Polling Day is imminent and the people of the United Kingdom are about to take the biggest decision in a generation regarding the country’s membership of the European Union. Local MP Jon Cruddas has a long history of consulting residents on issues that stand to have a substantial impact on the local area and the EU referendum was no different. Over the last month teams of volunteers have been busy delivering a consultation survey to around 20,000 homes across Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park, equating to roughly half of the households in the constituency.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in May 2016 was 1,571. This represents a rate of 3.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 178th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

This includes 1,301 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 270 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.

Last week was Carers’ Week all around the UK. Carers’ week is a week of recognition dedicated to all the help and support that carers provide for their charges. It doesn’t matter if the carers are professionals, or if they a friends and family looking after a loved one. This week is all about raising awareness of the valuable contribution these people having in the community, alongside promoting the support that carers of all ages might need.

This is a monumental decision and one that should not be made lightly – it is about the future of every citizen has a stake in that. It's clear that any future for Britain in the European Union­ would need to be built on a foundation of serious reform. Reform that will make the EU work or working people. There are positives and negatives on both sides of the argument. I have always been a bit of a Eurosceptic and was very much against joining the Euro. However, the question of leaving Europe altogether has huge implications which are important to consider. I am still undecided. The decision we make on Thursday 23rd June will have an impact at every level in society; not just nationally; but here in Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch, and Elm park as well. As your representative in parliament, I want to know what you think. Please fill in my EU survey below
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Havering council alongside Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust have suggested that the centralisation of sexual health services for the three boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge at Barking Hospital would be a positive move forward for sexual healthcare, increasing efficiency and quality of service.

In less than two weeks the people of Britain will be taking the decision to either Leave or Remain in the European Union. This is arguably the biggest vote this country has faced in a generation. Last week on 2nd June The Nation magazine published a view from four leading figures on the British left to shed some light on the issues surrounding both Leave and Remain. Local MP Jon Cruddas was one of the contributors alongside Helen Lewis, Harris Beider and Tariq Ali.

The Port of London Authority recently launched a campaign as part of the Cleaner Thames Campaign where artist Michelle Reader created a sculpture made of litter to highlight the amount of dumped rubbish found in the Thames. Experts from the Royal Holloway University of London had conducted extensive research to find that 75% of Thames Flounder fish had consumed plastic. Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas actively advocated his support.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in April 2016 was 1,586. 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%.