The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in May 2014 was 2,249. This represents a rate of 4.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 170th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)

Learning Disability Week

13-22nd June

 

CHOICE Training which is based in Dagenham has recently announced its support of the research-led campaign to ‘Get Girls Plumbing’. The training college is offering four lucky ladies the chance to pursue a career in plumbing.

Female plumbers-to-be simply need to write 100 words outlining why they would like to win a free place on the course. The four candidates will then be selected by a judging panel made up from the college board of directors, the winners will be announced in time to start at the beginning of next term.

Chadwell Heath Community Centre needs your support!

Each year the local Sainsbury’s branch at Chadwell Heath chooses a charity partner to support for 12 months. The partner is decided upon by the public and all you have to do is get down to the Sainsbury’s in Chadwell Heath and fill out a nomination form.

The community centre offers many local services, acting as a children's centre, hosting activities for residents and still providing the area with its only library.

The Barking & Dagenham Progress Project, a local charity, have launched a public awareness campaign in an attempt to clamp down on spitting in the street across the borough. The issue was discussed and acted upon by the charity's Young People’s Development Forum – a group where young people with disabilities get the opportunity to voice their opinion.,The campaign has also been supported by Green Shoes Arts, a community based arts project that helps provide local children and young people with creative opportunities. Green Shoes helped shoot the video.

Following the recent local elections in Barking and Dagenham Jon Cruddas MP had this to say:

Taekwondo black-belt and Barking & Dagenham College student, Leighann Lewis, is one step closer to being able to fulfil her dream of competing for the UK in the Olympics, thanks to a £1000 sponsorship cheque from Barking and Dagenham College, presented to her by Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas. 

Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham, Incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park, Jon Cruddas has nominated Dagenham’s Florida Doci for the British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizens Award for her sterling voluntary work she undertakes in the community.

Jon Cruddas, Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park, held a public meeting to discuss the Cost of Living with residents at Kidd House, Dagenham.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas today slammed Barclays bank for increasing the charges customers face when they find themselves overdrawn; which has led to some customers paying nearly 10% of their weekly income on overdraft fees.

Barclays bank currently charges 17.77% interest when customers are overdrawn however the bank plans to change this to a per day fee of 75 pence between balances of £16 and £1000.

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