Child poverty is becoming the ‘new normal’ in parts of Britain as fastest rises in poverty hit the poorest areas.

The UK’s leading child poverty coalition is calling for the UK’s major Parties to outline ambitious child poverty-reduction strategies as new data published today shows that child poverty is becoming the norm in some parts of Britain, with more than 50% of children living trapped in poverty in some constituencies.

 

This week (13-19 May 2019) marks Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. Every year the Mental Health Foundation chooses an aspect or cause of mental health to focus on and in 2019 the theme is Body Image. 

Jon Cruddas MP commented: “this is an important week to raise awareness and help break down stigmatisation and discrimination. There are some fantastic resources available online to help those dealing with mental ill health, and I urge people across Dagenham and Rainham to have a look at them.”

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by Google and ParentZone with details of a fantastic opportunity for local primary schools across Dagenham and Rainham. The ‘Be Internet Legends’ teacher training is a free course which consists of a fun, interactive assembly, and a free PSHE Association accredited curriculum pack.

Last year Beam County Primary School took part and this year Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging other primary schools to take up the offer.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by Thames21 who are collaborating with Land of the Fanns to host their flagship, accredited course ‘Leading a Waterway Clean Up’ in Dagenham. The course will run over two days (Saturday 11th and 18th May) and will be based in the Eastbrookend Country Park Millennium Visitor Centre, Romford, RM7 0SS.

 

On Thursday 25 April Jon Cruddas joined Cllr Sade Bright, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Aspiration at the council’s Community Food Club. The food club recently opened in Heath Ward and helps support the most vulnerable residents providing £20 worth of food for £3.50. The Food Club opened earlier this year and Jon went to meet the staff and find out how it is helping the community.

 

After three years of hard work Barking and Dagenham Council have managed to beat six other London boroughs in the bid to bring London's three iconic markets to the area. In the end, a site at Barking Reach was agreed as the preferred location for the City of London Corporation's historic wholesale markets.

 

On Thursday 25 April Jon Cruddas MP met with Cory Environmental Holdings Ltd on site at the current waste incineration plant in Belvedere, Bexley to discuss their planning application to build a second mass waste incinerator.

In September 2018 Jon launched a campaign and petition against the proposals as a response to numerous reports highlighting there would be detrimental impacts on human health and biodiversity across the south of his constituency.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in March 2019 was 2,235. This represents a rate of 4.1% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.4%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.9% in December 2018 to February 2019.

To mark St. George’s Day this year the Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Services have teamed up with the Council to co-fund events and activities across the borough that bring communities together to celebrate the patron saint of England.

The ‘Barking and Dagenham Together for St. George’s Day Grant Programme’ is part of a new series of community funding opportunities made available to organisations who promote cohesion and equality.

Today Barking and Dagenham welcomes Prince Harry to officially open London’s first Youth Zone. Over the last few months Prince Harry has spoken openly about the importance of young people having somewhere to go, and activities to participate in. It is widely accepted that one of the key catalysts for serious violent crime amongst young people is the reduction of funding to youth services across the country, leaving children with fewer opportunities.

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