This week (13-19 May 2019) marks Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. Every year the Mental Health Foundation chooses an aspect or cause of mental health to focus on and in 2019 the theme is Body Image. 

Jon Cruddas MP commented: “this is an important week to raise awareness and help break down stigmatisation and discrimination. There are some fantastic resources available online to help those dealing with mental ill health, and I urge people across Dagenham and Rainham to have a look at them.”

On Thursday 25 April Jon Cruddas MP met with Cory Environmental Holdings Ltd on site at the current waste incineration plant in Belvedere, Bexley to discuss their planning application to build a second mass waste incinerator.

In September 2018 Jon launched a campaign and petition against the proposals as a response to numerous reports highlighting there would be detrimental impacts on human health and biodiversity across the south of his constituency.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, has signed a cross-party letter to the Prime Minister asking her to undo the blocks the government has placed on onshore wind energy. This support was welcomed today by 10:10 Climate Action and Power for People, who are coordinating the letter.

 

Last week Rainham residents found themselves, yet again at the raw end of Havering Council cuts. Despite areas such as Hornchurch and Romford getting new leisure facilities in recent years, Havering Council have taken the decision to remove funding and close the doors of Chafford Sports Complex in Rainham for good.

 

Jon Cruddas MP who has been fighting to retain the facility since 2013 has sought assurances from the Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure that the south of Havering will not fall by the wayside as other parts of the borough receive new investment.

In September 2018 Jon Cruddas MP launched a campaign ‘Calling Time on Crime’ as a response to rising violent crime across Dagenham and Rainham. Knife crime has dominated the headlines for the last few months as more young lives have been needlessly lost across London, and more recently right here in Barking and Dagenham, Havering, and Redbridge.

New research has highlighted that changes to free TV licences to over-75s will cost local pensioners hundreds of thousands of pounds a year combined – money which will go straight to the Treasury’s coffers.

This comes as the BBC’s consultation on the future of free TV Licences for over-75s closed last week.

Millions of older people across the country could lose their TV licence in 2020 despite the government’s 2017 Manifesto promise to protect free TV licences until 2022.

This week Jon Cruddas MP submitted a letter to the Planning Inspectorate outlining his concerns over the Riverside Energy Park proposals. The proposals would see a second mass waste incinerator established in Belvedere just across the Thames from Rainham, South Hornchurch and the Beam Park development area.

Last year Barking, Dagenham and Havering Trades Union Council along with Jon Cruddas MP planted an oak tree and plaque to commemorate those killed as a result of an explosion at Rainham Chemical Works, Ferry Lane in 1916. The incident claimed the lives of seven men and wasn’t reported at the time because the factory was making munitions for the war effort.

The Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Trust (HAHT) have launched a campaign to establish a permanent home to remember and commemorate RAF Hornchurch and the Hornchurch Aerodrome. RAF Hornchurch played a crucial role in the defence of London across two World Wars.

Bellway Homes, currently developing the site which encompasses the old St Georges Hospital have kindly gifted Sutton’s House to the HAHT which means that the organisation are one step closer to achieving their goal.

Jon Cruddas MP pledges to help end misery of cold homes in London.  The most recent Excess Winter Death figures have just been released and show that 3,094 in London died needlessly of the cold last winter, an increase of 20.3% on last year. The WASH campaign aims to highlight the desperate and unsafe coping strategies being adopted across the UK due to the misery of living in fuel poverty. The charity says it rejects the idea this should be normal in a country as wealthy as the UK and much more can be done to end fuel poverty and ‘preventable’ excess winter deaths and ill health.

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