The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2018 was 1,745. This represents a rate of 3.4% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.8%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from the survey data, was 4.2% in March to May 2018.

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 65 higher than June 2017 and 15 higher than May 2018. There were 315 claimants aged 18-24 in June 2018, 40 lower than June 2017.

This week residents of New Cottages, Wennington contacted Jon Cruddas MP regarding parking tickets being issued along Wennington Road. For those who live on Wennington Road, parking options are minimal, so many residents park their cars on land opposite their home. For approximately 25 years, this has never been an issue – until now.

Jon Cruddas MP wrote to Havering Council questioning the sudden change. He also relayed the residents’ concerns that the road was becoming hazardous in places due to alternate parking options.

Jon Cruddas has worked tirelessly to increase the C2C trainlines from the various problems they have had in the past. After an extensive consultation in early 2017, thousands of residents voiced their outrage at the poor service they were receiving from the C2C trainlines. Due to this, Jon met with C2C bosses to discuss the ongoing issues with their services through Rainham.

Arc Theatre, based at Kingsley Hall has released a short film entitled ‘Voices for Votes’, which was funded by the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme.

The eight-minute film celebrates 100 years since some women won the right to vote. It was filmed during the May half term by Arc’s Raised Voices group and other young women age 10+ from Barking & Dagenham.

Watch ‘Voices for Votes’ HERE

Jon Cruddas MP has thrown his support behind Andy Walker’s cross-party campaign for an increase in critical care beds in local hospitals. Queen’s and King George’s Hospitals are both in desperate need for more adult critical care beds. A recent FOI has suggested that there are currently too few beds which is having a negative impact on mortality rates and better quality recoveries. Critical care beds are needed not only for operations, but they are also essential to treat a range of conditions where there needs to be organ support.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has cosigned a letter calling on the government to tackle childhood obesity. Even though there is a childhood obesity crisis across the nation, Barking and Dagenham have one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in London. According to the NHS one in four of year 6 pupils in this borough were considered obese. Due to the seriousness of this issue, Jon has joined Cancer Research and the Obesity Health Alliance in calling on the government to take action.

South Hornchurch Ward, Elm Park Ward, and Rainham & Wennington Ward have all recently created community contact sessions with local PCSO’s (Police Community Support Officers). These meetings happen weekly with a variety of different times and places each week to accommodate different working schedules and family commitments.

The London Borough of Havering has acquired £4.5m of funding from the Mayor of London and 1.8 million pounds from Transport for London to advance plans to transform New Road in South Hornchurch Ward. Subject to TFL approvals of the final design, further funding will be released to help deliver the scheme.

The new A13 was built almost twenty years ago, yet the borough feels New Road still retains the look and feel of its old function as a trunk road.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has backed the Embassy Cinema Restoration Project which is a proposal by the Chadwell Heath South Residents’ Association to acquire and restore the famous building into a multipurpose space so it can showcase Film, Theatre, Live Music and Dance.

Essex & Suffolk Water is bringing its new water saving campaign, Every Drop Counts, to Barking and Dagenham. 

Essex & Suffolk Water is passionate about promoting the efficient use of water to help protect the environment for future generations. As the summer arrives in the UK and the weather improves, it is all the more important to conserve water, and this initiative can help.

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