Last week – First Step, a local charity for disabled Children, announced that they need to raise £200,000 to avoid closure after losing funding from Havering Council.

The charity in Tangmere Crescent, Elm Park, has continued to provide support for hundreds of children with special needs and disabilities for many years and has become a vital part of the community.

In 2017 First Step lost funding from the local authority and has had to draw further into its charity reserves. The charity has now expressed three options on their future outcome:

This week, Havering Council announced their decision to close Chafford Sports Complex in Rainham by June 1st, 2019. The sports centre currently owned by Harris Academy (formerly Chafford School) but run by Havering’s ‘Everyone Active,’ went under an eight-week consultation in October 2018 in which residents were asked to have their say on the possible closure.

In September 2018 Jon Cruddas MP launched a campaign ‘Calling Time on Crime’ as a response to rising violent crime across Dagenham and Rainham. Knife crime has dominated the headlines for the last few months as more young lives have been needlessly lost across London, and more recently right here in Barking and Dagenham, Havering, and Redbridge.

This week Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by Historic Royal Palaces with a fantastic opportunity for local schools and school children from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 5.

Rainham has become target to large-scale fly-tipping of industrial waste and house hold waste for many years now. Jon Cruddas MP has been continuously fighting alongside residents to tackle fly-tipping in the area. Unfortunately, Council's will not clear fly-tipping on private land but will clear fly-tipping from public land; this includes local roads and pavements, car parks, public footpaths and other council owned property.

On the first day of National Apprenticeship week next week, Monday 4th March, Havering College of Further and Higher Education - Rainham Campus, will be hosting the Bricklaying Forterra Females (BFF) competition, the first all-female competition of its kind in the UK.

Last week the time to register as an Interested Party in the development of a huge waste incineration plant in Belvedere came to a close. Since October last year Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been campaigning against the application. In recent weeks Jon has rallied a wide coalition of support for the campaign including the Greater London Authority, Teresa Pearce MP for Erith and Thamesmead, and many others.

On Saturday 16th of February 2019, Jon Cruddas MP and his team was in South Hornchurch Ward speaking to residents and collecting signatures for Jon’s Calling Time on Crime campaign. Residents of Edmund Road, Rainham spoke of a recent event in which a man was pacing up and down the road with a machete in his hand causing disruption. This frightened local residents immensely. Other recent incidents that have occurred in the area of Edmund Road, Louise Gardens and Seaburn Close in South Hornchurch Ward include muggings, especially in a nearby alley way.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in January 2019 was 2,035. This represents a rate of 3.7% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.1%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.0% in October to December 2018.

New research has highlighted that changes to free TV licences to over-75s will cost local pensioners hundreds of thousands of pounds a year combined – money which will go straight to the Treasury’s coffers.

This comes as the BBC’s consultation on the future of free TV Licences for over-75s closed last week.

Millions of older people across the country could lose their TV licence in 2020 despite the government’s 2017 Manifesto promise to protect free TV licences until 2022.

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