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706, 2019

Mortgage prisoners highlighted in Commons

By |June 7th, 2019|

Speaking during a Commons backbench business debate, Martin Whitfield MP has highlighted the plight of local "mortgage prisoners" and urged the Government to take action to help them. The term mortgage prisoners has been applied to those who have suffered from the practice of selling mortgages and unregulated commercial loans to unregulated funds. They are the people who are trapped with expensive mortgages and unable to remortgage to get a better deal. The rules say that they cannot afford payments on a mortgage of, say, 2% so they are forced to continue with a mortgage of 5% or more. Around [...]

706, 2019

Minister ‘blown away’ by Any Disability sign

By |June 7th, 2019|

The new Any Disability sign, launched in the House of Commons this week, has already received widespread support from MPs, including the Minister for Disabled People, who said he was ‘blown away’ by it. The sign, which it is hoped will more accurately represent the full range of people with various disabilities who use accessible toilets and other facilities, was widely praised by MPs during Martin Whitfield MP’s Commons debate on invisible disabilities. Justin Tomlinson MP, the Minister for Disabled People, congratulated Grace Warnock and those who have worked on the new design, including Lucy Richards from StudioLR and the Life [...]

606, 2019

Leading invisible disabilities debate

By |June 6th, 2019|

Yesterday, Martin Whitfield MP led a Commons debate on invisbile disabilities and associated accessibility challenges. Mr Whitfield used the backbench debate to highlight the campaigning activity of constitent Grace Warnock, as well as the newly launched 'Any Disability' sign which builds on Grace's original design for helping raise awareness of the needs of those living with unseen disabilities. The Government's response was very positive, with the DWP Minsiter Justin Tomlinson offering glowing feedback on the work that has been undertaken to develop the new sign. Speaking after the debate, Martin Whitfield MP said: "I was honoured to lead this debate [...]

606, 2019

Martin makes #GenerationSea pledge

By |June 6th, 2019|

County MP Martin Whitfield has signed up to support a new campaign on protecting the world's seas and oceans. Launched by campaign group Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), the #GenerationSea pledge is all about building a movement to save oceans and beaches. Within the pledge, it urges MPs to support the fight to stop plastic pollution, act fast to tackle the climate crisis, stop sewage from being let back into the sea and to fully protect areas for sea life to flourish. The charity is also hoping it will encourage the Government to take decisive action before it’s too late by [...]

506, 2019

Martin backs Axe the Reading Tax campaign

By |June 5th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has become a parliamentary supporter of the Axe the Reading Tax  campaign which is aiming to abolish VAT on e-publications. Axe the Reading Tax is supported by a coalition of backers, including the Publishers Association, and is campaigning to end the anomaly that sees e-publications subject to VAT, when the physical forms of the same books and news sources are quite rightly VAT free. VAT on physical books and newspapers has always been zero-rated to safeguard access to knowledge and the free exchange of ideas. However, this principle has not been extended to eBooks and online news [...]

506, 2019

New ‘Any Disability’ sign unveiled

By |June 5th, 2019|

A proposed new ‘Any Disability’ sign for toilets and other accessible facilities in the UK will be unveiled in the Commons today. The new symbol emphasises that not all disabilities are visible, and has been inspired by 14-year-old East Lothian pupil Grace Warnock, who has Crohn’s Disease. Martin Whitfield MP is meeting with the British Standards Institute (BSI), the national standards body of the UK, and the UK Government’s Disability Minister Justin Tomlinson as part of a round-table event to discuss the proposed change. He will also lead a Commons debate today on invisible disabilities and accessibility challenges. The aim [...]