving evening.
  • Attended a demonstration of Hampshire Police's firearms capabilities at their training base in Hamble. 
  • Called on private landlords to install sprinkler systems ‘whatever the cost’ in the House of Commons. Alan has already written to Guinness Partnership, who own three high rise buildings in West Leigh (pictured), to ask them what fire safety plans they will put in place.
  • Confirmed that his Older Persons Information Fair will return for the second consecutive year at the Hayling Island Community Centre on Friday 13 October from 10am to 2pm.
  • Opened the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre Havant at Home event in Havant Park, and visited the Friends of the Hermitage Stream Summer Fun Day.
  • Met with senior officials from the Business Department and Downing Street to discuss how the Government's Industry Strategy can help boost economic growth, including in Havant.
  • Launched an annual report calling for politicians, business leaders and schools to work more closely together to promote apprenticeships. The report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships, of which Alan is co-chair, published a number of recommendations aimed at helping the Government reach its target of creating three million apprenticeships by 2020.
  • Hosted a parliamentary reception for recent graduates from HSBC's apprenticeship programme. 
  • Met local teenagers taking part in the Government-backed National Citizens Service scheme. The youngsters were raising money for a homeless charity by taking part in a sponsored run, ride and row to Paris on gym equipment at South Downs College. 
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LOCAL NEWS

Older Persons Fair returns for second year

I'm delighted to announce that my Havant Older Persons Information Fair will return to the Hayling Island Community Centre on Friday 13 October for the second consecutive year.

Last year we had more than 1,000 people come to the event, which attracted a wide range of different exhibitors including businesses, government agencies, community groups and charities that work with or serve older people.

The event is open to everyone, including the friends, family, neighbours and carers of older people. I encourage everyone to come along to find out more about what is on offer in the community for elderly residents. Admission and parking are free.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the event, then please email alan.mak.mp@parliament.uk and my team will get in touch with more information. 

Meeting inspiring local teenagers

I had the chance recently to meet a group of inspiring local teenagers taking part in the Government-backed National Citizens Service (NCS) scheme.

These determined young people were helping to give something back to society by raising money for homeless charity Two Saints with a sponsored run, row and cycle to Paris using gym equipment. In total they raised more than £500 for the charity.

The NCS has grown from strength to strength in recent years, providing activities for young people from a range of different backgrounds aged 15-17 and helping them learn to work together to achieve success.

Before the election I voted in Parliament to expand this programme, so that by 2021 the NCS will cover 60 per cent of all 16-year-olds. I did this because I believe the NCS is helping to boost social mobility and social engagement, helping young people mix with people from different backgrounds and encouraging them to work together - pushing themselves further than they ever felt possible.

Meeting the current cohort of NCS youngsters at South Downs College showed how much of a success the programme has been locally. 

Specialist firearms officers keeping us safe

Our anti-terrorism police have been in the spotlight since the barbaric Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge attacks.

So I was fortunate to visit Hampshire Constabulary’s specialist counter terrorism unit recently with our Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane to see how officers are using the latest technology and training to keep us safe.

Ensuring we have officers ready to respond to an attack in any part of the country is vital for Britain’s national security. That’s why I’m pleased that Hampshire Constabulary are investing into both specialist firearms equipment and training.

I’m also proud that our highly trained local officers are often sent around the country helping respond at a moment’s notice to incidents across Britain. Thankfully our area has not been a target for terrorism but it is reassuring that our local police are ready.

Nationally, police budgets for counter-terrorism have been protected and cross-Government spending on counter-terrorism will increase by 30% in real terms.

We will not let terrorists and extremists divide our nation, and we will not be cowed by their inhumane actions. Having seen the specialist Hampshire Constabulary team first hand, I’m confident they have the skills and expertise to keep us safe and respond to emerging threats.  
 

WESTMINSTER NEWS

Calling on private landlords to install sprinkler systems ‘whatever the cost’

Following the Grenfell Tower fire in London, I have called on all private landlords to install sprinkler systems in high rise buildings whatever the cost, if fire safety reviews deem them necessary.

I made the point in the House of Commons to Housing Minister Alok Sharma, having already written to Guinness Partnership, who own three high rise buildings in West Leigh (pictured), to ask them what fire safety plans they will put in place.

In response, the housing association say they will invest in sprinklers if a review currently being carried out identifies the system as being required.

This is an approach that should now be taken by all private landlords of high rise properties across the country. Cost should not be a hurdle when it comes to dealing with fire safety.

My first priority is to ensure that the 168 high rise flats, in three West Leigh tower blocks, are protected and residents can feel safe in their own homes. Beyond that we need to make sure that the Grenfell Tower fire is never repeated anywhere else in the country. That is why I believe it is essential to install sprinkler systems in any high rise building where it could make a difference in saving lives – and cost should not prevent that.


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Welcoming schools funding boost

A commitment by the Government to increase funding for all Havant schools is a welcome boost for education in the area. 

It comes after a two year Westminster campaign by myself and other Hampshire MPs to ensure our local schools did not lose out as the new National Funding Formula is developed. 

The announcement by Education Secretary Justine Greening to reallocate an extra £1.3billion towards the schools budget in the next two years means every local authority will see a rise in per pupil funding, and it will allow for a cash increase for every Havant school.

My campaign over the last two years has included lobbying on behalf of local pupils, parents and schools to the Department of Education and regularly meeting ministers including Ms Greening, Schools Minster Nick Gibb (pictured) and the Chancellor.

After a draft consultation was released in February, which showed some local schools might lose out, I led the co-ordinated response from Hampshire MPs through my role as Vice-Chairman of the Hampshire All-Party Parliamentary Group and Lead MP for Education and Skills. I also wrote to every school to urge them to respond to the Government consultation.

The Government’s recent announcement also includes a key commitment to retain Hampshire County Council's local role in the allocation of funding for at least the first two years of the National Funding Formula, something I put pressure on the Government to retain. This means the Council can continue to recognise the unique characteristics of Havant, allowing it to tackle factors such as deprivation.

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Boosting confidence in apprenticeships can drive growth

In my role as Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships, I helped launch the Group's annual report. This contained a number of recommendations setting out how the Government can reach its target of three million more apprenticeships by 2020.

We need to recognise that a university degree doesn’t suit everyone, and for the best part of a decade using apprenticeships to boost technical skills has been a flagship policy for all the three major political parties. 

I believe the key to hitting the government’s target is promoting the brand confidence of apprenticeships – encouraging young people that it is a viable alternative to university or starting a job.

Right now, too many apprenticeships are found by luck rather than as a result of sound careers advice.

Our report shows there is the will on all sides of the political debate to place apprenticeships at the heart of Britain’s technical education programme. We believe that apprenticeships can be one of the keys to unlocking our potential growth. But that will only happen if schools, businesses and government can better work together to promote apprenticeships as an attractive career path.

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COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Council launches cycling map

For those interested in exploring the constituency by bike, Havant Borough Council has launched a cycle map and guide. The 2017 edition covers off and on road cycling, throughout the borough including the adjacent areas of Clanfield, Horndean and Rowlands Castle.

The pocket sized, full colour guide includes new links between Havant and Emsworth, on Hayling Island, and in Leigh Park and Waterlooville.

Alan is also encouraging more residents to ride and is working with Cycle Hayling to improve cycling links on and off the Island.

Copies of the map are available in local libraries, cycle shops and council offices. The map is also available to download here .

Charities urged to apply for share of cash pot

Charities and community groups in Havant are being encouraged to apply for their share of a £3million funding pot. The People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund is looking for charities to apply for funding to bring their dream project to life.
 
The Dream Fund encourages collaboration between charities and good causes, bringing them together to apply for funding to finance their dream project – an idea they have always wanted to deliver but never had the opportunity to develop.
 
Funding from the scheme, now in its eighth year, will be offered over two years from 2018. This year’s prize fund is the largest ever with a top award of £1million and a total award fund of £3million. 
 
Applications for the Dream Fund are open until Tuesday 22 August. Winners will be announced in January, 2018. Please visit www.postcodedreamtrust.org.uk to apply today.  
 

Future drop-in surgery details
No appointment needed. Just drop-in any time during the time slots below.


Wednesday 9 August – 9.30am to 11am – Tesco Extra Havant (ground floor foyer)

Friday 22 September – 4pm to 5.30pm – Hayling Island Community Centre

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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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