With the ongoing cuts to our National Health Service, it is more important now than ever before, to fight for more investment locally. Our services have been cut back to the bare minimum and standards have slipped. This is just unacceptable.For the last four years Jon Cruddas has been pushing for more health provision in Rainham, to meet the needs of local people. Jon Cruddas MP and the Dagenham and Rainham Labour Party have launched a new campaign, fighting for more investment in our local health service. Having already met with senior consultants to discuss the options it is now time to get local people involved. Services such as Queen’s Hospital are coming under more and more strain due to cuts and closures across the area, people are not receiving the level of care or quality of service that they need. It's time to fight back and secure investment.Jon has staarted a petition calling on the government and Havering Council to recognise the need for more health provision in the Rainham area.If you are a Rainham resident and would like to collect a petition down your street, please contact Jon’s office sending your full name, address and contact number to andrew.achilleos@parliament.uk an information pack and petition will then be sent out for you to fill in and return.You can also add your name to our online petition below.

 

Last week Jon Cruddas MP signed a cross party letter to the Foreign Secretary urging him to consider chartered flights to bring home British nationals stranded abroad during the Covid-19 crisis. 

On Monday 23 March British nationals were told to return to the UK immediately. However, following the announcement the cost of commercial flights skyrocketed and many could not afford to return. In some of the countries concerned, such as Pakistan and Bangladesh the British embassy and consulate have closed their doors leaving British nationals without support.

 

During this time of economic uncertainty yesterday the government recognised the need to suspend all eviction proceedings throughout the crisis. As of today, the court service will suspend all ongoing housing possession action – this means that neither cases currently in, or about to go into the system can progress to eviction. 

 

In light of the current global health crisis Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation Partnership have been working hard to respond and provide support to people with lung conditions – as this is a group vulnerable to Covid-19.

The partnership outlined that: “our current priority is to provide the most accurate and up to date advice and support for people with lung conditions across the UK. We are re-directing some of our resources to support this, and our team is working tirelessly with government and the NHS to understand and interpret new guidance.”

 

In light of the current Covid-19 crisis Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by a number of organisations providing advice for constituents in a range of different circumstances. This week Jon was contacted by Diabetes UK who have provided specific advice for those living with diabetes across Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park.

Regular updates can be found here: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus 

Yesterday the Mayor of London released a statement regarding tube services. TfL’s early-morning data suggests that Tube travel is down by an additional third compared to the day before and bus travel down by an additional 20 per cent. Tube ridership was already 88 per cent down on Tuesday 24th March, compared to the same day last year and bus ridership 76 per cent down.

 

Crossrail and TfL construction sites temporarily suspended, helping limit spread of coronavirus

The Prime Minister has announced unprecedented measures in the Government’s bid to halt the spread of COVID-19. Crossrail Ltd is a subsidiary of Transport for London and aligned with TfL’s policy and procedures for the management of the coronavirus risk.

 

From the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (19.03.2020)

“This is an extraordinary time for our city, our country and the entire world. We’re in the middle of the biggest health, economic and social crisis since the Second World War. While we are only at the beginning of the process of dealing with coronavirus, it is already clear that we will be living with the fallout and implications for many years to come.

Jon Cruddas MP recently met with Barclays Bank to discuss their decision to close the Rainham Village branch on the 15th May, 2020. Jon Cruddas has expressed his concerns publicly regarding the forthcoming closure, stating that “with an ageing population we should be looking to preserve our face to face customer services. Moving to digital may be financially prudent, but when it’s at the expense of potentially hundreds of people in Rainham I simply can’t support it.”

 

Over the course of the last few days as the Covid-19 crisis has developed, so too have the community engagement responses to it. This week BD Collective met with Barking and Dagenham Council to ensure that there is a coordinated response to the situation for the most vulnerable residents in the borough. Similarly, a group of Havering residents have established a ‘Covid-19 Mutual Aid’ Facebook group to find volunteers who can support those self-isolating or in vulnerable circumstances.

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