Dear Rishi Sunak, 

I am writing to you today to condemn your upcoming plans for a pay freeze to the public sector. Public sector workers have kept our country going during this pandemic. Thousands of them lost their lives in the process. By freezing their pay in the middle of a second deadly wave, the Government has turned its back on the individuals who have selflessly and tirelessly sacrificed personal safety and family relationships to keep our country moving amidst the pandemic.

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in July 2020 was 6,445. This represents a rate of 9.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.3%.

There are 3,710 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began and 345 more claimants than June 2020.

 

Earlier this month, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham added his name to a cross party campaign urging the Chancellor to ensure countries that are suffering from the economic fallout of Covid-19 pandemic are given the full debt cancellation they need to survive, recover and rebuild from this crisis.

 

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.

 

This week the Principle and CEO of Barking and Dagenham College contacted Jon Cruddas MP with details of the economic recovery plan laid out by the Association of Colleges (AoC). The plan is called REBUILD: A skills led recovery and it sets out a clear directive to support workers and students, providing new opportunities to create employment and learning infrastructure.

 

The Government’s slow and incoherent response to this pandemic and their muddled road map to get us out the other side could hit areas like ours hardest. The early failure to recognise the scale of this crisis means we are already paying the economic price. 

The window is closing to protect people’s livelihoods and we need an urgent package of economic measures in response, with a clear focus on jobs, jobs, jobs.

 

Over the last few weeks as the nation eases out of lockdown Government have suggested a number of options to help the economic recovery. One of the suggestions is to temporarily extend Sunday trading hours for up to one year. Usdaw, the shopworkers union have slammed the proposals and have launched the ‘Keep Sunday Special’ campaign in response.

 

Over the course of this week The City of London Corporation has hosted a number of public exhibitions on the proposals to relocate the three wholesale food markets; Billingsgate, New Spitalfields and Smithfield to Dagenham Dock.

The exhibitions are a chance for residents to view the plans and to have a say on the proposal. If you haven’t had a chance to get to an exhibition there is another one on:

 

After three years of hard work Barking and Dagenham Council have managed to beat six other London boroughs in the bid to bring London's three iconic markets to the area. In the end, a site at Barking Reach was agreed as the preferred location for the City of London Corporation's historic wholesale markets.

 

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.

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