This week the Mayor of London has announced his plans to introduce a Violence Reduction Unit in London, a scheme piloted in Glasgow to reduce the number of violent crimes.

The scheme addresses violent crime as a public health issue and in doing so seeks to create a multi-agency approach that specialises in early intervention. The project has been launched with £500,000 worth of funding and will be working with schools, healthcare professionals, local councils and the police to try and divert young people from a life of crime, in particular violent crime.

Havering Council have recently released their Draft Commission Plan for Education Provision 2019-2023 which has now gone to public consultation. The draft plan sets out how Havering Council seeks to ensure there is sufficient capacity to meet demand for early years, primary, secondary post-16, special school and alternative provision places across the borough.

On Tuesday 18th of September Havering College launched of their ‘Plumbing Centre of Excellence.’ The project is supported by SoPHE, The Society of Public Health Engineers, and its Contractors and Manufacturers Forums, CIPHE, Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers and JTL.

The aim is to create and develop professional and employable students with a strong desire to progress within this industry. Havering College is in a unique position by being the first FE College in London to bring to fruition the Centre of Excellence concept for plumbing.

This week Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced a welcome boost in the fight against violent crime in across London. 122 officers are being temporarily moved from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command to join the City Hall funded Violent Crime Taskforce.

In May 2018 Jon Cruddas MP received letters from residents in Elm Park expressing concerns of a possible planning application submitted to Havering Council for construction of four residential houses located on land adjacent to 1 Bretons Cottages on Rainham Road.

The application sort permission for the construction of four new dwellings located within a Green Belt Zone and would see off-street parking and private amenity space also.

This month MP for Dagenham and Rainham Jon Cruddas is launching a petition and campaign calling on the government for more investment in policing, and a new strategy/approach that takes account of and prioritises high crime areas in London.

This campaign comes as a response to rising violent crime across the Member of Parliaments’ constituency, with a focus on knife and moped related incidents over the past 12 months.

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Last week the North East London Local Pharmaceutical Committee contacted Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham regarding the future of the Minor Ailments Service (MAS). The MAS is currently commissioned until March 2019 and was designed to serve vulnerable populations in order to reduce the burden on GPs and Accident and Emergency Departments.

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