Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham highlights “critical” role played by Youth Workers in the face of overwhelming Government cuts.

In support of Youth Work Week 2020 Jon Cruddas has sounded the alarm as youth centres and organisations face breaking point during the Coronavirus crisis.

 

On Wednesday 4 November the Angling Trust released a statement with guidelines for the second lockdown. Under the new rules fishing is still allowed as long as anglers follow the guidelines which can be found on the Angling Trust website here: https://anglingtrust.net/2020/11/04/fish-safely-locally-and-respect-the-rule-of-two-during-lockdown/ or below.

 

Throughout the pandemic Havering based charity Tapestry UK have supported residents in a number of ways. At the height of the first lockdown they provided hundreds of hot meals to the most vulnerable and supported elderly more isolated residents through regular phone calls and virtual catch ups.

As we enter into the second national lockdown Tapestry UK have announced a number of measures to support people living in Havering. These measures include:

 

Last month the Government put forward a deal to bailout Transport for London at a huge cost to Londoners, this was resoundingly rejected by the Mayor of London and London MPs. Sadiq Khan has now secured an eleventh-hour agreement to keep the tube, busses and other transport services running until March 2021.

The initial Government proposals would have meant higher Council tax, higher fares, scrapping free travel for under-18s and over-60s, and a congestion charge zone that stretched right out to the North and South Circular.

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham for September 2020 was 6,580. This represents a rate of 9.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.5%. 

This is the highest rate of unemployed claimants since the constituency was created in 2010. It is worth noting that the number of claimants had been stable at around the 3,000 mark until the start of lockdown. Since the start of the pandemic and subsequent safety measures coming into force there has been an increase of 3,845 unemployed claimants.

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in September 2020 was 6,580. This represents a rate of 9.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.5%.

There are 3,845 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began and 40 more claimants than August 2020.

 

Today campaign group, Power for People, thanked local MP, Jon Cruddas, for supporting a new Bill in Parliament that would help rebuild local economies whilst increasing clean energy generation.

The proposed new law, known as the Local Electricity Bill, is supported by over 200 MPs. If made law, it would create a new ‘Right to Local Supply’ of energy that would empower communities to sell locally generated electricity directly to local households and businesses.

 

The Mayor of London has been told that if he does not accept the Government’s demands which include higher taxes, fare hikes and extending the congestion charge zone out to the A406, then they will seize control of Transport for London and will not deliver the bailout that the service needs.

 

From September this year The Book Trust sent out a ‘Time to Read’ pack to every reception age child who starts school across Dagenham and Rainham, and the rest of the country. This year they distributed over 740,000 ‘Time to Read’ packs across England reaching the families of children who started school in the most unprecedented circumstances this year.

 

Following the flash floods in August which disproportionately affected homes in the Rainham area Jon Cruddas MP issued a survey and his team liaised directly with residents to find out the extent of the issues. Jon then contacted the Chief Executive urging Havering Council to address three principal concerns:

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