On 31st July Jon Cruddas MP co-signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions along with 30 other Labour MPs requesting a delay in the introduction of Universal Credit. Under the government’s current proposals Universal Credit is due to roll out in Dagenham and Rainham during November and December this year (2017).

The campaign to save and retain services at Dagenham Police Station continues this week as Jon Cruddas MP urges residents to collect petition signatures on their streets. The MP for Dagenham and Rainham explained that the online petition “has already gained over 1300 signatures in the first week” but that many more are needed if the station is to be protected against government cuts.

In 2013, following a community campaign and petition, Jon Cruddas MP successfully protected Dagenham Police Station from closure, when it came under threat from then Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Today it has come to light that in the next £400m round of government cuts to the Metropolitan Police, the Rainham Road South station is yet again under threat of closure.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2017 was 1,690. This represents a rate of 3.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 175th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.5% between March and May 2017.

Are you looking for a local event for you and your family this summer? The Family Adventures Fun Day is an event being hosted by Barking and Dagenham Council. The local authority, over the last few years, have run events that celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the borough. The events are designed to celebrate the diversity in the community.

This year’s local summer festival is right around the corner! The third annual DAGFEST is coming to Dagenham Village on Saturday 15th July. DAGFEST serves to bring music, street theatre, dance, and outdoor activities together for all families to enjoy. The Mayor of Dagenham, Barking and Dagenham Councillors, and Jon Cruddas MP have all attended the event in the past and highly encourage residents to attend.

This Saturday marks the 9th annual Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day is a significant event every year, it is a chance for communities across the country to support and pay tribute to all the service men and women past and present who work to keep our country safe.

Rainham resident Fay Hough has launched a campaign for safer streets in the heart of Rainham. With the support of Jon Cruddas MP, Fay is asking the London Borough of Havering to consider introducing safety measures on Upminster Road South. As a local resident Fay has noticed an increase in speeding and reckless driving near schools and throughout the village, something that a recent survey from Jon Cruddas MP also found. Speaking to other residents there are growing concerns regarding the dangerous driving and growing number of Mopeds in Rainham Village.

In the four years since the pharmaceutical company Sanofi left its former manufacturing site across from Dagenham East Station, significant efforts have been made to regenerate the area and bring in new businesses and services. These regeneration projects serve to provide new employment opportunities for residents in the Dagenham area, and help to shed a positive light on the borough.

Earlier this week, a constituent contacted Jon about a fantastic opportunity for young students to express themselves and tap into their creativity by entering a writing competition entitled the Agboola Award for Creative Writing in Schools. This award encourages students to engage in the world of story-telling and allows them a chance to be inspired both by the world around them, and their own personal imaginations.