The Government’s new flagship ‘Levelling Up’ Fund will prioritise the Chancellor’s own local authority, where houses are currently on sale for £2.5 million, for regeneration which will funnel money away from areas with higher levels of need.

Barking and Dagenham has been included in the first tier of priority, which does not in itself secure investment, and Havering has been placed in the second priority tier.

 

On Friday 12 February Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham received a letter from the Department of Health and Social Care providing an update on the provision of coronavirus testing in the constituency.

Free and accessible testing is a cornerstone of the NHS Test and Trace service which brings together testing, contact tracing and outbreak management. The letter announced the opening of a new Regional Test Site on Selinas Lane in Dagenham.

 

In 2020 The National Lottery Community Fund invested in community groups and projects to help them adapt and continue to deliver their services throughout the coronavirus crisis. In light of this, The National Lottery CF have released new research which found that the pandemic has helped to reignite people’s interest in their local community and sparked a desire to be more involved in 2021.

 

Over the past few weeks since the rollout of the vaccine began in the UK many constituents have contacted the MPs office asking questions such as;

Image left to right; Jon Cruddas MP, Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook, Charles Walker MP

 

After a hectic and successful week navigating the consequences for angling of the government’s decision to impose a third National Lockdown in England in response to the rise in coronavirus infections, the Angling Trust has published new comprehensive guidelines and FAQs to help anglers fish safely, locally and responsibly without falling foul of the law.

 

Today (Friday 8 January) Havering Council have announced the closure of all libraries within the borough until at least mid-February as an additional measure in the fight against Covid-19. After an initial closure period which lasted until November 2020, libraries have been open for the collection and return of books and pre-booked essential computer/internet access.

Late fees are to remain suspended.

 

Today Fay Hough interviewed CEO Anthony Lowe of local charity Tapestry on behalf of Jon Cruddas MP regarding their current “lockdown three” operation.

 

This year has been unlike any other in our lifetime, and very few of us will find ourselves sorry to see the back of 2020. As we approach an altogether different Christmas from what we are used to, I think it is important to say thank you and pay tribute to all those that have made great sacrifices to keep us safe throughout the year.

 

This week the rollout of the Covid vaccine in north east London has begun, with vaccinations being offered at ten Primary Care Network (PCN) sites with more to come. A vaccination hub at Queen’s Hospital in Romford also goes live this week, see: www.bhrhospitals.nhs.uk/news/vaccination-hub-opens-at-queens-hospital-with-care-home-workers-among-the-first-to-get-game-changer-jab-2705

 

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:

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