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21 Aug

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Jim Fitzpatrick urges local charities & groups to apply for funding

August 21, 2017 | By | No Comments

Local MP, Jim Fitzpatrick, has urged local charities and community groups to consider applying for a share of over £4 million of funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Applications for the latest round of funding are now open and will close on the 28 August.

Both charities and community groups are eligible to apply for the grants of between £500 and £20,000.

The funding will be allocated through one of three Trusts, which support different categories of projects:

People’s Postcode Trust: seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.

Postcode Local Trust: supports wildlife, sustainability, play areas and green spaces.

Postcode Community Trust: focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes.

Over 400 projects were awarded with grants in the last funding round. With previously funded projects ranging from sports clubs, to mental health groups, to wildlife conservation charities, this is a fantastic opportunity for groups to access funding to make a difference in the local community.

Jim said:

“I know many local charities and community groups do fantastic work on very limited budgets but securing extra funds can make a huge difference both for the charity and the local people it supports. I would like to urge all charities and groups in Poplar and Limehouse to consider making an application for this funding.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:

“More than £4 million injected into grass roots projects across Great Britain will have a tremendous impact in local communities. Between the three Trusts, a very wide range of causes are supported, so I’d urge groups to have a look at the websites to see where their project fits – no matter how big or small – and get applying.”

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have so far raised more than £221.2 million to date for over 3,000 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.

For more information on how to apply for funding, please visit the Trusts’ websites:

www.postcodetrust.org.uk

www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk

www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk

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

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.

29 Mar

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Schools funding debate

March 29, 2017 | By | No Comments

Helen Hayes, Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood secured a very important Westminster Hall debate on schools funding in London.

Prior to the debate I was contacted by a number of primary schools and constituents in Poplar and Limehouse who were all concerned by the implementation of the new funding formula. The head at Cubitt Town School informed me they stand to lose £747 per pupil due to the changes. Schools in Tower Hamlets and across London are facing extreme pressure and simply cannot afford these cuts.


Follow the links to watch or read the debate in full or jump straight to my contribution here.

27 Jan

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP urges residents in Poplar & Limehouse to register for free extra help in a power cut

January 27, 2017 | By | No Comments

 Jim Fitzpatrick MP joined electricity network, UK Power Networks, at a event in the House of Commons to launch a new pack to help vulnerable customers in the event of a power cut. Jim is also encouraging residents in Poplar & Limehouse who may need extra support in a power cut to sign up to UK Power Networks’ free Priority Services Register.

The Priority Services Register enables UK Power Networks to identify and help customers who may need additional support in a power cut as older or disabled people, customers with dementia or families with young children.

The new pack contains helpful items including a plug-in-the-wall torch that automatically switches on when there is a power cut, a glow stick and a storage bottle where people can keep vital personal and medical information in the event of an emergency.

There are 3,675 people in Poplar and Limehouse who are already registered but Jim believes that number should be higher. New research has revealed, for example, that only one in six people, (including one in eight over 80 years old) know about the Register.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP said:

“I’m sure every one of us knows somebody who could benefit from being on the Priority Service Register, whether it’s a friend, relative or neighbour. It’s important to be prepared in the event of a power cut. I’d like to urge my constituents to sign up for this free help.”

UK Power Networks chief executive Basil Scarsella said:

“Although we have reduced the number of power cuts by over 40% since 2010, if there is a power cut then being on the Priority Services Register means our dedicated team know who they need to contact to provide tailored support. Events like today’s reception are an important way of raising awareness about the register and the extra support we provide to vulnerable customers.”

Customers can apply to join the register by visiting www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority, calling 0800 169 9970, or emailing psr@ukpowernetworks.co.uk

28 Nov

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Electrical bargains not all they seem

November 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

Research by leading safety charity, Electrical Safety First, found that 1 in 6 consumers in the UK have bought a fake electrical item as a Christmas gift – and most of us are unable to identify a genuine electrical product from a fake.

Now Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse is helping the charity raise awareness of the dangers of counterfeits in the run up to the Christmas shopping period when high street and digital retailers offer a range of special offers and discounts.

“Christmas is always expensive and we are all keen to get a bargain but Electrical Safety First’s research makes it clear that shoppers must beware of fakes, particularly via the web”, explains Jim. “The Charity found that 3 out of 5 fake electricals are purchased online, with a third of buyers experiencing major problems with the item. And with almost half of all domestic fires in UK homes caused by electricity, this is a risk you don’t want to take.”

Electrical Safety First also found that it’s not always easy for people to spot a counterfeit product. Three quarters of UK consumers were unable to identify genuine ‘GHD’ hair straighteners and 3 in 5 could not spot a fake ‘Apple’ charger and with the rise of online shopping, it can be even more difficult. One in 5 online shoppers admitted they didn’t consider the authenticity of the product, with over half simply presuming that the electrical items for sale online were genuine.

And, of course, some people are deliberately buying fake products. One in 6 of those surveyed said they would consider buying a product, even if they suspected it was fake, if it was cheaper than the original.

Jim added:

“Fake goods are often cheaper because they omit key components which can affect both the safety and functionality of the product. To make sure you buy ‘the genuine article’, Electrical Safety First has developed advice to help people spot a fake electrical product. I’m urging all my constituents to check this before they do their Christmas shopping.”

For more information, visit: www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-and-advice/electrical-items/safe-shopping/

24 Nov

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP urges eye clinics not to cancel constituents’ appointments

November 24, 2016 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick recently attended the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) parliamentary reception to find out if time is running out for his constituents with conditions that can lead to sight loss.

Eye clinics that cancel appointments put their patients at risk of irreversible sight loss because many treatments for sight-threatening conditions require frequent follow-up appointments.

RNIB is campaigning for patients to be seen by eye clinics in the time advised by their consultant, and for patients to keep their appointments.

Jim said:

“I support RNIB’s campaign to make sure people are given timely eye clinic appointments. I’ll work with RNIB to ensure people in Poplar and Limehouse receive their treatment on time.”

Sally Harvey, RNIB’s Acting Chief Executive, said:

“Patients must be seen by their eye clinic within an appropriate time for their condition. No-one should lose their sight needlessly because their eye clinic was too busy to treat them on time.

Patients can also help themselves by attending their eye clinic appointment and not miss or cancel them. Doing so puts their sight at risk, prevents other patients being given timely appointments, and costs the NHS money.”

For more information you can call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit www.rnib.org.uk

23 Nov

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Over 35,000 households in Poplar and Limehouse could save hundreds of pounds on energy

November 23, 2016 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP backs the Energy Switch Guarantee, an industry initiative to make switching supplier simpler, quicker and safer.

More than 83% of households in Poplar and Limehouse could be missing out on hundreds of pounds of energy savings that can be made by switching energy provider.

The Energy Switch Guarantee – launched in June – is a set of ten commitments designed to offer customers more confidence in the switching process.

The signatories of the Guarantee will make sure the switch is completed in twenty-one days. The Guarantee gives customers the extra assurance that the switch will be fast and reliable.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP said:

“I want to see 83% of households in Poplar and Limehouse save hundreds of pounds by switching their gas and electricity supplier this winter.

“People tell me that if you’ve been with the same supplier for years switching can seem like a daunting task that is why I support the Energy Switch Guarantee which promises to make switching simple and smooth for everyone.”

Tina Tietjen, independent chair of the Energy Switch Guarantee said:

“I encourage people to shop around this winter for the best deal for them. Customers can save hundreds of pounds and with the Energy Switch Guarantee they are assured a simple, speedy and safe switch.

“The Guarantee is a major commitment by suppliers – from the largest to some of the newest suppliers in the market – to make switching simple and quick. It is designed to reassure consumers who may have reservations about switching.”

Further information about the Guarantee can be found by visiting: www.energyswitchguarantee.com

07 Nov

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Local MP Jim Fitzpatrick praises local charity trustees

November 7, 2016 | By | No Comments

To mark the start of the seventh annual Trustees’ Week, Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, is celebrating the important contribution that charity trustees make to their local communities and thanking the 2947 trustees in Poplar and Limehouse for their hard work over the last year.

A wide range of activities and services are carried out by the charities in Poplar and Limehouse. All of which couldn’t carry out their important work without the diligent efforts of trustees, most of whom are volunteers.

Trustees Week which runs from 7-13 November highlights the important work that charity trustees do all year round and raises awareness of how people can gain valuable experience and skills through volunteering as a charity trustee.

This year’s theme for Trustees’ Week focuses on Stronger Charities through Good Leadership, reflecting the excellent leadership the Charity Commission often sees in its case work from a range of trustees and charity staff.

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, said:

“The charities in Poplar and Limehouse wouldn’t be able to make a difference without the important contribution of the charity trustees. With so many great local charities doing important work, I want to mark the start of national Trustees’ Week by thanking the 2947 local charity trustees for their tireless dedication to the civic life of Poplar and Limehouse.

“I would like to encourage anyone thinking of becoming a trustee to use Trustees’ Week to find out more about the role and the various ways they can get involved. Trusteeship brings excellent opportunities including meeting new people, developing new skills, and applying existing expertise to new, real-life challenges.”

William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, said:

“We know the work of trustees is crucial to the success of their charities, and they often bear a considerable load. However, this Trustees Week we want to encourage trustees to keep doing excellent work – and remind them that despite the recent increase in focus, the legal burden hasn’t changed.

“We see great stewardship in our engagement with charities, often by trustees facing difficult and complex situations. Some of the best decision-making we have seen has been a product of having diversity on boards, meaning trustees can challenge each other and offer conflicting perspectives to ultimately achieve the best outcome for their charity.”

Trustees’ Week runs 7-13 November 2016. To learn more about Trustees’ Week and trusteeship, visit www.trusteesweek.org and follow @trusteesweek. The website includes case studies, recruitment resources, details of local events being held during Trustees’ Week and links to trustee matching services for those who want to become a trustee.

 

02 Nov

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Get involved in UK Parliament Week: 14-20 November 2016

November 2, 2016 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP is calling for organisations in Poplar and Limehouse to take part in UK Parliament Week, an annual programme of events to connect people with UK Parliament.

Parliament Week 2016 begins on 14 November and will see schools, museums, charities and businesses around the country join in a week long programme of activities and events which explore what the UK Parliament means to them and their community.

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse said:

‘UK Parliament Week is a great opportunity for organisations here in Tower Hamlets to engage their audiences or members in this national programme. There are many ways you can get involved – put on an event such as a debate, exhibition, or online event or visit the UK Parliament Week website for more ideas. Become a UK Parliament Week partner and, along with organisations from across the UK, add your voice to this exciting project.’

Schools are also invited to take part in Parliament Week. For more information, please visit: www.ukparliamentweek.org

 

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