“DO THEY WANT IT TO BE FREE, THEN?” – Consulate official’s jibe over constituent ‘trapped in Peru’ angers MP

MP Helen Hayes has slammed the "appalling attitude" of some consulate staff during a House of Commons exchange. The Dulwich and West Norwood Labour MP told the Commons: "My constituent, who is trapped in Peru, is being advised by the British consulate to apply for a place on a private flight, at a minimum cost … Continue reading “DO THEY WANT IT TO BE FREE, THEN?” – Consulate official’s jibe over constituent ‘trapped in Peru’ angers MP

Lambeth council and business leaders call for immediate action to save local economy

Lambeth council and the borough’s business community have written a joint letter to the Chancellor urging immediate action in the face of the unprecedented economic challenge poised by the coronavirus outbreak. The letter, signed by Lambeth council Leader Cllr Jack Hopkins and the leaders of the borough’s seven business improvement districts calls for immediate action … Continue reading Lambeth council and business leaders call for immediate action to save local economy

COVID-19: More questions in the House – on court closures, rough sleepers and people living in houses in multiple occupation

Helen Hayes Opposition Whip (Commons) To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of court closures in response to the covid-19 outbreak. Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department HMCTS is operating a robust contingency plan which aims to deliver as much business … Continue reading COVID-19: More questions in the House – on court closures, rough sleepers and people living in houses in multiple occupation

CORONAVIRUS: VOLUNTEERING IN BROMLEY BOROUGH – AND KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR THE SCAMMERS (and guess what – they’re already at it!)

Enquiries from Bromley residents to help those most in need if it proves necessary over the course of coming months in response to COVID-19 are being welcomed, say the council. This follows various national discussions and the council "paying heightened attention" to the evolving situation, with a specialist group having been formed within the council … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS: VOLUNTEERING IN BROMLEY BOROUGH – AND KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR THE SCAMMERS (and guess what – they’re already at it!)

FOOD MARKET NEWS – AND USING YOUR IMAGINATION TO CREATE THINGS

FOOD MARKET NEWS From Crystal Palace Food Market's Karen: Laura and I are intending to keep the food market going as long as we can but with strict measures to minimise any transmission of COVID-19. We will reduce stall numbers to mainly produce to allow for effective queuing and take the following precautions. Clingfilm will … Continue reading FOOD MARKET NEWS – AND USING YOUR IMAGINATION TO CREATE THINGS

CORONAVIRUS LATEST: Messages from the Mayor of London, Gipsy Hill Safer Neighbourhoods panel and MP Ellie Reeves

FROM THE MAYOR OF LONDON: As Mayor of London, I’m doing everything I can to keep Londoners safe in these difficult times. Nothing in our recent history has prepared us for the threat posed by coronavirus. And that is why we all must make unprecedented changes in how we live, travel and work. Listen to … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS LATEST: Messages from the Mayor of London, Gipsy Hill Safer Neighbourhoods panel and MP Ellie Reeves

EVERYMAN CINEMA SHUTS FOR TWO WEEKS…CRYSTAL PALACE FESTIVAL POSTPONED TO AUGUST…Iceland and Sainsbury’s special shopping hours for ‘at risk’ people…Sydenham Arts postpones – and appeals for funds

EVERYMAN CINEMA SHUTS FOR TWO WEEKS The Everyman cinema on Church Road shuts from 3pm today* for at least a fortnight says a  notice on the doors this morning. *The notice says today but does not say which day - Ed. CRYSTAL PALACE FESTIVAL POSTPONES UNTIL AUGUST From the Festival organisers: Dear Friends We must … Continue reading EVERYMAN CINEMA SHUTS FOR TWO WEEKS…CRYSTAL PALACE FESTIVAL POSTPONED TO AUGUST…Iceland and Sainsbury’s special shopping hours for ‘at risk’ people…Sydenham Arts postpones – and appeals for funds

COUNCILS AND CORONA VIRUS (and a message from Sainsbury’s) Update: further statement from Croydon today (Thursday)

BROMLEY: Volunteering to help those facing self-isolation in the fight against Covid-19 Published Tuesday, 17 March 2020 Enquiries from residents to help those most in need if it proves necessary over the course of coming months in response to COVID-19 are being welcomed. The news follows various national discussions and news that the council is … Continue reading COUNCILS AND CORONA VIRUS (and a message from Sainsbury’s) Update: further statement from Croydon today (Thursday)

MP QUIZZES MINISTERS ON TACKLING SUICIDE CHAT FORUMS

Ellie Reeves Labour, Lewisham West and Penge To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to tackle suicide chat forums since the death of Callie Lewis*. Caroline Dinenage Minister of State The Online Harms White Paper set out government’s plans to establish in law a new duty of care on … Continue reading MP QUIZZES MINISTERS ON TACKLING SUICIDE CHAT FORUMS

REES-MOGG TAKES UP AUTISM HOUSING ISSUE RAISED BY HELEN HAYES IN PARLIAMENT

Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg is taking up the issue of moving people with learning disabilities and autism into appropriate accommodation after being challenged in the House of Commons by MP Helen Hayes. He said he would raise the issue with ministers "immediately" after Dulwich and West Norwood MP Helen Hayes told … Continue reading REES-MOGG TAKES UP AUTISM HOUSING ISSUE RAISED BY HELEN HAYES IN PARLIAMENT