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Tuesday 16th October 2018 - 10:37 Targeting Toxic Air Hot Spots
Targeting Toxic Air Hot Spots Six million fund open for bids today for boroughs to target worst pollution areas.

Boroughs can use the money to create more car-free and low-emission streets, promote no-engine idling and clean up construction sites
Part of the Mayor's twenty million Air quality fund that has already supported projects across 29 boroughs.

John Cryer welcomed the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (27 September) call for boroughs to bid for a share of six million funding to help target local pollution hot spots and drastically improve air quality.

The funding is part of the twenty million Mayor's Air Quality Fund that has already delivered hard-hitting measures across 29 boroughs including electrifying Hackney Council's vehicle fleet, fitting low-cost electric charging points onto lampposts across Hounslow, and establishing a green courier service in Waltham Forest.

John joined Mayor Sadiq and leader of the Council, Clare Coghill to meet local businesses on Francis Road in Leyton who have helped reduce traffic pollution by using a cargo bike and electric vehicle delivery service, supported by a four hundred thousand pounds City Hall Air Quality Fund grant. Over the last year the project's 12 part-time riders have cycled 7,743 km and delivered more than 8,000 packages. Around 25 local businesses use the delivery service every month, alongside The Waltham Forest Library Service which uses the cargo bikes to deliver books to housebound residents across the borough.

John Cryer MP said:

"I am pleased the direct actions is being taken to improve air quality in our area. Sadly I am aware that local residents die from illness related to air pollution every year. I hope this funding will help boroughs to deliver targeted action for the benefit of all Londoners. I do also agree with Sadiq that despite that all he and Waltham Forest Council are doing we can't win this battle until the government provides extra resources and delivers a new Clean Air Act fit for the 21st century."

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: "Our filthy toxic air is a national health crisis, contributing to tens of thousands of premature deaths in the UK every year. The bold action we've already delivered such as establishing Low Emission Bus Zones, cleaning up the bus and taxi fleets and delivering the T-Charge in central London, are starting to have a positive impact.

Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council said: "We know that air quality is a huge concern for our residents and sadly around 270 people in the borough die from illnesses related to air pollution every year. Therefore, we've made tackling this issue as a priority through the Enjoy Waltham Forest programme and our work with the Mayor's Air Quality Fund.

"Our Mini-Holland scheme has delivered 22km of segregated cycle lanes, 660 new trees, 37 roads closed to through traffic and 15 new pocket parks since 2015. Meanwhile, innovative schemes like replacing delivery vans with cargo bikes have helped local businesses to make a tangible difference.

"Thanks to our actions the life expectancy of Waltham Forest's young people has significantly improved and we've cut the number of households in the borough facing dangerously high levels of air pollution by 90%.

Tiff Howick co-founder of Venner Store, a gift and homeware store in Francis Road, Leyton, said: "We specifically chose to open our store in Francis Road because we liked the idea of the road being pedestrianised. There have been lots of new businesses opening up in recent months and there is a great community atmosphere among us and our customers.
"ZED, the zero emissions delivery service, provide us with a great service bring our stock from our local suppliers across Waltham Forest. They are a great friendly local team, who really care about their customers and the environment."
Friday 5th October 2018 - 09:56 Windrush Compensation - less than a week left to respond
I have received the below message from UK Visas and Immigration. I would encourage all residents, especially those affected by the issues exposed in the Windrush Scandal earlier this year, to provide feedback to this consultation.

SUBJECT: Windrush compensation consultation - last chance to share your views

There are less than two weeks remaining for you to share your views on the design of the Windrush compensation scheme.

The Home Secretary is committed to do right by those who have made an invaluable contribution to this country. The Windrush Taskforce was formed in April this year and seeks to support those affected, ensuring they are in receipt of the correct documentation that will prove their status in the UK and any entitlement to associated services. Alongside this we are putting in place a compensation scheme and we are keen to hear your thoughts on what it should cover, to help us shape the scheme.

The 12-week consultation will close on 11 October. It covers three core elements: who should be eligible for compensation; what losses should be compensated for; and how the process should work. It is open to those who have suffered loss or difficulty as a result of not being able to prove their status in the UK as well as friends, family and representatives of those affected.

The final scheme and how to apply will be announced as soon as possible after the consultation ends.

The process is being overseen by Martin Forde QC who is acting as an independent advisor on the shaping of the scheme.

You can take part in the consultation online, via post or over the phone. We are also hosting events to give people the opportunity to share views with Martin Forde QC in person and to discuss the consultation form face to face. The remaining events are taking place:

Leeds (Monday 8 October)
Manchester (Tuesday 9 October)

1.Full details are available online at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/windrush-lessons-learned-review

Ways to respond to the consultation:

Respond online: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/windrush-compensation-scheme
Request a paper or email copy to be sent by completing the form here.
For enquiries or to complete the document over the phone, call Freephone 0800 678 1925.The lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday.

We hope you take the opportunity to share your views, you input will be highly valued.

Yours sincerely,

Dan Hobbs
Director, Windrush Compensation Scheme
Thursday 20th September 2018 - 15:33 Midwife Shortage Crisis
Midwife Shortage Crisis John Cryer, has criticised the nationwide shortage of midwives but particularly in the London area, and has raised the possibility of Parliament debating the issue after recess ends.

On 13 September, John Cryer MP raised his concerns in Parliament "this crisis is a national issue, but north-east London has a rapidly rising birth rate, so may we have a debate, or at least a statement when we return, on the national shortage of midwives, but with a particular focus on London?"

The Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, agreed that "the availability of midwives and maternity units is absolutely key" and that 'there is a lot more to be done' on the issue.

Jon Skewes, Director for External Relations at the Royal College of Midwives, said: "Nationally, the NHS is short of 3,500 midwives, and some of the biggest pressures on the system are in areas like London," and that "the workforce is at a virtual standstill. Despite over 2,000 new midwives being trained last year, the number of NHS midwives rose by just 67 over. More action is needed."
Monday 17th September 2018 - 16:22 Universal Credit Problems
Universal Credit Problems Almost a year ago I wrote about my fears for families facing migration from old benefits to Universal Credit amidst the Government's "clumsy" rollout, which was causing "homelessness and hunger wherever it goes".

With Universal Credit now established in Redbridge and recently rolled out in the Waltham Forest part of my constituency, now is a good time to review what progress the Government has made since then.

Despite an important concession on advance payments and a roll back on premium-rate charges for calls to the helpline, the transition from existing benefits to UC is still traumatic in far too many cases.

For instance, only 38% of claimants have been able to complete the online identity check. Anybody with irregular paydays can expect to have their benefit stopped when the system identifies them as earning twice as much as they actually are. Anybody with rent, council tax or utility bill arrears can have as much as 40% deducted from their benefit award to pay back the debt. And assessment times are still a problem: one in six claimants are waiting longer than the maximum five weeks to receive their first payment, and they will not receive a penny until their eligibility has been confirmed.

The result of all of this is a situation much the same as I described a year ago. This is concerning, not least because the DWP still has some work to do before the system is fully implemented. For the sake of the vulnerable, the Government must pause to fix the serious problems remaining with Universal Credit.
Tuesday 11th September 2018 - 11:34 Violent Crime Task Force
Violent Crime Task Force The Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Mayor of London are boosting the fight against violent crime in the capital by adding another 122 officers to the City Hall funded Violent Crime Taskforce for the next three months.

The officers will temporarily move from the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command, and will be ready to start on Monday (17 September), boosting the size of the City Hall funded Violent Crime Taskforce - a targeted team making arrests and taking weapons off the streets in the areas of London with the highest concentrations of knife and other forms of violent crime.

Leyton and Wanstead MP, John Cryer said:

"Violent crime has been on the rise since 2014 and in recent weeks we have seen too many lives lost on the streets of London to guns and knives. This is neither acceptable nor inevitable. We must all do more must be done to tackle both crime, and the root causes of crime. We need a police force with the resources to provide reassurance to communities, do the necessary prevention work and catch those who commit crimes."

The new move will give officers a greater presence in areas with high levels of violent crime, as well as allowing more intelligence-led and targeted stop and search, and the use of specialists in covert tactics. The taskforce seeks to target dangerous offenders and provide local officers with speedy and accurate intelligence to take them off the streets.

Sadiq Khan, said: "This is drastic action that I would rather we didn't have to take, but the Government's persistent refusal to give our police service the funding they desperately need has left with us with no choice.

"The level of violent crime in London is unacceptably high. As well as setting up the new dedicated Violent Crime Taskforce to focus on the areas worst affected, I'm bringing together the Met Police with local councils, charities, community groups and others to work on a public health approach to tackling knife crime, and we have created a new 45 million Young Londoners Fund to provide young people with positive alternatives to crime and to help those caught up in gangs to get into employment and training.

"The causes of violent crime are extremely complex, and involve culture, community, gangs, drugs, poverty and a lack of opportunities and have been made much worse by the Government's huge cuts to the Metropolitan Police and youth services across our city, resulting in police numbers falling to the lowest level in 20 years. Cuts really do have consequences."

The Mayor added: "I want to reassure Londoners that moving officers from the roads and traffic policing command is only a temporary measure. The Met will work to minimise the impact of their transfer, and policing our roads remains a key priority."
Monday 10th September 2018 - 15:55 Chairing meeting on new report on the Grenfell Atrocity
Chairing meeting on new report on the Grenfell Atrocity "I chaired the launch of a report (5 September 2018) by the Fire Brigades Union entitled The Grenfell Tower Fire: Background to an Atrocity. I have had a very long association with the union, including starting the Parliamentary Fire Safety Group, now the Parliamentary FBU Group, with John McDonnell some 15 years ago.

The event took place at the House of Commons (with FBU general secretary, Matt Wrack, Moyra Samuels of Justice4Grenfell and shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott.

It is very clear that the effect of the fire was related to deregulation, sub-contracting and an obsession with free market orthodoxy. After the fire, all the former residents were either dead or homeless. Even now, hundreds of buildings in Britain are clad with the same dangerous materials as Grenfell and the government has done almost nothing about this situation.

At the same time, the fire minister Nick Hurd (who was invited to the launch but was unable to make it) deals with questions on cuts to the fire service by mouthing the monotonous platitude that operational matters are nothing to do with him which, apart from anything else, makes one wonder why we bother having a fire minister.

A Labour government will reverse the drastic fire cuts (we have lost 50 per cent of our fire cover in Leyton and Wanstead) but we also need to radically reform building and fire regulations and make people safe in their homes.

The FBU has long had a slogan, Cuts Cost Lives. That has never been more accurate."
Monday 10th September 2018 - 15:00 Boundary Changes
"These final boundary recommendations are nothing but an undemocratic power grab by this Tory Government. With no plans to reduce the number of Ministers, the Government is weakening the role of Parliament and creating unprecedented levels of executive dominance at the expense of backbenchers, when Parliament is meant to be taking back control.

"Labour has repeatedly said that a boundary review is needed ahead of the next General Election, but we cannot support the Government's undemocratic proposals.

"We stand ready to work with all political parties to agree an accelerated timetable for a new review that benefits our democrac, not just the Conservative Party."

"Cutting the number of MPs by 50 as we prepare to leave the European Union is further proof this Government is clamouring to tighten its grip on power. With the workload of MPs set to rise after Brexit, with thousands of pieces of important legislation expected to come through parliament, it would be utterly ludicrous to go ahead with these boundary changes.

"Theresa May needs to think again. The political context has changed significantly since these flawed proposals were first agreed under David Cameron.
Tuesday 17th July 2018 - 16:08 Waltham Forest Housing Consultation
Waltham Forest Council are consulting on proposed changes to their Housing Strategy.

Housing is probably the biggest challenge for any council. For London councils it is even more difficult. I cannot recall a recent advice surgery where I have not met at least one or two residents with serious problems concerning homelessness, temporary accommodation, over-crowding or disability-related housing issues. With councils being asked to do more with less year on year, the problem seems to be getting worse, not better.

In Waltham Forest alone, nearly 10,000 households are waiting for a more suitable property because their own property is over-crowded or not suitable for their needs. About 2,300 Waltham Forest families are homeless, living in temporary accommodation. The council is unable to source enough temporary accommodation locally because the Local Housing Allowance and benefits cap mean local rents are too expensive, and are unable to build enough council houses due to government rules on borrowing.

Despite this, the council can still make a positive difference by running housing allocations in the right way. It is incredibly important that they receive feedback from service users before making the decisions which will affect provision in the coming years.

I would encourage anybody affected by housing issues to respond to the survey, which can be completed online here: surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NZLGL8D.

The Consultation runs until 5th August.
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Wednesday 16th May 2018 - 13:26 Gaza Atrocities - Statement
"There is nothing that can justify the slaughter in Gaza. President Trump's behaviour contributed directly to the massacre and to the flouting of international law. We need a full, independent inquiry by the United Nations, something that Trump is currently blocking."
Tuesday 24th April 2018 - 10:47 Caribbean Migrants Treatment by Home Office
As your Government prepares to host the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, I join my colleagues who have written to request an immediate and effective response to the growing crisis facing British residents who arrived in Britain from the countries of the Commonwealth prior to 1973.

I fully support the sentiments in the joint letter from my colleagues in both Houses.

Largely in their 60s and 70s, these are grandparents and great-grandparents, nurses, schoolteachers, hardworking people who helped shape modern Britain, contributing to so many aspects of life in this country.

These individuals and their families were born as Citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies or as Citizens of the Commonwealth and enjoyed the right to enter and remain in the United Kingdom, just as those born in Britain enjoyed and exercised the right to move to the farthest reaches of the Commonwealth.

Yet many have in recent years been incorrectly identified as undocumented or 'illegal' migrants, with the Home Office having lost its own records and with many of those who arrived as children no longer able to rely on the paperwork of parents long since deceased. All too often these routine bureaucratic errors bring about the separation of families and irreparable damage to lives. To mothers and fathers losing the right to work, to rent property, to receive pensions, to access their bank accounts or even to access vital healthcare - a particularly cruel twist of fate as so many of those affected have spent their lives in the service of the NHS.

Compounding this crisis, too many of those who do have the right to be here are too afraid to approach the Home Office for help with their paperwork in case they are detained, stripped of their rights or separated from their families and removed to countries of which they have no real memory.

Britain has a proud history as a welcoming country, as an open and diverse nation. This June we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush, and of a generation of people who brought with them their talents, their cultures and their dreams and helped build a confident, prosperous and outward looking Britain. Yet we will also observe, in just a few days, the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell's infamous 'Rivers of Blood' speech, a moment in history which reminds us that we are all of us responsible for defending the shared values of our Commonwealth.

As Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords, we stand with the representatives of the sovereign nations of the Commonwealth, members of the Commonwealth diaspora communities in Britain and civil society on this issue, and further we specifically request that you direct your Government to urgently put in place procedures for the swift resolution of this growing crisis.

We urge you to guarantee the status of all Commonwealth nationals whose right to remain is protected by law and to provide an effective, humane route to the clarification of their status. It is a simple act that will transform life for so many people who have given so much of that life to Britain. We also urge you to meet with Commonwealth nationals, their legal representatives and the groups campaigning on their behalf to address this crisis. Surely the time has come to give them the security they deserve.

I hope you will urgently review the matter raised and I look forward to receiving a positive reply.

Yours sincerely

John Cryer MP