Hands: 17,000 gain from the biggest State Pension rise in history

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed the biggest ever cash rise in the Basic State Pension, which came into effect this month.The Government’s new ‘triple lock’ guarantee on the Basic State Pension ensures it rises every year with inflation, earnings or 2.5 per cent – whichever is the highest. This month, it has risen by £5.30 a week, some £275 a year. As a result of the triple lock, pensioners will be an average of £15,000 better off over the course of their retirement.

Hands: a tax cut of £220 for 40,000 people in Chelsea and Fulham

New analysis reveals that 40,000 local residents will benefit from the increase in the personal allowance made in last month’s Budget. The increase of £1,100, which is the largest ever announced, will make most basic-rate taxpayers £220 better off.

Mass Accident and Emergency closure threat across west London

Plans for the mass closure of A&E units across north-west London are being attacked by Greg Hands M.P. and Hammersmith & Fulham Council.The proposals, which have just surfaced and are due to be consulted at the end of the month, could see north-west London NHS bureaucrats close four of nine A&E units in a top-down reorganisation of hospital services.

Boris on the Super Sewer

Mayor Boris Johnson receives Greg Hands M.P., H&F Council Deputy Leader Nicholas Botterill and Fulham residents in his office at City Hall this week to hear local concerns about the Super Sewer, or Thames Tunnel.In a very encouraging meeting, Boris told residents "I will totally defend Carnwath Road and reject any damage to the quality of life of residents in Fulham" and said about the wider Thames Tunnel project that "we may need to re-think the whole scheme.”

Popular schools in Royal Borough over-subscribed

Secondary schools in the Royal Borough continue to be exceedingly popular and heavily over-subscribed as parents from across London vied for a place for children due to start in Year 7 next autumn.

National Citizen Service is a great opportunity for 16-year-olds in Chelsea & Fulham

Greg Hands has welcomed the launch of the second year of National Citizen Service. The national scheme for 16-year-olds was first  proposed by David Cameron in 2005 and has now been introduced by the Coalition Government. It brings together young people from different backgrounds in the summer after they have taken their GCSEs. After three weeks of team-building and outdoor activities, participants spend 30 hours helping to improve their communities.

Hands urges residents to say yes in West Kensington, Gibbs Green & Earl's Court regeneration consultation

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is currently consulting on whether to include the West Kensington & Gibbs Green estates in the proposed Earls Court masterplan, developed by Sir Terry Farrell and his team. This sets out a vision to create four villages and a 21st century high street at the 77 acre site. The redevelopment is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and plans for up to 7,500 new homes including 1,500 much-needed affordable homes, 2 million square feet of commercial and retail space which would create 12,000 extra jobs and more than a quarter of the site, 23.5 acres, given over to open public space including a five acre ‘Lost River’ park.

Fulham residents say NO to super sewer

Fulham residents delivered more than 2,500 consultation responses to Thames Water last week making it clear that the community is united in its opposition to Carnwath Road being used as the main west London super sewer construction site.

The Boris budget – your council tax cut

The Mayor of London’s budget for 2012/13 was passed at the final vote last week. Boris Johnson’s budget included the unprecedented cut in the Mayor’s share of council tax, known as the precept, which he had already frozen for the previous three years. Yet despite the council tax cut, every one of Labour’s assembly members refused to support it.