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 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/
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...
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 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 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:
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
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 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."
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 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...
Clive is backing the Treat me well campaign from Royal Mencap Society to improve healthcare for people with a learning disability.
Attending Mencap’s Learning Disability Week reception in Parliament on Monday 18th June, Clive spoke with people with a learning disability about the challenges they face when visiting their doctor or a hospital. Shadow Minister Barbara Keeley MP also spoke about the need to tackle this healthcare inequality now.
Mencap reports that three people with a learning disability die avoidably every day. That is to say their deaths would be avoided by improving the quality of healthcare for people with a learning disability.
Mencap’s new campaign, Treat me well, aims to change this by making sure all health professionals receive learning disability awareness training. An important part of this is understanding how to make ‘reasonable adjustments’. These are simple things such as having a quiet space to wait for an appointment, jargon free easy to understand information and longer appointment times as it can sometimes take longer for people with a learning disability to express themselves or they may well need support to do so.
These reasonable adjustments are often small but can really help and even save lives.
Quote from Clive Efford MP:
“Meeting and hearing the stories of people with learning disabilities placed a human face on the shocking statistics around life expectancy for people with learning disabilities.
“I am supporting Mencap’s Treat me well campaign as people with learning disability have the same right as anyone else to receive good healthcare.
“Too often people with learning disability are not helped to understand what the doctor or nurse is explaining, are not provided with easy to understand information about medicines or are given the time to explain how they are feeling.
I look forward to working with Mencap, local Mencap groups and the local NHS to reduce healthcare inequalities for people with learning disability.”
Lloyd Page, Mencap spokesperson with a learning disability:
“Treat me well will help the NHS provide better healthcare to people with learning disabilities. By giving all doctors and nurses learning disability training they will have the skills and knowledge to give the 1.4million people in the UK with a learning disability the best possible healthcare.
“We also want everyone who treats a patient to learn about reasonable adjustments. A reasonable adjustment is when a person goes into hospital and asks for extra support so they can have an equal service to everyone else. Reasonable adjustments are powerful and really help us when they are put in place. All healthcare professionals should offer reasonable adjustments.
“My message for healthcare professionals is to please treat patients with a learning disability well, give us respect, and think about what reasonable adjustments you can give to help us.”
Clive is backing the Treat me well campaign from Royal Mencap Society to improve healthcare for people with a learning disability. Attending Mencap’s Learning Disability Week reception in Parliament on...
Clive showed his support for a new British Red Cross scheme called community reserve volunteers which will create a national network of people ready to help in a local emergency.
Clive attended a Parliamentary drop-in yesterday at the House of Commons, run by the British Red Cross, to meet with volunteers alongside almost 40 other MPs from all parties.
MPs met with British Red Cross volunteers to hear about the initiative, as well as their experiences of being deployed to incidents such as floods and fires, and their reasons for signing up.
The MPs’ support for the project came after a report published by the British Red Cross and Aviva showed that the majority of people in London would want to help if disaster struck in their community but 52% would not know what to do.
The report, ‘When Crisis Hits: mobilising kindness in our communities’, also revealed that 50% of people in London think their community would be unprepared to cope with a large scale emergency such as a fire or flooding.
The scheme hopes to recruit 10,000 community reserve volunteers across the UK by the end of 2019 and it takes just ten minutes to sign up at redcross.org.uk/reserves
Simon Lewis, Head of Crisis Response at the British Red Cross, said: “By creating a national taskforce of community reserve volunteers we want to put people and their communities at the heart of emergency response, to help communities rebuild and recover faster.
“Everyone has a role to play when disaster strikes, even the smallest act of kindness can make a huge difference. It’s quick and easy to sign up online community reserve volunteers, you don’t need specialist skills and we need your help now more than ever.”
The volunteers don’t need any specialist skills and will be contacted by text if there is an emergency in their community they could help with. They will undertake vital jobs like packing food parcels, blowing up airbeds for rest centres and filling sandbags in times of flooding. Any necessary training will be given at the scene of the crisis and you can confirm your availability when you are contacted.
The British Red Cross will be running emergency simulation exercises across the country to effectively practise deployment of this new team of volunteers in the coming months.
To learn more about the British Red Cross’ Community Reserve Volunteer scheme with Aviva and how to sign up, visit: redcross.org.uk/reserves
Clive showed his support for a new British Red Cross scheme called community reserve volunteers which will create a national network of people ready to help in a local emergency....
Clive has joined the RSPCA in Parliament to campaign for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
Circuses are wholly unsuitable environments for wild animals, with repeated studies showing that circus life is likely to have a significantly harmful impact on the welfare of many types of animals1. An increasing number of countries have now introduced bans on the use of wild animals in circuses, leaving the UK lagging behind on this important issue of animal welfare2.
A total ban is long overdue and is supported by the public. With the existing regulations due to expire in January 2020, now is the time for the Government to take action to cement the UK’s position as a world leader in animal welfare3.
Clive Efford said:
“I’m proud to support the RSPCA in campaigning to bring an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. We are a nation of animal lovers, so I find it shocking that this practice is still happening in the UK today. It is time for the Government to take action.”
Ros Clubb, Senior Scientific Manager for Captive Wild Animals, said:
“Wild animals do not belong in the circus. We continue to push the Westminster Government to bring in its manifesto promise to ban the outdated practice of using wild animals in circuses in England as we believe these animals cannot be cared for adequately within the current level of regulations. Circuses touring with wild animals need to be finally consigned to the history books. In 2018, there's simply no excuse for it.”
Clive has joined the RSPCA in Parliament to campaign for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. Circuses are wholly unsuitable environments for wild animals, with repeated...
Clive has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling to reiterate his demand for Govia to be prevented from bidding again on the contract for Southeastern rail services.
Clive has also called for an investigation into the train which became stranded outside Lewisham on the 5th April - this occurred just over one month after a similar incident took place on the 2nd March.
You can read the text of Clive's letter below
Clive has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling to reiterate his demand for Govia to be prevented from bidding again on the contract for Southeastern rail...