This week Jon Cruddas MP has backed calls to add a ‘Sikh tick box’ to the 2021 Census following the issue being raised by Preet Kaur Gill MP, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston. The call, which has been submitted to the Government Cabinet Office and the Office for National Statistics urges the Government to adopt similar regulations to those used in Scotland, which include a prompt for Sikh and Jewish next to the “Other ethnic group” box.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been contacted by a number of very concerned South Hornchurch residents regarding access to local healthcare. The walk-in services at South Hornchurch Medical Centre closed at the start of April as a response to Covid-19, and now the only service available is in Harold Wood which is a significant journey for many residents.

The Harold Wood Polyclinic is over an hour’s journey from South Hornchurch Medical Centre and either comprises of two buses or a bus and train for residents without cars.

 

Rainham Post Office has been announced a finalist in the Community Engagement category at the Post Office’s ‘We’re Stronger Together’ regional awards for Greater London. The awards recognise the efforts made by postmasters across the region to keep branches open during the Covid-19 pandemic and serving their local community.

Rainham Post Office was a finalist in the Community Engagement category at the Post Office’s ‘We’re Stronger Together’ regional awards for the Greater London region.

 

At the beginning of July Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by a local resident of Barking and Dagenham who runs a newly launched adults football club called FC Glacier. The idea behind the club was to offer a place for those that love the game but have not made it as professional footballers. There are many career paths within the sport that can still be achieved without being a pro player and the club aims to help people realise their dreams.

FC Glacier are seeking funding to provide:

         - Football kits and attire

 

At the end of May Jon Cruddas MP gave his support to a charitable initiative led by Councillor Glenda Paddle with the assistance of other Barking and Dagenham Councillors, who launched a campaign to support women facing period poverty in the local area. Period poverty affects 1 in 10 women, leaving them unable to afford sanitary products.

Throughout May and June Cllr Paddle gained the support of many local businesses and some big hitters such as Asda and Sainsbury's. The Councillor has also gone direct to Always asking for support.

 

On Wednesday 1 July Barking and Dagenham Council launched its first ‘Wild & Free in LBBD’ photography competition which runs for two months (July and August). Taking inspiration from The Wildlife Trusts ‘30 Days Wild’ and the National Trust ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ the competition aims at encouraging greater engagement between young people and the natural world.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP has received an update from Tapestry UK about their ongoing work to support residents across Havering, and how they plan to transition back to normality post-Covid whilst retaining new services.

Tapestry have been working closely with Havering Council to deliver a range of services to support the vulnerable throughout the pandemic lockdown. Services include hot meals, care calls and more which have supported over 300 residents with over 2500 hot meals and over 5000 care calls.

 

Marking the 14th anniversary of Labour introduced Armed Forces Day and against the backdrop of a decade of Tory failure to invest in defence, Labour’s leadership has supported the relaunch of a renewed Labour Friends of Forces (LFF).

With a new offer to members, fresh mission statement and support from the Labour leader, LFF has set out how exactly it will create an effective forum for bolstering the party’s connection with the force’s community and winning back the public’s faith Labour’s stance on defence.

 

38 cross-party MPs, including Jon Cruddas have backed a campaign started by Virendra Sharma MP which calls on the Government to increase the pay of social care workers and nurses to at least the living wage, in recognition of their immense effort during the coronavirus public health emergency.

 

Monday 8th June marked the start of Carers Week 2020. It is estimated that due to the Coronavirus crisis over 4.5 million people became unpaid carers in a matter of weeks, helping to support elderly and/or otherwise vulnerable people in society. 

Care homes have also been a focus in recent weeks due to the initially undocumented levels of contraction and death from Covid-19, and the lack of Personal Protective Equipment which left many carers and residents at risk.

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