The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in July 2020 was 6,445. This represents a rate of 9.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.3%.

There are 3,710 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began and 345 more claimants than June 2020.

 

As schools prepare to return back after an extended break due to Covid-19, places for School Governors are opening up. National education charity ‘Governors for Schools’ have contacted Jon Cruddas MP as schools across Dagenham and Rainham are in need of committed and skilled volunteers.

Raising the quality of school governing boards improves the educational opportunities for young people. The expected challenges schools and young people will face following the pandemic mean that in the coming months schools will need assistance from effective governance more than usual.

 

Earlier this month, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham added his name to a cross party campaign urging the Chancellor to ensure countries that are suffering from the economic fallout of Covid-19 pandemic are given the full debt cancellation they need to survive, recover and rebuild from this crisis.

 

New organisation ‘Class Connect’ is offering 450 children from Year 1 – 6 across Havering the chance to catch up on learning online over the summer for free.

The project was launched during lockdown by a Vice Principal at a Havering school. So far at the school a group of teachers have taught over 400 zoom lessons via Class Connect, now the founder wants to open applications up to other children across the borough.

Currently the summer programme has just over 270 children signed up, but they can accommodate for up to 450 in total.

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2020 was 6,215. This represents a rate of 8.9% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.3%.

There are 3,480 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began, but 105 less than in May 2020.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been contacted by a number of very concerned South Hornchurch residents regarding access to local healthcare. The walk-in services at South Hornchurch Medical Centre closed at the start of April as a response to Covid-19, and now the only service available is in Harold Wood which is a significant journey for many residents.

The Harold Wood Polyclinic is over an hour’s journey from South Hornchurch Medical Centre and either comprises of two buses or a bus and train for residents without cars.

 

Rainham Post Office has been announced a finalist in the Community Engagement category at the Post Office’s ‘We’re Stronger Together’ regional awards for Greater London. The awards recognise the efforts made by postmasters across the region to keep branches open during the Covid-19 pandemic and serving their local community.

Rainham Post Office was a finalist in the Community Engagement category at the Post Office’s ‘We’re Stronger Together’ regional awards for the Greater London region.

 

At the end of May Jon Cruddas MP gave his support to a charitable initiative led by Councillor Glenda Paddle with the assistance of other Barking and Dagenham Councillors, who launched a campaign to support women facing period poverty in the local area. Period poverty affects 1 in 10 women, leaving them unable to afford sanitary products.

Throughout May and June Cllr Paddle gained the support of many local businesses and some big hitters such as Asda and Sainsbury's. The Councillor has also gone direct to Always asking for support.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP has received an update from Tapestry UK about their ongoing work to support residents across Havering, and how they plan to transition back to normality post-Covid whilst retaining new services.

Tapestry have been working closely with Havering Council to deliver a range of services to support the vulnerable throughout the pandemic lockdown. Services include hot meals, care calls and more which have supported over 300 residents with over 2500 hot meals and over 5000 care calls.

 

On 31 March 2020 Jon Cruddas MP contacted the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport urging greater support for local newspapers and independent media outlets. The Government response outlined a programme to take out adverts in local papers as part of their Covid-19 public awareness campaign in a bid to offer financial support.

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