In July 2016 a YouGov Shelter report found that more than one in three (37%) of UK households were teetering on the brink of homelessness, unable to pay more than a month’s rent or mortgage if they lost their income.
Between 2008 and 2014 cost of living went up 28% whilst salary grew by just 9%.
The Bank Workers Charity has produced a new report that highlights how £120bn of productivity is lost per year because of it and the actions employers can take to reduce the financial cost and negative impacts on our staff.
Saturday is The Labour Party’s national campaigning day to defend ‘Your NHS’.
Locally, we’ll be reminding Catford’s residents that the NHS is only safe in Labour’s hands.
Join me campaigning on Catford/Rushey Green doorsteps – we’re meeting at the SMALL Costa Coffee on Catford Broadway at 1pm!
If you’re not from Rushey Green, Catford – sign up to find out more from your local Labour Campaign Team:
Under Tory-leadership: Lewisham hospital in south London became so full on Monday it had run out of beds and in an email to staff it described the situations as “critical” and “not safe”. The hospital had nowhere to put the next patient brought in as an emergency by ambulance, it added:
Under guidance which NHS England issued to NHS acute trusts last October ahead of this winter, hospitals were told to declare what is called a black alert when they have become “unable to deliver comprehensive care [and] there is increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised”.
The NHS document outlining the operational pressures escalation levels (Opel) system explains that Opel 4 means that “decisive action must be taken … to recover capacity and ensure patient safety” in the face of “rising system pressure”. That black alert is what most of the 23 trusts have gone onto this week, though some have described it as a “serious internal incident” or in similar terms.
Full Guardian article here
LEWISHAM Council is organising a home swapper event, helping Lewisham’s residents move to the right kind of property for them. Since this Tory-Liberal coalition government introduced the Bedroom Tax many people have been moved into rent poverty, as there aren’t enough properties to meet the changing needs of those already housed in social housing, forcing many – often on low incomes – stuck paying out for “spare bedrooms” when they have nowhere else to go. At the same time we have lots of families that are simply too big for the houses that they are in, living in over-crowded conditions, reducing their health and well being.
As such the Council in Lewisham is being proactive and helping organise a FREE event where you can get help to:
> sign up to mutual exchange sites
> look for matches online
> browse details of desirable properties within Lewisham
Download the flyer: Trading Places Flyer
I was invited along to this Lewisham Carers 25th Anniversary Tea Party hosted by Heidi Alexander MP – and have now been asked to help with their fundraising efforts to support more carers in Lewisham.
From Lewisham Newshopper:
Lewisham Carers 25th Anniversary launch event
CARERS who provide a “life-line” in Lewisham were celebrated with an afternoon tea hosted by MP Heidi Alexander.
The tea party marked the 25th anniversary of charity Carers Lewisham which supports those caring for friends and relatives with mental and physical illnesses.
There are around 22,000 carers in Lewisham and the charity is fundraising to support them with its anniversary project Challenge 25.
Chief executive of Carers Lewisham Diana Jones Chief Executive of Carers Lewisham said: “We are really grateful to Heidi for organising this event and for her support of carers and Carers Lewisham since becoming one of our local MPs.”
Justice for Lewisham Hospital Week – Catford Broadway Theatre
This week is Justice for Lewisham Hospital week follow the campaign at http://www.savelewishamhospital.com/
Major charities have come together to criticise the inaction and damaging domestic policies of David Cameron and Nick Cleggs Tory-Liberal coalition government.
Over the last year 300,000 more families have fallen into extreme hardship, with their net family income at less than £250 per week or less
Anne Marie Carrie Chief Exec of Barnardo’s said the government was not doing enough to help families ‘at the tipping point between hardship and crisis’, she continued ‘families already budgeting on a shoe string, squeezed by the rising price if essentials and high childcare bills. Tis year many households will be pushed into financial chaos when the cap on benefit increases takes effect, compromising the health and life chances of children.’
By Jim Naureckas
One of the more bizarre takes on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death comes from Associated Press business reporter Pamela Sampson (3/5/13):
Chavez invested Venezuela’s oil wealth into social programs including state-run food markets, cash benefits for poor families, free health clinics and education programs. But those gains were meager compared with the spectacular construction projects that oil riches spurred in glittering Middle Eastern cities, including the world’s tallest building in Dubai and plans for branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums in Abu Dhabi.
Cabinet Climb Down on Alcohol Pricing leaves Cameron red-faced again
PLANS to bring in a minimum price for alcohol look set to be dropped after a Cabinet revolt.
The idea, which experts say could cut 2,000 drink-related deaths in a decade, ran into opposition from ministers including home secretary Theresa May (pictured), education secretary Michael Gove, Eric Pickles and Andrew Lansley. They have privately told David Cameron they are opposed to the plan, for England and Wales, after the drinks industry produced its own research suggesting it would have little effect on problem drinkers or crime – Reports The Metro