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Last week the government yielded to a Supreme Court decision regarding Employment Tribunal fees. Thi...
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As of Midnight May 2nd, I am no longer Member of Parliament for Leyton and Wanstead. I am a Parliame...
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Wednesday 2nd August 2017 - 09:41 Cryer hails Supreme Court victory on Tribunal Fees
Cryer hails Supreme Court victory on Tribunal Fees Last week the government yielded to a Supreme Court decision regarding Employment Tribunal fees. This is excellent news for working people and anyone who believes in access to justice.

When it legislated to start charging employees fees of £400-£1,200 to access Employment Tribunals, the government claimed that it wanted to reduce the number of unfounded or superfluous claims. In reality it simply wanted to make it easier for firms to sack people. The introduction of fees saw a 79% reduction in the number of claims being brought.

Around the same time as Chris Grayling introduced these draconian fees, the then Chancellor George Osborne was toying with the ideas of no fault dismissals- allowing an employer to sack an employee on the basis of a personality clash- and “rights for shares”, whereby employees would be offered the chance to exchange some of their hard fought rights for a pay-off. At the same time it has presided over a massive casualization in the labour market with workers in the “gig economy” still further removed from the rights we used to take for granted: maternity and paternity leave, sick pay and paid holidays.
Employment Tribunals were established in the 1960s and are important not just for the individuals who bring their claims but for anybody who goes to work or employs people. Tribunals set precedent based on common sense consideration of real life problems, thereby creating common law. Statute law, devised in Parliament and far removed from the workplaces it applies to, cannot function without this vital element of common sense law making alongside it.

I thank and congratulate Unison for taking this important action.
Monday 19th June 2017 - 15:06 Finsbury Park Terror Attack
John Cryer MP said:

“I was genuinely shocked by this appalling attack which seems to have arisen from bigotry, hatred and ignorance.

This must be resisted as must scapegoating of all communities and minorities.”
Tuesday 2nd May 2017 - 16:15 Parliamentary Candidate Update
As of Midnight May 2nd, I am no longer Member of Parliament for Leyton and Wanstead. I am a Parliamentary Candidate. If you have an existing or ongoing case I can still deal with your case, however only in a capacity as a Parliamentary Candidate.

If you wish to contact me my email address is johncryerlabour@gmail.com

This website is paid for via IPSA and will not be updated during the General Election Campaign
Friday 28th April 2017 - 15:46 School Funding Update
School Funding Update School funding and the National Funding Formula

Many people have been in touch with me about the National Funding Formula and cuts to local schools. I thought I would let you know about this following today’s article in the Guardian (a link is below).

Before the Government announced their new formula for school funding, local schools were due to lose an enormous amount of funding in real terms. The National Funding Formula has only compounded this. Schools in this constituency alone are set to lose an estimated £6,696,822 in real terms in the period 2016-2020. Buxton School, for instance, will lose a staggering £960,055. Only one school - St Joseph’s Infants - is forecast to make real terms gains, a comparatively paltry £14,922.

That loss of funding will only result in falling standards. I have been contacted by scores of concerned parents worried about increasing class sizes, subjects being dropped from the curriculum and a growing lack of materials and resources, all of which is already happening. I have also been speaking to local head teachers about the situation.

As part of the Department for Education’s National Funding Formula consultation exercise, which closed last month, I made a submission outlining all of the above. The Department’s response to my enquiry was staggeringly nonchalant: schools can make up any shortfall by saving money on energy bills and photocopying.

I will continue to fight to defend our schools against these damaging cuts.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/26/cash-strapped-schools-could-switch-energy-suppliers-minister-nick-gibb
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Friday 28th April 2017 - 15:42 Airspace Consultation
Airspace Consultation Many of you have been in touch since I sent out my email (which is below) about the complexity of the forms on the consultation website.

My team and I have looked over the consultation as well as speaking to HACANEast (who along with local Councillors have been a key ally in our campaign with City Airport).

I have a series of suggested points you might like to raise in your responses to the consultation. They are not exhaustive, and you may wish to raise others and your own experiences of noise what it means for your sleep patterns and health. Noise is a big contributory factor to things such as high blood pressure and stroke. Recently links have also been looked at between noise factors and dementia. You might also mention the effect upon the enjoyment of your home and air pollution from flights over the local area.

There is no need to fill in the online consultation. Better to send your own email to airspace.policy@dft.gsi.gov.uk or write to Freepost UK AIRSPACE POLICY CONSULTATION.

This is an important consultation document because it is making useful proposals that would ensure that the way residents were treated when London City concentrated its flight paths will not be repeated

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Wednesday 26th April 2017 - 08:43 School Budget Cuts
School Budget Cuts Waltham Forest Cabinet Member for Education Cllr Grace Williams and her Redbridge counterpart Elaine Norman have joined MPs John Cryer and Stella Creasy in condemning the Government’s plans for school funding and a Minister’s response to concerns they raised about the impact of cuts on Waltham Forest Schools.

Due to a combination of unfunded cost pressures and the National Funding Formula, schools in Waltham Forest face estimated real terms budget cuts of £21 million between 2016 and 2020, whereas Redbridge stands to lose £8 million in the same period. However, Department for Education Minister Nick Gibb responded to a letter from Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer, arguing that school funding was actually increasing. The Minister added that any shortfall could be made up by saving money on electricity and photocopiers.

Cryer said: “The Minister’s reply shows that that this out of touch Government is living in a fantasy world, utterly divorced from the reality in our schools.

“Schools in Leyton and Wanstead are being totally clobbered by these cuts. To give just one example, Buxton School is set to lose an extraordinary £960,055 in real terms. I have been contacted by scores of concerned parents worried about increasing class sizes, subjects being dropped from the curriculum and a growing lack of materials and resources, all of which is already happening. I have also been speaking to local Heads about the situation.

“The Government is clearly in complete denial about the impact its policies are having on schools.”

Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, said: “'with many of our local schools facing cuts of up to 20% in their budgets, it is insulting that Government ministers just dismiss these concerns by suggesting they could get cheaper photocopying.

“Investing in education is vital to our future success as a nation and these cuts will leave many of our schools here struggling. When they are wasting money on free schools and grammars at the same time as slashing the support for existing schools, the Government must urgently think again about its education spending priorities. That's why we'll be challenging these cuts when parliament returns and working with the Council to try to give the kids in our community the best start in life.”

Of the National Funding Formula, Cllr Williams said: “The proposed formula will divert funds away from schools in the most deprived areas, like Waltham Forest, and come on top of broader funding cuts. School funding per pupil has been frozen in cash terms between the 2015-16 and 2019-20 academic years, resulting in a real-terms cut of 6.5 per cent. This is because of pupil numbers going up and unfunded pressures in schools such as general inflation, the apprenticeship levy, annual pay awards and salary increases, teachers pensions, and national insurance. The formula is being redesigned as schools face their toughest four years.

“If the formula is introduced it would be the largest cut in school spending per pupil over a four-year period since at least the early 1980s and would return school spending per pupil to about the same real-terms level as it was in 2010-11. “
Speaking on behalf of schools in Redbridge, Cllr Elaine Norman said: “The Council and its school staff have worked incredibly hard for years to deliver excellent education to the children of this Borough. Our GCSE results last year were excellent with Redbridge ranked tenth out of 150 local authorities for the new Average Progress 8 measure and second for its Progress 8 score in Mathematics. The Borough also ranked 16th in the percentage of children attaining five A* -C GCSEs including English and Maths.
“These funding changes put this work at risk and gamble with children’s futures.”
Thursday 16th March 2017 - 09:22 Save The O's
Save The O's John Cryer has today (15 March 2017) tabled a parliamentary Early Day Motion.

EDM 1059 reads: -

“That this House notes with deep concern that a winding up order has been served on Leyton Orient FC by HMRC due to non-payment of taxes by the club’s owner, Francesco Becchetti; further notes Mr Becchetti’s highly dubious business record, including a criminal investigation by the Albanian government, and his incompetent stewardship of Leyton Orient; further notes that a venerable and well-known community football club is now under threat; and calls on the government to enforce a genuine “fit and proper person” test, ensuring that any prospective or current club owner’s ability and willingness to pay creditors is robustly checked on a regular basis.
Monday 13th March 2017 - 15:53 NHS Staff Morale
NHS Staff Morale " I am disappointed but not surprised that NHS staff morale as low point. With financial pressures at unmanageable levels, increasing demands and great uncertainty, staff are exposed to difficult working conditions."

"We are creating conditions in which the health, wellbeing and quality of life of those who have committed their working lives to the NHS are being profoundly damaged."

" I am very concerned and anxious about the state of our NHS as we are seeing this Tory Government trying to break the very fundamentals of what makes our National Health Service great. Staff morale is at an all time low and I am seeing more serious complaints from my constituents about their health care experience."
Friday 10th March 2017 - 13:06 Whipps Cross Hospital Waiting Times
Whipps Cross Hospital Waiting Times John Cryer has reacted to the latest figures on A&E waiting times at Whipps Cross. It is reported that the local hospital have missed their target yet seeing again seeing 77.7% of patients within four hours, despite seeing fewer type 1 (the most serious) patients than in December.

John Cryer MP said:

"A report by CQC in December 2016 rated the service provided by Whipps Cross as inadequate. (In particular surgery was rated inadequate because of concerns around safety, responsiveness and leadership.) Quite clearly the trust urgently need to focus on these areas as a priority. "

I visited Whipps Cross in January and it is very clear that the staff there, as at almost all hospitals as far as I can see, are struggling to cope with massive pressures. Many are working inordinately long hours in very difficult conditions.

This has certainly the worst winter for the NHS in many years and my fear is that there may be more bad news to come. I am increasingly of the opinion that the Health service is being allowed by the Government to be put under so much pressure by a starvation of funds and the crisis in social care because the Government don’t want to spend the money, don’t know what to do or perhaps so the public become so disenchanted they may go along with a radical ‘fix’ such as privatisation."
Friday 10th March 2017 - 11:12 Jobcentre Update
Jobcentre Update John Cryer MP has met with Michelle O'Connor (DWP District Manager) and Sandra Valentine (DWP Manager) about the plans to close Leytonstone Jobcentre Plus.


John Cryer MP said:

“I disagree with the proposals to close Leytonstone Jobcentre Plus. I have raised my concerns at Ministerial level and put my fears on record with the DWP managers.

"I have been given reassuarnces that the DWP is reviewing the proposals and 'no final decsion will be taken' without a full assessment of the concerns that both the PCS union and I have raised about the detrimental impact the closure will clearly have for locals residents. I have called for the results to be published.

The Government themselves have stated any branch closing down must have another branch within 3 miles – the Walthamstow branch is nearly 4 miles away. Mr Cryer said that the Walthamstow branch does not have an adequate lift for use by users, and not enough space for staff who may be relocated there.

John Cryer MP added:

“This attack on welfare services are purely a cost exercise by the Tory Government. The DWP expect local residents to travel 3.7 miles away to Walthamstow Jobcentre Plus. The threatened closure is spreading alarm and despondency among some of the most vulnerable people whom I represent.

“I will continue to actively fight to save the Leytonstone Jobcentre.”