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Greg Hands MP’s response to the ‘Shaping a Healthier Future’ consultation

1.    IntroductionAs the Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham, I have close connections with both Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital. Like any other resident, having lived in the constituency since 1990, I have unexpectedly found myself at both A&E departments over the years. My daughter was born at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in 2006, and my son at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in 2007. I campaigned hard against previous plans to downgrade services at Charing Cross, which emerged when I was still a local Councillor, and have been a member of the hospital’s Friends group for fourteen years. Likewise, I am one of the vice presidents of the Chelsea & Westminster Friends group. My constituents are heavy users of both Chelsea & Westminster and Charing Cross Hospitals.

Boris Bikes to come to Fulham

Boris bikes could become a common sight in west London, after Hammersmith & Fulham Council agreed it would help bring them to the borough.The council decided in September that a £2 million contribution towards the popular Barclays Hire Scheme will be paid but that developers will foot the bill – not the council taxpayer.

Residents unlock access to one million books as three boroughs share library cards

Residents, workers and students in three London boroughs are set to gain access to more than a million books and a range of specialist collections as their councils launch a ‘One Library Card’ policy.The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster City Council, and Hammersmith & Fulham Council launched the ‘One Library Card’ system on Wednesday 3rd October.

Exam reforms will help young people and businesses in Chelsea and Fulham

Greg Hands M.P. has backed bold reforms to the exams that young people take at 16.Under plans revealed this week, English Baccalaureate Certificates (EBCs) will replace GCSEs in the core subjects of English, maths, sciences, languages, history and geography. Pupils will be assessed on the basis of a three-hour examination at the end of the two-year course, rather than the current system of modules, coursework and controlled assessment.

Greg Hands M.P. pledges support for Guide Dogs in London

Team members from Guide Dogs for the Blind in London have met with the M.P. for Chelsea and Fulham, Greg Hands to seek his support for current Guide Dogs campaigns.Greg Hands is fully supportive of the work Guide Dogs for the Blind is doing in London, and has agreed to raise several issues with colleagues to ensure the organisation gets its voice heard.Dave Kent from Guide Dogs for the Blind in London said: “We have a number of campaigns that we’re highlighting with all London M.P.’s over the next few months, mainly dog attacks on guide dogs and street planning.

Red tape blitz to boost local business

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed the news that many local businesses will be exempted from unnecessary health and safety rules. The Government is removing the need for most businesses to be inspected and will scrap or overhaul more than 3,000 other regulations.

One million new private-sector jobs since 2010

Unemployment has fallen again in Chelsea and Fulham. The latest figures show that the claimant count fell by 41 last month and is now 294 lower than this time last year, an encouraging picture that was matched in most parts of the country.

Boris Bikes coming to Fulham

Boris bikes could become a common sight in west London, after Hammersmith & Fulham Council agreed it would help bring them to the borough.The council decided last week that a £2 million contribution towards the popular Barclays Hire Scheme will be paid but that developers will foot the bill – not the council taxpayer.

David Cameron repeats no Heathrow 3rd Runway pledge

The Prime Minister has confirmed that there will be no plans for a third runway at Heathrow in this Parliament, honouring his pledge in the Conservative manifesto.Speaking in the House of Commons earlier this week, the Prime Minister said: “Let me say clearly that, while I believe that we need to establish a form of review that will bring parties together and make a decision about airport capacity, I will not break my manifesto pledge.”