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October 2015

Missing Million - are you registered to vote?

Oct 28, 2015

Due to changes in the electoral registration system, around one million people will lose their democratic right to vote. Leaving them without a voice on how their country is governed. The conversion to the Individual Electoral Registration system takes place on 1st December, which means that those not registered by then will be unable to vote in the upcoming London mayoral elections and the EU referendum which is on the horizon.

What future for Dagenham East?

Oct 27, 2015

Over the past two weeks many residents have been contacting Jon Cruddas regarding the proposed plans to build a mosque on the Sanofi site near Dagenham East. Last month the Trustees of the May and Baker Community Club were approached by Barking & Dagenham Council on behalf of Barking Mosque, and a meeting took place with council Leader Cllr Darren Rodwell, along with a member of the council planning department. A general proposal was been agreed in principle with little or no consultation with local residents.

Tax Credit Cut consultation

Oct 27, 2015

Tax credit changes currently being debated in parliament are set to leave thousands of working people across Dagenham & Rainham £1,300 a year worse off. Last week local MP Jon Cruddas joined 294 other MPs in opposing the Tax Credit Bill, and last night (26.10.15) the House of Lords demanded major changes to the bill – however George Osborne is still trying to push the policies through.

September unemployment statistics for Dagenham & Rainham

Oct 19, 2015

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in September 2015 was 1,527. This represents a rate of 3.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 191st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

This includes 1,454 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 73 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.

Where is the Care?

Oct 15, 2015

Where is the Care is an innovative family run organisation that seeks to raise awareness of how vulnerable elderly people and their families can find the help they need. The family launched the initiative in response to their own poor experience of care, and aim to help people through complaints procedures. The website is a great source of information regarding not only the negatives of poor care but also the best practice of where good care has benefitted families.

Save local policing in London

Oct 09, 2015

On September the 29th the Metropolitan Police Management Board was due to take a decision on the future of PCSOs in the capital. Since 2010 Boris Johnson has presided over harrowing cuts to London’s Met seeing 2,443 police officers and 3,170 PCSOs vanish from our streets. The impact is starting to show with a rise in violent crime of 24 per cent in the last 12 months.

The options facing the board are as follows:

World Mental Health Day 2015

Oct 07, 2015

This year the focus of World Mental Health Day will be ‘Dignity’ as set out by the World Federation of Mental Health. Helping to raise awareness this October 10th of what we can do to ensure that people with mental health issues can live with dignity.

Citizens Advice Bureau offer free pension advice

Oct 06, 2015

Waltham Forest CAB are now offering free Pension Wise appointments across Barking & Dagenham and Havering, helping residents plan for their futures.

Following pension reforms on the 6th April people have greater freedoms on how they can use their pension pots. People reaching pension age will be able to take their money as a lump sum, take out an annuity or a mixture of both. Pension Wise is a new service being run by the government to help people understand what pension options are available to them.

Re use New Home Furniture and Electricals

Oct 05, 2015

DABD (uk) Re-Use Centre is based at Woodward Road, Dagenham.

DABD (uk) accept donations of furniture & can collect if necessary. DABD are only able to take good quality furniture as it will be redistributed at low cost to support local residents on low income or facing crisis. Furniture will be inspected upon collection.

DABD (uk) work with LBBD Voids team to recycle goods from vacant properties. The purpose of the Centre is to make use of furniture as well as divert goods from landfill.

     

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