Jon Cruddas MP has recently been contacted by the Association of Convenient Stores (ACS) regarding the Local Shop Report of 2021.

This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has joined a broad coalition of parliamentarians, businesses, investors, and civil society organisations to raise their concerns about unethical labour practices in the garment factories across the UK. The campaign, which is headed by Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Chair of the APPG for Textiles and Fashion, calls on the Government to take urgent action to implement a ‘Fit to Trade' licensing scheme that will ensure garment factories meet their legal obligations to employees.

Up to 31st May 2020, 13,000 jobs had been furloughed through the Government's Job Retention Scheme in Dagenham and Rainham constituency, equivalent to around 19% of the population aged 16-64. 21% had been furloughed in the UK.

A further 7,300 claims were made to the Self Employment Income Support scheme, equivalent to 70% of the potentially eligible population. This compares to a take up rate of 70% of the potentially eligible population in the UK as a whole.

Claimant Count

After writing to the Secretary of State recently to support the Barking and Dagenham Post and Romford Recorder Jon Cruddas MP has now joined a wider campaign, asking that government support local and independent media through an increased share of public health communications spending.

The letter has been backed by 40 other MPs from across Parliament, including former Cabinet ministers and shadow ministers, and highlights the importance of local press in communicating trustworthy information and the financial strain faced by local journalists in light of the coronavirus.

Official statistics are not yet available that will show the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the claimant count. Figures for the alternative claimant count have now been published up to February 2020. The March 2020 figures for the unadjusted count have been published today, but these will be based on the count as at Thursday 12th March and therefore will not indicate the full impact of the outbreak.

Employees in the most vulnerable sectors

Jon Cruddas MP is calling on small shopkeepers in Dagenham and Rainham to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

Google workshop event 03/05/2013

Last Friday Google held a workshop in Dagenham to help promote local business and train people how best to expand their businesses on the internet. Over 40 representatives from local businesses across Dagenham and Rainham came to the event to take advantage of the free advice and help on offer from Google's experts.

Local Business Accelerators Competition: Local MP congratulates businesses in Dagenham and Rainham

Jon Cruddas to co-host innovative Google event in Dagenham:

Local businesses encouraged to sign up for a free digital session

The Young Entrepreneurial Challenge

Builddreams Education is an educational, training and service institution committed to exploring and understanding human consciousness and potential. Although based in Romford the project works in partnership with local education authorities, the pupil referral unit, the young offenders' institution, sports clubs, voluntary and religious organisations spanning across both Havering and Barking and Dagenham working to empower young people.