Last week the Government announced their budget for the 2014/15 financial year. Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas responded to the budget finding a lack of substance that would help people in Dagenham and Rainham.  

Jon Cruddas MP said “We needed a budget that would tackle the cost –of – living crisis which has left many people in Dagenham and Rainham worse off.  

I hear from my constituents in Dagenham and Rainham every day how they are struggling with increased energy, transport and housing costs.

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in February 2014 was 2,440. This represents a rate of 5.0% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 184th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)

On Friday 14th March 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 in Dewy Road, Dagenham.

The event was the second in a series of public consultations across Dagenham and Rainham designed for Jon to hear from local residents about their concerns regarding the cost and standard of living.

Dagenham funeral director Jeremy West has been awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace. The owner of West & Coe, which has operated in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham since 1903 was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire by HRH Duke Of Cambridge for his services to the funeral industry and to the local community.

Jon Cruddas MP visited Dagenham’s The Golden Fish on Friday and handed over a bottle of champagne to the owners and staff to celebrate their being named best chip shop in the whole of the South East of England.   

The Golden Fish is a family-run business, the present owner Jason Aiken took over from his father-in-law Jim Plows who started the business over forty-six years ago. It has long been a Dagenham landmark offering quality fish and chips to over five thousand customers a week.

At a ceremony on Friday 28th February, Jon Cruddas MP proudly presented the Freedom of the Borough of Barking and Dagenham to Ms Glenda Paddle and Mr Daniel O’Sullivan. Their selfless dedication to help and improve the lives of others within the borough has seen the two clock up nearly 70 years of service.   

Improvement works at Rainham Road South will begin 10 March 2014 to make it easier for drivers and pedestrians accessing the former Sanofi site.

A new junction will be installed with new improved pedestrian crossings when work starts in March at the Reede Road/Dagenham East area at Rainham Road South.

During the improvement works, which are expected to last until June 2014, the Council is urging drivers to take alternative routes.

The First Big Local Community Forum Reception for the North Meets South Big Local Area will take place on Wednesday 26th February at 7.30pm at the Marks Gate Community Centre. For more details click HERE 

This event is targeted at local volunteers, community based businesses and tenant groups. If you would like to attend the event please contact Sian Penner Sian.penner@googlemail.com 

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP signed up to the Dementia Action Alliance’s Carers Call to Action.

At least 670,000 people in England have dementia and this number is set to double in the next 30 years. It is estimated that at least 550,000 people act as primary carers to those suffering from Dementia. Caring for a loved one with dementia is one of life’s hardest challenges. Despite their numbers and needs, carers tend to become isolated and if support is given, it is often provided late.

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