Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by numerous woman who are set to be affected by accelerated changes to women’s state pension age. Jon has supported the WASPI campaign from the beginning, and last year the local MP wrote out to thousands of women born in the 1950s who are s­­­et to be effected by the government’s shambolic handling of the ‘equalisation of state pension age’.  

Jon commented:“The decision to accelerate the transition period pulled the rug out from under thousands of women’s feet leaving them little time to plan for their new circumstances.” 

On Wednesday 24th of October, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, attended the “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” in connection with Macmillan Cancer Support. This event is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event as people all over the UK host their own Coffee Morning where donations can be made. The first Coffee Morning happened in 1990 and comes from a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process.

On Friday 19th of October Jon Cruddas MP and his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough visited Rainham Health Centre to meet with The Patients Committee. The meeting was scheduled to discuss the current situation and ongoing issues at the centre. The Patients Committee have become extremely concerned with diminishing services at the health centre and wanted to express their concerns to Jon with hope of help from their local MP.

This week Chancellor Philip Hammond produced his last budget before we exit the European Union. There were plenty of tricks in his Red Box.

Some were good, like his support for the Long Live the Local campaign led by the British Beer and Pub Association, which resulted in a .a freeze on Beer Duty Tax and greater business rate relief for smaller local pubs.

Jon Cruddas MP showed their support for renters in Dagenham and Rainham on Friday 26th October 2018, when they attended the Report Stage & Third Reading of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill.

The Bill, which was been brought forward by MP Karen Buck, gives renters across the country the right to take their landlord to court over unsafe and poor housing conditions.

Today the Offensive Weapons Bill was discussed in parliament. As part of a Serious Violence Strategy which includes the outlining of a number of new criminal offences such as;

The selling of certain corrosive substances to under-18s, and possessing a corrosive substance in a public place. Current legislation means that there is a defence for possessing a corrosive substance for good reason in a public place.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s End the Capacity Crisis campaign and is calling on the Government to recruit more NHS staff to tackle long waiting times for tests that could diagnose bowel cancer – the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.

Under NHS rules patients should wait no more than six weeks for these life-saving tests, but every month on average this year a quarter of NHS hospitals in England (28%) were in breach of this target – a clear red flag to the Government that NHS staff are struggling to cope.

Jon Cruddas MP has today pledged their support for the Long Live the Local Campaign to help pubs in Dagenham and Rainham keep their doors open. Jon Cruddas joins the more than 100,000 people who have signed the petition so far, including 136 in Dagenham and Rainham.

At the end of September 2018, Havering Council published a statutory notice setting out its formal proposal to expand Brady Primary school. The expansion introduces a 30-place maintained nursery provision thereby, lowering the age range of the school from 4 -11years to 2-11years to enable the school offer 3 &4-year-old early years places.

The publication of this statutory notice marks the beginning of the formal consultation (representation period) of four weeks which started on Friday 28 September 2018 and ends on Friday 26 October 2018.

On Tuesday 16th of October Havering Council announced it’s reviewing for the future of the Chafford Sports Complex in Rainham. The Chafford Sports Complex is currently owned by the Harris Academy in Rainham, formerly Chafford School, but is run by the council’s ‘Everyone Active.’

Havering Council is launching an eight-week consultation from Tuesday, October 16 until Monday, December 10. Council funding for the site is due to finish in December 2018, and the council are claiming that there is no funding for the complex in the council’s base budget.

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