The upcoming EU referendum is a huge issue and has understandably been brought to the forefront of British politics ahead of Thursday 23rd June, when people will be casting their vote up and down the country. Below is the official response from Jon Cruddas MP on the referendum.

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The volunteer network established by Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham back in 2012 has come on leaps and bounds. The network not only works as an ear on the street for Jon and the local authority, it is a fantastic opportunity for local residents to get involved in a number of community projects and campaigns.

To read the latest quarterly newsletter and find out how you can get involved, click HERE

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.

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.

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.

Last week Havering council launched a proposal for additional Post-16 educational provision. The vision is to provide high quality education and training opportunities for young people aged 16-25 years. It is a very important issue which over the last few years has caused an increasing number of parents to raise their concerns about the lack of extended provision for pupils over 16.

Havering Council wants you to have your say – take part in their survey HERE

Since June 2015 Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by a number of female constituents from across Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park regarding the closure of their local Breast Screening Unit. The Screening Unit, located at the Victoria Centre on Pettits Lane closed in May 2015.