Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been contacted by a number of concerned residents regarding the recent spate of dognapping incidents in the area.

As a dog owner Jon Cruddas MP shares the concerns raised by constituents and has been liaising with the local police to ascertain how prolific reports of dognapping are across Dagenham and Rainham. Residents have alleged that the Rush Green area, among others has been targeted.

Today a local girl guide leader contacted Jon Cruddas MP to inform him of the sad and worrying news of a proposal to close the Girlguiding campsites at Chigwell Row and Cudham Shaw. The campsites offer vital green spaces for local young people of all backgrounds.

The Government's new flagship ‘Levelling Up' Fund will prioritise the Chancellor's own local authority, where houses are currently on sale for £2.5 million, for regeneration which will funnel money away from areas with higher levels of need.

Barking and Dagenham has been included in the first tier of priority, which does not in itself secure investment, and Havering has been placed in the second priority tier.

On Wednesday (March 3) a new freeport was given the go-ahead for Dagenham. The joint bid which includes Ford and Forth Ports will create thousands of new jobs at the Thames Freeport. The plans have not been without contention and concerns have been raised about the potential for tax evasion and a race to the bottom for workers' rights.

Jon Cruddas MP was supportive of the plans which were also backed by Labour-led Barking and Dagenham Council.

Barking and Dagenham and Havering have a proud history of manufacturing industries that helped drive Britain's prosperity and place in the world, but this did not come without a price. Whilst the factories such as Cape Asbestos in Barking town centre closed many years ago, the long-term impacts of diseases such as mesothelioma are still impacting the local community.

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in January 2021 was 6,425. This represents a rate of 9.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.2%.

There are 3,885 more claimants than in January 2020 before the UK lockdown began and 85 less claimants than December 2020. There are currently 13,510 individuals in Dagenham and Rainham on Universal Credit.

Gemma Gray the Community Champion for Dagenham's Asda store has gone above and beyond for Asda customers affected by the pandemic.

Last week Asda was contacted by an elderly customer who was unable to leave their home due to shielding and had no access to the internet. Selflessly, Gemma stepped in to do the customers shopping in her own time, and even delivered the shopping to the customer personally after work.

Jon Cruddas MP moved his constituency office to a new location on Thursday 4th February. The move caused a number of disruptions, but Jon and his team have now confirmed that normal business has resumed. The staff are all still working from home in line with government guidance.

The new postal address is:

On Friday 12 February Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham received a letter from the Department of Health and Social Care providing an update on the provision of coronavirus testing in the constituency.

Free and accessible testing is a cornerstone of the NHS Test and Trace service which brings together testing, contact tracing and outbreak management. The letter announced the opening of a new Regional Test Site on Selinas Lane in Dagenham.

This week is #HeartUnions week (8-14 Feb), a time to recognise the enormous contribution of trade unions in the fight for workers' rights. Trade unions work throughout the year to support their members across services; ensuring fair pay, protecting terms and conditions, promoting equality and ultimately improving working life for millions of people across the United Kingdom.

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