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19 Jul

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP supports campaign to break down employment barriers for people with hearing loss

July 19, 2017 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP joins Action on Hearing Loss volunteer Jeanann Doyle and Chief Executive Paul Breckell to sign ‘Working for Change’

 

Jim Fitzpatrick sponsored an event in Westminster to help MPs learn about a campaign by Action on Hearing Loss aiming to break down the barriers that people with a hearing loss face when trying to stay in employment.

The charity presented its recent report ‘Working for change: Improving attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace’ to MPs, which urged businesses and Government to work closer together to help people with a hearing loss to find and stay in work. Currently there are 11 million people in the UK having hearing loss with almost five million who are of working age, a number set to rise steadily due to the ageing population.

Jim Fitzpatrick, said:

“As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness it’s been great to see Action on Hearing Loss in Westminster helping to set the record straight about hearing loss in the workplace.

“This is an important campaign, we need to support people with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss and remove the barriers they face when finding and staying in work. The fact that an increasing number of people of working age have hearing loss makes it more important that employers are aware of support available. I’d recommend that all businesses and organisations in Poplar and Limehouse have a look at their report.”

Paul Breckell, Action on Hearing Loss Chief Executive, said:

“We are delighted that Jim attended our drop-in event and took the time to learn more about this vitally important campaign. We want to help businesses to support people with hearing loss to maximise their valuable skills; in 2017 no one should have to give up work due to their hearing loss early because their working environment can’t support them.”

The ‘Working for change’ report can be download here.

13 Jul

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United Against Dementia in Parliament

July 13, 2017 | By | No Comments

This week I attended an Alzheimer’s Society event for parliamentarians to learn more about the issues affecting people with dementia. There are 850,000 people suffering from dementia in the UK and 1,088 estimated to be living with the disease in the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area.

Having dementia can have a devastating impact and could happen to any one of us, in any community. That is why we must all act to tackle dementia.

There is currently no cure, and very few effective treatments. Funding for dementia research has lagged behind that of other major health conditions such as cancer or heart disease. In recent years progress has been made, with £250million investment committed to the establishment of the world’s first dementia research institute. But we still have a long way to go until we find a cure and understand how to care for people living with the disease.

The previous Labour Government launched the first ever national dementia strategy, appointed the first national clinical directors for dementia, and commissioned the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to develop the quality standard for dementia. Together, those began the process of establishing memory clinics, providing better training for GPs and improving the quality of dementia care for people in hospital.

As we work to find a cure for dementia I believe we should place an equal emphasis on the care provided to people living with disease and the support provided to their families and carers. I am concerned that the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services reports that £4.6 billion has been cut from adult social care budgets and that 300,000 fewer people are receiving publicly funded services than in 2009-10.

At the General Election, the Labour manifesto committed to establish a National Care Service, backed up by an additional £8 billion for social care budgets, in order to build capacity to move quickly towards a joined-up service, provide care closer to home, and deliver a 21st century health system.

If you are personally affected by dementia then please visit Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia connect website where you can find the services they provide near you. Or you can call their helpline on 0300 222 11 22.

11 Jul

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Do you have the ideas to create global change?

July 11, 2017 | By | No Comments

The British Council seeks exceptional young people aged 18-35 to join a long-term global network of emerging policy leaders.

Members of Future Leaders Connect will develop leadership skills, learn from global policy experts, meet with MP’s in the UK Houses of Parliament and attend private meetings with inspirational leaders.

The search is on for a new generation of leaders to join impressive individuals from ten other countries for an intensive policy and leadership development programme, including a conference in the UK Houses of Parliament debating some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Future Leaders Connect, launched this year by the British Council, will offer nine days of leadership learning and development for young people, to provide them with the skills they need to turn innovative ideas into tangible policy recommendations.

Those taking part will meet some of today’s leading thinkers from public, private, third sector and political worlds.

Jim said:

“We have a long, proud tradition of democratic policy-making in this country and this is a great opportunity for the next generation of leaders to take it forward. The connections these young people will make not only with UK decision makers but also with their counterparts from across the world, will be invaluable to them in their careers.

“This is a great opportunity and I would like to encourage constituents in Poplar and Limehouse who want to make a difference, have their voice heard and become a great leader, to apply.”

Anyone who would like to take part needs to submit an online application by 23.59 Thursday 20 July 2017. They will be asked what their unique policy ideas are and about their experience as a leader.

Sir Ciarán Devane, the Chief Executive of the British Council, said:

“An international outlook is vital for the future leaders of all countries, if they wish to overcome the challenges they will face.

“Through Future Leaders Connect the British Council will help a new generation to understand practical policy development by putting them in contact with the leaders of today. The programme will help them to develop the skills and international contacts they need to make positive change in their countries.”

03 Jul

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Jim Fitzpatrick says “keep streets clear for disabled people”

July 3, 2017 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick attended a Guide Dogs event at the House of Commons on 3 July to show their support for the campaign to keep parked cars and other obstacles off our pavements.

At the event, the MP for Poplar and Limehouse heard from guide dog owners how parked cars and street clutter blocking the pavement force them to walk in the road, into the path of traffic they cannot see. They heard that some guide dog owners face these dangerous situations on a daily basis, risking their safety every time they go shopping or make the school run.

Research by YouGov for the charity Guide Dogs shows that 54% of UK drivers admit to parking on the pavement, with more than a quarter (29%) of those doing so a few times a month or more. More than half (55%) of these drivers do think about the impact on people with sight loss, but park on the pavement anyway.

Pavement parking and street clutter particularly affect people with visual impairments, parents with pushchairs, wheelchair users and other disabled people. According to a Guide Dogs survey, 97% of blind and partially sighted people have encountered obstacles on the pavement, and 9 out of 10 have had problems with pavement parked cars.

Guide Dogs is campaigning for to make pavement parking an offence, except in areas where local authorities grant specific exemptions. This is already the case in London, but elsewhere across the country, councils struggle to tackle unsafe pavement parking because they can only restrict it street by street.

Jim Fitzpatrick commented:

“No one should be forced to brave traffic by cars parked on the pavement. Here in London the system works. That’s why I’m calling on the Government to end problem pavement parking across the country. Blind and partially sighted people should be able to walk the streets without fear.”

James White, Senior Campaigns Manager at Guide Dogs, commented:

“Pavement parked cars and street clutter can turn the walk to work or trip to the shops into a dangerous obstacle course. It’s a nuisance for anyone, but if you have a visual impairment or a toddler in tow, walking in the road with moving traffic is just too big a risk.

Our research shows that most drivers who park on the pavement know that it can be dangerous for pedestrians, but many do so regardless. We need clear rules so that drivers only park where it’s safe.

Back in 2015, we were encouraged when the Government committed to find a solution to this problem. We hope that they will now follow up with a law to curb unsafe pavement parking.”

28 Apr

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP tucks into a Christian Aid Big Brekkie in solidarity with refugees

April 28, 2017 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, this week tucked in at a Christian Aid Big Brekkie event in Parliament, to show his support for Christian Aid Week (14-20 May), which is raising money for refugees fleeing conflict around the world.

Ahead of Christian Aid Week, Jim Fitzpatrick attended the event in Parliament to find out about activities and events taking place during the charity’s annual fundraising week in Poplar and Limehouse. Last year, £2523.81 was raised in Poplar and Limehouse during Christian Aid Week.

As Christian Aid marks 60 years of Christian Aid Week, the organisation is inviting people to join them in a Big Brekkie breakfast to stand in solidarity with refugees around the world. The charity has been working with refugees since the Second World War, and is not turning its back now.

Today, tens of millions of people across the globe are forced from their homes due to war, conflict and disaster. Many make life-threatening dangerous journeys in search of a safe place to call home.

While the majority of today’s refugees continue to seek sanctuary in poor countries, in 2015 more than once million refugees crossed into Europe. With borders across the continent now closed to refugees, thousands are stranded – and in need of urgent help.

Nejebar, from Afghanistan, fled her homeland after the Taliban announced they would kill anyone who worked for the government, like her husband Noor.  They eventually sought refuge in Greece with their children, after a treacherous journey across the Mediterranean in a small rubber dinghy.  The young family have left their home, family and friends behind, and now reside in a small tent, with no certainty on their future, especially that of their children.

Jim said:

“I was pleased to meet with Christian Aid and hear about the great work that’s being done in Poplar and Limehouse and across the country to help refugees at this desperate time. For millions of people around the world displaced from their homes, Christian Aid’s work provides vital support. I encourage my constituents to get involved in Christian Aid Week events where they can.”

Simon Kirkland, Christian Aid’s UK Parliamentary and Political Adviser, said:

“We are really grateful for Jim Fitzpatrick’s support for Christian Aid’s important fundraising events in Poplar and Limehouse. Everyone can do something to help this Christian Aid Week, whether its attending a local event, giving money or praying for the world’s many refugees at this difficult time. Thank you to everyone who is able to take part in this year’s Christian Aid Week.”

This year, the people of Poplar and Limehouse will once again be holding events during Christian Aid Week to support our work with refugees. So far, the events we know are happening include:

  • 14 May 9.15-10.15am: Big Brekkie, St Mary’s, Bow Church
  • 16 May, 8am – 6pm: station collection, Mile End tube station ecumenical (St Mary’s, St Paul’s Bow Common, Bow Road Methodists)
  • 21 May, time to be confirmed: Christian Aid Week Service, Great Light Connections
  • 20 September: Station collection at Canary Wharf station by Poplar Christian Aid Group

11 Apr

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Make sure YOUR voice is heard! Register to vote today…

April 11, 2017 | By | No Comments

It takes 5 minutes to register and all you need is your National Insurance number, address and date of birth.

Londoners aren’t going to the polls just yet but the elections taking place around the country next month are a timely reminder of why you need to register to vote- if you’re not signed up, you won’t be able to take part.

Make sure you have your say → gov.uk/register-to-vote

 

05 Apr

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP leads charge to increase employment opportunities for disabled people through 30-day challenge to local business

April 5, 2017 | By | No Comments

MP for Poplar and Limehouse has undertaken a challenge to make the employers in the constituency more inclusive, encouraging them to sign up to the Disability Confident scheme which helps employers open up their workforce to disabled people.

The challenge, to sign up 30 businesses in April, is part of a national campaign run by the Disability Confident scheme, which supports employers to increase the diversity of their workforce and offer opportunities to disabled jobseekers, including work experience, apprenticeships, work trials and employment.

Jim said:

“Disabled people make up a fifth of the working age population and our local employers could be missing out on a large proportion of the talent in our community and a chance to become more diverse.

“I hope this scheme will lead to a lot more employers becoming Disability Confident and improved opportunities for local disabled people to realise their potential in the workplace.”

To find out more information and how you can sign up, please click here.

05 Apr

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Do you have what it takes to change the world? asks Jim Fitzpatrick MP

April 5, 2017 | By | No Comments

The British Council seeks exceptional young people aged 18-35 to join a nine-day workshop to develop leadership skills, learn from global policy experts and attend private meetings with inspirational leaders.

Successful applicants will take part in regional heats to win the opportunity to meet with MPs in the UK Houses of Parliament

The search is on for a new generation of leaders to join emerging leaders from nine other countries for an intensive policy and leadership development opportunity, culminating in a conference in the UK Houses of Parliament.

Future Leaders Connect, launched this year by the British Council, will offer nine days of leadership learning and development for young people to provide them with the skills they need to turn innovative ideas in to tangible policy recommendations.

Those taking part will meet heads of NGOs, policy-makers and British MPs.

Jim said:

“We have a long, proud tradition of democratic policy-making in this country and this is a great opportunity for the next generation of leaders to take it forward. The connections these young people will make not only with UK decision makers but also with their counterparts from across the world, will be invaluable to them in their careers.

“I would urge anybody from Poplar and Limehouse who wants to make a difference, have their voice heard and become a great leader, to apply to Future Leaders Connect.”

Anyone who would like to take part needs to submit an online application by 23.59 Sunday 14 May. They will be asked what their unique policy ideas are and about their experience as a leader.

www.britishcouncil.org/future-leaders-connect

They will join finalists from ten other countries for a nine-day programme which will include training in public speaking, policy development expertise and leadership skills. This culminates with one day in the Houses of Parliament, meeting MPs and law makers.

Sir Ciarán Devane, the Chief Executive of the British Council, said: “An international outlook is vital for the future leaders of all countries, if they wish to overcome the challenges they will face.

“Through Future Leaders Connect the British Council will help a new generation to understand practical policy development by putting them in contact with the leaders of today. The programme will help them to develop the skills and international contacts they need to make positive change in their countries.”

15 Mar

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP meets local scientist at STEM for BRITAIN

March 15, 2017 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick met local scientist Anasua Chatterjee at STEM for BRITAIN, a poster competition in the House of Commons involving over 200 early stage or early career researchers organized by the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee.

Anasua from University College London was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament and her poster on research about ‘splitting the electron in a silicon transistor’ was judged by professional and academic experts against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

Jim said:

“These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for BRITAIN is a great opportunity to meet them and learn about their work.

“I enjoyed meeting Anasua today and found her work fascinating. I wish her every success in the future.”

02 Mar

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP swears to take on mental illness

March 2, 2017 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick has pledged to take on the unacceptable lack of progress in tackling young people’s mental health. The Member of Parliament for Poplar and Limehouse joined MPs from all parties in swearing to tackle mental illness at an event in Westminster.

New figures from mental health research charity MQ show that four in 10 (42%) people in the UK have come to believe that mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression are now an inevitable part of life, such is the lack of understanding and action around mental health.

84% say that not enough is being done to tackle mental illness for the future. And 68% of parents believe that having more education about mental illnesses could prevent suffering for future generations.

Three children in an average class are affected by a diagnosable mental illness. But many are waiting a decade between experiencing their first symptoms and getting help. Only a quarter of young people referred to services receive appropriate care.

Overall only £8 is spent on research per person affected on mental health in the UK, which is 22 times less than per person for cancer (£178) and 14 times less than dementia spend (£110).

And despite 75% of mental illness starting before the age of 18, less than 30% of the total mental health research spend is focused on children and young people. As a result, the majority of mental healthcare resources are not designed or developed for young people, leading to poor treatment outcomes in young people and hindering prevention efforts.

Jim said:

“Mental illness should not be seen as a day-to-day part of life. The current state of mental health treatment would simply never be accepted for a physical condition- we need parity. Through research we can get to grips with this growing crisis in young people’s mental health – and build progress towards much-needed hope for everyone affected.”

Swear to take on mental health. Search #WeSwear on social media or visit: http://www.mqmentalhealth.org/we-swear for further information as to how you can help.

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