Last week, Asda proudly launched a dedicated volunteer shopping card to help vulnerable customers and those who are self-isolating and unable to go into store. There are a number of Asda superstores located in and around Dagenham and Rainham that residents can access, and this new scheme seeks to support the most vulnerable along with our key workers.

 

Last week Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by Clarion’s Head of Housing regarding their approach to the Covid-19 crisis, and what that means for residents living on the Orchard Village estate in South Hornchurch.

Jon Cruddas MP is supporting Macmillan Cancer Support’s coronavirus information hub, calling it a “great initiative”. This comprehensive information and advice was created by the Macmillan to provide clear information, advice and support about coronavirus for people living with cancer, their family and their carers.

 

Every One Every Day, a charitable organisation leading a ground-breaking social and participatory project across Barking and Dagenham, has moved online to support those in self-isolation and the vulnerable who are staying indoors during this time of crisis. 

On Friday 13 March the project closed its warehouse and five shops across the borough and established an online community for skills sharing, participation and well-being. You can join the community here: https://members.weareeveryone.org/feed 

Jon Cruddas MP recently met with Barclays Bank to discuss their decision to close the Rainham Village branch on the 15th May, 2020. Jon Cruddas has expressed his concerns publicly regarding the forthcoming closure, stating that “with an ageing population we should be looking to preserve our face to face customer services. Moving to digital may be financially prudent, but when it’s at the expense of potentially hundreds of people in Rainham I simply can’t support it.”

 

Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by a number of concerned residents regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) over the last week, and he has advised constituents to follow the official guidance issued by the UK Government, NHS, and local councils highlighted below. It is also advised to regularly check back with official information sources for any changes as this situation develops.

 

On Tuesday 10 March Jon Cruddas MP was joined by campaigners Fay Hough and Trevor McKeever to hand in a 2000 strong petition to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The petition has been running for 18 months and was handed in ahead of the Ministers decision regarding the mass waste incinerator proposals for Belvedere.

The Secretary of State is due to take a decision by Thursday 9 April. Jon Cruddas MP raised concerns about the proposal way back in 2018 and has been campaigning against it ever since.

 

Last week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham was contacted by a representative of Barclays Bank regarding the proposed closure of the branch in Rainham Village on 15 May. 

In the last four years over 3,000 high street banks have closed across the country as the banking sector moves to a more digitised format, this includes over 480 branches of Barclays. Last year Barclays attempted to remove services from local Post Offices, a move that Jon Cruddas MP successfully challenged and overturned.

 

Last week, Havering’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced that Mungo Park Surgery based in South Hornchurch Health Centre is due to close. This move will mean that 3,149 local people will now have to travel between 2-4 miles further to see a GP. Last year walk-in services at the Health Centre were dramatically reduced and Jon Cruddas MP has raised his concerns about the decline in local NHS provisions.

 

On Saturday 25th January, the Faith & Belief Forum will be delivering a free one-day training to young leaders (aged 18-30) working and/or living in Barking and Dagenham. 

The day will be a chance to explore the themes of identity, types of leadership and experiences of living in and/or working in the borough with other young leaders from different backgrounds. Attendees will then create a map of the skills, strengths and resources you and your community already have.   

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