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Petitions

Volume 747: debated on Tuesday 26 March 2024

Recommendations of the Infected Blood Inquiry

I wish to present a petition on behalf of those infected and affected by the contaminated blood scandal, particularly on behalf of my constituents Mary Grindley and Lee Moorey. Lee was a pupil at the Treloar’s boarding school, where many children with haemophilia were given contaminated blood products. Mary was married to her husband John, who died of AIDS aged 41. Mary has campaigned tirelessly for justice for her husband and thousands like him for over 40 years.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of the constituency of Eltham,

Declares that people who have received infected blood and who have suffered as a consequence have, along with their families, waited far too long for redress.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to implement the recommendations in the Second Interim Report of the Infected Blood Inquiry without delay.

And the petitioners remain, etc.

[P002934]

I rise to present this petition, owing to the Budget’s failure to allocate any money to those infected and affected by the contaminated blood scandal. The final compensation recommendations were made by Sir Brian Langstaff, the chair of the infected blood public inquiry, in April 2023. This House voted in December to establish a body to pay compensation, as an amendment to the Victims and Prisoners Bill. With two victims of the scandal dying every week, on average, justice delayed is justice denied.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of the constituency of Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

Declares that people who received infected blood and who have suffered as a consequence have, along with their families, waited far too long for redress.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to implement the recommendations in the Second Interim Report of the Infected Blood Inquiry without delay.

And the petitioners remain etc.

[P002946]

Rent and service charge increases in Lewisham East

I rise to present this petition on behalf of Phoebe’s Place residents in Lewisham East. It recognises that my constituents who live in shared ownership housing in Catford are being affected by rent increases of 9% and service charge increases of up to 62% by their housing provider, Moat Housing. I understand that the building needs to be maintained. However, this huge rise is not the fault of the residents, and Moat Housing must ensure that residents are not left with sudden unexpected costs. The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons calls for Moat Housing to review its decision, and that any increases this year and in future years remain at very least in line with inflation.

Following is the full text of the petition:

The petition of residents of the constituency of Lewisham East,

[Declares that Moat Housing has written to inform the residents in Phoebes Place, SE6 2FA, which was developed in 2021 of 27 Flats as part of the affordable housing scheme, regarding increases in rent ranging from 8.6% to 9.4%, and increases in service charge, ranging from 30.3% to 65%; notes that this exceeds current levels of inflation; and further that the petitioners believe that the proposed rent and service charge increases are not justified nor affordable.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to call on Moat Housing to review their decision and that any increase in this year and in future years remain at the very least in line with inflation.

And the petitioners remain, etc.]

[P002948]