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June 2008

Hull North MP welcomes final Pitt Report on flooding

Jun 24, 2008

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has welcomed the final Pitt Report, published today on the first anniversary of Hull’s June 2007 flooding.

Sir Michael Pitt’s report, entitled Learning lessons from the 2007 floods, calls for urgent and fundamental changes in the way that the country is adapting to the increased risk of flooding. It makes 92 recommendations.

Diana Johnson MP said: “Sir Michael Pitt’s report is the latest, and perhaps the most wide-ranging, of a series of studies into the 2007 flood.

Deadline day looms for student support warns Hull MP

Jun 23, 2008

Diana Johnson MP today warned Hull youngsters planning to start university this September to submit their student support forms by the end of this week (Friday 27 June).

Those failing to meet this deadline risk their student support payments coming late.

Students starting in September will receive more financial support than ever before, under a new improved package announced last year. The family income threshold for the maximum grant of £2,825 has been raised from £17,500 to £25,000, and the top threshold has been raised to £60,000.

Hull's floods - one year on

Jun 20, 2008

In the week that sees the first anniversary of the 2007 floods, Hull North MP Diana Johnson has arranged a coffee morning for constituents affected by those traumatic events.

The coffee morning takes place at the David Lloyd Centre on Raich Carter Way on Sunday 29 June, from 11am to 1pm.

The purpose of the coffee morning is to listen to Hull North residents about their experience of coping with the flood and its aftermath, and to update them on progress with many of the issues and future challenges that arose from the flood.

Hull makes late bid for road repair cash after MP's appeal

Jun 15, 2008

Diana Johnson MP today welcomed Hull City Council’s deadline day bid for Government money to help repair damage done to the city’s roads in the June 2007 floods.

The Government’s emergency funding scheme covers the bulk of capital works needed, estimated at £1.2 million in Hull, to repair roads damaged by flooding. Sheffield City Council was last November awarded £6.3 million under the scheme.

The deadline for Hull to make an application for this Government assistance was last Friday (13 June).

Hull MP welcomes new powers to fight terrorism

Jun 11, 2008

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has welcomed this week’s House of Commons vote to extend the maximum period that terrorist suspects can be detained without charge.

The Labour Government’s proposal to increase the maximum time that police can detain a terrorist suspect without charge from 28 days to 42 days is one of a list of new measures to combat terrorism in the Counter Terrorism Bill.

The powers, which would only be used in exceptional circumstances and with extensive safeguards, now need to be approved by the House of Lords.

Extra funding will help schools in Hull to transform their results

Jun 09, 2008

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today welcomed news that seven Hull schools will get a share of £400 million to improve their results over the next three years.

The new funding is part of ‘National Challenge’, which will give extra support and investment to 638 schools where fewer than 30 per cent of pupils get five or more good GCSEs, including English and Maths, above that target by 2011.

Working with school governing bodies, Hull’s local authority has been asked to revise their improvement plans for each of these schools by the end of the summer term.

Hull MP highlights the plight of millions of UK carers

Jun 08, 2008

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has joined charity ambassador and television and film actress Pam Ferris to show support for the annual Carers Week.

Diana Johnson MP met up with Pam, best known for her role as Ma Larkin from TV’s The Darling Buds of May, and more recently Aunt Marge in the Harry Potter films, to help launch Carers Week (9-15 June 2008) and pay tribute to the huge contribution that carers make, every day of the year, to those they look after and to their communities.