This month MP for Dagenham and Rainham Jon Cruddas is launching a petition and campaign calling on the government for more investment in policing, and a new strategy/approach that takes account of and prioritises high crime areas in London.

This campaign comes as a response to rising violent crime across the Member of Parliaments’ constituency, with a focus on knife and moped related incidents over the past 12 months.

Last week the North East London Local Pharmaceutical Committee contacted Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham regarding the future of the Minor Ailments Service (MAS). The MAS is currently commissioned until March 2019 and was designed to serve vulnerable populations in order to reduce the burden on GPs and Accident and Emergency Departments.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in July 2018 was 1,765. This represents a rate of 3.4% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.8%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.0% in April to June 2018.

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 140 higher than July 2017 and 20 higher than June 2018. There were 325 claimants aged 18-24 in July 2018, 20 lower than July 2017.

On Saturday 18th August from 11am until 3pm the East London Women’s Museum will be hosting a free family event at Dagenham Library, celebrating women’s contribution to science, technology, engineering, maths and manufacturing.

The event will be full of inspiring talks, games, activities and demonstrations exploring then and now looking at ‘munitionettes’, the women working on the assembly line during the First World War and female scientists through the years. The organisers will also be offering information to young women about studying and working in STEM.

Jon Cruddas MP is calling on small shopkeepers across Dagenham and Rainham to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

Over the last month Jon Cruddas MP received many letters from constituents regarding the proposed Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary in the Weddell Sea. In these letters, constituents expressed their concerns over the International Antarctic Ocean Commission meeting in October. This meeting is set to discuss the proposed sanctuary which will cover 1.8 million square kilometers of ocean. In order for this project to become a reality it requires a consensus from 25 governments, and Jon Cruddas MP has urged the UK to exert its influence at the conference.

 

The heat this year in Barking and Dagenham, as well as the United Kingdom as a whole, has been almost unprecedented, with record temperatures of 38 degrees being recorded in some places. However, whilst we are all enjoying this uncharacteristic British Summer, we must equally be aware of the severe dangers to public safety that this heat brings with it. As of July 27th, firefighters had dealt with 43 grass fires, more than six times the amount that they dealt with in the whole of 2017.

For many young people, their local youth club is the only safe space where they can go to get the support they need. However, after eight years of austerity, many parts of the country now have no recognisable youth services at all.

Research by Unite the Union has shown that from 2012 to 2016, 600 youth centres have closed across the country. For many young people, the youth club is their only safe space that keeps them from falling into crime or getting involved with gangs.

Over the next few months in Barking and Dagenham, the Everyday Futures public programme, in partnership with London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s Valence House Archives & Local Studies are presenting the opportunity to celebrate our rich artistic and cultural history, with a number of different events.

A report has recently been published about Dementia services in Barking and Dagenham by Healthwatch, an organisation which acts as the champions of consumers for local people in relation to health and social services. The report publishes new statistics on dementia and lists the many different services available to those who need them.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham has supported many dementia awareness campaigns over the years and is committed to improving the lives of those who suffer from dementia and their families.

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