Vicky Foxcroft MP

Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

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You can what I have been up to in Parliament and my work in Lewisham, or read my latest blog posts below.

Vicky Foxcroft, has shown her support for women with breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging her constituents to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 23rd October.

 

Vicky Foxcroft MP wears it pink in Westminster in aid of Breast Cancer Now

Vicky Foxcroft, has shown her support for women with breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging her constituents to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear... Read more

Vicky Foxcroft's Private Members Bill, Young People's Enfranchisement and Education Bill, had it's second reading in the House of Commons today, Friday 11th September. 

You can watch and read her speech below:

Private Members' Bill Speech

Vicky Foxcroft's Private Members Bill, Young People's Enfranchisement and Education Bill, had it's second reading in the House of Commons today, Friday 11th September.  You can watch and read her speech... Read more

Police in Lewisham last year took patients to hospital on almost 40 separate occasions because ambulances were unavailable, with the figure across London rising to 815 separate occasions. 

Lewisham Police have also been called upon 13 times to transport patients to Hospital so far in 2015 with almost 400 London wide.

 


 

Police used to transport patients to hospital almost 40 times in Lewisham in 2014

Police in Lewisham last year took patients to hospital on almost 40 separate occasions because ambulances were unavailable, with the figure across London rising to 815 separate occasions.  Lewisham Police... Read more

Vicky Foxcroft, met with clients and staff at St Mungo’s Broadway project Spring Gardens, Hither Green yesterday (Tuesday 4th August).

Spring Gardens is a 65 bed hostel for single homeless adults, including people who have slept rough. Designed with it's clients in mind it was remodelled and reopened in 2009 as the first purpose built homeless hostel in the UK. The hostel provides accommodation and vital support to help people recover from homelessness and to gain the skills and confidence needed to live independently.  

 

Vicky visits Spring Gardens homeless hostel

Vicky Foxcroft, met with clients and staff at St Mungo’s Broadway project Spring Gardens, Hither Green yesterday (Tuesday 4th August). Spring Gardens is a 65 bed hostel for single homeless... Read more

Our Young People Must be Listened to!

Since being elected on May 8th this year, it has never been clearer to me how much young people need to have their voices heard in politics.

During my maiden speech on June 8th I talked about the ballot for my Private Member’s Bill. My Bill will be looking to introduce votes for 16 and 17 year olds. It will be debated in Parliament on September 11th and I would love to see the Public Gallery full of local young people.  

South London Press Column -31st July 2015

Our Young People Must be Listened to! Since being elected on May 8th this year, it has never been clearer to me how much young people need to have their... Read more

A number of constituents have contacted me regarding the votes on the second reading of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill which took place on Monday 20th July. 

I spent a great deal of time considering how I should vote and as you would expect the bill was discussed in great detail by the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Statement on Welfare Reform and Work Bill

A number of constituents have contacted me regarding the votes on the second reading of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill which took place on Monday 20th July.  I spent a great... Read more

The Chancellor has called on all progressives to support his welfare reforms, but I can see nothing progressive in plans which will discourage families from taking up more work or from getting married and will cause significant hardship for poorer children.

Tucked away in the budget are cuts to how much a family can earn before their benefit entitlement starts to reduce and an increase in how much their benefits are cut for every pound they earn– known as income thresholds within the tax credit system and work allowances in Universal Credit. These will increase the benefit trap as parents will be less inclined to work if they know they will be able to keep less of their pay.

Currently if you earn over £6420 per year the Government will reduce your tax credits by 41p for every extra £1 you earn. The budget is now going to change that so that if you earn over £3850 they will reduce your tax credit by 48p in every extra £1 you earn. Analysis from the Children’s Society has shown that a family will be £1233 worse off every year because of this.

Another un-family friendly change is to stop paying benefits for the third child in a family. No child can choose how many siblings they have but will suffer greatly if they have more than one brother or sister. The Children’s Society have worked out that a family with 3 children will lose £3325 (£64 per week). As it is worked out by the household this would discourage two single parents from getting married and could even make it more likely that a couple breaks up so they can afford to raise their children separately.

While it is these working families who will lose out most from these budget changes they are going to be swept under the carpet no longer showing up in the Government’s new child poverty targets. In my constituency the Children’s Society have estimated that are over 5,500 children in poverty has at least one parent who works, and in London as a whole 74% of children in poverty are in working families.  The new measures on child poverty only report on the number of children in families out of work, while tackling wordlessness is vital to helping many children the Government needs to set out how they are going to measure how children in working families are being helped.

I also want to raise some concerns I have regarding the benefit cap, around a 1000 households in Lewisham will be impacted by this, what safeguards are in place to ensure that councils like Lewisham don’t have to deal with rent arrears and increased homelessness.

With 54% of capped households in the private rented sector, if tenants fail to meet this liability it is likely that the council will see an increase in evictions and demand for accommodation from the council when they already have 29% of capped households in temporary accommodation.

I am also deeply concerned about the removal of housing benefit for 18-21 year olds. When we talk about having safeguards for the most vulnerable, what is actually meant by this? Organisations in my constituency like the Marsha phoenix memorial trust who support young vulnerable women into training and work, rely heavily on housing benefit. What will the government be putting in place to ensure organisations that support young homeless people can continue the great work they do in protecting some of the most vulnerable people in our society?

I’m going to finish with a plea, a plea for the discretionary housing payment fund to be significantly increased. This needs to be properly funded to ensure that councils have the ability to deal with the fallout from these welfare reforms to protect the most vulnerable and ensure we don’t have a crisis where many families are living on the streets. 

Welfare Reform and Work Bill Speech

The Chancellor has called on all progressives to support his welfare reforms, but I can see nothing progressive in plans which will discourage families from taking up more work or...

The total amount of time patients waited in A&E increased by over fifty minutes last year in the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

Figures obtained from the Department of Health have shown that the time patients spent from entering A&E through to when they left the department increased throughout 2014. 

 

A&E waiting times rise throughout 2014

The total amount of time patients waited in A&E increased by over fifty minutes last year in the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Figures obtained from the Department of Health... Read more

Jeremy Hunt has yesterday refused to answer questions about the future of Lewisham Hospital services after Vicky Foxcroft asked him to assure residents of Lewisham Deptford that all provisions would remain open.

Vicky’s question came after a report on the future of health services in South East London, entitled 'Our Healthier South-East London', was released earlier this year.

 

Vicky questions Jeremy Hunt on the future of Lewisham Hospital

Jeremy Hunt has yesterday refused to answer questions about the future of Lewisham Hospital services after Vicky Foxcroft asked him to assure residents of Lewisham Deptford that all provisions would... Read more

New figures show David Cameron’s cuts to tax credits could hit almost 10,000 families in Lewisham Deptford.

New figures from Labour show that 52 per cent of families with children in London could be hit by David Cameron’s tax credit cuts, with 9,900 families in Lewisham Deptford alone being at risk.

Tax Credit cuts could hurt Lewisham Deptford

New figures show David Cameron’s cuts to tax credits could hit almost 10,000 families in Lewisham Deptford. New figures from Labour show that 52 per cent of families with children... Read more

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