Stalking made a criminal offence

Two new laws to protect the victims of stalking came into force this week, alongside a package of other measures designed to tackle violence against women and girls.The Home Office estimates that one in five women, and one in ten men, will be affected by stalking at some point in their lives. The new offences of stalking and stalking involving a fear of violence were introduced through the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Police and prosecutors have been given specific guidance and training on stalking, as well as new powers of entry to secure evidence.

Hands: PM has delivered on his promise to get people the lowest energy tariffs

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed Government plans to ensure that energy bills are set at the lowest possible price, ending the rip off of multiple tariffs.The plans announced this week will force energy suppliers to offer their customers the best deals, fulfilling the Prime Minister’s promise to take action to get people the lowest tariff possible.

Helping disabled people into work

The Government has announced more support for small businesses to pay for specialised equipment and cover the other costs facing disabled people in the workplace. Businesses with less than 49 employees will no longer pay towards these costs, saving them up to £2,300 for every employee who uses the Access to Work fund.

New sleep unit set to help 1,000 children each year

A new state-of-the-art children’s sleep and ventilation unit was opened last night at Royal Brompton Hospital by Greg Hands, M.P.Greg said: “This is my seventh visit here and I am delighted to be here again. I am very proud to open the sleep centre and congratulations to everyone involved in making this unit possible.”

Hands is Top Tory for Constituency Work

Figures released this week by BBC London show that Greg Hands meets more constituents at his surgeries than any other Conservative MP. Around 1,000 local people are seen each year at his weekly constituency surgeries.Although MPs with so-called “safe seats” are sometimes accused of doing less work in their constituencies, this clearly doesn’t apply to the Chelsea & Fulham MP. He comes out on top for constituency work, despite having the largest percentage majority of any Conservative MP in London.

Remembrance Sunday in Chelsea

Greg Hands M.P. was honoured to join the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Christopher Buckmaster, who led a Remembrance Sunday service on Sunday 11th  November to honour the soldiers killed and injured in war and conflict.

The ceremony, which took place at the war memorial in Sloane Square, was observed by representatives from units of the armed forces which have the Freedom of the Royal Borough, cadets from many youth organisations and representatives from a range of civilian organisations. They were also joined by London MEP Dr Charles Tannock and all of the councillors representing wards in Chelsea.

Government on track to save £8bn this year

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed interim results showing that government departments have saved £3.1 billion so far this financial year. They are now expected to achieve efficiency savings of more than £8 billion during 2012/13.

Hands supports Big Energy Saving Week as winter approaches

Two thirds of people think their energy bill will be higher this winter, with many living in colder homes than they would like, according to new figures from Citizens Advice. It launched Big Energy Saving Week (22-27 October) to help people cut their winter fuel bills.