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MP for Chippenham Duncan Hames
2:50pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
Parliament’s summer recess is a great opportunity for me to get out and about in the constituency, talking to local people about what I’ve been doing over the past year and listening as they tell me which issues they’d like me to pursue in the coming months.
Last week I met residents in Corsham’s Katherine Park, and I’m looking forward to meeting many more of you over the rest of August.
On Tuesday, I visited the Rocking Horse Nursery in Shaw, near Melksham, where I learnt more about the skills with which college leavers need to be equipped to work in childcare.
Helping young people into work is one of the most important tasks of the moment, and we must ensure that colleges can fully prepare them for what will be required in the world of work.
Later, I was delighted to meet Kieran Mulvaney, Chippenham’s deputy member of the UK Youth Parliament, to hear about the work he’s doing. We discussed the Youth Parliament’s Curriculum for Life campaign to ensure citizenship, democracy, financial skills and similar topics are taught in schools.
Kieran also told me about the online survey he’s been conducting of young people’s views about safety and public services in Wiltshire.
If you’re under 19, you can complete his survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/YZW9J63.
On Wednesday, I met Home Office officials to discuss how they are handling the cases of local people and to pass on concerns residents have raised with me.
In Devizes on Friday, I chatted to 16 and 17-year-olds from Chippenham, Corsham amongst others, about the social action projects they are undertaking as part of the National Citizen Service programme.
Consumer issues make up a chunk of my constituency caseload, so I was pleased to hear the government announce new rights to protect customers from rogue traders.
Rogue traders cost consumers billions of pounds a year, and cause great distress, particularly to the elderly and other vulnerable people.
The new powers will allow people to recover their money and claim compensation for the distress caused.
My next constituency surgeries are at Avonbridge House, Chippenham, on Tuesday, between 11am and 12.30pm and at Bradford on Avon Library next Thursday between 10am and 11.30am.