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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
Friday 13th April 2018 - 13:08 Syria Statement
We are all deeply aware of what seems to have been a horrific chemical weapons attack in Syria. The use of chemical weapons has carried a visceral fear since they were first used during the first world war and this is no exception.

There is now growing pressure on the British government to commit itself to military intervention, to which I have two points to make.

First, I am very doubtful as to whether any intervention by the west will make matters any better and it will probably make them worse. We should never intervene unless there are outstanding reasons for doing so; but to do it on the coat tails of perhaps the most dangerous and unstable US president in history seems to be to an extremely bad idea.

Second, parliament should be consulted about this. I have heard several MPs say that we need to respond quickly and therefore it has nothing to do with parliament. On that basis, let's get rid of democracy altogether. On the narrow issue of whether the Prime Minister has the right to go to war without asking parliament, the constitutional answer is that she does as it is a royal prerogative

However, prime ministers do not in general go to war, even in Victorian times, without asking elected representatives. It always used to be done on a technicality (the adjournment of the Commons) but the only good thing, in my view, to emerge from the Iraq war was that Tony Blair asked parliament to vote on a substantive motion. We were voting very clearly on going to war.

It is therefore difficult to see how a post-Iraq prime minister can go to war without asking the same question. If this premier does go to war without any debate and vote, she will probably pay a very heavy price in the near future.

However, the bottom line is that I would oppose military intervention in Syria, as I did three years ago and as I did in the case of Iraq.
Monday 12th March 2018 - 14:17 I Support Keeping Refugee Families together
I Support Keeping Refugee Families together This Friday I will be in Parliament to support the Refugee Family Reunion Bill.

As with most MPs, Friday is a day that I normally dedicate to constituency engagements, however many local residents have contacted me about this humanitarian issue and I agree that the measures in the bill are well worth supporting.

Nobody chooses to be uprooted from their home by war, genocide or persecution, so it is heartbreakingly unjust when that process divides families. People who have fled such cataclysmic events as the war in Syria need those closest to them to help them overcome the trauma they have suffered, and yet under the current arrangements too many families remain separated by thousands of miles with no means of reuniting.

I am supporting this bill to allow child refugees, such as those who have arrived here under the Dubbs Amendment, the right to sponsor close family members to settle here while they rebuild their fractured young lives. I also want to see the parameters of family reunion provisions expanded, so that youngsters who happen to have turned eighteen are not excluded from joining their parents, and the elderly are not deprived of the chance to continue living with family members they rely upon. Crucially, the Bill will allow those pursuing family reunion to once again receive legal aid. In my experience the immigration system is nothing short of labyrinthine bureaucracy, so access to legal assistance is a must if the other reforms are to mean anything
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."