Vicky Foxcroft MP

Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

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

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

Women in Lewisham Deptford still earn just 91p for every pound a man earns according to official figures from the ONS.

Today Vicky Foxcroft, Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford, called on the Government to task the independent Equalities and Human Rights Commission with producing an ‘Annual Equal Pay Check’, reporting on Britain’s gender pay gap, and to make recommendations for action by Government and employers so progress can be made.

Vicky calls for Government action to close the gender pay gap

Women in Lewisham Deptford still earn just 91p for every pound a man earns according to official figures from the ONS. Today Vicky Foxcroft, Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford, called... Read more

Vicky today submitted a Private Members Bill to the House of Commons.

The Bill, which is named the Representation of the People (Young Persons’ Enfranchisement and Education) Bill, looks at the introduction of voting in all elections to 16 and 17 year olds and ensures provision for education in schools around the issue of voting. 

 

Private Members Bill

Vicky today submitted a Private Members Bill to the House of Commons. The Bill, which is named the Representation of the People (Young Persons’ Enfranchisement and Education) Bill, looks at... Read more

On Monday 15th June Vicky question Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan about the number of failing academies.

It was the first time the Secretary of State had made the figures clear after she had avoided the question five times on BBC Breakfast.

The exchange can be watched on Parliament TV here:

 

Vicky Questions Secretary of State on Failing Academies

On Monday 15th June Vicky question Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan about the number of failing academies. It was the first time the Secretary of State had made... Read more

On Wednesday Vicky took part in the Stand Up to Climate Change Lobby on the Albert Embankment.

Over 9,000 people came to Westminster to Lobby Members of Parliament from many different pressure groups and charities. 

 

Speak Up Climate Lobby

On Wednesday Vicky took part in the Stand Up to Climate Change Lobby on the Albert Embankment. Over 9,000 people came to Westminster to Lobby Members of Parliament from many... Read more

On Monday the 8th June Vicky gave her maiden speech to the House of Commons. During her speech within the Scotland Bill debate Vicky pledged to use her upcoming Private Member's Bill to lower the voting age to 16. 

Maiden Speech

On Monday the 8th June Vicky gave her maiden speech to the House of Commons. During her speech within the Scotland Bill debate Vicky pledged to use her upcoming Private... Read more

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