In light of the current Covid-19 crisis Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by a number of organisations providing advice for constituents in a range of different circumstances. This week Jon was contacted by Diabetes UK who have provided specific advice for those living with diabetes across Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park.

Regular updates can be found here: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus 

Yesterday the Mayor of London released a statement regarding tube services. TfL’s early-morning data suggests that Tube travel is down by an additional third compared to the day before and bus travel down by an additional 20 per cent. Tube ridership was already 88 per cent down on Tuesday 24th March, compared to the same day last year and bus ridership 76 per cent down.

 

Crossrail and TfL construction sites temporarily suspended, helping limit spread of coronavirus

The Prime Minister has announced unprecedented measures in the Government’s bid to halt the spread of COVID-19. Crossrail Ltd is a subsidiary of Transport for London and aligned with TfL’s policy and procedures for the management of the coronavirus risk.

 

Every One Every Day, a charitable organisation leading a ground-breaking social and participatory project across Barking and Dagenham, has moved online to support those in self-isolation and the vulnerable who are staying indoors during this time of crisis. 

On Friday 13 March the project closed its warehouse and five shops across the borough and established an online community for skills sharing, participation and well-being. You can join the community here: https://members.weareeveryone.org/feed 

 

From the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (19.03.2020)

“This is an extraordinary time for our city, our country and the entire world. We’re in the middle of the biggest health, economic and social crisis since the Second World War. While we are only at the beginning of the process of dealing with coronavirus, it is already clear that we will be living with the fallout and implications for many years to come.

 

Over the course of the last few days as the Covid-19 crisis has developed, so too have the community engagement responses to it. This week BD Collective met with Barking and Dagenham Council to ensure that there is a coordinated response to the situation for the most vulnerable residents in the borough. Similarly, a group of Havering residents have established a ‘Covid-19 Mutual Aid’ Facebook group to find volunteers who can support those self-isolating or in vulnerable circumstances.

 

The guidance for schools to stay open remains the same unless advised otherwise.  However, guidance has changed in relation to households with possible coronavirus infection:

GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE: COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

The key messages are:

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP was informed by BT that as of Friday 20 March residents and businesses across Dagenham and Rainham will have a new legal right to request a decent and affordable broadband service. The new legislation comes with the introduction of the Universal Service Obligation (USO) which was set up in 2017.

BT has been designated by Ofcom to deliver this new legislation. The Universal Service is intended to be a safety net for those who currently struggle to get online because they cannot access a fast connection.

 

Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by a number of concerned residents regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) over the last week, and he has advised constituents to follow the official guidance issued by the UK Government, NHS, and local councils highlighted below. It is also advised to regularly check back with official information sources for any changes as this situation develops.

 

On Tuesday 10 March Jon Cruddas MP was joined by campaigners Fay Hough and Trevor McKeever to hand in a 2000 strong petition to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The petition has been running for 18 months and was handed in ahead of the Ministers decision regarding the mass waste incinerator proposals for Belvedere.

The Secretary of State is due to take a decision by Thursday 9 April. Jon Cruddas MP raised concerns about the proposal way back in 2018 and has been campaigning against it ever since.

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