Wellgate Community Farm recently contacted Jon Cruddas MP and has called for the support of the local community to help win funding for the Aviva Community Fund 2017. This opportunity could make a big difference to local projects and bring a positive change.

The Farm hopes to collect as many votes to increase their chances of funding of up to £5,000 which will allow them to purchase a horse and cart to improve their educational, accredited training and recreational activities for the local community. 

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in September 2017 was 1,630. This represents a rate of 3.2% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 191st of the 650 UK constituencies (1st=highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data. Was 4.3% between June and August 2017.

You will know how long we have been fighting against proposals to close the A&E at King George Hospital in Goodmayes.We've been fighting for over 6 years.And if health bosses think we are losing heart then they had better think again. We're still here and we're still fighting.Just last Saturday campaigners packed into Redbridge Town Hall to give a very noisy reminder to those that want to cut our A&E just how important we think that service is.You may already have signed one of my previous petitions on this but please take 20 seconds to remind hospital bosses that:We don't want them to close our A&EWe don't want the service moved to a struggling Queen's Our growing population needs a healthcare system it can rely onSign my 2017 petition belowIf the community stands together I firmly believe we can yet again stop this folly
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In February 2017 Jon Cruddas raised issues with Rainham Police regarding drifting and moped offences in Ferry Lane and Cold Harbour Lane, Rainham. Local police were aware of the situation, and on Friday 10th March 2017 they carried out ‘operation Drifter’ in which the operation involved Police, DVLA and The London Borough of Havering parking enforcement. They attended the location late on Friday 10th March and remained there until the early hours of the Saturday morning. During their time at the location, numbers of cars and motorcycles arrived on the scene.

Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging all local A-level students across Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park to take part in the Political Studies Association (PSA)’s Schools’ Video Competition, now in its seventh year. 

A highlight in the PSA’s calendar of activities to engage young people in the study of politics, the annual film competition, sponsored by YouGov, is open to post-16 students who will be studying during the academic year 2017-18.

Today is World Mental Health Day 2017, and this year one of the main focusses will be mental health in the workplace. As with previous years the day seeks to raise awareness of what is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide; poor mental health.

This week the campaign to save Dagenham Police Station comes to a close. The deadline to have your say on the proposed closure of Dagenham Police Station is this Friday (Oct 6th). The petition launched by Jon Cruddas MP has gained over 4,000 signatures. The campaign has gained mounting support from the public, and has also seen the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council jump to the police stations defence. It really is a staggering show of strength and unity from our community.

Reshaping transport in London is a priority for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who wants to create a city that accommodates for all Londoners. The new draft Mayor's Transport Strategy sets out his plans to transform London's streets, improve public transport and create opportunities for new homes and jobs over the next 25 years. The strategy sets to build on the vision for a better London that the Mayor outlined in ‘A City for All Londoners’, and takes forward the approach set out in ‘Healthy Streets for London’.

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Last week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham Rainham was contacted by John Penrose MP regarding the introduction of an energy price cap. For years big energy companies have got away with charging big energy prices, and as the winter months approach this becomes an increasing concern for vulnerable people across the country.

The people that live in Dagenham and Rainham are currently overpaying for energy by £7,360,000 meaning 25,285 families are paying £291 too much every year.

An exciting new venture is due to be approved on Thursday 21st of September, which will see plans for a new 'Construction and Infrastructure Skills and Innovation Centre', for Havering College Rainham campus. The plans will go before Havering Council’s regulatory services committee for hopefully the final time Thursday evening. The application has been on hold since April 2015, and has finally been progressed to committee, following the receipt of revised information which was received in February 2017 and April 2017.