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!

 

Following last week’s revelations which highlighted the Government had pulled funding for a new station on the Beam Park development site, Jon Cruddas MP has now learned that the proposed new c2c station was fully funded by the Greater London Authority and developers. In addition to the construction, the GLA and London Mayor’s office had also offered the Department of Transport £10million to protect the Government against the cost of operational deficit for the first 10 years.

 

Saint Francis Hospice reached out to Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham regarding the government’s 3% pay increase for NHS workers. St Francis have asked Jon to write to the CCG, Secretary of State for Health and Chancellor to ensure Hospice workers will also receive this increase with full financial support from the Government.

 

On Friday (10.09.21) residents of Dagenham Village met with Jon Cruddas MP on Church Street to accept a petition against the Controlled Parking Zone due to be introduced to the area imminently. Despite the majority of residents voting against the scheme, the council are planning to push through the CPZ for access purposes based on advice from the London Fire Brigade.

 

Katherine Edmunds of Blacksmiths Lane Rainham reached out to Jon Cruddas as her MP to join her and her father, Peter Pears on Wednesday 8 September to commemorate the loss of her brother and Peter’s son, Matt  who died as a result of the Covid pandemic.

 

On Monday 6 September Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by the government with details of a new Covid-19 Test Centre in Dagenham which opened on the same day. The new test centre is located at the Ballard Road Car Park, The Leys, RM10 9TP and will be a ‘walk-through’ local test site.

The new site will make it easier for people to access a test on foot or by cycle from the local area and is aimed at complementing the existing network of drive-through testing facilities.

This week the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published constituency level data which highlighted the devastating impact of the government's planned £20 cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit.

Jon Cruddas MP's office were recently contacted by the London Riverside Church on Parsloes Avenue to inform us of their upcoming Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Life Skills Course.

CAP Life Skills offers practical advice from trained coaches on the following: how to stay on top of your household bills, how to see your money go further and how to eat well on a budget, amongst many other things. CAP Life Skills is designed to be a fun and relaxed place where you'll meet other people in similar situations, who understand you and can encourage you.

In 1921, the recently elected Poplar Borough Council found itself on the wrong end of a ruling by the High Court and 30 Councillors were sent to jail for Contempt of Court.

Their crime was a refusal to collect the cross-London precept for the London County Council, the Metropolitan Police, the Metropolitan Asylums Board and the Metropolitan Water Board from their poverty stricken residents.

The Poplar 100 project was established by the George Lansbury Trust to mark the centenary of the rebellion.

In just three weeks 1151 residents have responded to the informal controlled parking zone consultation launched by Jon Cruddas MP, with 989 completing an online survey, 54 direct emails and 108 responses by post. 86% of constituents taking part said they did not support the scheme and 70% of people have expressed that there was poor communication between the community and council, with many pointing out the unfortunate timing of the consultation when residents were preoccupied with the pandemic.

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