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Fitz Weekly – 8 December 2017

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Fitz Weekly – 1 December 2017

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Charity Commission launches inquiry into Island Health Trust

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The Charity Commission announced today they have begun an inquiry into Island Health Trust, which governs the Island Health Centre, a clinic on the Isle of Dogs. Concerns were raised when GPs at Island Health saw their service charge hiked, despite the Trust holding assets worth around £1.3 million. Public accounts also show the chair of the charity was paid nearly £180,000 in consultancy fees by the NHS in 2014/15.

The Commission stated they’ve been:

“Monitoring the charity’s governance and financial administration since February 2017 after concerns were raised regarding the use of the charity’s funds and potential private benefit to one or more trustees.

“The Commission’s enquiries confirmed that a consultancy company, solely owned by a trustee of the charity, received significant benefits from the charity relating to a strategic development project.”

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse said:

“I’m encouraged by the Charity Commission’s decision to open an investigation into Island Health Trust. The inquiry follows months of meetings with the Commission, local Councillors and residents as well as writing to the Department of Health on the issue. It’s only right the Trust is held to account.

“I’m sure the news will be welcomed by residents and patients on the Isle of Dogs, who’ve been calling for transparency as well as the protection of local health services.”

You can read the Charity Commission’s full statement here.

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Fitz Weekly – 24 November 2017

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Fitz Weekly – 17 November 2017

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13 Nov

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MP supports Usdaw’s campaign to protect shop workers from violence, threats and abuse

November 13, 2017 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP has joined with members of the retail union Usdaw to campaign for respect for shop workers as part of the ‘Freedom From Fear’ Campaign, which seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff.

Attending a campaign event in the House of Commons, Jim pledged to support greater protection for shop workers and other public facing workers whilst they go about their jobs.

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse says:

“No one should be confronted with violence, threats and abuse in the workplace. We must stand together and ask people to respect shop workers.

“The numbers show that the human cost of retail crime is growing, with a 40% increase in offences involving abuse or violence against shop workers.

“I’ll continue to campaign with Usdaw for a change in the law to ensure that proper punishments are given out – assaulting workers who are serving the public is totally unacceptable.”

John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary says:

“Often, in the course of their duties, shop workers are expected to enforce the law, whether that is preventing under-age purchases of products like knives, tobacco or alcohol, or detaining shoplifters until the police arrive, they can be put in real danger. Parliament has given shop workers the duty to enforce the law, so Parliament should provide the necessary protection.

“I have been shocked by the leniency of some of the sentences for assault of workers. Around 200 shop workers are assaulted every day and it is time to say enough is enough. The Government must act to address this issue and act quickly.

“I’ve been very disappointed to see Tory and Liberal MPs, on five occasions combine to block this measure when proposed by Labour. The Conservative record on tackling retail crime shows that since 2010 there are 20,000 fewer police and a steady increase in shoplifting rising 8% this year, but the number of shop thieves going to court dropping by a quarter.”

Shop workers in Poplar and Limehouse can take part in Usdaw’s survey of violence and abuse against retail staff here: www.usdaw.org.uk/respectsurvey

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Fitz Weekly – 3 November 2017

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Fitz Weekly – 27 October 2017

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Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, supports firefighters at Westminster

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Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, met firefighters in Westminster to recognise and celebrate the invaluable work firefighters do keeping our communities safe.

‘Love Your Firefighters’, hosted by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), was attended by more than 60 MPs, who met firefighters and union officials.

MPs were asked to support investment into the fire and rescue service by FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack. He urged the MPs to take the message back to their constituencies that the maintenance of a world class, professional fire and rescue service is something all political parties should support.

Matt Wrack said:

“It was a privilege to have so many MPs from across the spectrum here with us to celebrate the work of our members. We want support for firefighters and our fire and rescue services from all politicians. We would urge MPs from all parties to get behind their firefighters now and support the invaluable work they do in their communities, keeping us all safe.”

Jim Fitzpatrick said:

“It was an honour to have the opportunity to meet some of the professional firefighters who do such invaluable, challenging work.

“Firefighters who responded to the Grenfell Tower fire had their training and professionalism tested to the limit. All members of parliament should support our fire and rescue services, in the interests of both public and firefighter safety.”

Two films were shown at the event. Operator won the Bafta short film award last year (2016) for its depiction of a control room operator taking an emergency fire call. The Firefighters’ Dilemma was made this year to convey the stress fire crews are under when they turn out to a fire if they have to wait for a second fire engine before entering the premises due to service cuts.

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Fitz Weekly – 20 October 2017

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