The Dagenham Jobcentre Plus is still under threat of being moved from Chequers Lane to Barking, five miles away. This month the local Trades Union Council will be protesting against the move in support of the concerns already raised by local MP Jon Cruddas. On 20th November you can add your voice of opposition by attending a protest outside Dagenham Jobcentre at 12:00pm.
Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, raised concerns about this move earlier in the year, highlighting the implications it will have on his constituents by writing to Damian Hinds MP.
In this letter, Jon questioned the suggestion that the move was to provide, as they comment, “a more efficient service”, by asking for clarification on a detailed cost benefit analysis.
Jon also raised his concerns about the detrimental effects of the move on his constituents as it is a large move that hinders public accessibility. The plans will also leave vulnerable residents with added struggles considering the additional costs of travel to Barking. Jon argued that people in Dagenham are struggling to meet day-to-day expenses and this proposed move will accentuate the problem.
Barking, Dagenham and Havering Trade Union Council alongside Barking and Dagenham Unite the Community and PCS Union have taken up the campaign and will be gathering at Dagenham Jobcentre to protest the closure. The trade unions of the local area are not taking this decision lying down and will be protesting the move at every opportunity.
Jon Cruddas MP and the local unions are calling on residents to join the protest which will be taking place on the 20th November between 12.00pm and 2.00pm at Dagenham JobCentre Plus Chequers Lane, Dagenham, RM9 6PS.