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Photo of the month: Alan Mak MP and Housing Minister Gavin Barwell with politics students from Havant Sixth Form College. Alan and Gavin spoke to pupils about current political issues before visiting new local homeowners. 

Welcome to my October newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>, 
Welcome to my October 2016 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!
As your local MP, I am always energised by the community spirit that is on show across the constituency. It’s the reason I enjoy bringing Government ministers to the area, to showcase local success stories to ensure our area is at the forefront of thinking in Westminster.
Over the last year, I’ve worked hard on this, and had a good run. During September, both the Schools Minister and the Housing Minister were in the constituency seeing how Havant is thriving, and to meet some local residents whose lives have been transformed by specific policies.

Looking ahead to October, I hope many of you will join me for the first ever Havant Older Persons' Information Fair on Friday 14 October at the Hayling Island Community Centre between 10am-3pm. Drop in any time.

The Older Persons' Information Fair will bring together a wide range of local businesses, government agencies, community groups and charities that work with or serve older people. The Fair is free to attend, and open to everyone, including friends, family, neighbours and carers of older people.  Click here for more information. 
Thank you to residents for your continued 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: 

  • Led the first ever House of Commons debate on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and praised Havant for leading the way in developing a new tech based economy through companies such as Lockheed Martin and Dream 3D.
  • Helped launch construction of the new 190-space car park at Havant railway station. Alan continues to lobby in Westminster for quicker, longer and better trains from Havant to London.
  • Backed a Royal British Legion campaign to get questions about the Armed Forces community onto the census so the authorities can better plan services that cater for veterans’ needs.
  • Met Havant small business awards winner George ‘Topsy’ Turner, to see him at work with his company Innovations Fitness which runs fitness boot camps locally.
  • Seen Hayling Island's Team Britannia putting the final touches on their environmentally friendly powerboat ahead of a planned world record attempt next month.
  • Welcomed Housing Minister Gavin Barwell to Havant to show him the success of Help to Buy locally. While here he also gave a talk to politics students from Havant Sixth Form College. 
  • Held talks with local headteachers alongside Schools Minister Nick Gibb at his Havant Educational Leaders’ Forum. The Minister also toured Havant Academy, England’s most improved state secondary school.
  • Spoke to parents and teachers at Riders Infant and Junior Schools, hearing about the integral role the school plays in the community.
  • Spoken again to Rail Minister Paul Maynard about the Southern Rail industrial dispute. Alan will continue to work with the new Southern Rail All-Party Parliamentary Group, of which he is a founding member, to find a solution.


Come to Older Persons' Information Fair

The first Havant Older Persons' Information Fair is taking place on Friday 14 October, with everyone welcome to come along. 

More than 35 exhibitors have been confirmed for the day including Hampshire County Council, Department of Work and Pensions, Bridge Advice Centre, Age UK, Havant Citizens' Advice Bureau, Men's Shed, U3A and the Rotary Club. 

The event is taking place at the Hayling Island Community Centre with admission and parking free.

No prior registration or booking is needed. Attendees can just turn up and drop-in anytime on the day.

It should be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the wide range of businesses, community groups, charities and government bodies that exist here in Havant to serve older people. 

I look forward to seeing you there!


Education minister praises local schools 

Education Minister Nick Gibb praised local schools after speaking at a roundtable meeting with headteachers from the local area.

During the discussions, the headteachers had the chance to describe the teaching they do locally while also giving feedback to the Minister on the latest developments in their schools and education more widely.

The talks were held at a special meeting of the Havant Educational Leaders’ Forum, which I founded to allow secondary school and college senior management the opportunity to share best practice and stay in touch with me. The Forum is the first of its kind in the area to be organised by a local MP.

The minister in charge of schools also toured Havant Academy (pictured), with Mr Gibb saying he was impressed by the level of improvement that had been made in recent years. Havant Academy is England’s most improved state secondary school over the last five years, and has seen substantial improvements since it joined the Government’s academies programme.


Bedhampton mum shows minister new home

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell praised the success of Help to Buy after meeting with a Bedhampton mum who was able to get on the housing ladder through the government scheme.

Mum of two Jodie Reddin used the Help to Buy shared ownership scheme to buy a portion of her Bedhampton house, with rent being paid on the remaining amount.

Having organised the trip, I was keen to show to the new Minister how the government Help to Buy scheme was getting local people onto the housing ladder. It was great that Mr Barwell was able to visit Bedhampton to welcome Jodie and her family to their new home in person.



Havant can lead new Industrial Revolution

A small slice of Commons history was made in September, when I became the first British politician to lead a Westminster debate on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

The subject has been a hot-topic since it was made the focal point of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting earlier this year and describes the new wave of technology that’s changing the way we live and work. Driven by the growth of artificial intelligence, internet connectivity and automation, mastering the 4IR should be a key component of the Government’s new industrial strategy.

It could see everything from smart robots in factories to 3D printers and the Internet of Things grow rapidly. It follows three previous industrial revolutions characterised by steam power, manufacturing automation at the turn of the 19th century and the explosion in computing power 40 years ago.

The Havant area can be a national leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution as a home to new businesses and jobs in the sector.

During the Westminster debate in the main Commons Chamber, I called on the Government to take a “positive and pro-active approach” in placing the 4IR at the “heart of its new Industrial Strategy”.


Also in Westminster.....

Greeting American Scholars in Parliament

I had the chance to address the 2016 intake of Marshall Scholars, a group of highly talented American students, on my role as an MP.

The students are all studying post-graduate degrees at British universities and the scheme aims to foster better UK-US relations.

As well as explaining my route into politics, I also took questions from the students on policy areas.

Speaking at Joseph Rowntree anti-poverty report launch

Tackling poverty is one of my interests as an MP and I was able to speak at the launch of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s new anti-poverty plan.

Before becoming an MP, I was president of Magic Breakfast, a children’s charity that aims to end hunger as a barrier to education in schools by providing healthy breakfasts, so it is an area of great personal interest.

The report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looked at ways to end poverty in the UK by 2030. During a panel event, I provided insight into the work being done by the Government to improve the living standards of everyone in the country.

Backing new Royal British Legion census campaign

I have given my full support for the Royal British Legion’s new “Count them in” census campaign, because no veteran should be left out.

The campaign seeks to place questions about the Armed Forces community on the next official census that takes place in 2021.

It is estimated that there are currently between 6.5 million and 6.7 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK.

However, little is currently known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this group. Including new questions on the next census would provide public bodies, local authorities, and charities with valuable information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for the Armed Forces community. 



Apply now for secondary school places

Parents of children in Year 6, at a primary or junior school, can now apply for their place at a secondary school for September 2017. 

Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Education, said: "Moving from primary to secondary education is the next exciting step in a child’s education. In applying for a place, parents have the opportunity to express a preference for the secondary school they would like their son or daughter to move on to."

Hampshire residents need to apply for a school place online at www., where there is also useful information about the application process and details of Hampshire schools. 

The deadline for receipt of applications for a secondary school place is midnight on Monday 31 October 2016.


Aviva Community Fund for local projects 

You can apply now for the Aviva Community Fund awards, with funding of up to £25,000 available for local community projects across a range of categories such as supporting the elderly, health & wellbeing and community sport. 

Last year more than 430 separate winners and this year is bigger and better than ever with over 800 awards up for grabs. 
Applications can be made until 11 October via this link and winners will be announced in January. Please let Alan know if you apply.  

Big Lottery Fund allocates extra £4.1million

Due to the huge success of the Celebrate programme which launched earlier this year, Big Lottery Fund have allocated an additional £4.1 million to give even more local communities the chance to come together and celebrate.
Celebrate offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to local communities to come together and celebrate what matters to them.
They are particularly keen to see applications from Havant. Priority is given to projects which bring together different communities and generations.
The final deadline for all completed Celebrate applications is noon, Friday 21 OctoberPlease let Alan know if you apply.  

Future drop-in surgery details

No appointment needed. Just drop-in any time during the time slots below.
Thursday, October 27 – Meridian Centre (near Sky stand), 9am to 10.30am 

Thursday, October 27 – Wyevale Garden Centre, Leigh Park (Restaurant) 3.30-5pm
Friday, November 18 – Hayling Island Community Centre (side room), 4pm to 5.30pm

Contact me

The best way to contact me is in writing via e-mail or post.

Please include your full address including postcode in all communications. 

Westminster Parliamentary Office:
Post: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Havant Constituency Office:
Post: Building 6000, Langstone Technology Park, Havant, PO9 1SA
Phone: 023 9241 5620

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