Jon Cruddas' June column for the Barking and Dagenham Post and Romford Recorder. Published the week commencing Monday 11 June.

I don't think I can ever recall a more divided Government than the current Tory one - with Cabinet members routinely stabbing each other in the front, and the back.

The Brexit debate does throw up strong emotions, but most people in communities like ours just want to get on with it.

Jon Cruddas MP has encouraged local residents to consider joining Barking and Dagenham’s revamped waste collection team. Barking and Dagenham Council are currently in the process of improving the borough’s refuse collection programme and are looking to recruit new members to their waste collection team. Roles available include drivers, loaders, street cleaners, office staff and supervisors.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in December 2017 was 1,540. This represents a rate of 3.0% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 208th highest 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 September and November 2017.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in August 2017 was 1,630. This represents a rate of 3.2% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 191st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.3% between May and July 2017.

The proposed closure of the Dagenham Jobcentre was confirmed recently by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). The closure, which was announced in January, advised the Dagenham and Barking jobcentre offices to merge to provide, as they comment, “a more efficient service.” This merger will bring the Barking offices from 44 percent capacity to over 90 percent, along with some employees moving from East Ham.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2017 was 1,690. This represents a rate of 3.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 175th highest 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 4.5% between March and May 2017.

In the four years since the pharmaceutical company Sanofi left its former manufacturing site across from Dagenham East Station, significant efforts have been made to regenerate the area and bring in new businesses and services. These regeneration projects serve to provide new employment opportunities for residents in the Dagenham area, and help to shed a positive light on the borough.

 

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in August 2016 was 1,612. This represents a rate of 3.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 174th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in March 2016 was 1,608. This represents a rate of 3.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 181st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

This includes 1,406 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 202 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in February 2016 was 1,629. This represents a rate of 3.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 176th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

This includes 1,460 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 169 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.

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