Clive Efford MP

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sadiq_and_clive.jpgChris Grayling, the Conservative minister for transport, has called for the train services from Eltham to Charing Cross and Victoria to be cut.  Under his Department's proposals trains on the Bexleyheath line will only run to Cannon Street.

 

The Government claims that running trains to several destinations “introduces operational complexity, requiring trains to cross complex and busy junctions. This is a major contributor to delays, and makes it much harder to recover the service when things go wrong.”  Their answer to this problem is simple: cut the services.

Clive is demanding that these proposals be rejected outright.  "Passengers on our local trains have suffered years of almost daily cancellations and late running services partly caused by the regeneration of London Bridge.  Now with that project finally nearing its end, the Government has announced that passengers will see massive cuts to their services.  Commuters have undergone the pain for no perceivable gain" he said.

"This part of South East London relies more than any other on our train services.  We have no underground stations or any DLR service.  It is simply unacceptable for the Government to propose plans that will cause so much disruption to our local community."

If you oppose these terrible cuts then please sign Clive's petition here.

Clive demands that the Government scrap cuts to services to Charing Cross and Victoria

Chris Grayling, the Conservative minister for transport, has called for the train services from Eltham to Charing Cross and Victoria to be cut.  Under his Department's proposals trains on the...

cinema_meeting.jpgIt was standing-room-only at Clive’s meeting last night for local residents to hear about the plans for the new cinema opening in Eltham High Street next year.

Clive had called the meeting after some people were concerned about an application made by the cinema operators Vue last year for late night opening.  Clive asked Vue to withdraw that application so that it could properly consult local residents.   To their credit, Vue did that and then accepted Clive’s invitation to come to last night’s meeting.

Speaking after the meeting Clive said: “Vue were able to hear first-hand the concerns that local people have and residents were able to hear more about Vue’s plans.  This is the beginning of the process and Vue have promised to go away and look at ways they can adapt their plans to take into account resident’s views.”

“The cinema is a welcome and exciting addition to the High Street but the operators must take into account the views of local people.  I will certainly continue to work with Vue and local residents to get a successful outcome for all concerned.”

Clive brings residents and cinema operators together

It was standing-room-only at Clive’s meeting last night for local residents to hear about the plans for the new cinema opening in Eltham High Street next year.

Clive_Efford_PIP.jpgThe Tories are trying to overturn a court ruling so that they can deny 160,000 disabled people the support they need (known as Personal Independence Payments - PIP) to live independently.

PIP helps chronically sick and disabled people fund their living costs and, in particular, the additional financial costs faced by disabled people.

Disability charity Scope has estimated that these additional costs amount to approximately £550 a month. Disabled people are twice as likely to live in poverty as non-disabled people as a result of these additional costs, and PIP is a key source of income to prevent real hardship. Currently 600,000 disabled people are in receipt of the payment.

Two tribunals have ruled that the Government should expand the reach of PIP. Instead of listening to the court’s criticisms of PIP assessments, the Government has decided to undermine the legal basis of the rulings by stopping the change going ahead.

Commenting on the Government's attempt to undermine the court ruling, Clive Efford said:

“Instead of listening to the court’s criticisms of Personal Independence Payment assessments and correcting these injustices, the Government has instead decided to undermine the legal basis of the rulings.

“1,388 people are on PIP in Eltham. The Tories are failing to give support to those who need it most. They must ensure that all assessments are undertaken fairly and by appropriately trained specialist staff. The tribunal decision show how the PIP assessment process is just not fit for purpose.

“By shifting the goal posts, the Tory Government will exclude over 164,000 disabled people from PIP support, risking them falling into debt and increasing their isolation.

“This is a step too far, even for this Tory Government.

"I will not stand by as this Government makes further draconian cuts to disability benefits. Enough is enough."

Clive says No to PIP Cuts

The Tories are trying to overturn a court ruling so that they can deny 160,000 disabled people the support they need (known as Personal Independence Payments - PIP) to live...


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