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.

Heathrow complaints unit too busy to deal with complaints

Heathrow Airport's noise complaints unit are so inundated that they have given up providing individual responses to disgruntled residents.Theresa Gruber, Community Communications Manager at Heathrow Airport Ltd, emailed an H&F resident, who was complaining about increased aircraft noise last month, to say: “Thank you for your email and I hope this finds you well. Unfortunately due to the high volume of complaints we are receiving at the moment, we are currently unable to provide detailed individual responses. We aspire to providing individual responses in future.”

This Government means business over job creation

Being out of work can be a huge personal tragedy. That’s why the Government is dedicated to ensuring every single person who wants to work hard and get on in life has the skills they need to compete and thrive in the global race.

Apprenticeship numbers more than double in Chelsea & Fulham

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed the huge increase in the number of apprenticeships in Chelsea & Fulham.The Conservatives have delivered a record number of apprenticeships in England, with half a million people starting an apprenticeship last year. Thanks to the Government’s investment, 142 more young people in England are starting an apprenticeship every single day, an increase of 80 per cent. The number of people starting an Advanced apprenticeship increased by 105 per cent, while the number starting a Higher (or degree-level) apprenticeship increased by 133 per cent

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.