Jon Cruddas, Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park, held a public meeting to discuss the Cost of Living with residents at Kidd House, Dagenham.

The event was the latest series of public consultations across Dagenham and Rainham designed for Jon to hear from local residents about their concerns regarding the cost and standard of living. Over the past year we have seen big rises in the cost of transport and energy as well as ever increasing rent prices which has pushed many hard working families to the brink.

The event was a huge success with a great turnout of local residents who raised many points of concern. Many were worried about the rise in energy costs and how they would keep up with their bills. Some residents were very concerned about falling into debt as a result of the increased prices.

A grandfather who attended the event told Jon he was worried that his grandchildren would never be able to buy their own home and were at the mercy of unscrupulous private landlords who could increase the rental price at any time.

Jon Cruddas MP said: Over the past year I’ve seen so many hard working families struggle with the cost of living crisis. At every cost of living consultation I have in Dagenham and Rainham I hear more and more stories of hardship and suffering. On a brighter note, it was great to hear from the residents at Kidd House and to see all the staff who are doing such a wonderful job there”.

Over the course of the year Jon will be holding more public consultation meetings to discuss how the cost of living crisis is affecting local people throughout Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park. Details of forthcoming meetings will be made via this website.