Teresa welcomes “important milestone in the fight for step free access at Erith Station” FREE ACCESS AT ERITH STATION”

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce has welcomed the announcement by Southeastern and Network Rail that Erith is one of the 22 stations submitted to the Government for potential funding under the Access for All scheme.

The Access for All scheme delivers funding for stations without step-free access, enabling the installation of infrastructure improvements such as new lifts and footbridges, to make them fully accessible. The improvements benefit everyone, from people with health conditions and impairments, to elderly people and parents with small children, they also provide a convenience for those carrying around heavy luggage and shopping.

In welcoming the announcement Teresa said:

“This is a huge move forward, for years Erith was not even considered for step free access because it’s used less than other stations. However its inaccessibility is probably one of the reasons why. To get accepted onto the list of 22 from a longlist of 107 is very good news indeed. This is the result of the hard work of residents, community groups, councillors and MPs both past and present who never gave up”.

The full list of stations nominated by Southeastern and Network Rail (in alphabetical order):

* Albany Park, south east London
* Aylesham, Kent
* Battle, East Sussex
* Chislehurst, south east London
* Clock House, south east London
* Deal, Kent
* Elmstead Woods, south east London
* Erith, south east London
* Falconwood, south east London
* Headcorn, Kent
* Herne Bay, Kent
* Hildenborough, Kent
* High Brooms, Kent
* Kent House, south east London
* Kidbrooke, south east London
* Lenham, Kent
* Maidstone West, Kent
* Marden, Kent
* Penge East, south east London
* Sidcup, south east London
* Swanscombe, Kent
* West Dulwich, south east London

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Teresa Pearce meets with conservationist Bill Oddie to call for urgent ban on trophy hunting imports

 

Teresa met last week with Bill Oddie to discuss the shocking new figures that show that nearly 400 hunting trophies from endangered animals have been imported into Britain in recent years. This includes almost 1 ton of elephant tusks. Teresa is now calling on the government to ban the import of hunting trophies.

Teresa said:

“Trophy hunting is an absolute disgrace. This supposed sport has an adverse effect on the conservation status of some of the world’s most endangered species. I am among the many animal lovers across the country who consider trophy hunting to be a cruel, archaic and immoral act. Countries such as Australia, France and the Netherlands have introduced import bans. We hope the U.K. government follows suit. A ban on trophy imports is an important step to bringing trophy hunting to an end.”

Conservationist and broadcaster Bill Oddie has backed the MP’s move, saying that trophy hunting was putting pressure on vulnerable wildlife:

“Elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs and rhinos are all fighting for their lives. We could see

all of them go extinct within a generation. When you’ve got a scattered, dwindling population, the loss of a handful of animals doesn’t just cause a ripple effect – it can be like a tsunami wave. “Trophy hunting has always been senseless cruelty. Letting people kill them because they think it’s entertaining is just insane, especially when you’re talking about wildlife with such a vulnerable status”.

Eduardo Goncalves from the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting also praised Teresa Pearce MP’s stand:

“British trophy hunters are targeting endangered animals. They have killed literally hundreds of elephants, hippos, leopards and lions – and then brought back their body parts for show.”

For information about trophy hunting contact Eduardo Gonçalves of the Campaign to Ban

Trophy Hunting (CBTH) at office.cbth@mail.com or on 0782 682 4384

 

 

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Teresa Pearce MP welcomes NHS decision to help tens of thousands more people with type 1 diabetes

NHS England has announced that from April 2019 the Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system will be made available across the Country.

The monitoring system, works via a sensor attached to the skin, allowing people to check their blood sugar levels by using the device with a portable reader or a smartphone app. It reduces the need for finger-prick blood tests, helping people with diabetes to manage their condition.

The Freestyle Libre monitoring system was made available on the NHS last November. Although 20-25% of type 1 diabetes patients in England qualified for the sensor, it is thought only around 3-5% had access. Decisions on whether to make the system available have been taken by local Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Teresa Pearce MP said:

“Today’s announcement is very good news for tens of thousands of people across the Country managing Type 1 diabetes. I would like to pay tribute to Diabetes UK and for their campaigning on this issue.”

“On behalf of my constituents managing this condition, I sincerely hope that local Clinical Commissioning Groups will make sure the previous postcode lottery is ended and those eligible type 1 diabetes patients gain access to this important new monitoring system.”

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Teresa Pearce MP attends Remembrance Day events across the constituency

 

This weekend, it was a privilege to lay wreaths at ceremonies across the constituency in Remembrance Day services in Thamesmead, Erith and Plumstead.

 

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Teresa Pearce raises the tax gap with the Prime Minister at PMQs

 

 

Yesterday I asked about the tax gap at PMQs. In 2014 I wrote to HMRC and the then Chancellor to ask how much tax was unpaid on letting income from private landlords. In 2015 they wrote back to say it was approximately £500m.

At PMQs I asked the Prime Minister how much the tax gap is now. I have also written to the Chancellor to follow up.

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Teresa Pearce MP backs Bill to help make rented homes safer in Erith and Thamesmead

 

Teresa Pearce MP is delighted to see Fitness for Human Habitation Bill get one step nearer to becoming law. Teresa was one of many MPs on hand to see the Bill safely through its Third Reading on Friday 26th October. It will now move to the House of Lords.

The Bill, which was brought forward by MP Karen Buck, will give renters in Erith and Thamesmead and across the country the right to take their landlord to court over unsafe and poor housing conditions.

More than 135,000 homes in the London region have a hazard in their rented home which poses a “serious and immediate risk to health and safety”, according to the recent official statistics. This is the equivalent of 1 in every 12 rented homes in London.

The ‘Fitness for Human Habitation’ Bill has cross-party support and was has been backed by the government. It has also been supported by organisations across the housing sector, including Shelter, the Residential Landlords Association, the National Landlord Association and the National Housing Federation.

Greg Beales, Campaigns Director at Shelter, said:

Every day at Shelter we hear from private and social renters forced to live in poor and sometimes dangerous conditions, unable to tackle safety concerns or legally challenge their landlord.

 

“Thanks to Teresa Pearce MP and MPs from all the major parties, we are delighted to be one step closer to creating a minimum safety standard for rented homes. This Bill will help stamp out the actions of rogue landlords and protect renters across the country, and we’re looking forward to supporting it through its final stages before it becomes law”.

Teresa Pearce, MP for Erith and Thamesmead, said:

“This is a welcome success at long last. I was very disappointed in 2016, that my amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill was which would have ensured that all rented accommodation was safe for people to live in was voted down by the Government. But thanks to Karen Buck MP we are now very close to it becoming law. “

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Government loan of £350 million to Mayor to get Crossrail back on track

 

On 6 October the Rail Minister Joe Johnson issued a written Ministerial statement announcing a £350 million loan from Government to the Mayor of London to support efforts to complete the construction and testing of Crossrail as quickly as possible. The Minister’s statement says:

“On 31 August 2018, Crossrail Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Transport for London (TfL), announced a delay to the planned opening of the Elizabeth Line.

 

“Discussions between TfL and government are underway as to how any additional funding will be provided, with London – as the primary beneficiary of Crossrail – bearing any additional costs via a financing arrangement.

 

“TfL and the Department for Transport have commissioned an independent review of Crossrail’s governance and a separate review on Crossrail’s finance and commercial position.

 

“Today (26 October 2018), as an interim measure, we are announcing that £350 million of short term repayable financing will be made available to the Mayor for the year 2018/19. This will ensure that full momentum is maintained behind Crossrail.

 

“This project is already delivering benefits for the whole of the UK through its cross-country supply chain and its UK built train fleet. When open, Crossrail will be transformative and carry up to 200 million passengers a year, delivering £42 billion of investment into the UK economy.

 

“A further update will be provided once the discussions on the financing arrangements have concluded.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:


“This agreement is the result of positive discussions between my team, the Treasury and the Department for Transport and will allow Crossrail Ltd to continue their construction work and the testing process.

 

“An independent review into Crossrail Ltd’s commercial practices, cost projections and governance is already well underway, and that will help us understand the exact implications of the project overrunning for both project sponsors – Transport for London and the Department for Transport.

 

“Some very challenging work remains to be completed, but we will continue to work alongside the Government to deliver this important piece of infrastructure, and we will continue to keep the public informed of our progress towards its completion. When open, the Elizabeth Line will be a world-class railway that makes London proud.”

Teresa Pearce said:

“The last thing anyone wanted to see was a delay to the start of Elizabeth Line services from Abbey Wood. I think everyone who has had to put up with the disruption caused by the rebuild of Abbey Wood station, and associated work, deserved better than this. There is going to be some intense analysis of what has gone wrong to a project that was previously said to be on time and on budget.

 

This short term loan from Government will enable the construction work and testing to continue while the investigations run their course. I am not holding my breath for an announcement on a revised opening date for Crossrail, but for all of us I urge those involved to make it happen as soon as safely possible.”

 

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Teresa Pearce raises harassment with the Prime Minister at PMQs

 

Today I asked a question at Prime Minister Questiontime. After many months of trying to support my constituent through the proper channels, out of sheer frustration, I felt that I had to raise it on the floor of the House today, especially after the Dame Laura Cox report was published yesterday. I am not willing to divulge any details about my constituent, other than to say that she has my full support.

 

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Teresa Pearce MP wears it pink for charity fundraiser

Teresa Pearce, MP for Erith and Thamesmead added a splash of pink to her usual attire to support Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink fundraiser, which will take place on Friday 19 October raising money for vital breast cancer research.

Teresa is calling for her constituents in Erith and Thamesmead to join her and take part in wear it pink on 19 October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the annual event has raised over £31million towards Breast Cancer Now’s important work.

Anyone can take part in wear it pink, whether at work, school or in your community. All you need to do is wear something pink, or hold a pink themed event, and donate to Breast Cancer Now. With every penny raised, fundraisers across the UK will be helping the charity achieve its aim that, if we all act now, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and live well.

Teresa Pearce MP continues her support by joining over 290 MPs across the country as a Breast Cancer Now Ambassador, advocating breast cancer issues and support for the charity’s research both in Erith and Thamesmead and nationally.

Teresa Pearce MP said:

“Breast cancer is still the most common form of cancer in the UK. Each year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. Nearly every family has been touched by it , including mine, so I’m so passionate about encouraging everyone in Erith and Thamesmead to take part in wear it pink day on Friday 19 October.  

“Breast Cancer Now’s ambition is that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will survive it. In 2014-2016 an average of 593 women a year developed breast cancer in Bexley and 530 in  Greenwich. I really hope constituents will join me this October and support this very important cause.”

For more information on Breast Cancer Now’s work, visit breastcancernow.org or follow them on Twitter or on Facebook.

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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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