Havering Volunteer Centre has been providing vital support for elderly and vulnerable residents across the borough throughout the pandemic. This year they are calling on local people to donate items from the list below so that they can deliver some Christmas cheer to those that are in need. Donations will also be used to raise funds to support the ongoing work of the Havering Volunteer Centre. Items requested are:

 

In October, ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review, Jon Cruddas MP co-signed a letter calling on the Department for Education to extend Free School Meal provision to more children in poverty.

Free School Meals were first established in 1906 and despite the changing eligibility requirements, the premise for doing so has remained constant- to provide a nutritional meal to children in order for them to learn and develop in and out of school.

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in October 2020 was 6,330. This represents a rate of 9.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.3%.

There are 3,595 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began and 115 less claimants than September 2020.

 

On Wednesday 4 November the Angling Trust released a statement with guidelines for the second lockdown. Under the new rules fishing is still allowed as long as anglers follow the guidelines which can be found on the Angling Trust website here: https://anglingtrust.net/2020/11/04/fish-safely-locally-and-respect-the-rule-of-two-during-lockdown/ or below.

 

Throughout the pandemic Havering based charity Tapestry UK have supported residents in a number of ways. At the height of the first lockdown they provided hundreds of hot meals to the most vulnerable and supported elderly more isolated residents through regular phone calls and virtual catch ups.

As we enter into the second national lockdown Tapestry UK have announced a number of measures to support people living in Havering. These measures include:

 

Last month the Government put forward a deal to bailout Transport for London at a huge cost to Londoners, this was resoundingly rejected by the Mayor of London and London MPs. Sadiq Khan has now secured an eleventh-hour agreement to keep the tube, busses and other transport services running until March 2021.

The initial Government proposals would have meant higher Council tax, higher fares, scrapping free travel for under-18s and over-60s, and a congestion charge zone that stretched right out to the North and South Circular.

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham for September 2020 was 6,580. This represents a rate of 9.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.5%. 

This is the highest rate of unemployed claimants since the constituency was created in 2010. It is worth noting that the number of claimants had been stable at around the 3,000 mark until the start of lockdown. Since the start of the pandemic and subsequent safety measures coming into force there has been an increase of 3,845 unemployed claimants.

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in September 2020 was 6,580. This represents a rate of 9.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.5%.

There are 3,845 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began and 40 more claimants than August 2020.

 

Opinion piece from Jon Cruddas MP originally published in The Barking and Dagenham Post on 15.04.2020

Over the past few weeks of uncertainty, amidst a rapidly changing environment, I have been overwhelmingly encouraged by the community spirit in Dagenham and Rainham, and across our country. These are worrying times, but despite the initial panic, we now find ourselves looking out for our neighbours, the vulnerable and our frontline key workers – who are working flat out to ensure our safety.