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Canvassing - Upper Edmonton - 29.04.17

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Thank you to everyone that came out for my campaign launch this evening, it is my greatest honour to represent Edmonton. Together, we will build a strong campaign for a Labour win! 

General Election Campaign Launch

Thank you to everyone that came out for my campaign launch this evening, it is my greatest honour to represent Edmonton. Together, we will build a strong campaign for a...

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Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap election, due to be held on June 8th. 

The decision comes as a shock to most in British politics, owing to the PM's previous statements outlining her intention not to call for an early election.

The PM is expected to put a motion before Parliament tomorrow, which will require the support of two-thirds of MPs. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has welcomed the PM's decision and Labour will not stand in the way of the election. 

Edmonton MP Kate Osamor said: "This election allows Labour to offer the people of the UK with a genuine alternative to the crippling austerity which the Conservatives have presided over for the past seven years.

 

"The NHS and our social care system are at breaking point; there is a chronic housing shortage and there is an ever-increasing number of people precariously employed in the 'gig economy' on zero-hours contracts. It is only a Labour Government that will stand up for people on these important issues. 

"I will stand on a platform that challenges the narrative that austerity is an economic necessity, rather than a political choice. I have seen first-hand how these choices have affected the people of Edmonton and a Labour Government, with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister, will represent real change.

"The general election in two month’s time is a “Brexit election” aimed at distracting people from the ongoing negotiations. Despite this, the Labour Party are best placed to ensure Britain gets a Brexit deal that suits the majority, rather than the minority, and guarantees a fairer society that works for all.

"I will be knocking on doors in Edmonton in the coming weeks to get Labour's key policies across and convey Labour's message of hope".

Kate Osamor Ready to Take the Fight to the Conservatives

Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap election, due to be held on June 8th.  The decision comes as a shock to most in British politics, owing to the...

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Recent changes to bereavement payment benefits will see a reduction in financial support for families, widows and widowers who have lost loved ones.

Changes to the Widowed Parent's Allowance, Bereavement Payment and Bereavement Allowance - which will now be collectively known as Bereavement Payment Support - will see the initial lump sum paid upon death increase slightly, while the 20-year cap on financial support has been slashed to 18 months.

Under the new system, families without children will receive a lump sum of £2,500 and a monthly payment of £100. Those with children will receive a larger lump sum of £3,500 and a monthly figure of £350 for a maximum of 18 months. Despite an increase in the initial lump sum payment, the monthly payments are at a reduced rate.

The old rules allowed for bereaved families with children to receive monthly financial support up until the last child left full-time education, with the cap being set at 20 years. The lowest income families who suffer a bereavement are expected to lose out on £31,000 with the changes.

 

Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton said:

"I am deeply concerned that these punitive cuts will detrimentally affect bereaved families at an already emotional and difficult time.

"Families will have their financial support ended after only 18 months and it will be difficult for them to return to their normal lives after such a short period of time.

"In my constituency, there have been hundreds of claimants of the benefit since 2010, the majority of whom were widows or widowers with dependent children.

"Bereavement payments account for only 0.32% of the welfare budget and these cuts are only expected to yield savings of £100 million per year. I am calling on the Government in the strongest terms to look again at this policy.”

Edmonton MP Asks Government to Look Again at Cuts to Bereavement Benefits

Recent changes to bereavement payment benefits will see a reduction in financial support for families, widows and widowers who have lost loved ones. Changes to the Widowed Parent's Allowance, Bereavement...

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New Government regulations will impact over 160,000 disabled people in the UK. Planned changes to Personal Independence Payments (PIP), will see the Government ignore two High Court Tribunal hearings that stated that the scope of PIP should be widened to include 160,000 people who suffer from mental and psychical conditions.

 

PIP claims are based on the number of ‘points’ a claimant is awarded in the ‘Daily Living’ and ‘Mobility’ components. Each component is split into ‘Standard’ and ‘Enhanced’ rates and a claimant’s award is based on the number of points they receive.

 

The tribunal hearings stated that more points should be given for psychological sufferers in the Mobility Group and more points in the Daily Living Group for those who have to take medication and monitor their condition. The increased allocation for some claimants would bump them up from the Standard to the Enhanced rate and see their weekly entitlement amount increase.

 

The proposed changes are expected to cost the Treasury £3.7 billion by 2020 but the Government has ruled out the change. This is despite the Government failing to consult its own Social Security Advisory Committee.

 

 

Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton said:

 

“This Government’s stance on PIP is symptomatic of the utter contempt in which the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people of the UK are held.

 

“The findings of two High Court tribunals have effectively been tossed in the trash and in a further insult to democracy, MPs will get no meaningful vote on the proposals put forward.

 

“There are 2,336 claimants of PIP in Edmonton and in the Government’s eyes, the struggles brought about to their daily lives by their health conditions are not worth legislating for.

 

“The DWP has admitted themselves that those set to miss out will be those who have learning difficulties and those who suffer from anxiety and dementia. This directly contradicts the Government’s own stated aim of ensuring parity of esteem for mental and psychological health”.

Kate Osamor MP Speaks Out in Support of Disabled Residents of Edmonton

New Government regulations will impact over 160,000 disabled people in the UK. Planned changes to Personal Independence Payments (PIP), will see the Government ignore two High Court Tribunal hearings that...

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https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/politics/ukip-using-refugee-crisis-dirty-word-tap-deprived-communities-labour-mp-warns/

 

iNews: Ukip using refugee crisis as a 'dirty word' to tap into deprived communities

https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/politics/ukip-using-refugee-crisis-dirty-word-tap-deprived-communities-labour-mp-warns/  

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Enfield Advertiser: MP calls for gender equality on International Women's Day

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Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, has called on the international community to do more to tackle gender inequality.

On Wednesday 8th March, International Women’s day seeks to highlight the achievements and progress made by women all over the world. The day will also serve to highlight the iniquities and injustices that are still faced by millions of women.

The slogan for this year's International Women's Day is 'Be Bold for Change'. In the face of immense challenges being faced by women around the world and the huge strides made towards gender equality under serious threat, a strong case is being made for bold action to be taken. This comes in the wake of The World Economic Forum predicting the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186.

 

Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton said:

 

“On Wednesday, I will be joining with the millions of men and women around the world who will remind us of the huge strides made by women all over the world.

“I will also be reminding the international community that gender equality is still a distant dream for millions of women. With the election of Donald Trump and the resurgence of right-wing populism, huge efforts must be made to stop the progressive tide from being halted and reversed.

On March 8th, bold words but even bolder action is required to ensure the progress made is not lost and the inequities suffered not in vain”.

Kate Osamor MP Says Time for Bold Action on Gender Inequality is Now

Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, has called on the international community to do more to tackle gender inequality. On Wednesday 8th March,...

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Enfield Advertiser: Unemployment in Edmonton nearly twice the UK average

  http://www.enfield-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=116903&headline=Unemployment%20in%20Edmonton%20nearly%20twice%20the%20UK%20average&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017  

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Today, the government released its white paper on housing, admitting that the housing market in the UK is ‘broken’.

 

Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton said:

 

“This government’s record on housing is one of failure. Affordable house building has hit a 24 year low, and the number of people sleeping rough on our streets has more than doubled since 2010.

 

The government are correct in saying that the UK housing system is ‘broken’. But their white paper does not address the scale of the problem. It lacks details and will not fix the problem of home ownership, or of insecure tenancies. The definition of affordability remains out of reach for many of my constituents. And whilst the government talks about working with the private rental sector to introduce 3 year tenancies, why hasn’t it legislated to provide more security to renters?

 

I am deeply disappointed by this white paper, which will not deliver the change we need.”

Press Release Kate Osamor MP's statement on the government's housing white paper

Today, the government released its white paper on housing, admitting that the housing market in the UK is ‘broken’.   Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton said:   “This government’s record...

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