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Jon Cruddas MP supports women's pension campaign

Feb 15, 2016

On February 1st MPs debated proposed issues surrounding the changes to the state pension age, which will see the retirement age for women rise to 66 by 2020 bringing it in line with the retirement age for men. The dispute is focused on the changes to the speed of transition from age 60 to 66 which will leave many women in financial difficulty at a time of life when they should be secure.

Dagenham Civic Centre - the campaign continues

Feb 12, 2016

It’s the issue that captured the hearts of Dagenham, and sparked controversy amongst young and old residents alike. Way back at the end of 2014 rumours circulated, and then an article in the Barking & Dagenham Post seemingly confirmed everyone’s fears; that the iconic Dagenham Civic Centre was set to be sold off under the weight of £54 million of cuts to the local authority.

Time to Talk Day 2016

Feb 04, 2016

Today is Time to Talk Day 2016, part of the Time to Change campaign that was set up to combat mental health stigmatisation and discrimination. The campaign has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and is now coordinating a range of projects to help the growing number of people across the UK suffering from mental illness. Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham & Rainham pledged his support for the campaign back in 2012 and thinks initiatives such as this are becoming increasingly important in the fight against stigma.

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.

Volunteer Success Story

Dec 17, 2015

Back in 2011/12 local resident Dean Haxell was made redundant due to the closure of the Remploy factory in Barking which offered employment to workers with disabilities. The closure of the factory had a huge impact locally and Jon Cruddas MP fought the closures at the time.

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