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January 2016

Proposed cuts to ESA - local impact

Jan 28, 2016

Yesterday evening the House of Lords voted to stop the government in their tracks yet again. The government was defeated in the Lords over plans to cut ESA (Employment and Support Allowance) by £29.05 per week; from £102.15 to £73.10. This money helps support some of the most vulnerable people in society, helping those who are disabled or too sick and unfit for work.

Based on information provided by Macmillan which is publically available via the DWP, there are 520 constituents that will be effected by the implementation of this policy in Dagenham & Rainham.

Lower-Thames Crossing Consultation

Jan 26, 2016

Highways England have today launched a public consultation on a proposal to create a new Lower-Thames crossing. The plans are being considered in response to the increasing pressures on the Dartford crossing; which currently sees over 50 million crossings per year. The new proposal is to open a crossing in the form of a tunnel between East Tilbury and Gravesham (near Gravesend) – connecting Essex to Kent. It is anticipated by Highways England that the crossing will be in operation by 2027.

Honorary Alderman Fred Jones MBE passes away

Jan 21, 2016

Fred Jones passed away in hospital earlier this week at the age of 88, four years after he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the borough. Born in Liverpool, he moved to Barking in 1932 and was first elected as a councillor in 1964, remaining in office until May 2006.

He was appointed a Freeman of the Borough in 1985 and served as Mayor of Barking and Dagenham for the year 1990/91. In 2006 he was made an Honorary Alderman in recognition of his outstanding service to the borough.

'Daggers' (Dagenham PC Boxing Club) boxing show

Jan 21, 2016

Last year on 27th November Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham & Rainham attended the Dagenham PC Boxing Club’s boxing show. The event was held at Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club.

Jon Cruddas was invited by Club Secretary Dan O’Sullivan as a guest of honour.

Local MP supports RSPCA puppy campaign

Jan 20, 2016

The RSPCA have launched a puppy breeding and trafficking campaign and are calling on the government to tackle the unlicensed breeding and sale of puppies in England.  This comes in response to the rise in sick, under-age and dying puppies being trafficked into and sold in the UK each year. The RSPCA received over 3,500 calls on puppy farms in 2015, with many of these complaining that their puppies had become ill after they had been bought.

Jon Cruddas MP - response to Eastbrook consultation meeting

Jan 14, 2016

Last night there was an overwhelming response at my public consultation meeting; over six hundred people attended which led to us having to hold two consecutive meetings in the May & Baker Eastbrook Community Club.

MP supports petition to save last bank in Elm Park

Jan 11, 2016

Local MP Jon Cruddas has been contacted by many constituents in the past few weeks with regards to the planned closure of the local Lloyds TSB in Elm Park at the parade of shops by the station. A significant number of residents in Elm Park have petitioned against the closure of the branch; which is the only bank in the local parade and the surrounding area.

     

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