Angela Backs Target 100 Campaign to Empower Consumers to Save Water
Angela is working with Southern Water to help encourage greater water efficiency across the UK. Currently each person in the UK consumes on average 141 litres per person every day.
The ambitious programme, Target 100, is designed to help reduce consumption to 100 litres of water per person per day by 2040. This could save the equivalent of 164 cups of tea for each person in the UK every day.
Ms Smith is promoting simple actions which can add up to big savings. A running tap wastes 6 litres of water every minute, while simply ensuring washing machines and dishwashers are only used for full loads can save up to 5,000 litres a year.
“It is crucial that business, government and customers do all they can to use water efficiently and sustainably. I’m happy to back Southern Water’s campaign to encourage everyone to save water.
“It is important to remember that simple steps add up to big impacts and we must do more to help people save water and save money. We can do this by targeting 100 litres.”
Ian McAulay, CEO of Southern Water said:
"Target 100 is vital action to secure the South East’s water supply, and help support the rest of the UK, for the long-term.
“It is also a commitment to our customers. Neither company nor customers can achieve this alone.
"Southern Water is also working to cut leakage by 50 per cent by 2050 and help the people of the South East to reduce their consumption to 100 litres per person per day.”
Southern Water’s new water saving manifesto: Target 100 Act Today, Save Tomorrow has seven recommendations for how water companies, government and consumers can together reduce water use – The report can be read here
1. Increase awareness of the value and utility of water
Water companies, regulators, schools and NGOs must work together to help people understand the value and utility of water
Ensure water consumption is measured and communicated
Companies should implement compulsory water metering – regardless of water stressed status and ensure consumers receive clear information on usage
Label water using products effectively
All water using products should clearly state how efficient they are – enabling customers to make informed decisions
Incentivise sustained behaviour change
Companies should incentivise the right choices to achieve sustained behaviour change
5. Make new homes more sustainable and efficient
Building regulations should be adapted to ensure new homes are water efficient by design
6. Continue significantly reducing leakage
All water companies should maintain leading efforts to reduce leakage
7. Link water efficiency to other critical policy areas
Water efficiency needs to feed into crucial policy linked to housing, energy, planning, communities and agriculture policy
ANGELA JOINS DOGS TRUST IN CALLING FOR AN END TO PUPPY SMUGGLING
Dogs Trust uses virtual reality to help MPs experience the journey of a smuggled puppy
This week Angela Smith MP attended an event hosted by Dogs Trust at the House of Commons where the charity called on the government to take urgent action to end the cruel practice of puppy smuggling. The MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge was amongst 64 MPs and Peers who attended the event, where there was the opportunity to experience through virtual reality the terrible conditions in which puppies are transported across Central and Eastern Europe to be sold to unsuspecting buyers in the UK.
Dogs Trust has been investigating this problem since 2014 with its reports revealing shocking evidence of the Pet Travel Scheme being exploited by illegal puppy importers. This fourth report supplies further evidence of corrupt vets in Central and Eastern Europe falsifying documents for underage puppies to be brought into Great Britain; pregnant dogs being smuggled so their puppies can be born in the UK and lax border controls. The charity has long been calling for changes to be made to put a stop to the continued and growing abuse of PETS.
Dogs Trust’s event took MPs on a virtual journey from Lithuania to Great Britain to provide an insight into the conditions puppies are forced to endure. MPs also took part in a photo opportunity highlighting the routes used by puppy smugglers across Central and Eastern Europe.
Angela Smith MP said:
“Dogs Trust has unveiled a horrendous trade that has been growing over the past few years and we now have the opportunity to make a positive change to stop this practice. I’ve been shocked by the findings of all four of the reports and am proud to support the case to bring an end to puppy smuggling with the introduction of tighter controls and the need for much stronger penalties to deter this horrific crime.”
Paula Boyden, Dogs Trust Veterinary Director says:
“The findings of our fourth report into the puppy smuggling trade have revealed undeniable evidence that illegal importers remain undeterred. We believe this has only scratched the surface of the full extent of the problem. The lack of visual checks at ports and paltry penalties for those caught smuggling puppies are simply no deterrent and highlight an urgent need for our pet travel legislation to be redrawn.
We hope our virtual reality experience has brought to life the terrifying experience a puppy faces when it falls victim to this trade. We thank Angela Smith MP for her part in highlighting the urgency of this issue. We want to see the government acting on our recommendations now to stop this horrifying trade.”
Since Dogs Trust launched its fourth report ‘When will this Cruel Trade End?’ over 7,000 people have emailed their MPs calling for changes to the Pet Travel Scheme. To see if your MP has already pledged to help, visit dogstrust.org.uk/MPpledge/.
If you have not already emailed your MP to call for action visit puppysmuggling.org.uk today to do so.
Local school children collect prizes in local MPs Christmas Card Competition
This Saturday (1st December) saw Ozzie Owl, Angela Smith MP and the mayor of Stockbridge, Julie Grocutt give out prizes to the winners of her annual Christmas card competition, now in its 14th year.
The competition run in conjunction with local primary schools provides Angela with her official Christmas card and the chance for the lucky winners to have their picture on the card.
Commenting on competition, Angela said;
“I would like to thank all those children who took part in last year’s competition and also all the schools who allowed the children to take part. A special thank you must also go out to all the companies who donated the money which made it all possible”
The winning cards have now gone out to almost 2000 people, both within the constituency and further afield, including the leaders of all the political parties.
Well done to everyone who took part!”
The winners of the competition received gifts donated by local sponsors.