Clive Efford MP

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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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...

Clive_Efford_2.jpgThis year the 2017 Spring Budget falls on International Women’s Day and Clive is calling on the government to guarantee a budget that works for women.

From the Equal Pay Act, the Sex Discrimination Act to the Equality Act, Labour has a strong record on advancing women’s rights and freedoms. Almost every major piece of legislation that has improved the lives of working women has been introduced by a Labour Government.

While International Women’s Day is about recognising how far we have travelled in the fight for gender equality, we must also recognise how much further we have to go, both in the UK and internationally.

Sadly, many policies introduced by this government are turning back the clock on economic equality for women.

In 2016, women in the UK are more likely to work for less pay than men and be disproportionately affected by cuts to public services. As of the 2016 Autumn Statement, 86% of the net gains to the treasury through tax and benefit measures had come from women, with a disproportionate impact on women from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

In addition, Specialist domestic violence services for women are in crisis as a direct result of government cuts to local authorities; according to Women’s Aid, on one typical day 103 children and 155 women are turned away from refuges due to lack of space.

Despite this, the treasury have refused to send a minister to the Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee to answer questions on the impact of their polices on Women.

In the absence of any action from the Government, Labour will be consulting over the next 12 months a proposed Economic Equality Bill.

Clive calls on government to guarantee a budget that works for women

This year the 2017 Spring Budget falls on International Women’s Day and Clive is calling on the government to guarantee a budget that works for women. From the Equal Pay...


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