New statistics released this week show that child poverty is rising twice as fast as government figures suggest. Child poverty is defined as any child living in a household with an income of less than 60 per cent of the national average, after housing costs are considered.

About one in every four children from Elm Park, South Hornchurch and Rainham and Wennington live in families that are struggling below the poverty line. The overall child poverty rate for Havering is 22 per cent. In Dagenham the proportion of children living in poverty is 36.6pc.

UK Parliament Week is coming up in November, between the 12th to the 18th and Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, is encouraging everyone, especially young people to get involved in this event to engage and empower voters.

The Windrush generation has made huge contributions to our society since their arrival in 1948. Despite these contributions, many from this generation have been subject to mistreatment and a ‘hostile environment’ created by the government.

The Windrush generation has faced a situation in which these British citizens have been denied NHS treatment, lost their jobs, and in some cases have been wrongfully deported.

Jon Cruddas MP has recently received new research from the ‘Centre for Towns’ database regarding the variations in broadband speeds from across the country. This research has calculated download speeds from over 6,000 different locations in England, Scotland and Wales and have produced clear and varying results up and down the country.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2018 was 1,745. 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 the survey data, was 4.2% in March to May 2018.

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 65 higher than June 2017 and 15 higher than May 2018. There were 315 claimants aged 18-24 in June 2018, 40 lower than June 2017.

Arc Theatre, based at Kingsley Hall has released a short film entitled ‘Voices for Votes’, which was funded by the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme.

The eight-minute film celebrates 100 years since some women won the right to vote. It was filmed during the May half term by Arc’s Raised Voices group and other young women age 10+ from Barking & Dagenham.

Watch ‘Voices for Votes’ HERE

Jon Cruddas MP has thrown his support behind Andy Walker’s cross-party campaign for an increase in critical care beds in local hospitals. Queen’s and King George’s Hospitals are both in desperate need for more adult critical care beds. A recent FOI has suggested that there are currently too few beds which is having a negative impact on mortality rates and better quality recoveries. Critical care beds are needed not only for operations, but they are also essential to treat a range of conditions where there needs to be organ support.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has cosigned a letter calling on the government to tackle childhood obesity. Even though there is a childhood obesity crisis across the nation, Barking and Dagenham have one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in London. According to the NHS one in four of year 6 pupils in this borough were considered obese. Due to the seriousness of this issue, Jon has joined Cancer Research and the Obesity Health Alliance in calling on the government to take action.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has backed the Embassy Cinema Restoration Project which is a proposal by the Chadwell Heath South Residents’ Association to acquire and restore the famous building into a multipurpose space so it can showcase Film, Theatre, Live Music and Dance.

Essex & Suffolk Water is bringing its new water saving campaign, Every Drop Counts, to Barking and Dagenham. 

Essex & Suffolk Water is passionate about promoting the efficient use of water to help protect the environment for future generations. As the summer arrives in the UK and the weather improves, it is all the more important to conserve water, and this initiative can help.

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