The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council set out its priorities for the coming years this week, placing an emphasis on its aim to do what it can to improve the lives of local residents in tough financial times. The plans drew praise from the Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas, who praised the “fantastic work” of the council in developing its vision for the future.








Local MP Jon Cruddas says healthcare situation is “unacceptable”

Local Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has expressed his concern over the worrying rise in joblessness in the area revealed by figures released today. The information released by the Office of National Statistics shows that unemployment in the United Kingdom has risen to its highest level for 17 years. In the three months leading up to December, the UK saw unemployment rise by 48,000 to an unprecedented level of 2.67 million, with the numbers expected to continue to increase.

Metal theft petition

Jon Cruddas has called on the Government to go further to tackle metal theft in his Dagenham and Rainham constituency. The increasingly common form of criminal behaviour is one which is not only damaging the local economy but can also be extremely dangerous.

The Government is moving to stop cash payments to purchase scrap metal and increase fines for those that are found guilty. However, without giving the police the power of entry and the ability to shut down rogue scrap metal yards, the Government potentially runs the risk of making the situation worse and not better.

The following article, by Senior Reporter Sukran Sahin, appeared in the Barking and Dagenham Post on 10 Feb 2012, and is available at

Staff at training provider Athena Training UK proudly accepted a prestigious award for being the most responsible businesses in the capital.


Jon Cruddas is supporting the launch of Chance to be Chancellor 2012 and is calling on schools and young people in Dagenham and Rainham to take up in the challenge to learn about, and share their opinions on, Budget 2012.  Run by the Citizenship Foundation, in partnership with Aviva, Chance to be Chancellor is open to all 14-18 year olds across the UK.


Jon supports Homes for Heroes plan

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, has backed recent government plans to offer ex-service personnel help with housing, including giving priority to those who want a home. 

The importance of the new initiative was highlighted when Jon was approached for help by veteran soldier Simon Steadman.

Simon, who spent 12 years in the army, has recently moved into a home in Dagenham under the new scheme.

Liberty Credit Union tell us about their work.

“Exciting times are ahead as we have just negotiated our first permanent base in Vicarage Field Shopping Centre in Barking. We are looking to open by the end of March 2012 which will make our services even more accessible - you can of course join in our existing temporary site at Vicarage Field (details below).