• Call for a Statutory Public Inquiry into Essex Mental Health Services (NHS)
    Dear Supporters, We are calling for a statutory public inquiry into Essex Mental Health Care provided by various NHS Trusts over the years. North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) and South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) now Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) following a merger. Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT), which now runs mental health services in Essex, has already admitted to failures of care relating to the deaths of 11 patients between 2004 and 2015. There are now 62 families represented by Hodge Jones & Allen (HJA). Many have already been campaigning for years for better mental health services from the NHS, following the tragic deaths of their loved ones. Nadine Dorries MP has launched an indepedent inquiry into events at the Linden Centre over a 20 year period. However, the families would like a statutory public inquiry, due to the extra powers it has: • Any person or organisation can be made to produce relevant documents. It is a criminal offence to intentionally withhold a document required by the Inquiry or deliberately to obstruct its work. • Core Participants can suggest lines of questioning that should be pursued by the Inquiry. • Inquiries hold hearings and any person or relevant organisation can be called as a witness to give evidence. • Witnesses can be asked questions by Counsel to the Inquiry or by legal representatives of Core Participants (with the Chairman’s permission). The families are also requesting that all NHS mental health care providers across Essex are included and that it is not just limited to the Linden Centre in Chelmsford. Nina Ali, Partner at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors, states: “families have fought too hard and for too long to be now fobbed off with yet another investigation that we all know will simply not provide the answers so desperately needed. If the Government are serious about improving mental health care, then it must be the case that those responsible are obliged to attend and compelled to give their evidence on oath, and the only way to do that is via a statutory public inquiry.” Deborah Coles, Director of the charity INQUEST said: “An independent inquiry without the backing of the families affected will not take us further than the countless previous investigations and inquests. None have prevented further deaths or enabled accountability and change. Now nothing less than a full Statutory Public Inquiry will suffice. If not for the dedication and persistence of families affected, the failings in Essex mental health services would never have come to light. The minister owes it to these families, who have been already been repeatedly failed by the state, to meet their demands.” Thank you for your support. #StatutoryInquiry #419days #QBAIN
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  • Do not let the Home Office deport rough sleepers in Manchester
    At the start of December, the UK government introduced cruel new rules which mean that people born outside of the UK who experience homelessness could lose their right to live in the UK and face being deported. Many people who moved to the UK have worked and raised families here, but when they fall on hard times their immigration status can mean they have “no recourse to public funds” and are unable to access help with housing or any financial support. In the middle of a pandemic which has left many people out of work and struggling to keep a roof over their head, we should be helping find people safe warm homes, not putting them on deportation flights. For this policy to work, it needs local councils to let the Home Office know details of people experiencing homelessness. Several councils across the UK, including Liverpool, have committed to not sharing sensitive personal data of rough sleepers with the Home Office to prevent cruel deportations, and make sure people aren’t afraid to turn to councils for help if they need it. Sign the petition now to make sure Manchester Council makes the same promise.
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  • Do not let the Home Office deport rough sleepers in Bristol
    At the start of December, the UK government introduced cruel new rules which mean that people born outside of the UK who experience homelessness could lose their right to live in the UK and face being deported. Many people who moved to the UK have worked and raised families here, but when they fall on hard times their immigration status can mean they have “no recourse to public funds” and are unable to access help with housing or any financial support. In the middle of a pandemic which has left many people out of work and struggling to keep a roof over their head, we should be helping find people safe warm homes, not putting them on deportation flights. For this policy to work, it needs local councils to let the Home Office know details of people experiencing homelessness. Several councils across the UK have committed to not sharing sensitive personal data of rough sleepers with the Home Office to prevent cruel deportations, and make sure people aren’t afraid to turn to councils for help if they need it. Sign the petition now to make sure Bristol Council makes the same promise.
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  • Do not let the Home Office deport rough sleepers in Birmingham
    At the start of December, the UK government introduced cruel new rules which mean that people born outside of the UK who experience homelessness could lose their right to live in the UK and face being deported. Many people who moved to the UK have worked and raised families here, but when they fall on hard times their immigration status can mean they have “no recourse to public funds” and are unable to access help with housing or any financial support. In the middle of a pandemic which has left many people out of work and struggling to keep a roof over their head, we should be helping find people safe warm homes, not putting them on deportation flights. For this policy to work, it needs local councils to let the Home Office know details of people experiencing homelessness. Several councils across the UK have committed to not sharing sensitive personal data of rough sleepers with the Home Office to prevent cruel deportations, and make sure people aren’t afraid to turn to councils for help if they need it. Sign the petition now to make sure Birmingham Council makes the same promise.
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  • Do not let the Home Office deport rough sleepers in London
    At the start of December, the UK government introduced cruel new rules - which mean that people born outside of the UK who experience homelessness could be deported. Many people who moved to the UK have worked and raised families here, but when they fall on hard times their immigration status means they have “no recourse to public funds” and are unable to access the support they need to keep a roof over their head. During winter it is more difficult for people experiencing homelessness to safely remain outdoors, but these rules will mean that people born outside of the UK will be unable to access any support because they fear being deported for rough sleeping. Brent, Croydon, Enfield, Islington, Hackney, Haringey, Lambeth, Newham and Southwark have all committed to not sharing sensitive personal data of rough sleepers with the Home Office to prevent these cruel deportations. Sign the petition now to make sure all London councils make the same promise.
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  • Protect Vulnerable Refugees in the UK
    This will prevent vulnerable people being left in a state of limbo for prolonged periods of time, will reduce the burden on the taxpayer and allow a small number of asylum seekers to support themselves and their families while contributing to the economy. Those who are allowed to stay in the UK, will find it much easier to become part of British society if they have been given the chance to work.
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  • Do not let the Home Office deport rough sleepers in Brighton and Hove
    At the start of December, the UK government introduced cruel new rules which mean that people born outside of the UK who experience homelessness could lose their right to live in the UK and face being deported. Many people who moved to the UK have worked and raised families here, but when they fall on hard times their immigration status can mean they have “no recourse to public funds” and are unable to access help with housing or any financial support. In the middle of a pandemic which has left many people out of work and struggling to keep a roof over their head, we should be helping find people safe warm homes, not putting them on deportation flights. For this policy to work, it needs local councils to let the Home Office know details of people experiencing homelessness. Several councils across the UK have committed to not sharing sensitive personal data of rough sleepers with the Home Office to prevent cruel deportations, and make sure people aren’t afraid to turn to councils for help if they need it. Sign the petition now to make sure Brighton and Hove Council makes the same promise.
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  • Armed Forces Veterans Automatic Right To UK Citizenship
    Recent cases of potential forcible removals of Fijian ex-UK Armed Forces Personnel, and their families, highlight a morally questionable policy, practise and process, that is discriminatory and has an unequal logic and an affront to previous service.   Introduction of this legislation, applied equally to all ex-Armed Forces Veterans, would close this gap and recognise service and sacrifice to Queen and Country.
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  • DISABLED PARKING
    Lockdown has effected all people in this country, but it has had an even greater effect on those who are registered disabled. Getting to the shops at all can be very difficult under normal circumstances. Not being able to park close to the entry of stores makes shopping even more difficult.
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  • Allow Anyone To Access Period Products Through Food Banks
    There are many people who are above the threshold to recieve food bank vouchers yet still experience period poverty. This can happen for many reasons. Covid19 highlighted this issue as domestic abuse is more prevalent during lockdown than ever. Financial abuse occurs within the home & often means those who are vulnerable and a victim of such go without period products.
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  • Ban "Virginity Tests" NOW
    So-called virginity tests involve a doctor observing or penetrating the vagina with their fingers to see if the woman has had sex. At least 21 clinics right here in the UK offer these tests, which are intrusive and demeaning. These tests exist for a disturbing reason: because some people place value on women's bodies only when they are 'pure'. No woman should have to prove her virginity, to anyone, ever. Not to a partner, not to their family, and certainly not by paying to be assaulted by a stranger! These 'tests' are unscientific - they cannot even prove virginity! Let's get this shameful practice banned and better protect women: https://inews.co.uk/news/health/virginity-testing-uk-private-clinics-hymen-repair-surgery-investigation-775214 https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51189319
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  • Don’t cut UK aid
    The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has just announced that he will cut around £4 billion from the UK aid budget next year. This money represents just 0.2% of UK’s Gross National Income (GNI), but tens of thousands of lives could be lost, and countless more livelihoods impacted, because of these cuts. UK aid saves lives. Every year, UK aid ensures an estimated 5.6 million women and girls can access clean water and better sanitation. It means an estimated 18.6 million children are immunised against serious diseases and helps over a million girls go to school. [1] UK aid is linked to UK income. So when times are tough and the UK’s gross national income falls, so too does the amount of aid we give. This means UK aid has already been cut by nearly £3 billion in 2020 due to the economic impact of Covid-19. This extra £4 billion marks a double blow for the world’s most marginalised people, at the worst possible time. Boris Johnson needs to know that the British public won’t stand for a cut in UK aid. This is not building a “Global Britain”. This is turning our backs on millions of people, particularly women and girls in marginalised communities, who are struggling to survive. Will you sign the petition urging Boris Johnson not to cut UK aid? [1] UK Parliament: Departmental Update 28 October 2019: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2019-10-28/HCWS44 *Photo: Jenifer uses a handwashing station provided by ActionAid at her school in Burundi. Credit: Salvator Cubwa/ActionAid
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