Investing in social prescribing to improve public health

EDM #102, Tabled 23 January 2020 (2019-20 Session)

Supporter (Signed 27th January 2020)

That this House is concerned that Government cuts to local government funding are reducing the ability for arts and culture to improve society’s health and wellbeing; notes that this lack of investment undermines health care professional’s capability to deliver effective social prescribing initiatives through wider community groups which can provide emotional and practical support to those dealing with loneliness, mental health issues and complex social needs; further notes that social prescribing can improve health and wellbeing while simultaneously reducing the pressure on clinical health care services; and calls on the Government to increase investment in social prescribing as part of its public health strategy.

Providing financial restitution to 1950s women

EDM #81, Tabled 20 January 2020 (2019-20 Session)

Supporter (Signed 28 January 2020)

That this House welcomes the positive interventions from many hon. Members from across the House on behalf of women born in the 1950s who have lost their pensions; welcomes the equalisation of retirement ages between women and men; recalls that women born in the 1950s were subject to discriminatory employment and pension laws; recognises that this included being excluded from some pensions schemes; recognises that this had the negative effect for them of losing the opportunity to have the same level of pension as their partner or spouse; further recognises that this has had the consequence of women in this position never being able to have equal pensions to men; further notes that this has negatively and profoundly impacted on them including increased poverty, deteriorating health and homelessness; notes that at least 3.8 million women have been impacted by the loss of their pensions from the age of 60 in three separate age hikes; and calls on the Government to enact a temporary special measure as permitted by international law to provide restitution to women born in the 1950s who have lost their pensions from the age of 60 because of the impact of the rise in retirement age.

Tackling online harm to children with a duty of care regulator

EDM #57, Tabled 13 January 2020 (2019-20 Session)

Supporter (Signed January  29 2020)

That this House notes the publication of the Online Harms White Paper in April 2019 and subsequent assurances by the Government that they will introduce a robust regulator to safeguard children online; further notes that over 45,000 people signed the NSPCC’s Wild West Web petition calling for statutory regulation so that social networks have a legal duty of care to protect every child from abuse online; and notes the urgent need for Government action as data obtained by the NSPCC shows that over the last year an average of 11 child sexual offences occurred each day over just three commonly-used social network platforms; notes that the Home Office estimates that 80,000 adults in the UK poses a sexual threat to children online; recognises that due to the pressing need for change and the time it would take to set up a new regulator that an interim regulator should be appointed to fill the regulatory gap while more long-term measures are being put in place; and calls on the Government to bring in legislation as promised to assign a duty of care regulator to keep children safe online as a matter of urgency, and, in the interim, to support Lord McNally’s Private Member’s Bill, introduced on 14 January 2020 into the House of Lords, which instructs Ofcom to start preparing for the new regime.

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