Our representative in City Hall, John Biggs – London Assembly Member for City & East has launched a Living in London survey to demonstrate how the Mayor of London’s policies are affecting local people. It is John’s job to hold Boris Johnson to account, but to do that he needs the help of Londoners.

Over the last year London has seen drastic policing cuts, soaring housing costs and transport fares continuing to rise.

Jon Cruddas, Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park, held a public meeting to discuss the Cost of Living with residents at Kidd House, Dagenham.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas today slammed Barclays bank for increasing the charges customers face when they find themselves overdrawn; which has led to some customers paying nearly 10% of their weekly income on overdraft fees.

Barclays bank currently charges 17.77% interest when customers are overdrawn however the bank plans to change this to a per day fee of 75 pence between balances of £16 and £1000.

Jon Cruddas, Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham Incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park, held his most recent public consultation on the Cost of Living at Dunchurch house on Ford Lane, Dagenham.

On Friday 14th March Jon Cruddas, Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham Incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park, held a public meeting to discuss the Cost of Living with residents in Dewy Road, Dagenham.

The event was the second in a series of public consultations across Dagenham and Rainham designed for Jon to hear from local residents about their concerns regarding the cost and standard of living.

On Saturday 8th February Jon Cruddas, Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park, held a public meeting to discuss the Cost of Living with residents in Marks Gate.

The event was the first in a series of public consultations across Dagenham and Rainham designed for Jon to hear from local residents about their concerns regarding the cost and standard of living. In the past few months we have seen big rises in the cost of transport and energy which has pushed many hard working families to the brink.

It’s a new year and the Tory-led coalition is introducing yet another hike in travel costs across the capital. The fares across busses, overground, underground and rail services are set to rise by up to 3.1 per cent on Sunday 19th January. Not only will this rise in fares put the local residents further out of pocket, but with job losses at the ticket offices people are essentially paying more for less.

Up to 7,756 of over-75s in Dagenham and Rainham could save as much as £200 off their energy bills under new proposals announced by Labour. The plans would mean that energy companies are required to put all over 75s on the cheapest tariff for their electricity and gas.