Following the recent local elections in Barking and Dagenham Jon Cruddas MP had this to say:

The local Council is proud to show its support for Armed Forces Day 2013, and will be doing so in a number of ways this year, including a community event at Valence House Museum on the day itself.

LBBD Council have launched a ‘Save our Streets’ campaign in order to address the growing issue of potholes and road maintenance in the borough. Local residents who are fed-up with deteriorating road conditions are being called upon to sign the petition and support the campaign.

Jon Cruddas MP: "The changes to the welfare and council tax benefts that were intorduced this month are hitting the local community hard. Many constituents have already raised their concerns through my office. I would be much obliged if you would take a few moments to fill in the survey below. Your views and opinions surrounding the 'bedroom tax' will be invaluable in the coming months when we look at the national impact."National Housing Federation statistics reveal that 1,216 households will be hit by the government’s ‘Bedroom Tax’ locally in Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park. It is predicted that these households will lose an average of £728 a year. The report is broken down by constituency and highlights that the Bedroom Tax will hit 660,000 households nationwide, two thirds of them home to someone with a disability.

On Friday 22.03.2013 Jon Cruddas MP met with local residents and Havering Council’s Head of Street care to hand over a petition raised by local parents. The petition was a response to a road accident involving a child and calls for proper crossing facilities.

Regeneration of the Leys Estate in Dagenham

Bulldozing crews have recently moved in to the Leys Estate in Dagenham and have begun work. The work is being undertaken as part of Barking and Dagenham Councils Estate Renewal Programme.

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham introduces living wage

On Monday 14th January Labour launched their campaign urging Local Authorities to appoint Veterans Champions. A position dedicated to help provide ex-service men and women with a smooth transition from military to civilian life.

Local lad Robert Collins who is employed at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council has been selected to participate in next years London Marathon on behalf of the charity "Help A Capital Child".

New Independent appeals service introduced to help challenge unfair parking fines

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