Over 5,715 people in Dagenham and Rainham saved hundreds of pounds on their energy bills 

New figures released from the Energy Switch Guarantee (ESG) reveal that 13% in Dagenham and Rainham have switched electricity supplier and potentially saved hundreds of pounds during the last year. The Energy Switch Guarantee is a commitment by energy suppliers - from the largest to some of the newest in the market - to make switching simple, speedy and safe and will soon cover 90 percent of the market. 

On Friday 1st December Jon Cruddas MP held his seventh annual Christmas card competition presentation event at the former Dagenham Civic Centre, now Coventry University London. All of the photo's from the event can be found on Jon's Facebook page: 

Unfortunately due to a parliamentary vote, Jon was unable to attend;

“I was absolutely gutted not to be there but I had to be in Parliament to vote. I hear the cupcakes from Rainham resident Marilyn Lane were delicious!

It’s that time of year again; thousands of local children from 22 of the constituency’s schools have been designing Christmas cards for Jon Cruddas’ annual Christmas Card Competition. 23 businesses have sponsored the competition this year which means that this will be the biggest event ever, and the prizes are huge!

November marks an important month to discuss and raise awareness on all problems which affect men’s health. Over the last few years this month’s aims have become increasingly important, especially pertaining to mental health.

Organisations such as the Movember Foundation, along with many others use this month to raise awareness on issues such as testicular cancer, where 1 in 20 diagnosed still don’t make it. Prostate cancer, which has a survival rate of 26 per cent if not caught early, and men are also twice as susceptible to melanoma (skin cancer) than women.

Click HERE for the autumn volunteer and campaign newsletter. The volunteer network has come on leaps and bounds over the course of the last year and the community is now more bustling than ever. If you would like to get involved please have a look at the newsletter for more information. 

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The Dagenham Jobcentre Plus is still under threat of being moved from Chequers Lane to Barking, five miles away. This month the local Trades Union Council will be protesting against the move in support of the concerns already raised by local MP Jon Cruddas. On 20th November you can add your voice of opposition by attending a protest outside Dagenham Jobcentre at 12:00pm.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, raised concerns about this move earlier in the year, highlighting the implications it will have on his constituents by writing to Damian Hinds MP.

On Wednesday 1st November after a three month campaign led by Jon Cruddas MP, and supported by the council; the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime has announced that Dagenham police station has been saved.

MOPAC noted: ’In Barking and Dagenham specifically, people have expressed strong views about the proposed closure of Dagenham Police Station and the impact this would have on public confidence.’

Jon Cruddas MP commented: 

Wellgate Community Farm recently contacted Jon Cruddas MP and has called for the support of the local community to help win funding for the Aviva Community Fund 2017. This opportunity could make a big difference to local projects and bring a positive change.

The Farm hopes to collect as many votes to increase their chances of funding of up to £5,000 which will allow them to purchase a horse and cart to improve their educational, accredited training and recreational activities for the local community. 

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in September 2017 was 1,630. This represents a rate of 3.2% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 191st of the 650 UK constituencies (1st=highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data. Was 4.3% between June and August 2017.

Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging all local A-level students across Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park to take part in the Political Studies Association (PSA)’s Schools’ Video Competition, now in its seventh year. 

A highlight in the PSA’s calendar of activities to engage young people in the study of politics, the annual film competition, sponsored by YouGov, is open to post-16 students who will be studying during the academic year 2017-18.

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