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!

 

Last week Jon Cruddas MP signed a cross party letter to the Foreign Secretary urging him to consider chartered flights to bring home British nationals stranded abroad during the Covid-19 crisis. 

On Monday 23 March British nationals were told to return to the UK immediately. However, following the announcement the cost of commercial flights skyrocketed and many could not afford to return. In some of the countries concerned, such as Pakistan and Bangladesh the British embassy and consulate have closed their doors leaving British nationals without support.

 

During this time of economic uncertainty yesterday the government recognised the need to suspend all eviction proceedings throughout the crisis. As of today, the court service will suspend all ongoing housing possession action – this means that neither cases currently in, or about to go into the system can progress to eviction. 

 

In light of the current global health crisis Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation Partnership have been working hard to respond and provide support to people with lung conditions – as this is a group vulnerable to Covid-19.

The partnership outlined that: “our current priority is to provide the most accurate and up to date advice and support for people with lung conditions across the UK. We are re-directing some of our resources to support this, and our team is working tirelessly with government and the NHS to understand and interpret new guidance.”

 

In light of the current Covid-19 crisis Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by a number of organisations providing advice for constituents in a range of different circumstances. This week Jon was contacted by Diabetes UK who have provided specific advice for those living with diabetes across Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park.

Regular updates can be found here: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus 

Yesterday the Mayor of London released a statement regarding tube services. TfL’s early-morning data suggests that Tube travel is down by an additional third compared to the day before and bus travel down by an additional 20 per cent. Tube ridership was already 88 per cent down on Tuesday 24th March, compared to the same day last year and bus ridership 76 per cent down.

 

Crossrail and TfL construction sites temporarily suspended, helping limit spread of coronavirus

The Prime Minister has announced unprecedented measures in the Government’s bid to halt the spread of COVID-19. Crossrail Ltd is a subsidiary of Transport for London and aligned with TfL’s policy and procedures for the management of the coronavirus risk.

 

Every One Every Day, a charitable organisation leading a ground-breaking social and participatory project across Barking and Dagenham, has moved online to support those in self-isolation and the vulnerable who are staying indoors during this time of crisis. 

On Friday 13 March the project closed its warehouse and five shops across the borough and established an online community for skills sharing, participation and well-being. You can join the community here: https://members.weareeveryone.org/feed 

 

From the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (19.03.2020)

“This is an extraordinary time for our city, our country and the entire world. We’re in the middle of the biggest health, economic and social crisis since the Second World War. While we are only at the beginning of the process of dealing with coronavirus, it is already clear that we will be living with the fallout and implications for many years to come.

 

Over the course of the last few days as the Covid-19 crisis has developed, so too have the community engagement responses to it. This week BD Collective met with Barking and Dagenham Council to ensure that there is a coordinated response to the situation for the most vulnerable residents in the borough. Similarly, a group of Havering residents have established a ‘Covid-19 Mutual Aid’ Facebook group to find volunteers who can support those self-isolating or in vulnerable circumstances.

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