Jeff Smith MP was one of a number of MPs who attended a ‘Halfway to World AIDS day’ event hosted by the Halve It campaign.
Halve It is a national campaign that focuses on the expansion of HIV testing services, on the basis that early testing of HIV saves lives and also results in substantial savings to the public health budget. Since its inception in 2010, Halve It has galvanised national and local cross-party support for HIV testing.
This year’s event included exhibitors who are organising Halve It Local groups designed to drive implementation of HIV testing guidance in specific regions by addressing specific issues relating to late diagnosed and undiagnosed HIV in their area. During the event leading HIV clinicians and representatives of patient and policy organisations, spoke with parliamentarians about HIV testing and related sexual health issues.
Jeff Smith said: ‘HIV is a significant public health issue in this country. I am proud to show my support for the 107,800 people living with HIV today in the UK. It is inspiring to see so many local and national stakeholders working together to drive change.’
Professor Simon Barton, Consultant in Genitourinary medicine from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, said that the event was ‘a critical opportunity for parliamentarians to commit to combatting HIV in the lifetime of this parliament. It is imperative that MPs across the country show their support for local implementation of HIV testing policy.’
In the UK an estimated 107,800 people live with HIV every day of the year; 24% of these are undiagnosed and 42% are diagnosed late. The sooner HIV is diagnosed the sooner appropriate care can begin, and thanks to medical advancements the life expectancy of someone living with HIV has increased markedly in recent years. By ensuring that HIV testing becomes routine there will be significant long-term savings; with one early HIV diagnosis saving the NHS £63,061.
Jeff Smith MP was one of a number of MPs who attended a ‘Halfway to World AIDS day’ event hosted by the Halve It campaign. Halve It is a national...
This week Jeff Smith met campaigners from a wide range of organisations fighting for action on climate change.
Ahead of the international climate negotiations in Paris at the end of the year, The Climate Coalition organised a mass lobby of Parliament so people from across the country could meet their MPs to discuss what actions should be taken to tackle climate change.
The Climate Coalition is a grouping of over a hundred organisations, comprising of over 11 million people, from across the UK who are dedicated to taking action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities.
Jeff Smith said: “Climate change is the biggest global challenge of our time and it was refreshing to meet dedicated campaigners from south Manchester in Parliament this week. We must work hard at home and internationally to tackle it. Britain should be investing in low-carbon technologies and renewable energy as well as creating high-skilled green jobs; we should also be ensuring people in developing countries are able to protect themselves from the effects of climate change.”
2015 is set to be an important year for climate issues with the United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Paris between 30th November and 11th December. It is hoped that a legally binding and universal agreement on how to tackle climate change will be achieved.
Jeff is pictured here with a garland of messages presented to him by climate campaigners.
This week Jeff Smith met campaigners from a wide range of organisations fighting for action on climate change. Ahead of the international climate negotiations in Paris at the end of...
Jeff Smith MP has thanked staff and volunteers at Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau for providing constituents with the advice and support they need to solve their problems.
At an event in parliament on Tuesday 16 June 2015, Jeff Smith met people from across the Citizens Advice service; he also heard about the invaluable insight local Citizens Advice have about problems experienced by their constituents.
Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau provides free confidential and impartial advice to people across Manchester both face to face and over the telephone. There is also a national website providing advice online, over email and via a web chat from www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Common issues reported to the local Citizens Advice include queries about benefits, debt problems, employment and housing. Nationally the Citizens Advice service helps 2.5 million people a year with 6.2 million issues.
Evidence from the charity shows Citizens Advice helps to solve two in three people’s problems. Where problems can’t be fully resolved Citizens Advice will work with relevant local and national organisations to help sort out systemic issues.
Jeff Smith said:
“Manchester Citizens Advice does a great job in helping people solve their problems, and developing the skills and confidence people need to help themselves. As your local member of Parliament, I’m keen to work closely with Citizens Advice to make sure people get access to the help they need and tackle any local issues together.
“Volunteers are the bedrock of the Citizens Advice service. I’d like to thank the people in south Manchester who give up their own time to help others and recognise their contribution to our local community.”
Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said:
“The right advice and support can transform lives. Local Citizens Advice solve the problems for two in three of our clients, and empower people to develop the skills and confidence they need to help themselves.
“It’s really important that people are able to access free and impartial advice as and when they need it, whether face to face, over the phone or online. We’re pleased to work with MPs to help them solve their constituents’ problems and address local and national issues.”
Jeff Smith MP has thanked staff and volunteers at Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau for providing constituents with the advice and support they need to solve their problems. At an event...
Jeff Smith MP for Manchester Withington, has welcomed the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, to Parliament.
Sheikh Hasina’s political career has spanned over four decades, during which she has been both Prime Minister and opposition leader. This is her second spell as Bangladesh Prime Minister following the Awami League Party’s victory in the December 2008 elections.
Sheikh Hasina is considered one of the world’s most important women, ranking 47th on Forbes magazine’s list of the most powerful women in the world and received the UNESCO Peace Tree award for her commitment to women’s empowerment and girl’s education in 2014.
This is her first visit to the British Parliament since her niece, Tulip Siddiq, was elected as the Member of Parliament for Hampstead and Kilburn in May. She talked to MPs about issues in Bangladesh, and issues affecting the Bengali community in the UK.
Jeff Smith MP for Manchester Withington, has welcomed the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, to Parliament. Sheikh Hasina’s political career has spanned over four decades, during which she...
Jeff Smith has helped to celebrate South Manchester Credit Union passing a landmark £10 million in loans to its members.
Jeff joined Delisha – who received the loan which took the credit union past its £10 million mark – and Jeff Seneviratne from the South Manchester Credit Union (pictured) to celebrate this achievement.
Credit unions are financial co-operatives owned and controlled by their members. Each credit union has a common bond which determines who can become a member of the credit union. The common bond may be for people living or working in the same area, people working for the same employer or people who belong to the same association, such as a church or trade union.
Jeff Smith said: “I was delighted to join Jeff and Delisha to celebrate South Manchester Credit Union’s achievement of lending over 10 million to its members. Credit Unions provide a way of savings ethically and provide a crucial alternative to payday lenders and legal loan sharks”.
Membership of South Manchester Credit Union is open to people who live or work in the Common Bond, which is the wards of Barlow Moor, Burnage, Chorlton, Didsbury, Fallowfield, Levenshulme, Old Moat, Rusholme, Whalley Range and Withington.
South Manchester Credit Union have an office at 187 Fog Lane, Burnage, M20 6FJ which is open five days a week and operate seven community branches across South Manchester. More information about joining the South Manchester Credit Union can be found at:http://smcreditunion.co.uk/joining/
Jeff Smith has helped to celebrate South Manchester Credit Union passing a landmark £10 million in loans to its members. Jeff joined Delisha – who received the loan which took...
Earlier this week I gave my maiden speech in the House of Commons where I spoke about Withington being the diverse, thriving, vibrant cultural heart of our city and about my hopes to work hard to represent south Manchester; to fight for progressive causes; and to create a better country—not one where we balance the books at the expense of the most vulnerable, but one where we build a more equal, more tolerant, more compassionate society.
Earlier this week I gave my maiden speech in the House of Commons where I spoke about Withington being the diverse, thriving, vibrant cultural heart of our city and about...