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.

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.

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.

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.”

Hands praises Government go ahead for Fulham Boys School

Greg Hands M.P. has congratulated Fulham Boys School following the approval of its application to open a free Church of England secondary school for boys by the Department for Education.Fulham Boys School aims to open in September 2013, with its first intake of 120 year 7 boys.  A site has yet to be confirmed, but negotiations will now progress as a priority, along with its plans to recruit a head teacher.

Social care revolution will help families in Chelsea and Fulham

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed the Government’s proposals to transform social care, which were published last week. The current system is variable, with different services and standards in different parts of the country, and it can place huge financial obligations upon families.