Jon Cruddas MP moved his constituency office to a new location on Thursday 4th February. The move caused a number of disruptions, but Jon and his team have now confirmed that normal business has resumed. The staff are all still working from home in line with government guidance.

The new postal address is:

 

This week the Mardyke Community Centre in South Hornchurch announced it would receive a £20,000 grant from ‘Clarion Futures’ the charity branch of Clarion Housing Group.  

The community centre has played an important role in the lives of local residents at Orchard Village for many years. In normal times the Centre provides a range of community activities such as bingo evenings, IT classes, after school clubs, knit and natter sessions, and historically it has been the hub where residents of the estate seek advice, help, and support.

 

This week is #HeartUnions week (8-14 Feb), a time to recognise the enormous contribution of trade unions in the fight for workers’ rights. Trade unions work throughout the year to support their members across services; ensuring fair pay, protecting terms and conditions, promoting equality and ultimately improving working life for millions of people across the United Kingdom.

 

New research from the education charity Teach First has found that over a third of parents say they have at least one child with no exclusive use of a device for schoolwork. The research found that 10% of parents say they have at least one child sharing with siblings, 13% sharing with other adults in the household, and 6% with no access to a device at all.

During the first lockdown the government pledged 600,000 devices for children so that learning could be moved online in the wake of school closures. However, almost a year later and the government has failed to deliver.

 

New analysis by the Labour Party estimates that 8,710 people were still furloughed by their employer in late January across Dagenham and Rainham. And seven months on from the Chancellor’s ‘Plan for Jobs’, 6,585 people are claiming out of work benefits in the constituency.

The Chancellor initially triggered a one-size-fits-all wind down of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) in his Plan for Jobs last July. After several last-minute changes over the autumn and winter, the scheme is now set to expire at the end of April.

 

As of Thursday 04 February, the office of Jon Cruddas MP can be found on the London East Business and Technical Park opposite Dagenham East station. Jon and his team will be moving in with Unite the Union at a purpose-built office space.

The new postal address should constituents wish to contact their MP is:

 

The debate in Parliament on Monday of this week brought by Labour MPs was of real importance to residents of Orchard Village South Hornchurch. The vote was to ask for the government to take action on the building cladding scandal, protect leaseholders from the massive costs of the work needed and to relieve the issue of unsaleable flats.

 

Rainham Village has suffered repeated flooding in recent months. Many residents in Brookway, South Hall Drive, Stirling Close and nearby roads had flood water enter their homes causing damage to property and long lasting disruption and distress to families.

 

Long suffering residents of Wennington Village in Rainham have responded overwhelmingly in favour of measures to control HGVs plaguing their lives. Jon Cruddas MP issued a survey to all residents of the village in response to local people contacting him about the problems they face with lorry traffic cutting through the village. Issues raised with the MP included nuisance noise, vibrations which can be felt in properties, and damage to the road surfacing.

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in December 2020 was 6,585. This represents a rate of 9.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.3%.

There are 3,850 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began and 205 more claimants than November 2020. There are currently 13,510 individuals in Dagenham and Rainham on Universal Credit.

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