Clive Efford MP

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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Speaking in Parliament today, Clive has highlighted the impact that this government's cuts to local government are having. In Greenwich, 948 households are in temporary accomodation and 21,000 children went to sleep in households in poverty last night. Click below to watch Clive's question

Clive highlights the impact of local government cuts

Speaking in Parliament today, Clive has highlighted the impact that this government's cuts to local government are having. In Greenwich, 948 households are in temporary accomodation and 21,000 children went... Read more

Labour’s team in Horn Park is leading the campaign to re-open the Source medical centre in Sibthorpe Road, after it was closed in 2016 because of the Tory Government’s NHS cuts, despite dealing with over 5,000 patient visits a year. 

Clive launches campaign to re-open the Source

Labour’s team in Horn Park is leading the campaign to re-open the Source medical centre in Sibthorpe Road, after it was closed in 2016 because of the Tory Government’s NHS cuts,... Read more

Clive has written to the local planners to set out his objections to plans being proposed by Transport for London to develop their land close to Kidbrooke Station.

Clive sets out objections to TfL's plans to develop land near Kidbrooke Station

Clive has written to the local planners to set out his objections to plans being proposed by Transport for London to develop their land close to Kidbrooke Station. Read more

Clive_Efford_MP_and_Hannah_Nixon_PSR.jpgClive attended a parliamentary event in July hosted by the world’s first dedicated economic payments regulator, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR).

Clive spoke with the PSR about its work to promote competition, innovation and protect the interests of those who use payment systems. The independent, statutory body outlined the work it has been doing to improve the way the payments industry operates in the UK. This includes opening up the market to greater competition by improving access to payment systems for new service providers, which ultimately leads to greater choice of innovative products and services and better value for money for consumers.

Clive was particularly keen to discuss the PSR’s work to address key issues such as protecting the current geographic spread of free-to-use ATMs across the UK and driving industry action to protect people against authorised push payment scams where a consumer is tricked into paying a fraudster. The work on preventing these scams and developing new consumer protections will bring real benefits to consumers from September.

Clive discusses consumer protection with the Payment Systems Regulator

Clive attended a parliamentary event in July hosted by the world’s first dedicated economic payments regulator, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR). Clive spoke with the PSR about its work to...

Register_appliance.jpgDid you know that electricity causes around half of all domestic fires in the UK, with most of them arising from electrical products - including counterfeit goods and faulty items that have been recalled? In fact, more than four fires each week are caused by white goods - such as a dishwasher, washing machine or tumble-dryer – which are electrical essentials in the modern home.

To find out how to help keep constituents electrically safe, Clive went along to a ‘Register my Appliance’ drop-in event in Parliament, hosted by leading safety charity, Electrical Safety First. By registering an electrical appliance, manufacturers and retailers can easily trace and contact consumers to recall a dangerous, substandard, or faulty, item.

“It seems that every day brings another media report of a dangerous washing machine or exploding mobile phone”, explains Clive. “I discovered that, since 2007, there have been 518 recall notices issued for electrical products. However, only 10-20% of faulty goods are ever returned or repaired, which means there are potentially thousands of unsafe appliances still in use in our homes. Yet only 24% of people always register their electrical goods.”

Electrical Safety First undertook research to find out why registration rates were so low and found the three key reasons were: ‘it’s too much trouble’; ‘I forgot’; or ‘I can’t see the benefit’.

“Electricity is so fundamental to modern life, we rarely give it a second thought, yet it can kill, causes over 350,000 serious injuries each year and creates significant property damage”, notes Clive.  “But disturbingly, Electrical Safety First’s research has shown that three in 10 of us are still willing to put ourselves in danger by continuing to use recalled electrical items.”

The charity has been lobbying the UK Government to establish a centrally managed product recall database, which would allow consumers to check that the appliances they are using are safe. And they are calling for a ‘voluntary mark’ to be used by manufacturers of fridges and freezers to demonstrate that they have been made from fire-resistant materials. (Refrigerators with flammable plastic backs are a serious safety concern and can cause large, rapidly developing fires).

“I strongly support Electrical Safety First’s campaign to get more people to register their electrical goods”, adds Clive.  “So I will be encouraging my constituents to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and their families. This includes always buying from a reputable dealer or manufacturer, following the instructions supplied with the product and remembering to register their appliance so they can be contacted if there is a problem.”

To see if an electrical appliance you own has been recalled, visit: electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/recall 

To register an appliance, visit: www.registermyappliance.org.uk/

Safety first for Electrical Products

Did you know that electricity causes around half of all domestic fires in the UK, with most of them arising from electrical products - including counterfeit goods and faulty items...

img_0871small.jpgClive has joined the Women's Institute in a call to #EndPlasticSoup.

Microplastics are plastic particles smaller than 5mm. A major source of microplastic pollution is from synthetic fibres, which are small strands of plastic that can come loose from clothing in the washing cycle. As they are too small to be caught by washing machine filters and the sewage system, they end up in the sea and wider environment.

Due to their small size the fibres can be ingested by aquatic life, posing a health risk to them. Microplastics are also entering the food chain, the long-term effects of which are unknown.

The campaign is calling calls for the development of solutions to microplastic fibres from industry & the Government.

You can find out more about the campaign by visiting https://www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns/current-campaigns-and-initiatives/end-plastic-soup

Clive backs WI campaign to #EndPlasticSoup

Clive has joined the Women's Institute in a call to #EndPlasticSoup. Microplastics are plastic particles smaller than 5mm. A major source of microplastic pollution is from synthetic fibres, which are...

Speaking in Parliament, Clive raised the case of a constituent who has been required to attend reassesment for the Personal Independence Payment three times in as many years.

This is the case for many people with chronic conditions, speaking about the issues, Clive said: 'Many people with chronic conditions are being harassed by repeated reassessments for PIP. This benefits no one. This is why Labour will scrap the current system & introduce tailored support to protect the vulnerable.'

You can watch Clive's question below:

 

Clive highlights problems with PIP reassesments

Speaking in Parliament, Clive raised the case of a constituent who has been required to attend reassesment for the Personal Independence Payment three times in as many years. This is...

Watch Clive's question to the Transport Minister calling on the Government to put passengers ahead of profit and strip Govia of the Southeastern franchise

 

Clive demands Government put passengers ahead of profit

Watch Clive's question to the Transport Minister calling on the Government to put passengers ahead of profit and strip Govia of the Southeastern franchise  

clive_efford_rotate.jpgClive has given his support to sleep-in workers in the social care sector who are facing a back pay crisis which has arisen due to inconsistent Government guidance.

The Government had advised providers that they could pay sleep in workers a set fee, it was later revealed that this was not the case and a huge bill for back pay.

Clive is calling on the Government to solve the sleep-in pay crisis for the people who rely on care, the care workers and care providers who are being asked to find the additional funds to cover the back pay.

Speaking after the event, Clive said: "This crisis has yet to be resolved and needs immediate attention. Many providers are facing a huge liability which could strip them of resources for vital support services offered by charity providers or render them susceptible to closure, through no fault of their own. The Government should take responsibility for their mistake and fund all sleep-in back pay."

 

 

BACK PAY FOR SLEEP-IN RESIDENTIAL WORKERS

Clive has given his support to sleep-in workers in the social care sector who are facing a back pay crisis which has arisen due to inconsistent Government guidance. The Government...

Clive has today spoken in Parliament to call on the Government to push ahead with their review of safe standing.

Speaking in the debate, Clive called on the Government to listen to fans - who overwhemingly support safe standing - and made the point that it would be safer for fans to stand in designated areas rather than standing in seated areas, as is currently the case.

You can watch Clive's contribution to the debate below:

This debate follows from Labour's announcment that it is backing the introduction of safe standing at football earlier this month.

Labour's Shadow Sports Minister, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP, announced that the decision to introduce Safe Standing should be devolved down to clubs, fans and safety authorities.

Last year, Labour pledged that all sports should be inclusive for all - by giving fans and supporters the opportunity to have a greater say in how their clubs are run.

During the last few months, Labour has consulted with clubs, supporters’ clubs and trusts, safety authorities, and leagues to undertake a review of opinions around Safe Standing in football.

Clive speaks in support of safe standing

Clive has today spoken in Parliament to call on the Government to push ahead with their review of safe standing. Speaking in the debate, Clive called on the Government to...

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