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Wednesday 26th April 2017 - 08:43 School Budget Cuts
School Budget Cuts Waltham Forest Cabinet Member for Education Cllr Grace Williams and her Redbridge counterpart Elaine Norman have joined MPs John Cryer and Stella Creasy in condemning the Government’s plans for school funding and a Minister’s response to concerns they raised about the impact of cuts on Waltham Forest Schools.

Due to a combination of unfunded cost pressures and the National Funding Formula, schools in Waltham Forest face estimated real terms budget cuts of £21 million between 2016 and 2020, whereas Redbridge stands to lose £8 million in the same period. However, Department for Education Minister Nick Gibb responded to a letter from Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer, arguing that school funding was actually increasing. The Minister added that any shortfall could be made up by saving money on electricity and photocopiers.

Cryer said: “The Minister’s reply shows that that this out of touch Government is living in a fantasy world, utterly divorced from the reality in our schools.

“Schools in Leyton and Wanstead are being totally clobbered by these cuts. To give just one example, Buxton School is set to lose an extraordinary £960,055 in real terms. I have been contacted by scores of concerned parents worried about increasing class sizes, subjects being dropped from the curriculum and a growing lack of materials and resources, all of which is already happening. I have also been speaking to local Heads about the situation.

“The Government is clearly in complete denial about the impact its policies are having on schools.”

Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, said: “'with many of our local schools facing cuts of up to 20% in their budgets, it is insulting that Government ministers just dismiss these concerns by suggesting they could get cheaper photocopying.

“Investing in education is vital to our future success as a nation and these cuts will leave many of our schools here struggling. When they are wasting money on free schools and grammars at the same time as slashing the support for existing schools, the Government must urgently think again about its education spending priorities. That's why we'll be challenging these cuts when parliament returns and working with the Council to try to give the kids in our community the best start in life.”

Of the National Funding Formula, Cllr Williams said: “The proposed formula will divert funds away from schools in the most deprived areas, like Waltham Forest, and come on top of broader funding cuts. School funding per pupil has been frozen in cash terms between the 2015-16 and 2019-20 academic years, resulting in a real-terms cut of 6.5 per cent. This is because of pupil numbers going up and unfunded pressures in schools such as general inflation, the apprenticeship levy, annual pay awards and salary increases, teachers pensions, and national insurance. The formula is being redesigned as schools face their toughest four years.

“If the formula is introduced it would be the largest cut in school spending per pupil over a four-year period since at least the early 1980s and would return school spending per pupil to about the same real-terms level as it was in 2010-11. “
Speaking on behalf of schools in Redbridge, Cllr Elaine Norman said: “The Council and its school staff have worked incredibly hard for years to deliver excellent education to the children of this Borough. Our GCSE results last year were excellent with Redbridge ranked tenth out of 150 local authorities for the new Average Progress 8 measure and second for its Progress 8 score in Mathematics. The Borough also ranked 16th in the percentage of children attaining five A* -C GCSEs including English and Maths.
“These funding changes put this work at risk and gamble with children’s futures.”
Thursday 16th March 2017 - 09:22 Save The O's
Save The O's John Cryer has today (15 March 2017) tabled a parliamentary Early Day Motion.

EDM 1059 reads: -

“That this House notes with deep concern that a winding up order has been served on Leyton Orient FC by HMRC due to non-payment of taxes by the club’s owner, Francesco Becchetti; further notes Mr Becchetti’s highly dubious business record, including a criminal investigation by the Albanian government, and his incompetent stewardship of Leyton Orient; further notes that a venerable and well-known community football club is now under threat; and calls on the government to enforce a genuine “fit and proper person” test, ensuring that any prospective or current club owner’s ability and willingness to pay creditors is robustly checked on a regular basis.
Monday 13th March 2017 - 15:53 NHS Staff Morale
NHS Staff Morale " I am disappointed but not surprised that NHS staff morale as low point. With financial pressures at unmanageable levels, increasing demands and great uncertainty, staff are exposed to difficult working conditions."

"We are creating conditions in which the health, wellbeing and quality of life of those who have committed their working lives to the NHS are being profoundly damaged."

" I am very concerned and anxious about the state of our NHS as we are seeing this Tory Government trying to break the very fundamentals of what makes our National Health Service great. Staff morale is at an all time low and I am seeing more serious complaints from my constituents about their health care experience."
Friday 10th March 2017 - 13:06 Whipps Cross Hospital Waiting Times
Whipps Cross Hospital Waiting Times John Cryer has reacted to the latest figures on A&E waiting times at Whipps Cross. It is reported that the local hospital have missed their target yet seeing again seeing 77.7% of patients within four hours, despite seeing fewer type 1 (the most serious) patients than in December.

John Cryer MP said:

"A report by CQC in December 2016 rated the service provided by Whipps Cross as inadequate. (In particular surgery was rated inadequate because of concerns around safety, responsiveness and leadership.) Quite clearly the trust urgently need to focus on these areas as a priority. "

I visited Whipps Cross in January and it is very clear that the staff there, as at almost all hospitals as far as I can see, are struggling to cope with massive pressures. Many are working inordinately long hours in very difficult conditions.

This has certainly the worst winter for the NHS in many years and my fear is that there may be more bad news to come. I am increasingly of the opinion that the Health service is being allowed by the Government to be put under so much pressure by a starvation of funds and the crisis in social care because the Government don’t want to spend the money, don’t know what to do or perhaps so the public become so disenchanted they may go along with a radical ‘fix’ such as privatisation."
Friday 10th March 2017 - 11:12 Jobcentre Update
Jobcentre Update John Cryer MP has met with Michelle O'Connor (DWP District Manager) and Sandra Valentine (DWP Manager) about the plans to close Leytonstone Jobcentre Plus.

John Cryer MP said:

“I disagree with the proposals to close Leytonstone Jobcentre Plus. I have raised my concerns at Ministerial level and put my fears on record with the DWP managers.

"I have been given reassuarnces that the DWP is reviewing the proposals and 'no final decsion will be taken' without a full assessment of the concerns that both the PCS union and I have raised about the detrimental impact the closure will clearly have for locals residents. I have called for the results to be published.

The Government themselves have stated any branch closing down must have another branch within 3 miles – the Walthamstow branch is nearly 4 miles away. Mr Cryer said that the Walthamstow branch does not have an adequate lift for use by users, and not enough space for staff who may be relocated there.

John Cryer MP added:

“This attack on welfare services are purely a cost exercise by the Tory Government. The DWP expect local residents to travel 3.7 miles away to Walthamstow Jobcentre Plus. The threatened closure is spreading alarm and despondency among some of the most vulnerable people whom I represent.

“I will continue to actively fight to save the Leytonstone Jobcentre.”
Wednesday 22nd February 2017 - 16:36 Save Our Jobcentre
Save Our Jobcentre The Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) has announced plans to close Job Centre Plus Leytonstone. This attack on Welfare services are purely a cost exercise by the Tory Government. The DWP expect local residents to travel 3.7 miles away to Walthamstow Job Centre Plus.

John Cryer MP said:

“This is quite clearly ludicrous. The Government themselves have stated any branch closing down must have another branch within 3 miles – the Walthamstow branch is nearly 4 miles away. The Walthamstow branch does not have an adequate lift for use by users, and not enough space for staff who may be relocated there.

“A number of Job Centre Plus centres face closure. However the Government are holding a consultation into the closure of the Leytonstone branch. This is open to anybody to contribute to. I’d therefore urge local residents who share these concerns or who has used the centre and knows the value of a local accessible centre to comment on the consultation. The consultation closes on 28th February at 5pm.

Local residents’ can do that via this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/586574/consultation-on-a-proposal-for-the-future-of-leytonstone-jobcentre.pdf. or click on the button below.

John Cryer has met with representative of the Public and Commercial Services union who represent staff working in Jobcentre Plus and raised his concerns in parliament with the Minister.

John Cryer MP added:

“I will actively and robustly fight to save the Leytonstone Jobcentre. I hope local residents will make their opposition clear to the Government.”
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Monday 6th February 2017 - 16:26 Campaigners Meet CAA
Campaigners Meet CAA John Cryer and local councillors from Waltham Forest and Redbridge have met with the Civil Aviation Authority to hand over a petition of local residents to the overflight corridors from and to City Airport over the Wanstead, Snaresbrook, Leyton and Leytonstone areas.

In February 2016 London City Airport received permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to concentrate all its flight paths. Since when 1000s of furious local residents have been contacting me to object to the aircraft ‘superhighway’ above their homes.
John Cryer MP said:

“1000s of local residents are affected in Leyton, Leytonstone, Wanstead and Snaresbrook. There are narrow corridor flight paths in and out of the airport. Air traffic is now more concentrated, affecting many residents and there have been real concerns about City Airport’s lack of engagement with the community. These corridors are now being reviewed. I asked local residents to let me know their views and also to contact the Civil Aviation Authority and the City Airport.

Cllr Shelia Bain, Cllr for Wanstead ward said:

“The lives of Wanstead residents are being made a misery by noise from these planes from early morning until evening with no respite not to mention the pollution being suffered. City Airport has to take a serious look at the awful effect these concentrated flight paths are having on people's daily lives and review them.”

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Cllr for Leytonstone ward said;

The arrogance displayed by City Airport to-date in dismissing our residents’ concerns around noise and air pollution in particular is truly shocking. The impact of an airport is not contained within the boundaries of a single councils administrative boundary, it's about time the CAA and the management of City Airport realised this!"

John Cryer MP added:

“I hope City Airport will listen to residents’ complaints and the CAA will take these into account as part of the submission into the air corridor review.”
Wednesday 11th January 2017 - 15:12 Wanstead Parking Scheme
Wanstead Parking Scheme "I have been contact by dozens of frustrated local residents and I share their concerns about parking arrangements in Wanstead and have made this clear to the council, in particular to the Cabinet member for highways.

"I am disappointed with the lack of public involvement and will continue to represent my constituents’ concerns about the situation – seeking a reasonable resolution to the matter which meets the area’s parking needs.

"I want to make it very clear that the council, in my view, should have engaged in a full consultation and sought the views of residents."

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Monday 12th December 2016 - 09:11 Govt Playing Politics with Commuters
Govt Playing Politics with Commuters John Cryer has criticised the Transport Secretary’s announcement that he will not be handing suburban railways to TFL.

John Cryer MP who has the Gospal Oak to Barking over-ground line serving his constituent’s said:

“It appears that the Government is putting party politics above the needs of desperate commuters. This betrayal of commuters is particularly poor because rail devolution is supported by politicians from all parties – including Conservative MPs and councils inside and outside London.

“There is only one way Chris Grayling can put this right – he must devolve control of services to TfL to ensure commuters in constituencies like mine get a more frequent, reliable and affordable service.”
Wednesday 30th November 2016 - 09:09 Norlington School Council Visit Parliament
Norlington School Council Visit Parliament John Cryer met with local pupils from Norlington School for Boys for a tour of Parliament followed a Q&A session where the children ‘grilled’ their Member of Parliament on local, national and international issues.
John Cryer MP said:

“It was great to see so many enthuastic students and I hope they enjoyed the day. I regularly visit schools and colleges and encourage them to bring students up to Parliament, for a tour of the building and an understanding of how our Parliament works. It is vital to connect young people with the democratic process – we need to make you part of the political fabric and enthuastic about our democratic values and history. “

Brendan Isaac, Associate Assistant Headteacher/Head of English at Norlington said:

“We thank John ever so much for accommodating our School Council on their first trip to the Houses of Parliament. The boys left thoroughly enthused at having the opportunity to access something which they perceive as being so remote to them and your tour was key to dispelling that myth.

I must add that personally it was insightful to speak with John for an extended period of time, we very much appreciated.”