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.

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.

Ministers will intervene to stop Charing Cross closure if key tests are not met

The Government has explained how it will judge the controversial plans by the local NHS to close the A&E departments at Charing Cross hospital and three other sites. The plans, which many fear would swamp the A&E at Chelsea & Westminster, have been produced by soon-to-be-axed bureaucrats at NHS NW London.Ministers were responding to the concerns raised in the House of Commons by MPs on both sides about the dangerous travel times and poor service it could produce.

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.

Hands: save Charing Cross hospital

Greg Hands M.P. is urging local residents to join the fight to save Charing Cross hospital on Fulham Palace Road. Under proposals published yesterday, both the Accident and Emergency department and other critical services would be lost.NHS North West London proposes closing four of the nine A&E centres in the area and downgrading some hospitals, including Charing Cross, from ‘major’ centres with a wide range of clinical specialisms to ‘local’ hospitals. The NHS preferred option could also see the loss of the hyper-acute stroke unit at Charing Cross.

Super Sewer anger as Thames Water snub thousands of Fulham residents

Water giant ignores massive local opposition to tunnelling from Carnwath RoadGreg Hands M.P. has condemned Thames Water for snubbing the thousands of local residents who wrote to oppose the Super Sewer. More than 3,000 residents from Fulham and Chelsea responded directly to Thames Water’s consultation and a further 5,000 signed petitions against locating the main bore site in Carnwath Road.Despite this, Thames Water has announced that they will press ahead with their plans because “no new information” emerged.

Boris backs Fulham in fight over Super Sewer

Many Fulham and Chelsea residents will have seen the welcome news in recent weeks of Boris Johnson declaring his opposition to the use of Carnwath Road, SW6, as the main drill site for Thames Water’s “Super Sewer” and his call for a “re-think” of the whole project and his announcement of a full consultation.

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.