Cervical Cancer Prevention Week: 22nd-28th January

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A proven way to prevent cervical cancer is to have cervical screening to find pre-cancers before they can turn into invasive cancer. This is called a smear test and every woman over the age of 25 who is registered at a GP is invited to have one every 3 years; if you’re younger you can still make a request through your GP.

Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing which is why three quarters of women attend screenings when invited. Getting that final quarter of women that don’t currently turn up for testing is the goal for Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.

Everyday in the UK 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3 women lose their lives to it. There are brilliant charities like Jo’s Trust and Eve Appeal doing fantastic work to help change those statistics; here are some of their tips on what you can do to make sure fewer women die from cervical cancer –

  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease.
  • Promptly attend your cervical screening when invited. For most women, the best protection is regular screening
  • For girls and young women to know where their cervix is – a survey conducted by The Eve Appeal showed that 45% of women were unable to accurately label the cervix on a diagram!
  • Everyone – (yes, men too!) to know how to prevent it and ways to support our life-saving research and awareness raising campaigns.

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week runs every January; the 2018 dates are 22-28 January.


Budget special - £50billion lost means residents will be £687 a year worse off

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New studies show that the UK economy has stalled under the Conservatives.

This Conservative crash will wipe £49bn off the UK economy by 2021. That’s £687 for every person in the UK. Or enough to recruit 69,000 new police officers or 66,000 teachers.

The Conservatives are also putting £3bn aside for ‘problems’ with Brexit.

Despite a combined £52billion black hole the Conservative Government have still found money for extra new tax cuts for the richest.

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Walthamstow, Ukonu Obasi, said, “These are the wrong priorities. Tax cuts for the very richest are not the most important thing when our NHS and schools are in such valuable need of investment and the economy is a mess.”

“The government needs to get a grip on the economy and change its priorities to help normal people in our country”.


We need a guarantee on the right of EU nationals

Waltham Forest Liberal Democrats welcome the grown up response from the CBI and the TUC.

Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General of the CBI, and Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the TUC, said:

"After 15 months of human poker, the uncertainty facing 4 million European and UK citizens has become intolerable."

"It is a blight on the values of our nations. Millions of workers and thousands of firms are today united in their call to leaders on both sides to find an urgent solution. A clear guarantee of the right to remain for citizens in both the UK and EU27 is needed within weeks."

"EU citizens account for 10 per cent of registered doctors and 4 per cent of registered nurses across the UK. Millions more work in the public and private sectors delivering public services and making a vital contribution to our economy."

"They need to hear that they will be allowed to remain in the UK, whatever the eventual outcome of negotiations. Not only is this important for our economy, it is the right thing to do."

"Once agreed, this guarantee must be implemented independently of the rest of the negotiations to avoid the risk that 'no deal' in March 2019 leads to uncertainty and heartache for millions of people."

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2017-18 School Term Dates

This morning, students return back to school for the start of the school year. Below are the term dates for the year ahead.

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Council sells off council homes and replaces none!

A Liberal Democrat Freedom of Information request reveals that in the last few years Waltham Forest Council has sold off 312 council homes for £41million but has built NO homes to replace them.

Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ben Sims said, "This is disgraceful. It highlights the ‘Social Cleansing’ that is going on across the borough."


Dunedin Road tower block

Having seen the ominous tower block picture displayed on the fencing surrounding the Dunedin Road site in Ruckholt Road, local residents are angry that their objections were completely ignored by the Council. The block will hover over them like a massive giant.

One resident said it was a waste of time objecting to the Council as time after time they continue to agree that tower blocks be built in the borough.


Pevensey Road bridge plagued by fly-tipping

Residents are reaching the end of their tether regarding the increasing frequency of rubbish dumping under Pevensey Road bridge. The dumping is physically hazardous, especially to the visually impaired, wheelchair and buggy users.

The Neighbourhood Ward Officer for Cann Hall has stated he will be patrolling the area more regularly due to the volume of complaints and glaring photo evidence.

The council are planning to reinstate CCTV, as requested by concerned residents and FOCUS Team member Rupert Alexander. Leaflets have been dropped through letterboxes advising people to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

Rupert said, "Working together with the council has proved positive. We shall keep an eye on things."


Vicarage Road, Farmer Road and Beaumont Estate area CPZ

Owing to the major problem of parking in the Vicarage Road, Park Road and Beaumont Road areas a majority of residents have voted in favour of a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ). This will come into force in June and will operate Monday to Saturday 8am to 6.30pm.

Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Bob Sullivan said, "The fact that residents voted in favour of a CPZ does not come as a surprise as these spread very quickly. Once some roads have one, all the nearby roads suffer from parking problems. To enable residents to park their cars in their road they are forced to agree to a CPZ. This latest one will now affect Goldsmith Road, Oliver Close and the roads off Church Road which do not have a CPZ."


Colworth Road CPZ

The Colworth Road CPZ consultation has now ended. How the residents of the area bounded by Kings Road, Whipps Cross Road Hainault Road, north and south of Colworth and Poppleton Roads and the roads in between will vote is still to come but it will not be a surprise if the Council’s figures will show that residents have voted for a CPZ. Nearby roads that have already become a CPZ has made parking in the above roads almost impossible for residents.

The consultation will show that residents previously against CPZs have been forced to vote for one so that they are able to park their cars.


Heathcote Pub is still under threat!

The owners of the Heathcote Pub, in Grove Green Road, want to turn it into a block of flats. Residents, some time ago, got the Council to designate the pub as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ (ACV) which forces the Council’s Planners to take this into account when deciding any planning application. We understand that the Council has approached a local pub chain about taking it over, and will keep you informed of developments.


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