The heat this year in Barking and Dagenham, as well as the United Kingdom as a whole, has been almost unprecedented, with record temperatures of 38 degrees being recorded in some places. However, whilst we are all enjoying this uncharacteristic British Summer, we must equally be aware of the severe dangers to public safety that this heat brings with it. As of July 27th, firefighters had dealt with 43 grass fires, more than six times the amount that they dealt with in the whole of 2017.

For many young people, their local youth club is the only safe space where they can go to get the support they need. However, after eight years of austerity, many parts of the country now have no recognisable youth services at all.

Research by Unite the Union has shown that from 2012 to 2016, 600 youth centres have closed across the country. For many young people, the youth club is their only safe space that keeps them from falling into crime or getting involved with gangs.

Over the next few months in Barking and Dagenham, the Everyday Futures public programme, in partnership with London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s Valence House Archives & Local Studies are presenting the opportunity to celebrate our rich artistic and cultural history, with a number of different events.

A report has recently been published about Dementia services in Barking and Dagenham by Healthwatch, an organisation which acts as the champions of consumers for local people in relation to health and social services. The report publishes new statistics on dementia and lists the many different services available to those who need them.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham has supported many dementia awareness campaigns over the years and is committed to improving the lives of those who suffer from dementia and their families.

New statistics released this week show that child poverty is rising twice as fast as government figures suggest. Child poverty is defined as any child living in a household with an income of less than 60 per cent of the national average, after housing costs are considered.

About one in every four children from Elm Park, South Hornchurch and Rainham and Wennington live in families that are struggling below the poverty line. The overall child poverty rate for Havering is 22 per cent. In Dagenham the proportion of children living in poverty is 36.6pc.

UK Parliament Week is coming up in November, between the 12th to the 18th and Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, is encouraging everyone, especially young people to get involved in this event to engage and empower voters.

The Windrush generation has made huge contributions to our society since their arrival in 1948. Despite these contributions, many from this generation have been subject to mistreatment and a ‘hostile environment’ created by the government.

The Windrush generation has faced a situation in which these British citizens have been denied NHS treatment, lost their jobs, and in some cases have been wrongfully deported.

Jon Cruddas MP has recently received new research from the ‘Centre for Towns’ database regarding the variations in broadband speeds from across the country. This research has calculated download speeds from over 6,000 different locations in England, Scotland and Wales and have produced clear and varying results up and down the country.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2018 was 1,745. 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 the survey data, was 4.2% in March to May 2018.

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 65 higher than June 2017 and 15 higher than May 2018. There were 315 claimants aged 18-24 in June 2018, 40 lower than June 2017.

Arc Theatre, based at Kingsley Hall has released a short film entitled ‘Voices for Votes’, which was funded by the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme.

The eight-minute film celebrates 100 years since some women won the right to vote. It was filmed during the May half term by Arc’s Raised Voices group and other young women age 10+ from Barking & Dagenham.

Watch ‘Voices for Votes’ HERE

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