So the cost of living crisis is over. At least, that's the view from No. 10. Rishi Sunak, th...
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Further to my last email regarding Wanstead Youth Centre, I write to update you now that the council...
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As you would expect my office has been contacted by anxious family members and other constituents sp...
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John Cryer
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Wednesday 14th February 2024 - 13:06 Homelessness Crisis
Homelessness Crisis So the cost of living crisis is over. At least, that's the view from No. 10.

Rishi Sunak, the man who is so in touch with the man in the street that he tries to scan his debit card on a barcode reader, tells us that Cost of Living payments to the poorest will cease because things are getting easier.

Hundreds of my constituents, going to sleep in hotel rooms tonight, would disagree. My office is contacted by several homeless families every single week who have spent several months moving from hotel room to hotel room, moving across the city with a few hours notice as often, in some cases, as nightly.
Those who are offered self-contained accommodation are being asked to move miles away from their own communities and support networks. The reason is the government's complete lack of agility in responding to the cost-of-living crisis.

Council housing departments nationwide (but in London especially) have been hit by a double whammy which has left them completely unable to cope with the volume of homeless applications they have received. Evictions multiplied after Dumb and Dumber's mini-budget sent mortgages sky-rocketing, leading thousands of buy-to-let landlords to sell up, leaving their tenants stranded.
Meanwhile, the government maintained the freeze on the Local Housing Allowance- (LHA- the rate at which the maximum amount that can be paid in Housing Benefit is set) while rents continued to rise, until only 1.5% of private rental properties fell below that limit.

The result? Stratospheric demand, haemorrhaging supply.

Under pressure from opposition parties and campaigners like Citizens' Advice, the Chancellor, in his autumn statement, lifted the LHA, effective from April. This should ease the problem but it is no silver bullet. There are no sign that the government intends to undo older, damaging policies on welfare that will continue to impose hardship on larger families in particular.

This country deserves a government that acknowledges the enormous scale of the housing crisis and undertakes to deliver hundreds of thousands of new homes, especially social housing, and bring about real change for working people. That just won't happen unless we get rid of this hopeless and out-of-touch government.
Monday 18th September 2023 - 11:42 Wanstead Youth Centre
Wanstead Youth Centre Further to my last email regarding Wanstead Youth Centre, I write to update you now that the council's plans for the centre are known.

The council proposes to take over management from Vision, its leisure contractor, and run the centre as an "education and youth hub". More information is available here: https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/news/september-2023/redbridge-council-to-review-plans-to-deliver-an-education-and-youth-hub-in-wanstead/. The article links to a detailed report which officers prepared for the council's cabinet meeting on 14th September, and which detailed the proposals as follows: "for conversion to use by the Education department to deliver a new education Hub including an alternative provision for Year 11 and Early Years, a new Tuition Centre and a new Early Years Play and Development Centre as well as revamped and improved facilities for community use."

I cautiously welcome these proposals, but they will need to be held to close scrutiny to ensure that the wide range of activities enjoyed by the many service users I met at the Youth Centre (and of course those who were not able to meet me) is not lost. The next stage is for a full survey of the building to be carried out next month. Thereafter I would expect more detail to emerge about a plan of works, and thereafter more detailed proposals about future use.

I believe that we would not be having this discussion about the future use of the centre at this time were it not for the energy, enthusiasm and dedication of campaigners. It would simply have closed. I heard from many of you and put your concerns repeatedly to the council leadership, and I have no doubt that, in the end, we persuaded the council of the case for keeping the centre open for future use.

When more is known I will be in touch again.
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Friday 22nd April 2022 - 11:50 Help For Ukrainian Refugees
Help For Ukrainian Refugees As you would expect my office has been contacted by anxious family members and other constituents sponsoring Ukrainian refugees who have applied to settle here under the Family or Homes for Ukraine schemes. Many are experiencing long waits whilst they contend with less than ideal circumstances in Poland, other European countries or, in some cases, still in Ukraine itself.

My staff have been working hard to obtain updates for applications where there has been a delay and/or urgent need. However, it is becoming clear that the hotline service we use is not resourced to meet the scale of demand and in recent days we have found it impossible to get through. We will, of course, keep on trying.

If you are sponsoring a Ukrainian refugee who has not received a decision on an application made two or more weeks ago, or if you believe there is a compelling medical reason why their case needs to be prioritised, I would still encourage you to contact me regarding their case via email: john.cryer.mp@parliament.uk. I will need their full name (exactly as stated on their application), date of birth and application reference number starting GWF. If you are not the sponsor I will need their consent or the applicant's before I can proceed.

There is also a public enquiry line, which can be reached on: 0808 1648810.
Thursday 13th May 2021 - 10:40 Sheikh Jarrah Evictions
Sheikh Jarrah Evictions Letter to The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP - click to download the full letter below:
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Friday 22nd January 2021 - 16:57 COVID Vaccinations
COVID Vaccinations See the latest information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations including a download of the frequently asked questions
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Sunday 20th December 2020 - 12:37 We Are Now In Tier 4
We Are Now In Tier 4 You can find details for things like council services, mutual aid etc on the Covid-19 part of my website.
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Friday 23rd October 2020 - 15:54 Free School Meals
Free School Meals Many children are eligible for Free School Meals in Leyton and Wantead. Leyton and Wanstead constituency is across two London boroughs, please see the relevant information for where you live in Leyton and Wanstead.

Waltham Forest wards: Cann Hall, Cathall, Forest, Grove Green, Leyton and Leytonstone

Redbridge Wards: South Woodford, Wanstead Park and Wanstead Village
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Wednesday 1st July 2020 - 10:42 Green Recovery - A Virtual Lobby
Green Recovery - A Virtual Lobby John Cryer MP met campaigners calling for a "green recovery" for the economy post-Covid via Zoom on 30th June.

The lobby, arranged nationally by The Climate Coalition and hosted locally by John's office, provided constituents with an opportunity to press the MP for commitments on environmental issues.

John said: "it was great, if rather unusual, to meet constituents in this way to discuss one of the most pressing issues we face: climate change.

"We discussed everything from transport issues to building control and insulation. I have asked for my name to be added to the Climate Coalition's declaration, which calls on the Prime Minister to commit to substantial progress on clean energy, green spaces and protecting the vulnerable for the effects of climate change.

"I have always taken an interest in environmental issues and enjoyed a good relationship with local campaigners. Whilst coronavirus has caused tremendous harm to our economy, we now have an chance to look at how investment in the right areas can help us to recover at the same time as achieving progress on emissions and other environmental issues. It is vital that the government does not miss this opportunity."

You can read the Climate Coalition's declaration here:
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Monday 16th March 2020 - 17:00 Coronavirus Update
Coronavirus Update If you have any concerns about Coronavirus, the Government - the Department of Health and Public Health England - has issued guidance on symptoms, self-isolation (Stay at Home guidance), travel advice and statistics on cases.

This information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

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Criminal Justice and Coronavirus (Trials, Jury Service and Prison Visits) https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-and-prisons
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Tuesday 20th August 2019 - 16:48 Cryer Repeats Call for Loan Charge Pause
"Like many colleagues I have been contacted by a number of constituents affected by the retrospective charge affecting many contractors, the self-employed and even agency workers."

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