Claire Wright

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

Support group for people battling with the Department of Work and Pensions

Monday, 13 August 2018 0 Comments by Claire

I have set up a support group for people who are struggling with the Department of Work and Pensions, such as those on working tax credits or who are trying to claim PIP or carers allowance, for example.

Representatives from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau will be on hand to answer questions.

The first meeting is on Tuesday 21 August at 7pm, in the Institute, Yonder Street, Ottery.

The meeting is primarily for people living in my council ward, however, I won’t turn anyone away.

Top lawyers say Gove’s post Brexit nature watchdog is toothless

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 1 Comment by Claire

Urging the government to provide adequate protections for nature post Brexit is the subject of my motion for debate at full council in October.

Ministers are still claiming that the same protections will be applied that currently exist under EU law, but clearly the lawyers disagree….

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/07/lawyers-say-gove-proposals-for-brexit-environmental-watchdog-are-useless?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Leaving the EU with no deal now looks like the most likely scenario ... here’s what you can do…

Monday, 30 July 2018 1 Comment by Claire

Prospect magazine has a very comprehensive piece this month on what will happen if we crash out of the EU with do deal - here’s the link…
https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/thirty-six-things-that-will-happen-if-britain-crashes-out-of-europe-with-no-deal

Meanwhile our unbelievably irresponsible politicians mostly seem not to care one jot that they are about to plunge the country into disaster.  Several - including those who have their eye on the leadership, like Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jacob Rees Mogg seem to positively welcome the idea.

I am doing my bit by campaigning with Devon For Europe, which is getting support all over the county for a People’s Vote on a final deal (or not as the case may be). Either way, we must have another vote, especially now it has emerged that the Leave campaigns broke electoral law, plus their links with American Trump associate fascist, Steve Bannon and Arron Banks, who bankrolled the campaigns with money obtained from highly dubious sources, mean that the whole shady business needs a laser light sweeping the entire operation. 

If it brings Gove and Johnson down, I will be delighted. Their naked ambition, selfishness and ruthlessness has plunged this country into chaos, from which it will take many many years to recover.

Sign up to a People’s Vote and Devon for Europe here - https://www.devonforeurope.org/

Have you had real problems with the Department of Work and Pensions over claiming benefits?

Monday, 23 July 2018 0 Comments by Claire

I am currently representing someone claiming working tax credit who is really suffering at the hands of the Dept of Work and Pensions.

I would like to get in touch with other people who are currently (or who have previously) having problems with the DWP relating to either working tax credits, personal independence payments or other benefits.

My impression is that there is widespread suffering with people even being forced to use foodbanks and/or unable to pay their rent or mortgage.

If you are in this position, or know anyone who is, please contact me via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

thanks v much
Claire

NB. You will need to live in my ward of Otter Valley for me to be able to represent you.

Motion: Calling on the government to retain environmental protections post Brexit

Saturday, 14 July 2018 0 Comments by Claire

The RSPB and other environmentalist organisations are urging the government to beef up its post Brexit environmental policies and laws, during a consultation on proposed protections after the UK leaves the European Union, which has stringent protection measures for much wildlife and landscapes.

In Devon areas protected by EU legislation include Woodbury and Aylesbeare Commons, the Exe Estuary and some of Dartmoor, to name just a few. It is vital, given how fast nature is depleting due to climate change and habitat loss, that these rules are at the very least replicated. 

The following motion goes before Devon County Council full council this Thursday, will be referred to cabinet and return to full council in early October for a debate and decision.

Sowing the seeds of peace at yesterday evening’s anti Trump protest demonstration

Saturday, 14 July 2018 0 Comments by Claire

At yesterday’s fantastic Exeter anti-Trump protest, organised by Exeter Stand Up to Racism, (Richard Bradbury and Ghee Bowman).

There were speeches, drumming, musicians strumming songs which we all sang along to (Dancing Queen was my personal favourite!)........

 

Unpaid carers: Are they getting the support they need?

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 0 Comments by Claire

Some of Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee will visit Westbank League of Friends to hear from staff who support unpaid carers, later this month, following my proposal for a spotlight review into how unpaid carers who look after friends and family members are faring.

I have seen a confidential report of a focus group meeting that took place last year, which indicates that the 24 people in Devon who took part, are suffering from a lack of support, a lack of money and a lack of respite care….. many reported that their mental and physical health was suffering as a result.

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