Teresa Pearce MP signs letter to the future Prime Minister regarding the unlawful imprisonment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran

Teresa Pearce along with 230 other MPs have written to both men who could be the next Prime Minister. Our message is simple. We ask that they do all in their power to bring Nazanin home.

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Teresa Pearce MP co-sponsors Eddie Hughes MP’s 10 Minute Rule Bill on Ground Rents (Leasehold Properties)

 

Teresa Pearce has co-sponsored a Ten Minute Bill to regulate ground rents charged on Leasehold properties. The Bill was presented to Parliament on Tuesday 25 June by Eddie Hughes MP . The purpose of the Bill is to cap ground rents to 0.1 per cent of the present value of the property (up to a maximum of £250 per year) and it also ensures that property developers would be liable to cover the legal costs of leaseholders seeking to vary certain ground rent contracts.

 You can read Eddies speech here https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2019-06-25/debates/4480173C-D8DC-430F-A16B-5AFAA2F129FA/GroundRents(LeaseholdProperties)#contribution-7E094287-47BE-416E-9C76-CE64EA030F89

Teresa said:

 

Although 10 Minute Rule Bills are unlikely to become law, Eddie’s Bill builds on the campaign to outlaw exorbitant ground rents. It also keeps the pressure on the Government to act after the Housing, Communities and Local Government report which made the same recommendation.

 

 

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Teresa meets Guide dogs to support their campaign

Teresa Pearce MP says, “No one should be turned away because of their assistance dog”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teresa is supporting the charity Guide Dogs campaign to tackle discrimination against guide dog owners.

Last week, more than a hundred guide dog owners came to Parliament to share their experiences. It is against the law to refuse access to a disabled person accompanied by an assistance dog except in the most exceptional circumstances. Despite this, a new Guide Dogs survey found that three out of four (76%) assistance dog owners had been turned away because of their dog.

Taxis and minicabs were the worst offenders at 73%.  Refusals at restaurants were 54%, newsagents 42% and high street shops 36%.

The  campaign calls for all taxi and minicab drivers to be required to take disability equality training. Guide Dogs also supports changes to equality legislation to make action against businesses who refuse access easier.

After the event Teresa said:

“It’s shocking to hear how common these incidents of discrimination are for assistance dog owners. No one should be turned away on their local high street because of their assistance dog. I support Guide Dogs’ Access All Areas campaign to tackle the ignorance that causes access refusals, and make sure businesses are held accountable when they occur.”

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Teresa Pearce MP signs letter to the Home Secretary urging the Government to better support the health and wellbeing of young Asylum Seekers

 

Teresa Pearce MP is one of the signatories on a letter delivered this week to the Home Secretary alongside Members of Parliament, civil society organisations and public figures, urging the Government to take concrete and immediate action to support the health and wellbeing of young asylum seekers in the UK.

Teresa said

“Bearing in mind the grave atrocities young adult asylum seekers have fled from, it is unfathomable that they should arrive in the UK and not receive the support they need to thrive in this society.

I am happy to support the call for government to provide asylum seeking minors with similar support as care leavers, from the moment they leave care until they reach their 25th birthday”.

 

 

 

 

 

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PRESSURE FROM TERESA PEARCE MP GETS RESULT

Today Southeastern announced that it has finally seen sense and is introducing Delay Repay for 15 minute delays.

This comes after many local MP’s pressured the Rail Minister during a debate on 6 March. One of the points Teresa raised with the Minister was Delay Repay saying:

“Delay Repay kicks in only if people are 30 minutes late. Under the new franchise, it will kick in if they are 15 minutes late. Does he agree that as Southeastern has opted to bid for the new franchise, it should bring in that change now?”

Although this is good news there was disappointment buried at the end of Southeastern’s Press Release with the announcement that Southeastern has been given a possible further extension of its current franchise until April 2020 – almost 18 months later than the current franchise was supposed to end.

 

 

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Teresa Pearce MP supports Erith and Thamesmead campaign for every child to join local library and share a love of reading

The Reading Agency summer reading challenge
picture shows Teresa Pearce MP for Erith and Thamesmead

Teresa Pearce MP is supporting a campaign run by charity The Reading Agency to encourage all primary school children to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Challenge launches across England and Wales on Saturday 13 July 2019.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a unique partnership between The Reading Agency and public libraries across the UK. Last year around 700,000 children took part borrowing, reading and talking about their favourite books.
This year’s theme for the Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is to head to their local library. There they will be given a special mission folder to keep track of the six library books they’ll be reading over the summer as part of the Challenge.

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 7707 children in Bexley and Greenwich took part. I hope we can increase that number this year and remind local libraries what a valuable asset they are to us and our community.”

The Summer Reading Challenge reaches children and young people of all ages. For pre-schoolers there is a mini challenge, while young people (aged 13 to 24) can volunteer and support younger children taking part.

For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge including how to get involved and resources for schools, go to www.readingagency.org.uk/summerreadingchallenge

You can also follow the Summer Reading Challenge at www.facebook.com/SummerReadingChallengeUK and on Twitter @readingagency #summerreadingchallenge

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Teresa Pearce MP welcomes London Mayor’s opposition to the proposal to build a new waste incineration plant in Belvedere

 

Today the Mayor of London has made clear his opposition to the proposal from Cory Riverside Energy to build a second waste incineration plant on its site next to the River Thames in Belvedere. The proposed incinerator is called the Riverside Energy Park, because it includes proposals to generate electricity as part of the waste incineration process. The project is currently under consideration by an Examining Inspector from the Planning Inspectorate, who will make recommendations to the Government, who will then decide. This is because it is argued to be of national significance and therefore not processed through the usual planning processes run by London Borough of Bexley. Under the plans the project would start operating in 2024.

As your local MP I fully support the Mayor’s stance in opposing this development, and I have submitted written representations to the Examining Inspector detailing why the scheme should not go ahead.

Below is a summary of my representations and the Mayor’s Press Release here: https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/stop-allowing-new-toxic-waste-incinerators

For details of the documents relating to the scheme and the processes relating to the Planning Inspectorate’s consideration of the proposal, you can visit:

https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/london/riverside-energy-park/?ipcsection=docs

SUMMARY OF REPRESENTATIONS FROM TERESA PEARCE, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR ERITH AND THAMESMEAD

 

I seriously question whether there is a need for more of the same waste incineration to be located in south east London and this area in particular. I regret that the Applicant has stated that “consideration of alternative sites was not deemed necessary.”

 

As far as I can see, the Riverside Energy Park will do nothing to encourage recycling or to reduce waste. I do not believe that it will contribute to the circular economy and does not support achieving high recycling rates. In fact, once councils buy into this scheme it is likely to suppress recycling rates in the capital.

 

It is counter intuitive to be increasing incineration capacity just as public opinion is forcing manufacturers and supermarkets to drastically change the way they package goods and their waste policies.

 

After landfill, incineration is the least environmentally friendly form of waste disposal, and the question I keep asking myself is whether the energy said to be produced by this scheme justifies the negative impact it would have on the surrounding areas.

 

I am concerned about the additional emissions that the new plant would generate and the effect on air quality for my constituents and those across the River Thames to where the prevailing wind carries the toxins.

 

The expanded incineration plant would be surrounded by three significant Opportunity Areas, which will see substantial housing expansion in the years ahead. This will create a much larger number of human receptors than the current modelling shows.

 

The proposed plant will be immediately adjacent to the Crossness Nature Reserve, one of the last remaining grazing marshland areas in Greater London, and the construction and operation of the REP could have a lasting negative impact on the wildlife nurtured over the past twenty years.

 

I question whether the proposal is viable in respect of the connection to the electricity grid, with potential transport disruption and traffic delays, and associated air quality impacts, during the laying of underground pipes along a busy road corridor.

 

I am concerned about important gaps in the viability of the essential combined heat and power component of the scheme. It is not clear how the £14m pipe infrastructure and £3m reserve boiler will be funded and by whom. I also have doubts as to where the demand will come from, and I am not aware of any combined heat and power projects that have come forward from the existing plant.

 

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Teresa Pearce MP backs Women’s Institute and Friends of the Earth campaign to tackle plastic pollution

Teresa Pearce MP has lent her support to a campaign by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) and Friends of the Earth to dramatically reduce plastic pollution and the amount of plastic we use.

Teresa is supporting the Plastic Pollution Bill which calls for government to set targets to phase out non-essential single use plastics by 2025 and eradicate almost all plastic pollution by 2042.

Teresa Pearce MP said:

“People in Erith and Thamesmead have told me they want urgent action to tackle the plastic waste that is blighting our environment and harming our wildlife. With 12 million tonnes of plastic ending up in the sea each year, we simply cannot wait any longer to take action.

 

“That’s why I am backing the Plastic Pollution Bill to stem the plastic tide and help preserve our environment for future generations.”

Teresa Pearce MP, has also signed a letter to the Secretary of State for the Environment Michael Gove, calling for a Plastic Pollution Action Plan to be included as part of the Environment Bill.

For more information, please visit: thewi.org.uk/endplasticsoup

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Teresa Pearce MP pledges her support for Shelter’s #EndDSSDiscrimination

Teresa Pearce MP met with Shelter to lend her support to their #EndDSSDiscrimination campaign.

According to a YouGov survey of almost 4.000 private renters, one in three renters receiving housing benefit haven’t been able to rent a home due to discriminatory practices which exclude renters on housing benefit.

Under the Equality Act 2010, it’s unlawful to indirectly discriminate based on things like, gender, disability or race. ‘No DSS’ adverts and other exclusionary practices can breach the Act via indirect discrimination, as they disproportionately harm women and disabled people, who are more likely to receive housing benefit.

If like Teresa, you support Shelter’s campaign to End DSS Discrimination, you can sign the petition here: https://england.shelter.org.uk/support_us/campaigns/dss

 

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Teresa Pearce MP attends event on free personal care for older people

 

Independent Age host an interactive event to raise awareness of their free personal care campaign at Parliament on 24/04/19
Photography by DFphotography.co.uk / Danny Fitzpatrick

Teresa Pearce MP attended a drop-in event in Parliament this week to discuss the social care crisis with members of the public and to learn about the ground-breaking evidence from the older people’s charity Independent Age, on the benefits of introducing free personal care in England.

Free personal care is already available in Scotland. Introducing free personal care in England would be extremely popular. A recent YouGov poll found that 74% of adults in England aged 18-64 want free personal care for all older people, and 69% would be willing to contribute more to fund it.

Teresa Pearce MP said:

 “I was delighted to have the opportunity to discuss the social care system with older people and hear their stories, and ideas on how it can be improved.

 

“I was also impressed by the evidence presented by Independent Age on the economic and personal benefits of introducing free personal care. Average care costs in the London region are £727 a week, and there are 12,657 people over 65 in Erith and Thamesmead.

“Independent Age has made a powerful case on how free personal care could benefit my constituents, and ensure that some of the most vulnerable people don’t have to worry about the financial costs of their care in the future. This policy must be considered as part of the government’s consultation on adult social care.”

For more information on the work the Independent Age do, visit their website www.independentage.org.

 

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