Secret plans recently leaked to the press have revealed that London Mayor, Boris Johnson intends to close all of the 268 underground and overground ticket offices in London over the next two years. This is bad news for Londoners but could also have a detrimental effect on local commuters.The closures will affect three stations across the area seeing local job losses at Dagenham Heathway, Dagenham East and Elm Park in the Havering side of the constituency. As well as job losses, closures could be detrimental to public safety by putting late night commuters at a higher risk of crime and increased feelings of vulnerability.Jon said: “These proposed closures will seriously impede local commuters, making their journeys more difficult and less safe. Reports suggest that it is not only ticket office staff, but station guards and managers that will lose their jobs as well. “Over the past few years the security has improved and anti-social behaviour has dropped significantly at all of our local stations – however these cuts are set to change that. Older commuters and children will feel vulnerable late at night and there are real concerns about having insufficient staff at the station to deal with emergencies.“The Tory-led coalition government are putting public safety at risk in order to save money which is totally unacceptable. I will be doing everything I can, by raising a petition and writing to Boris Johnson and the TFL to condemn these deplorable and economically damaging cuts.” Fill out the petition form below to join the fight and make your voice heard!

 

The Social Action team at London Riverside Church (LRC) are hosting a ‘Love the Borough’ event over the weekend of 10 -11 July 2021.  Over the two days LRC will undertake a variety of community projects within Barking and Dagenham. 

One of the planned projects is a DIY SOS style event.  

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in May 2021 was 6,530. This represents a rate of 9.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.0%.

There are 3,795 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began. Note the majority of this increase happed in March-May 2020 at the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

Today is Clean Air Day 2021 and this year the theme is “protect our children’s health from air pollution”. Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign which helps to drive a positive shift in public knowledge and action; and is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information, and make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

 

This week (14-20 June 2021) is the first ever Renters’ Rights Awareness Week and Generation Rent have organised a number of online events in conjunction with trade unions such as the GMB, Community and Unison and the week itself is funded by The Barrow Cadbury Trust.

 

At the end of May Dagenham United Charity, Box Up Crime and EMH Hawks U8’s football club were nominated to be part of the Asda Foundation’s brand-new Green Token Giving online voting scheme. Customers may have seen the green token scheme in store, but to make voting easier following lockdown online voting is now possible.

 

At the beginning of June Transport for London reached an agreement with the Government which extends financial support for services until December 2021. The additional £1.08 billion of base funding means that TfL will be able to:

 

At the start of this month (June 2021) Hackman Capital Partners sent a letter to all nearby residents in Dagenham East updating them on the progress of London’s largest film studios destined for the old Sanofi Aventis site.

In 2020 HCP entered into an agreement with Barking and Dagenham Council to build London’s largest film studios at Dagenham East. They have extensive experience in film and tv and are the studios behind critically acclaimed programmes such as The Sopranos.

 

Last month (May) plans to further expand waste incineration at Belvedere came to light. Jon Cruddas MP who fought against the original expansion over a two-year campaign, raised his concerns and opposition with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Jon’s letter to the Secretary of State can be found HERE

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