This week damning data obtained by the BBC revealed that knife crime has almost doubled across Havering since 2016. The data shows that over the last 12 months there were 13.2 reported knife crimes per 10,000 people in Havering.

A report from the Community Safety Partnership in Barking and Dagenham also highlighted that in the 12 months leading up to June 2019 serious youth violence had increased by 40.7% and knife crime by 17% on the previous period.

This week Jon Cruddas MP joined eighteen other Labour MPs urging the EU Commission and EU27 not to delay Brexit further. The letters to Jean Claude Juncker and to Donald Tusk outline that the EU authorities should “work night and day, if required, to agree a deal.”

The letters can be viewed in full HERE and HERE

 

Today campaigners at the High Court lost a legal battle against the government’s handling of the rise in the women’s state pension age. The application to the court addressed matters arising from the government policy of equalisation of the pension ages and its impact on women born in the 1950s.

 

This Saturday the Barking and Dagenham Park Rangers are teaming up with Snakes Alive to deliver an interactive and educational ‘Meet a Snake’ Day. Full details can be found by clicking HERE

The event will be held from 11:00am - 3:00pm at Beam Parklands which is near The Bull roundabout in Dagenham East, visitors are asked to look for the marquee and flags upon entering the parklands.

 

On Monday C2C launched a consultation on their ticket office opening hours. The changes are the first since the mid-1990’s and the train operator has explained that with more customers using contactless payment, smartphones and the C2C smartcard the current ticket office opening hours are not sustainable given reduction in demand.

Details of the consultation can be found here: https://www.c2c-online.co.uk/media-centre/latest-news/ticket-office-consultation/ 

 

Saturday 21st September is World Alzheimer’s Day and Jon Cruddas MP is Joining Alzheimer’s Research UK to call for greater awareness of dementia and the need for more research. The announcement comes ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day as the charity launches a major new awareness campaign fronted by Samuel L. Jackson.

 

Secret Cinema are offering work experience in the creative arts to young people living or studying in Barking and Dagenham. The opportunity is open to people aged between 18 – 25 and will consist of a placement over two nights working on their current immersive experience in Dagenham East.

 

Today (10/09/2019) is World Suicide Prevention Day, a day set aside to raise awareness about the services available to people at risk of suicide - and to encourage people to talk and listen to friends and family who may be going through a tough patch.

Jon Cruddas MP is a longstanding supporter of mental health charities and campaigns such as Time to Talk and Movember. Earlier this year Jon contributed to a parliamentary debate on mental health in the workplace, highlighting the best practice of companies such as Ford.

 

Do you have an idea for a community project that will benefit local residents within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham? If so, applications for grants of up to £10,000 are now open and the council would love to hear from you! 

Following the success of the first round of the Neighbourhood Fund (NCIL) earlier this year in which Barking and Dagenham Council awarded £112,799 to 13 local community groups across the borough, the council are pleased to announce that the application window for a second round of funding is now open. 

 

Jon Cruddas MP is calling on small shopkeepers in 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. 

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