John Cryer joined the National Deaf Children's Society at an event in Parliament last week (Wed...
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Wednesday 17th January 2018 - 15:48 Opportunity to support deaf children
Opportunity to support deaf children John Cryer joined the National Deaf Children's Society at an event in Parliament last week (Wednesday 10 January) to learn about how pre-school deaf children in Waltham Forest and Redbridge can benefit from transformational technology.

Radio aids are a piece of technology that amplify speech and cut out background noise, helping deaf children to hear their parents more clearly and develop their language and communication skills at a faster rate.

The benefits of radio aids are well known in education, but recent research from the National Deaf Children's Society shows that they have significant benefits for deaf children when used in the home too, particularly during the early years when language development is at a critical phase.

The research showed that using radio aids at home is key for increasing conversations between parents and deaf children under-5 in noisy environments. When a radio aid is used in the car for instance, conversations with a deaf child increased by 144%, and when outdoors by 88%.

Almost 50 MPs from across the political spectrum joined deaf children, parents, teachers and campaigners in Parliament to show local authorities like Waltham Forest Council and Redbridge Council why they should be providing this life changing technology to pre-school deaf children in their area.

Nicola Ward, London Regional Director at the National Deaf Children's Society said: "Waltham Forest and Redbridge are two of the 54% of councils in England who do not consistently provide deaf children in the early years with this transformational technology to use at home. With the Department for Education making funding available for this through the Special Provision Capital Fund, local authorities like Waltham Forrest and Redbridge will now be able to fund this vital technology."

Nicola Ward went on to say that "As this research shows, funding radio aids will have a huge impact on so many deaf children locally, helping them to hear their parents more clearly, allowing them to thrive, acquire language at a faster rate, and to help them achieve just as well as their hearing friends."

John Cryer MP, who attended the event in Parliament added:

"It was wonderful to meet so many deaf children and their parents from across my constituency at this event. Hearing their views, and learning about the support they need was an eye opener. I will be speaking to Waltham Forrest Council and Redbridge Council to see how they can use this new funding to get radio aids for deaf pre-schoolers in our area."
Monday 23rd October 2017 - 12:30 Green Garden Waste Service
Green Garden Waste Service John Cryer, the Member of Parliament for Leyton and Wanstead has welcomed the announcement by the council to reinstate the free fortnightly service. Redbridge Council were forced to implement £125m cuts from Central Government since 2011 and this meant making tough decisions.

John Cryer MP said:

"I had received many enquiries from residents in relations to the 'free-for-service Green Garden Waste Trail'. I met council leadership and made representations on behalf of disgruntled residents. The council conducted a review and they decided a free fortnightly service would be the best way forward."

"I am informed that the free fortnightly service will begin next year from March - November using the old style green bags which will be supplied to every household with a garden. In addition, I am advised that there will be a "Christmas Tree Amnesty" early in the New Year for collection of dead Christmas trees."

"I welcome the council's review of policy and the changes that will be introduced in the New Year."
Monday 23rd October 2017 - 12:13 Ham-Fisted Welfare Reforms Need Pausing
Ham-Fisted Welfare Reforms Need Pausing Despite huge pressure from inside and outside Westminster, the Government is still yet to pause the clumsy roll out of Universal Credit (UC), its flagship welfare reform, which is causing homelessness and hunger wherever it goes.

On in four claimants moving from other benefits like Jobseekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance to UC are waiting more than six weeks to be paid, leading to rent arrears, evictions and spiralling debts. A small concession on helpline charges is welcome but will not address these problems.

The principles behind UC are good: making sure nobody is ever better off on benefits than in work and simplifying the system are obviously worthy aims. However the myriad of practical problems UC has encountered in the seven years since it was first devised are having dire real world consequences. These problems need to be solved before the rollout continues. Afterwards will be too late.

UC is due in Waltham Forest just before Christmas and in Redbridge in the springtime. In Waltham Forest the timing could not be worse: not only is it an incredibly expensive time of year for many families, DWP have also announced the closure of Leytonstone Jobcentre Plus. It has not been made clear whether the plans for Leytonstone will be postponed.

There are rumours, as yet unconfirmed, that the Government is due to bow to pressure from the opposition and its own backbenchers to make changes. If true, I say: better late than never.
Wednesday 18th October 2017 - 09:49 National Lottery Funding
National Lottery Funding John Cryer, the Member of Parliament for Leyton and Wanstead has today welcomed news than 36m of National Lottery money has been invested in Leyton and Wanstead's heritage projects since 1994.

From exploring local archaeology and restoring local parks and buildings to protecting wildlife and researching local history, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded more than 7.1 billion grants to heritage projects in the area.

Now, HLF is encouraging people in Leyton and Wanstead to apply for grants between £3,000 and £10,000 to undertake projects exploring the impact and legacy of the First World War beyond 1918. Whether that's looking at the role the war played in bringing about universal suffrage; the introduction of daylight saving; or the mechanisation of agriculture, there is a wealth of local stories waiting to be explored about life following the war.

John Cryer MP said: "Leyton and Wanstead has an incredibly rich history and I'm delighted to learn that thanks to the National Lottery local people have been exploring and enjoying that heritage. Just like many towns and cities across the UK, the Leyton and Wanstead we live in today was shaped by the First World War and so I strongly encourage local people to make use of the money available from Heritage Lottery Fund to explore its legacy further."

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of HLF, said: "Sadly, the 'war to end all wars' was no such thing and so it is right the events of First World War should never be forgotten. We've been helping people across the UK explore an incredible array of stories from 1914-18, but the war had an impact beyond 1918 and we must recognise this. The legacy of the First World War needs to be better understood and so we are encouraging people to come to us with their ideas for projects."

The money is available through HLF's community grants programme, First World War: then and now.
Tuesday 3rd October 2017 - 08:43 NICE Approve Nivolumab
NICE Approve Nivolumab John Cryer has welcomed the decision by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to approve nivolumab through the fast-track Cancer Drugs Fund.

The life-extending lung cancer drug will be made immediately available to NHS patients in England

John Cryer MP said:

"I must praise my constituent Terri Robson who fought tirelessly to get nivolumb for cancer patients in England. My sincere condolences that Terri's mother lost her fight to cancer. 1000s of people will now be helped in their battle against lung cancer due to campaigning efforts of Terri. An amazing campaign which will make an immense difference to the loves of so many people.

"I helped Terri deliver her petition which was signed by 150,000 to No 10 Downing Street. I wrote to every parliamentarian and the Health Secretary. I tabled a parliamentary early day motion calling on the Government to help prolong the life of Terri's mother and others who suffer from lung cancer. I urged NICE to review their decision and to allow patients to use Nivolumab as an immunotherapy for use in lung cancer treatment."

Terri Robson said;

"It is a bitter, sweet situation not just for my family and I but for all those Lung Cancer patients families who have lost someone in the last 12 months. We are very proud of our mother Fiona Fail fight, her grace and her drive to help others even in her final days. Raising £3000 from her funeral which has gone to Macmillian in Northumberland.

Her legacy is this campaign as it raised people's awareness of lung cancer and the treatments available. Her goal was reached and Nivolumab is now available to Lung Cancer patients and it is welcomed news and a step in the right direction."
Friday 29th September 2017 - 09:38 Holocaust Memorial Day
When I was growing up in the 1970s, there was a naïve belief that anti-semitism had been dealt with, at least as far as this country was concerned. At that time, the National Front was mainly concerned with attacking African-Caribbean communities and those from the sub-continent.

The Second World War was still a vivid memory and there were many thousands of men and women around who had served in the forces or witnessed the Blitz. There were also, crucially, Holocaust survivors who were determined to tell the world about their experiences. Leon Greenman, for example, who lived for most of his life in Ilford, spent decades speaking at schools and community organisations about his horrific experiences in Auschwitz.

The Second World War is now slipping from memory into history and I strongly suspect that this is connected to the fact that there seems to be a rebirth in anti-semitism. In the online world, there are truly repellent views readily available, views which are sometimes every bit as bloodthirsty and crazed as those disseminated during the 1930s.

Now, more than ever, it is the duty of those who are elected - councillors and MPs - to talk about what happened in the thirties and forties. Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember the horrors of the past, to point out how deluded are the Holocaust deniers and the anti-semitic bigots, and to do all we can to make sure nothing like it ever happens again.
Wednesday 13th September 2017 - 12:25 Why I voted against the Great Repeal Bill
Why I voted against the Great Repeal Bill Many readers will know that the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - also known as the Brexit Bill - has now been published and that Labour MPs voted against it in the House of Commons on the evening of Monday September 11th. We also voted against the programme motion which laid down the timetable for the parliamentary debate. That timetable only allows eight days for the debate (contrast that with more than 40 days for the Maastricht Treaty Bill in the early nineties).

The Bill is a spectacular power-grab by a government which abhors parliamentary scrutiny and opposition and, of course, called an election in the hope that the Labour Party would be crushed and therefore such opposition would simply not be there.

This is an example of just how authoritarian the Bill is: it allows for secondary legislation to be passed by a small committee with a government majority in the future. That committee would have the power to amend this Bill without the issue going to the House of Commons.

In other words, ministers have planted clauses in the legislation to allow that same legislation to be changed by the back door by their own MPs. The Bill is littered with such clauses and therefore is simply not worth the paper it is written on.

It also allows a minister to determine the exact date on which we leave the EU, again without any reference to parliament.
The above are just three reasons why I believe we were right to oppose the Bill and the programme motion.

I have always been very critical of the European Union and believe the referendum of last year should be respected and that the result creates a democratic imperative to leave the EU.

However, what the government is proposing is to take dictatorial powers, ignore parliament and push through whatever they like.

This should not happen in a real democracy. Sadly, we lost the vote in parliament so we now have to try and amend the Bill. The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, will be putting down loads of amendments as he has done before.

It remains to be seen whether any of them will be successful.
Tuesday 12th September 2017 - 13:42 NATIONAL JOKE COMPETITION FOR SCHOOLS

John Cryer is supporting Voice Box, an annual, national joke-telling competition designed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists to build schoolchildren's communication skills. This year's competition is being run in partnership with the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and supported by The Communication Trust TCT).

Almost 10% of children start school with some form of language disorder. Undetected or unmet speech, language and communication problems can lead to low levels of literacy, poor educational attainment, poorer mental health and wellbeing and, in turn, difficulties finding employment.

Mainstream and specialist schools across England, Scotland and Wales are invited to bring laughter into their classrooms this autumn by taking part in the competition. Schools should hold their joke-telling contests between October and November and then submit their pupil's funniest joke to the RCSLT by 1 December for a chance to go through to a grand final at Westminster, London, in 2018.

The pupil with the ultimate winning joke will receive an iPad mini, while two runners-up will each receive national book tokens work £50.

The RCSLT has developed a toolkit with useful resources, ideas and a nomination form for schools to download via www.givingvoiceuk.org/voice-box

Cryer said: "After meeting a constituent of mine who works as a Speech and Language Therapist, I was only too pleased to get involved in promoting Voice Box. It is a fun way of raising awareness of the value of speech and language therapy for all sorts of different people, in particular children.

"I will be writing to all the Heads in my constituency and encouraging them to take part in this competition and I look forward to hearing the jokes that the kids come up with!"

RCSLT CEO, Kamini Gadhok MBE, says: "The aim of the Voice Box competition is to remind people that all children need support to build their communication skills and confidence and some need additional specialist help to speak and understand what is being said to them.

"Communication is a fundamental skill and has the most profound and positive impact on our lives - from our social and emotional development to our behaviour, learning and educational attainment. It impacts on how we interact with other people, how we understand them and, in turn, how we are understood."
Wednesday 30th August 2017 - 16:46 Acid Attacks - Time To Act
Acid Attacks - Time To Act John Cryer MP has called on the Metropolitan Police and Home Office to get a grip on the spiralling problem of acid attacks following the incident in Langthorne Road, Leytonstone on Sunday 20th August.

In an incident which shocked local residents, a cyclist was surrounded by a moped gang and sprayed with a corrosive substance, suffering potentially life changing facial damage. It followed similar attacks over the summer elsewhere in East London and around the capital.

Cryer said: "This strikes me as an especially cruel and sadistic way of inflicting harm on somebody.

"I have asked the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police for an urgent update on London-wide efforts to combat this repulsive fashion, and written to the Home Secretary to ask what urgent steps she intends to take in order to clamp down on acid attacks. In my view, regulation of the sale of corrosive substances in the form of a licensing system is a must.

"I would also like to see proof of age and ID as a condition of buying these substances. The government could also look at the possibility of banning cash purchases.

"Finally, we need more information about why this is happening. There is no doubt that these sorts of attacks are rising in London but the rest of the country is less clear. We need to know who are the victims and who are the perpetrators. The Home Office or the Department of Justice need to commission some research very quickly."
Friday 25th August 2017 - 10:30 Parking changes show local democracy works
Parking changes show local democracy works Last winter many Wanstead residents and business owners reacted with consternation to an experimental parking scheme, imposing a permit scheme on the area for a designated eighteen-month period. I heard from a number of local businesses who reacted with the same horror when almost identical proposals were made in 2011, at that time forcing the council into a U-turn.

I was therefore relieved to hear in March that the experimental traffic order was to be removed in favour of a "gold standard" consultation exercise, which announced its results earlier in the month. I believe that the result- a much scaled-down version of the original plan, with only a fraction of the roads originally proposed getting a new permit scheme- shows what can be achieved when residents engage in local democracy. I know that Wanstead ward councillors Paul Merry and Sheila Bain spent a lot of time conveying the deep concerns of local people about the original scheme, as did I.

Parking is quite possibly the trickiest thing for councils to get right. I often hear from residents in all parts of my constituency who want a permit scheme because commuters or shoppers fill all the spaces in their road, but this can become an eternally self-perpetuating process as parking is displaced onto the next road, and the next, and the next ad infinitum. This can be challenging for businesses, who need visitor parking to remain available. There is no doubt that the new scheme for Wanstead will not solve all parking problems in the area and will pose new problems to some: I have heard from a great many residents on the Lakehouse Road estate in Aldersbrook, for example, who are currently swamped with displaced Waltham Forest and Newham parking as a consequence of new schemes there, and a resident of a road adjoining the High Street without permit parking has relayed to me her anxieties about the new scheme. Only by local people continuing to participate in local democracy can we hope to find the best balance between the needs of residents and businesses.