Teresa Pearce MP drops in on Habinteg to call for more accessible housing


























(L-R Andrew Gibson – Habinteg Vice Chair, Sheron Carter- Habinteg Chief Executive, Sam Renke – Disability activist and campaigner, Teresa Pearce MP)

Teresa Pearce MP has met with leading housing provider Habinteg in Parliament to join the call #ForAccessibleHomes across the UK.

Teresa Pearce MP was taking part in an event in Parliament that was organised as part of Habinteg’s broader campaign to call for more suitable homes for those with mobility challenges. As part of the day, MPs met Habinteg residents from across the UK, including well-known actress and disability campaigner Sam Renke.

There are 13 million disabled people in the UK, and our society is ageing rapidly, yet only 7% of our homes provide even basic accessibility features. Without a local and national commitment to the housing needs of disabled and older people, there is a real danger that new homes are even less likely to be accessible, storing up problems for the people that live in them and placing more strain on public spending over time.

In 2018, Habinteg’s award-winning #ForAccessibleHomes campaign will focus on the contribution local councillors can make to securing the homes we need. As part of this, Habinteg will be asking councillors to sign up to a pledge to support the development of accessible in the local authority,

Teresa Pearce MP said:

“I really enjoyed meeting Habinteg staff and their inspirational tenants in Parliament. Accessible homes mean that people can live independently and it improves quality of life. I will be speaking to the council about Habinteg’s pledge and I will be making representations in Parliament and to the Government to help ensure that we build the homes we need”.

For more information of Habinteg’s work, please visit https://www.habinteg.org.uk/.


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Teresa Pearce MP backs joke competition for Primary Schools aimed at improving children’s communication skills


Teresa Pearce MP is writing to local schools in Erith and Thamesmead to highlight Voice Box, an annual joke-telling competition designed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) to build schoolchildren’s communication skills.

Over 10% of children start school with some form of language problem. If undetected speech, language and communication problems can lead to low levels of literacy, poor educational attainment, poorer mental health and wellbeing and, in turn, difficulties finding employment, and life chances.

Primary schools across the country are invited to bring laughter into their classrooms this autumn by taking part in the competition. Schools should hold their joke-telling contests between October and November with a chance to go through to a grand final in Westminster, in 2019.

The pupil with the ultimate winning joke will receive an iPad mini, while two runners-up will each receive national book tokens.

Teresa Pearce MP said:

“The aim of the Voice Box competition is to remind people that all children need support to build their communication skills and confidence. It’s a fun way to highlight a serious subject and laughter is good for us all”

For more information about the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and its Giving Voice campaign visit www.rcslt.org and www.givingvoiceuk.org

For more information about NAHT and NAHT Edge please visit https://www.naht.org.uk/ and https://www.naht.org.uk/naht-edge/





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Teresa Pearce MP backs CLIC Sargents’ #CancerCosts campaign

Teresa Pearce, MP for Erith and Thamesmead is backing a petition calling on the government to create a Young Cancer Patient Travel Fund, so that families won’t have to worry about mounting travel costs during the treatment of their child.

Teresa said, “Cancer in children and young people can devastate families – emotionally, physically and financially. Not only do families have to deal with cancer, they also have to deal with mounting travel costs.

The charity CLIC Sargent are pushing for the government to help those families and I am supporting that call”.

Research carried out by CLIC Sargent shows that on average young cancer patients face 60-mile round trips, to get treatment which can cost up to £180 a month.

Teresa is asking constituents to support the campaign and sign the petition. You can find the petition here: https://campaign.clicsargent.org.uk/petition/ahdlfmVtYWlsLWNhbXBhaWduLXN5c3RlbXI1CxIMT3JnYW5pc2F0aW9uGICAgICAgIAKDAsSCFBldGl0aW9uIg5jYW5jZXJfY29tbXV0ZQyiASNjbGljc2FyZ2VudC5hY3Quc2l4YW5kdHdvdGhyZWVzLmNvbQ

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GOOD NEWS: Every Child A Lifesaver Campaign

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 MP supports Summer reading campaign

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

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Teresa visits Conway Primary School for the Kickstart Money lesson

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 info@kickstartmoney.org.

Teresa said:

“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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Teresa is supporting Clean Air Day

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



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E.ON urges households to apply for free cavity wall and loft insulation before 30th June

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.

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Teresa backs call to revolutionise Parkinson’s care

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.

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