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25 Jul

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Jim Fitzpatrick slams the Government as more Met Police Officers cut

July 25, 2017 | By | No Comments

Responding to the police workforce figures which revealed the Metropolitan Police Service has lost another 608 Officers, Jim Fitzpatrick slammed the Government’s shameful record. 20,000 Police Officers have now been axed in the UK since 2010. The crime statistics show the largest rise in recorded crime in a decade, including an 18% jump in violent crime.

Jim Fitzpatrick, the MP for Poplar and Limehouse said:

“The Tories’ claim of being the ‘Party of Law and Order’ lies in tatters. It is no coincidence that in a week when we learn of further cuts to Police numbers, it’s also revealed that crime is on the rise.

“Barely a day goes by without a constituent raising their concerns over anti-social behaviour, acid attacks or drug use. Tower Hamlets Police do an outstanding job but they deserve the resources to deal with the problems in our borough. Being told by the Government to do more with less is nonsense.”

Louise Haigh, Labour’s Shadow Policing and Crime Minister said:

“These damning new figures prove that this government cannot be trusted to keep our communities safe.

“Thanks to years of Conservative cuts, police numbers are now the lowest on record, at a time when forces are under unprecedented pressure. You can’t protect the public on the cheap.

“This is the grim legacy of seven years of Tory austerity; dedicated police officers fighting hard to keep the public safe with fewer officers per head than ever before. Labour will recruit another 10,000 new police officers to help keep us safe.”

24 Jul

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Poplar and Limehouse leads the way in helping disabled people into work

July 24, 2017 | By | No Comments

 

Jim Fitzpatrick MP has taken on the Disability Confident summer challenge to get local employers on board with disability employment

MP for Poplar and Limehouse, Jim Fitzpatrick has undertaken a challenge to encourage employers in his area to become more inclusive, sign up to the Disability Confident scheme and open up their workforce to disabled people.

The challenge 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 Fitzpatrick 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.

“I hope this will be the start of lots more employers in Poplar and Limehouse becoming Disability Confident and improved opportunities for local disabled people to realise their potential in the workplace.”

You can find out more about the scheme and sign up here.

21 Jul

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Fitz Weekly: 21 July 2017

July 21, 2017 | By | No Comments

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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.

14 Jul

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Fitz Weekly: 14 July 2017

July 14, 2017 | By | No Comments

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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.”

11 Jul

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Age Champions Parliamentary Reception

July 11, 2017 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, met with older people from across the country at an event in Parliament organised by the charity Age UK.

The Age Champions event was the charity’s annual summer reception and highlighted the challenges of an ageing population and opportunities in later life.

MPs heard how they can tackle issues affecting older people in Poplar and Limehouse and across the country, including loneliness and isolation, social care and ‎the importance of a decent income.

Jim said:

“It’s right the crisis in social care is finally getting the attention it deserves. The public are now more aware than ever the problems some are facing in later life. It’s astonishing to think one million people are not receiving the care they need to live with dignity and respect.

“What they need are viable solutions from the government and the work organisations like Age UK are doing on issues like fuel poverty, loneliness and the care system is invaluable. It was great to be able to support their efforts.”

Speaking at the event, Age UK Chief Executive, Tom Wright CBE, said:

“I am delighted to say that we now have over 130 Age Champion MPs from all sides of the House and I hope that many others will want to join as this Parliament proceeds.

“This new Parliament offers a great opportunity for policymakers to work together with organisations like Age UK with a view to ensuring that every older person can live with dignity and enjoy a fulfilling later life.

“Issues like the fragility of our social care system and the chronic loneliness that affects too many are not going away and our older population badly needs us to find solutions for them.”

Throughout the event MPs learned more about how Age UK can help them to improve the lives of older people in their constituencies and make the most of their role as an ‘Age Champion’.

For more information about your local Age UK and Age UK’s work more generally please visit: www.ageuk.org.uk

07 Jul

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Fitz Weekly: 7 July 2017

July 7, 2017 | By | No Comments

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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.”

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