Saturday 29th June marks the 11th annual Armed Forces Day. 

Dagenham and Rainham has a long and proud service history, and this year the day will be marked in Barking and Dagenham by the Barking Royal British Legion and a fundraiser for the charity Help for Heroes, and in Havering with the annual Armed Forces Day parade. 

 

This week the Chadwell Heath South Residents’ Association announced that Redbridge Council will be funding a project to install some very special clocks at Chadwell Heath Station.

The clocks will be in the style of the 1940s Magneta Time Company designs at Gants Hill, Bethnal Green, Redbridge and Wanstead London Underground Stations, to commemorate the forthcoming opening of the Elizabeth Line.

The full amount for £12,000 has been provided and Redbridge are now looking to extend their investment to cover neighbouring stations across Ilford South.

 

Transport for London have launched a consultation to improve cycling and walking routes between Ilford and Barking Riverside. These improvements have the potential to significantly improve access to the new developments in the borough as well ass Barking and Ilford town centres. 

There are also plans for new rail and river links. Many of the roads are currently congested with traffic making walking or cycling intimidating or unpleasant experiences. It is hoped that the proposed improvements will address this issue.

Plans include:

 

This weekend (Saturday 22nd June) the Labour Party are launching their Air Quality Campaign in London. Jon Cruddas MP has been campaigning to protect air quality across Dagenham and Rainham since September 2018 when news reached his office of a planned mass waste incinerator in Belvedere, just opposite the constituency.

The proposal is currently under examination by the Planning Inspectorate. Following this period, the final decision will rest with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. 

Schools in Barking & Dagenham are celebrating after being named winners at the inaugural London Teacher of the Year Awards. The awards were announced at a ceremony held at the Mayfair headquarters of the Royal Aeronautical Society on Friday (June 14).

The evening proved particularly successful for Ann Armstrong of All Saints Catholic School in Dagenham, who was one of the winners of the 10 London-wide awards.

Ann was named well-being champion of the year for both London as a whole and the combined district of Barking & Dagenham and Greenwich.

Royal Mail is introducing the UK’s first ever parcel postboxes in areas across the UK, including Dagenham and Rainham. This follows a successful trial in the LE and NN postcode areas last year which has now led to plans for 1,400 parcel postboxes to be rolled out in total.

The launch marks the first major change in postbox usage in its 160-year history. The parcel postboxes will enable small businesses and marketplace sellers in Dagenham and Rainham to post pre-paid parcels, using Click&Drop, through postboxes the same way they currently post letters.

Working with clinicians and policy-makers, the Dementia Action Alliance has drafted a Dementia-Friendly Hospital Charter to support hospitals to fulfil their commitment to become dementia-friendly. This started in October 2012 with the Right Care: a call to action to create dementia-friendly hospitals. All acute trusts in England were asked to make a public commitment to becoming dementia-friendly. 164 acute and non-acute trusts made that commitment with 88 submitting Action Plans and joining the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA).

 

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in May 2019 was 2,430. This represents a rate of 4.4% of the economically active population aged 16-64. 

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.8% in February to April 2019.

Jon Cruddas MP has recently been contacted by The Silver Sunday Team regarding this years Silver Sunday which will be on Sunday 6 October. Silver Sunday is a special day in the national calendar established to celebrate older people.

The day is a chance for local businesses, charities, schools, faith and community groups to host events that champion older people and encourage other organisations to work closer with the ‘silver community’.

In November 2016, five-year old Alex Malcolm was murdered by his mother’s partner while on a walk in Catford. Lily Breha, Alex’s mother, had no knowledge that her partner Marvyn Iheanacho had an extensive history of domestic violence, including attacks on five previous partners.

In London, domestic abuse now accounts for one in ten of all offences. And with three in ten survivors of domestic abuse repeat victims, it is essential that tougher action is taken to protect survivors and their children from these vile acts.

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