We all know what a big issue access to healthcare is for our community and in particular the difficulties many face in accessing GP services. As someone who has previously signed up to get healthcare campaign updates we wanted to invite you to an event at parliament we are having next week to bring Patient Participation Groups together as well as those interested in joining one.
We will be discussing the healthcare challenges in our area as well as talk about ways we can get more people involved in healthcare campaigns locally.
For some more context you can hear Stella on The Today Programme this morning speaking about PFI debt and the challenges ahead. Starts at around 2 hours, 54 minutes.
Anyone interested in attending should email office@workingforwalthamstow.
There will be a number of guest speakers as well as an opportunity for those involved in setting up PPGs to talk about the experiences. We hope this event will be the beginnings of work to make healthcare accessible to everyone in Walthamstow and for a #HealthyE17.
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Thank you to all the Walthamstow residents who took part in our E17 Housing Awards 2016- over 400 of you voted for the housing heroes and horrors of our area! Here are the results which were announced at our Housing Awards with Special Guest Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s candidate for London Mayor, on Saturday 20th February 2016. Thank you to Nicola Tree and Nadeem Javaid for their pictures of this event.
Letting Agent Categories
Estate Agent Categories
MP Special Award for Outrageous Behaviour
To get updates on our campaigning around housing please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What advice would you give your fourteen year old self? and what does that have to do with helping women onto success? Curious? in 2016 I’ll be running more circular firing up squad workshops for women which are designed to support their leadership ambitions and potential –below are the details of how to join the first one of these circular firing up squad workshops of 2016!
Thursday 3 March 2016
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In the Doomesday Book, Walthamstow is first listed as ‘Wilcumstowe’ which means place of welcome. Our work to help refugees is part of living up to our history – over 130 local residents from Walthamstow came together on Wednesday 3rd February with Yvette Cooper, the Lead of Labour’s Refugee Taskforce, to discuss how they could support those fleeing persecution. This is a list of actions agreed by attendees:
The cost of housing in Walthamstow is now the top issue residents raise with me as your local MP- whether the shortage of properties, rising rents, unsustainable prices, overcrowding or increasing homelessness. That’s why I’m delighted Sadiq Khan, the Labour candidate for the next Mayor of London, has agreed to join us to hear first hand from residents about these problems and discuss how we can address these challenges. This event is our opportunity as a community to speak out about the housing crisis we face and call for the next Mayor of London to make tackling this a top priority.
This event is taking place on Saturday 20th February at 11am in Walthamstow. All Walthamstow residents are welcome to attend this free event, but to help us with logistics please RSVP for the full venue details and to confirm your place by emailing admin@workingforwalthamstow.
The cost of housing in Walthamstow has become one of the biggest challenges facing local residents. Many find themselves unable to afford to live in our community, whether due to a shortage of properties, rising rents or increasing house prices. Without action – either owning or renting an affordable home in our community will become a distant dream for too many – that’s why the Walthamstow Housing Campaign is helping our local community fight back.
In Waltham Forest house prices have doubled over the last eight years, as people have been priced out of other parts of London and so turned their attention to outer London boroughs. These problems in turn create shortages for social and affordable housing, as many within the private sector are encouraged to speculate on rents and house prices. In turn, concerns about the quality of housing continue to grow, with many local residents being charged extortionate rents for properties which require repairs to be habitable.
Residents individually can feel powerless to complain about these issues, for fear of being evicted or cut out of the market all together. Proposals to introduce longer tenancies, ban fees for tenants and control the cost of rent were rejected by the national Government – but campaigners in Walthamstow will not wait to act to protect residents getting into greater debt, from those who are profiting from it.
By bringing residents, local campaigners and the Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy together, we are shining a spotlight on the good and bad practice in our local housing market. These awards offer an effective way of using consumer power to challenge those who are ripping off local residents as well as celebrating those who are supporting our community. The categories in the scheme cover all aspects of housing in Walthamstow including the social, private rented and home buying sectors – as well as a special MP nomination for horror stories!
Last year our Awards were covered by BBC primetime documentary Rooms, Rogues and Renters and we brought an end to estate agents double charging by estate agents in the area as well as helping local residents avoid being ripped off by letting agents overcharging them. So too, following the awards scheme, many local letting and estate agents participated in meetings about the problems facing local residents, showing their commitment to work together with the community to address concerns about their industry. We are keen to make just as much of a splash this year and continue to press companies locally to treat residents fairly!
Voting has now opened for Walthamstow residents to choose their best and worst letting agents, estate agents and social housing providers in time for the award ceremony with special guest, Labour Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan on Saturday 20 February 2016 at 11.30am in Walthamstow. At this event we will also be seeking to persuade Sadiq to back our proposals for a landlord cooperative in London as well as ways of addressing the cost of housing as part of changing London’s housing market so that it works for the many, not the few. The ballot will close at 12pm on Friday 19th February 2016.
If you would like to attend the awards please register for your free place and to receive full details of the venue by emailing email@example.com
Please use the categories in the link to tell us who you think are the best and worst in our local letting and estate agencies, as well social housing providers, and why you are nominating them by sharing your horror story of Walthamstow’s housing market. The three estate agencies, letting agencies and social housing providers who receive the most nominations will be made public ahead of the awards event, and the ‘winners’ will be announced on Saturday 20 February 2016. The ballot will close at 12pm on Friday 19th February 2016.
Please note only Walthamstow residents are eligible to vote in this survey and each person is only allowed to vote once. No details of those who vote will be made public to maintain the anonymity of those residents who participate, but to vote in this process residents will need to provide an local Walthamstow address, or your ballot will be invalid.