As part of the recent Borough of Culture award, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also granted £24 million to support projects that promote regeneration across the city.

Participatory City Foundation have secured £850,000 from the Mayor to invest in a 3,000 square meter community workshop that will be situated at Dagenham East joining the future film studio on the old Sanofi Aventis site.

The Council and the Police have been dealing with antisocial behaviour complaints in the area around the shops and station on Dagenham Heathway. Following these complaints, the Council is consulting the public on a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for this area.

The Pen to Print Michael Feld Creative Writing Competition for Young People

Closing date: 16 April 2018, 5pm

The Writing Competition for young people is open for entries and we have an extra prize this year a set of books for the winners’ school! Don't miss this great opportunity to win a great prize for yourself and your school! The closing date for entries is 16 April 2018, and entries can be sent to libraries@lbbd.gov.uk or dropped off at any library in Barking and Dagenham.

The government has consistently failed to protect consumers from rip-off energy prices, as a result we are now facing a cold homes crisis where over four million UK households are living in fuel poverty. This means that over four million households are unable to heat their homes adequately due to soaring prices which amount to more than 10 per cent of household income.

The Safer Neighbourhood Board was set up as a forum for the community to discuss key issues facing the local area such as knife crime, acid attacks, moped crime and car theft. The board is responsible for monitoring police performance.

The SNB is attended by the police Borough Commander alongside representatives from other agencies and organisations in the community.

These meetings are an excellent opportunity for residents to come along and raise any concerns directly with the Borough Commander, and with other residents in the area.

For a limited time, households across Britain can have cavity wall and loft insulation installed for free by E.ON, regardless of whether E.ON is their energy supplier.

The insulation, which would usually cost around £775, is being offered for free to all homeowners, landlords and private tenants who have their landlord’s permission.

A typical family home could save up to £285 a year on their heating bills by installing both cavity wall and loft insulation, meaning people who take up the offer could save a total of more than £1,000.

Today is ‘Time to Talk’ Day 2018 – part of the Time to Change campaign. The day was established to help break down the stigmatisation and discrimination often faced by those living with mental ill health. Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham pledged his support for the campaign back in 2012, and thinks that campaigns surrounding mental health are becoming increasingly important.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in December 2017 was 1,540. This represents a rate of 3.0% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 208th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.3% between September and November 2017.

It’s not too late to check and see if your eligible for the British Gas Warm Home Discount. If eligible £140 could be taken off your electricity bill for winter 2017 to 2018 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

There are 2 ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme:

1.       You get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit - known as the ‘core group’

2.       You’re on a low income and meet your energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme - known as the ‘broader group’

This week Jon Cruddas MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust; as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

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