On Friday 20 November 2015 my Private Members Bill “Every Child a Lifesaver” which would have ensured that all children were taught first aid in schools was talked out by some backbench MPs.
Although I and the charities who had worked so hard on it were very disappointed we did not give up. We have spent the past two and half years gaining support for the initiative, lobbying ministers and campaigning across the country.
Today, we won.
Today as part of the Governments plans for Personal, Social, Health & Economic education (PSHE) to be mandatory in all schools they included, the teaching of First Aid.
From 2020 all Primary Schools will make sure that pupils know:
- How to make a clear and efficient call to emergency services if necessary.
- Basic first-aid, for example dealing with common injuries, including head injuries.
And all Secondary Schools pupils will know:
- Basic treatment for common injuries.
- Life-saving skills, including how to administer CPR.
- The purpose of defibrillators and when one might be needed.
I want to put on record my thanks to St John Ambulance, the Red Cross and BHF. As well as to Julie Hilling MP for Bolton West (2010 -2015) who did so much to pave the way before me.
Today was a good day at work.
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Teresa Pearce is supporting The Mischief Makers: Summer Reading Challenge 2018 run by The Reading Agency charity, to encourage primary school children in Erith and Thamesmead to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge will launch across England and Wales on Saturday 14th July.
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers which celebrates the 80th anniversary of the much-loved comic, Beano. The initiative will build children’s confidence and independent reading, whilst helping to prevent the dip in children’s reading level during the long summer break from school.
Teresa Pearce MP said: “I hope parents, grandparents and carers in Erith and Thamesmead will take their children to the library over the summer to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge. It’s free, inclusive and, most importantly, makes reading fun. Last year 8,042 children in Bexley and Greenwich took part and I hope we can increase the number involved this year and remind local libraries what a valuable asset they are to us and our community.”
For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge including how to get involved and resources for schools, go to www.readingagency.org.uk/summerreadingchallenge
Follow the Summer Reading Challenge at www.facebook.com/SummerReadingChallengeUK and on Twitter @readingagency #summerreadingchallenge
Teresa visited Conway Primary School in Plumstead to sit in on a class of children who are studying an award winning money skills programme. Teresa, joined the year 6 pupils as they tackled everything from understanding the value of money, and deals to needs vs wants and savings
The workshops are part of a mission to teach young people about money and budgeting. The ‘Kickstart Money’ project is delivered by the charity MyBnk and funded by a coalition of 20 financial services firms.
Research by the Money Advice Service has found that early intervention is key and that behavioural attitudes to money are formed by the age of seven. Only one third of parents talk to their children about money, and there is a significant lack of financial education provision in schools for children in the UK.
Schools who want to take advantage of MyBnk’s free expert-led financial education lessons are urged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It was a great morning. The children learnt a lot and so did I, learning about money and budgeting is a key lesson.”
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21st June is Clean Air Day. Teresa met this week with Unicef and British Heart Foundation to discuss the issue of air quality. Air pollution is now the largest environmental risk factor linked to deaths in England, with the majority of air-pollution related deaths worldwide (58%) caused by heart disease or stroke. The British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) research has shed light on how health-harmful pollutants such as particulate matter (PM) – small particles found in emissions from diesel engines and wood burning stoves- can cause damage to people’s cardiovascular health and increase the risk of potentially deadly heart attacks and stroke.
Air pollution also represents a major children’s health crisis and immediate action should be taken to address these impacts. While all children are vulnerable to air pollution, Unicef UK’s research shows the youngest children are most at risk – children contribute least to the problem yet they are being affected most.
Teresa Pearce, MP for Erith and Thamesmead, said:
“According to UNICEF research 26,700 under 5’s in Greenwich are living with unsafe levels of air pollution. In Bexley there are 19,600. This is one of the biggest health issues facing London and I pledge to put pressure where ever I can to safeguard our children’s health. Clean air is also very important to my constituents with a heart and circulatory conditions so they don’t need to worry about dirty air damaging their health when they leave the house. Research has shown that even the smallest reduction can make a big difference in preventing new cases of coronary heart disease.”
To find out more about the BHF’s research and work on air pollution by visiting https://www.bhf.org.uk/airpollutionpolicy
As part of a national scheme to deliver the benefits of energy efficiency to households, E.ON Energy is offering free cavity wall and loft insulation to households in Erith and Thamesmead, regardless of whether the household uses E.ON as their energy supplier or not. The insulation, which would usually cost around £775, is being offered for free for a limited time to all homeowners, landlords and private tenants who have their landlord’s permission. Households who take up the offer could save up to £285 a year on their energy bills. This offer is available until midnight on the 30th June.
For more information, please click on this link eonenergy.com/insulate. To book an appointment please call 0330 400 1083.
Teresa has pledged to help overhaul local care for Parkinson’s after a report revealed a shocking lack of mental health support for the condition – despite anxiety and depression being amongst its most common symptoms.
Attending the launch of the report, Mental Health Matters Too, Teresa expressed her concern that nearly half of all people with Parkinson’s experience mental health symptoms, yet only a quarter of those affected receive any treatment for it. The research was conducted by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Parkinson’s, and Teresa Pearce MP is now supporting its calls to overhaul the NHS and deliver a more ‘joined up’ approach to care for all aspects of the condition.
Teresa said: “This is an extremely important report, which highlights truly shocking findings that need to be addressed. I am now going to raise this with the local health authorities to discuss how we can ensure that people with Parkinson’s in Erith and Thamesmead get timely and effective treatment that addresses not just the physical symptoms, but the psychological symptoms too.”
For more information on the key findings and recommendations from the inquiry, Mental Health Matters Too can be accessed via the Parkinson’s UK website on http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/mentalhealthmatters. For advice, information and support call the charity’s free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.
“Fix Dementia Care & State of the Nation”
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On the 23rd May 2018, Teresa joined over 90 other MPs at an Alzheimer’s Society event to launch their new report, Dementia – the true cost as part of their Fix Dementia Care campaign.
Dementia is among the most complex conditions that the social care system has to support, yet too many people with the condition are struggling to access good quality care at a fair price. While much progress has been made to becoming a dementia friendly UK much more needs to be done.
Teresa pledged to campaign alongside the Alzheimer’s Society to fix dementia care to ensure that everyone with dementia receives good quality care when they need it. Their new report, Dementia – the true cost, highlights the far-reaching impact of the broken social care system on people with dementia.
Teresa Pearce, MP commented:
‘One million people will have dementia by 2021 and it is vital that we are able to deliver high quality social care to everyone that needs it, and at a fair price.’
For the full report, please click through: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-us/policy-and-influencing/dementia-true-cost-fixing-system
Alzheimer’s Society supports anyone affected by dementia. For information and support, call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or visit alzheimers.org.uk.
Teresa Pearce MP for Erith and Thamesmead has called for the scrapping of prescription charges for everyone in England with a long-term health condition. New independent economic analysis reveals that such a move could actually save the NHS millions and also improve health outcomes.
Around a third of people with long term health conditions, who have to pay for their medicine, do not pick up or take their medication due to the cost. This results in health complications, GP appointments, A&E visits, and hospital admissions.
Attending the launch of the report York Health Economics Consortium at Westminster on Wednesday 23rd May, Teresa Pearce MP said:
“This is an extremely important report, highlighting a significant injustice to many people with long-term health conditions in England. Although the NHS has a list of conditions that exempt people from paying prescriptions, it hasn’t been updated since 1968.
In that time, medical progress has been astounding, and new health conditions and treatments have been discovered so it’s time to look again and ensure that people with long-term conditions are treated fairly.”
The report can be accessed via the Prescription Charges Coalition website at http://www.prescriptionchargescoalition.org.uk/economic-evaluation.html
Teresa Pearce MP wants filmmakers across Erith and Thamesmead to enter the prestigious FILM THE HOUSE Competition.
Film the House is a competition run by MPs to find the best UK filmmakers of the future. It showcases the work of the next generation of writers and directors from across the country.
Entries will be judged by industry professionals with prizes provided by the industry sponsors. In 2017, prizes included mentoring from professionals in the film industry, a private screening of the winners’ films for friends and family classification of the winning films by BBFC.
Speaking about the competition, Teresa Pearce MP said:
“I am calling for local creators to enter this prestigious competition. The Film the House Competition offers an opportunity to put local film makers in direct contact with the movers and shakers of the film industry and to have the best UK Talent take front and centre stage. This is a great opportunity to show the UK, the very best that Erith and Thamesmead have to offer.”
Dates for the 2018 competition are:
• 30 September: Closing date for entries
• 28 January 2019: Shortlist announced
• 2 April 2019: Awards Ceremony, House of Commons London
The categories for the 2018 competition are:
• Best Short Film (under 16)
• Best Short Film (16 and over)
• Best Script (Under 16)
• Best Script (16 and over)
To enter the competition please visit the website: www.filmthehouse.co.uk/competition-details
For more information please contact: email@example.com or 020 7264 5700
A large number of constituents wrote to me in 2016 regarding the case of Andargachew Tsege, a British National, who has been detained for over four years on death row in Ethiopia. I am very pleased that Mr Tsege has now been pardoned and will be soon home in London with his family.
Mr Tsege was detained In Ethiopia without judicial process or access to a Lawyer. Many people from the political and legal world have tirelessly pressed the Government on Mr Tsege’s case and have called on both the Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, to intervene. I welcome his pardon and imminent release and hope that he will be brought home soon, to be reunited with wife and three children as soon as possible.
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