This week, The National Autistic Society launched ‘autism hour week’ across the UK. Ninety-nine per cent of people have heard of autism, but only 16% of autistic people feel the public understand them.

So, as part of The National Autistic Society’s Too Much Information campaign, they are asking shops and businesses to organize an Autism Hour and take simple steps for 60 minutes that lead to a more autism-friendly world. 

In October 2012, the National Dementia Action Alliance (NDAA) launched the Right Care: a call to action initiative to create dementia-friendly hospitals. All acute trusts in England were asked to make a public commitment to become a dementia-friendly hospital and work in partnership with the NDAA to achieve this.

This week the Mayor of London has announced his plans to introduce a Violence Reduction Unit in London, a scheme piloted in Glasgow to reduce the number of violent crimes.

The scheme addresses violent crime as a public health issue and in doing so seeks to create a multi-agency approach that specialises in early intervention. The project has been launched with £500,000 worth of funding and will be working with schools, healthcare professionals, local councils and the police to try and divert young people from a life of crime, in particular violent crime.

This week Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced a welcome boost in the fight against violent crime in across London. 122 officers are being temporarily moved from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command to join the City Hall funded Violent Crime Taskforce.

This month MP for Dagenham and Rainham Jon Cruddas is launching a petition and campaign calling on the government for more investment in policing, and a new strategy/approach that takes account of and prioritises high crime areas in London.

This campaign comes as a response to rising violent crime across the Member of Parliaments’ constituency, with a focus on knife and moped related incidents over the past 12 months.

Last week the North East London Local Pharmaceutical Committee contacted Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham regarding the future of the Minor Ailments Service (MAS). The MAS is currently commissioned until March 2019 and was designed to serve vulnerable populations in order to reduce the burden on GPs and Accident and Emergency Departments.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in July 2018 was 1,765. This represents a rate of 3.4% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.8%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.0% in April to June 2018.

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 140 higher than July 2017 and 20 higher than June 2018. There were 325 claimants aged 18-24 in July 2018, 20 lower than July 2017.

On Saturday 18th August from 11am until 3pm the East London Women’s Museum will be hosting a free family event at Dagenham Library, celebrating women’s contribution to science, technology, engineering, maths and manufacturing.

The event will be full of inspiring talks, games, activities and demonstrations exploring then and now looking at ‘munitionettes’, the women working on the assembly line during the First World War and female scientists through the years. The organisers will also be offering information to young women about studying and working in STEM.

Jon Cruddas MP is calling on small shopkeepers across Dagenham and Rainham to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

Over the last month Jon Cruddas MP received many letters from constituents regarding the proposed Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary in the Weddell Sea. In these letters, constituents expressed their concerns over the International Antarctic Ocean Commission meeting in October. This meeting is set to discuss the proposed sanctuary which will cover 1.8 million square kilometers of ocean. In order for this project to become a reality it requires a consensus from 25 governments, and Jon Cruddas MP has urged the UK to exert its influence at the conference.

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