The ‘Big Deal Urban Arts Camp' is running until 20th August and offers a packed programme of streetdance styles, theatre, rap, songwriting and visual arts led by world-class, award-winning artists.

Based at the Park Centre, Dagenham, RM10 9SA there are still free places are available for children and young people eligible for free school meals as part of the Government's expanded Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme being delivered across Barking & Dagenham.

At the beginning of July, Jon Cruddas MP's team had the pleasure of visiting Build On Belief at St Lukes Church on Dagenham Road. Build On Belief specialises in designing, implementing and running weekend services for people who are struggling with, or are in recovery from their substance use; namely drugs and alcohol.

Over the last few weeks Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by hundreds of local residents across Dagenham, including but not exclusive to the Rylands Estate, raising their concerns about the Controlled Parking Zone being introduced in the area by Barking and Dagenham Council.

The overriding message from residents is that they are concerned about the implications on personal finances, lack of proper consultation and communication between the council and community, and the necessity of a parking scheme in their particular areas.

Royal Mail and the CWU have announced that they will work together to deliver postal apprenticeships for ages 16-17. Recruitment will be in line with the principles set out in the joint statement and most likely in medium and large Delivery Offices which are able to provide the right level of coaching and learning for individuals.

This week Cadent contacted Jon Cruddas MP to provide information for their upcoming gas mains replacement Scheme at Ballard's Road, Dagenham. Although this will inevitably cause a few disruptions to the daily lives of residents the mains are being replaced as part of the Health & Safety Executive government mandated Scheme.

On the 73rd anniversary of the creation of the NHS, Labour MPs highlighted the scandal of over 5 million people now on the waiting list for NHS treatment, and pointed to the shocking failure of Government that left the NHS struggling with growing waiting lists, high staff vacancies, crumbling NHS buildings and without the diagnostic machines needed to cope with demand.

Labour has demanded:

Jon Cruddas MP has today joined Labour's pledge to make, buy and sell more in Britain and under a future Labour government. The party has unveiled a plan to raise standards, award more public contracts to British businesses and bring the jobs of the future to areas like Dagenham and Rainham.

In the recent Queen's Speech, the Government formally announced their plans to introduce mandatory Voter ID at the next election. This policy requires voters to present photo ID to vote at polling stations in future elections.

Labour have called on the Government to urgently rethink the policy, raising concerns that the policy will reverse decades of democratic progress and threaten to bar millions of people from exercising their democratic right to vote.

Tomorrow (Saturday 26 June) marks Armed Forces Day. This year the day falls against a backdrop of uncertainty for our veterans and current service personnel as the Armed Forces Bill passes through Parliament. Last year the Labour Party launched ‘Labour Friends of the Forces' and this year stands firmly behind our Armed Forces, campaigning for:

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.

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