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.

 

Over the course of the last few months c2c have been in the process of adapting services to meet the needs of customers. Covid-19 has seen a significant drop in journeys. In October, the number of daily travellers had risen to a high of 42% of pre-Covid levels. By the end of November that figure had fallen back down to 30%.

A recent update sent to Jon Cruddas MP outlined the following measures:

 

At the end of October Jon Cruddas MP signed a letter calling on the Government to break its silence and speak out against the recent violence surrounding protests in Nigeria. The letter was sent in response to the incident that took place in Lagos on 21 October. The full letter which was led by Kate Osamor MP can be read HERE

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham said:

 

Havering Volunteer Centre has been providing vital support for elderly and vulnerable residents across the borough throughout the pandemic. This year they are calling on local people to donate items from the list below so that they can deliver some Christmas cheer to those that are in need. Donations will also be used to raise funds to support the ongoing work of the Havering Volunteer Centre. Items requested are:

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 reports of closure early in the New Year of the Spring Farm GP surgery in Upminster Road North have brought about protests from local residents.

 

A group of Elm Park residents are calling on the Havering Council Planning Department to reject proposals that will see a loss of RAF heritage, mature trees and could have a detrimental impact on parking in the area. The campaign was started by residents of Cavendish Gardens and has gained the support of Jon Cruddas MP and his local Action Team.

Labour Action Team Member Trevor McKeever has been speaking with key figures in the campaign and is urging others to lend their support by signing the petition.

 

In October, ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review, Jon Cruddas MP co-signed a letter calling on the Department for Education to extend Free School Meal provision to more children in poverty.

Free School Meals were first established in 1906 and despite the changing eligibility requirements, the premise for doing so has remained constant- to provide a nutritional meal to children in order for them to learn and develop in and out of school.

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in October 2020 was 6,330. This represents a rate of 9.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.3%.

There are 3,595 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began and 115 less claimants than September 2020.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has pledged his support for a campaign being led by Electrical Safety First to proper regulate the online sale of electrical goods.

Due to poor regulation of online sales, it is all too easy to unknowingly buy unsafe goods online. Counterfeit, sub-standard and recalled electrical goods can all pose a serious risk and fire hazard. 

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