Matt Hancock handed track and trace to private companies like Serco for big money, but locally led public health teams are doing most of the contact tracing - with a fraction of the funds.

Serco and Sitel are failing on so many fronts, BUT their contracts end on August 23rd. YOU can help get the money currently being wasted on private companies' failings diverted to locally led track and trace.

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2020 was 6,215. This represents a rate of 8.9% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.3%.

There are 3,480 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began, but 105 less than in May 2020.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP has backed calls to add a ‘Sikh tick box’ to the 2021 Census following the issue being raised by Preet Kaur Gill MP, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston. The call, which has been submitted to the Government Cabinet Office and the Office for National Statistics urges the Government to adopt similar regulations to those used in Scotland, which include a prompt for Sikh and Jewish next to the “Other ethnic group” box.

 

16 London MPs, including Jon Cruddas have backed a campaign started by Virendra Sharma MP which calls on the Government to maintain free travel for children and young people in the capital.

 

At the beginning of July Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by a local resident of Barking and Dagenham who runs a newly launched adults football club called FC Glacier. The idea behind the club was to offer a place for those that love the game but have not made it as professional footballers. There are many career paths within the sport that can still be achieved without being a pro player and the club aims to help people realise their dreams.

FC Glacier are seeking funding to provide:

         - Football kits and attire

 

This week is Royal Mail’s National Dog Awareness Week (Monday 6 July – Friday 10 July 2020), a week set aside to raise awareness of the postmen and women who have suffered dog attacks whilst doing their job. Last year 2,445 postal workers were attacked when delivering the post and some of these incidents have left postal workers seriously injured both physically and emotionally.

 

At the end of May Jon Cruddas MP gave his support to a charitable initiative led by Councillor Glenda Paddle with the assistance of other Barking and Dagenham Councillors, who launched a campaign to support women facing period poverty in the local area. Period poverty affects 1 in 10 women, leaving them unable to afford sanitary products.

Throughout May and June Cllr Paddle gained the support of many local businesses and some big hitters such as Asda and Sainsbury's. The Councillor has also gone direct to Always asking for support.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by a number of constituents raising their concerns about accessibility at Dagenham East Station. Dagenham East is one of many Transport for London stations that is still yet to undergo upgrades to provide step-free access for residents.

 

On Wednesday 1 July Barking and Dagenham Council launched its first ‘Wild & Free in LBBD’ photography competition which runs for two months (July and August). Taking inspiration from The Wildlife Trusts ‘30 Days Wild’ and the National Trust ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ the competition aims at encouraging greater engagement between young people and the natural world.

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