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Joan Ryan MP has attended the Enfield Over 50's Forum's Winter Fair and spoke about the need to tackle fuel poverty and imporive local health services.

Today I attended the Enfield Over 50's Forum's Annual Winter Fair, at Enfield County School.

The event is now in its fourth year and is going from strength to strength.

The Winter Fair is a testament to the great work the Over 50's Forum does to support the wellbeing of older people in Enfield and the effective manner in which they raise awareness of some really important issues.

It was an honour to be invited and during my speech I spoke about fuel poverty, our local health and social care services in Enfield and the need for a fair funding settlement for the borough.

When I was elected in 2015, I gave a commitment to constituents that I would be a campaigning MP for Enfield North – working hard for our area, our community and speaking up for the needs of people in Enfield.

I really enjoy campaigning on key issues with residents and groups like the Over 50's Forum.

By working together to tackle fuel poverty, to protect and improve our health and social care services, and by putting pressure on the government to provide the fairer funding settlement we need, we can help to ensure a better future for Enfield.

Joan Ryan MP attends Enfield Over 50's Forum's Winter Fair

Joan Ryan MP has attended the Enfield Over 50's Forum's Winter Fair and spoke about the need to tackle fuel poverty and imporive local health services.

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Joan Ryan MP is supporting Fuel Poverty Awareness Day by pledging to do more to tackle the 10% of Enfield North households living in a cold, damp home. 

Today is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day - a national campaign to highlight the problem of fuel poverty.

There are currently over 4 million households across the UK unable to afford the energy they need to stay warm and healthy in their homes. In Enfield North alone, 4000 households suffer from fuel poverty.

Fuel poverty is a particular problem for those with low incomes living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat.

It can lead to extremely poor health, especially in those who are vulnerable such as older people, young children, and those with long term sickness and disabilities.

Not only will cold homes cause misery for thousands of residents in our community this winter, but its effects will place an extra strain on our already overstretched health services.

Suffering from cold-related ill health costs the NHS £1.36 billion each year, yet the government has made huge cuts to the incentives to make energy efficiency a priority. In the last Parliament, major energy efficiency measures installed in homes declined by 80%, and it is estimated that it will decline by a further 73% in this Parliament. The total level of investment has declined by 53% between 2010 and 2015.

We need effective long-term solutions to tackle fuel poverty and bring down energy bills.

At the last election, I stood on a manifesto to freeze energy prices for two years and reform the energy market so that it delivered fairer prices and a better deal for working families.

I support The Labour Party​'s proposals to insulate 4 million homes and to require landlords to ensure their properties are energy efficient to a minimum standard.

Joan Ryan MP backs campaign to end 'cold homes crisis' in Enfield North

Joan Ryan MP is supporting Fuel Poverty Awareness Day by pledging to do more to tackle the 10% of Enfield North households living in a cold, damp home. 

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Joan Ryan MP has met with primary school headteachers to discuss the school funding crisis in Enfield.

Today I met with primary school headteachers to discuss the funding crisis affecting schools across Enfield.

Schools in Enfield are doing a great job in very difficult circumstances, but cutting their budgets to the bone is unsustainable.

The latest analysis of the government’s education funding figures by London Councils​ has revealed schools in our Borough will need to make a further £13.5 million in savings - 5% or more of the total budget for each Enfield constituency - by 2018/19.

Ministers are planning to introduce a new National Funding Formula for schools, which would result in 70% of London schools receiving less money. These reductions come on top of the cuts identified by the government’s spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, which has reported that schools across the country face a £3 billion shortfall by 2020.

Schools are reporting increased class sizes, teacher and school staff vacancies being left unfilled and having to set budget deficits. Without additional resources this already desperate funding situation in schools will only get worse and education standards could be threatened.

I’m calling on the Chancellor - prior to the Budget in March - to invest in education and protect funding for children and young people in Enfield.

Joan Ryan MP meets with local headteachers and calls on the government to invest in Enfield's education

Joan Ryan MP has met with primary school headteachers to discuss the school funding crisis in Enfield.


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