The Mayor of London has been told that if he does not accept the Government’s demands which include higher taxes, fare hikes and extending the congestion charge zone out to the A406, then they will seize control of Transport for London and will not deliver the bailout that the service needs.

 

This Thursday there will be a debate in parliament regarding government support for the arts. The debate was scheduled after over 175,000 people across the country signed a petition urging the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to increase their Covid-19 support package.

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in August 2020 was 6,665. This represents a rate of 9.5% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.5%.

There are 3,920 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began and 310 more claimants than July 2020.

 

On Saturday 12 September a Covid-19 testing site opened in the car park at the Cherry Tree junction in South Hornchurch. Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by many local businesses and residents regarding the site, Jon’s team visited on the day to speak directly with those concerned.

Residents and businesses explained that there was no consultation in the surrounding area, and it was set up at short public notice. Businesses allege that the site has had an immediate impact on footfall, and has taken up the only place available for car parking in the vicinity of local shops.

 

This week Trevor McKeever, a member of Jon Cruddas MP’s south Havering action team and 2018 local election candidate has received a prize from Rainham Tesco in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the community during lockdown.

 

World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. Every year organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

Each year has a different theme and focus, to bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention. Every year Samaritans campaigns with over 70 other suicide prevention and mental health groups under the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA).

 

On Thursday 27th August it was announced that Barking and Dagenham will be hosting three Covid-19 testing sites. The first testing site at Mayesbrook Park Car Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham RM8 2JR opened last week, Thursday 3rd September. The site is open from 8am-8pm every day.

The site is for pre-booked appointments only, to book a test appointment, residents need to call NHS 119 or visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

 

Following the flash floods over the weekend Jon Cruddas MP has been speaking to residents in Dagenham that were affected. It seems that there were very few severe incidents compared to those in the south of Havering, with the most widespread problem being caused to roads.

Jon has been liaising between the residents that suffered damage to their properties and Barking and Dagenham Council to get them the support they need.

An update was provided by the Council Leader today in light of the ongoing work;

 

Following last night’s torrential downpour many residents in the Rainham area have been affected by heavy flooding. Many have contacted Jon Cruddas MP asking him to make representations to Havering Council on their behalf.

This morning (Sunday 16 August) Jon Cruddas contacted the Chief Executive of Havering Council seeking assurances that residents will receive the support they need, and that efforts will be made to address the drainage issues and the fallout from last night.

The response from the council stated:

 

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.

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