This week Havering Council have launched a consultation into the future of libraries and children’s services across the borough. The council have made a commitment to continue providing services, but the nature of their delivery is open for comment.

Libraries

Similar to the model now used by Barking and Dagenham, one of the options would be to have volunteers run half of the libraries, making them community led. Libraries being considered for this model in the south are Elm Park and South Hornchurch.

Children’s Centres

 

Saturday 29th June marks the 11th annual Armed Forces Day. 

Dagenham and Rainham has a long and proud service history, and this year the day will be marked in Barking and Dagenham by the Barking Royal British Legion and a fundraiser for the charity Help for Heroes, and in Havering with the annual Armed Forces Day parade. 

 

This weekend (Saturday 22nd June) the Labour Party are launching their Air Quality Campaign in London. Jon Cruddas MP has been campaigning to protect air quality across Dagenham and Rainham since September 2018 when news reached his office of a planned mass waste incinerator in Belvedere, just opposite the constituency.

The proposal is currently under examination by the Planning Inspectorate. Following this period, the final decision will rest with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. 

Royal Mail is introducing the UK’s first ever parcel postboxes in areas across the UK, including Dagenham and Rainham. This follows a successful trial in the LE and NN postcode areas last year which has now led to plans for 1,400 parcel postboxes to be rolled out in total.

The launch marks the first major change in postbox usage in its 160-year history. The parcel postboxes will enable small businesses and marketplace sellers in Dagenham and Rainham to post pre-paid parcels, using Click&Drop, through postboxes the same way they currently post letters.

Working with clinicians and policy-makers, the Dementia Action Alliance has drafted a Dementia-Friendly Hospital Charter to support hospitals to fulfil their commitment to become dementia-friendly. This started in October 2012 with the Right Care: a call to action to create dementia-friendly hospitals. All acute trusts in England were asked to make a public commitment to becoming dementia-friendly. 164 acute and non-acute trusts made that commitment with 88 submitting Action Plans and joining the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA).

 

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in May 2019 was 2,430. This represents a rate of 4.4% of the economically active population aged 16-64. 

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.8% in February to April 2019.

Jon Cruddas MP has recently been contacted by The Silver Sunday Team regarding this years Silver Sunday which will be on Sunday 6 October. Silver Sunday is a special day in the national calendar established to celebrate older people.

The day is a chance for local businesses, charities, schools, faith and community groups to host events that champion older people and encourage other organisations to work closer with the ‘silver community’.

Over the last few weeks, residents of South Hornchurch who wrote to Havering Council objecting the proposed ‘Stopping Up Order’ (P1004.18) of Dovers Green, received letters from the council asking whether they would like to withdraw their objection.

Havering Council applied for a ‘Stopping Up Order’ to take the land bounded by New Zealand Way, Queenstown Gardens and Gisborne Gardens, Rainham, RM13 8JT (locally known as Dovers Green) out of ‘Highways’ to start development.

In November 2016, five-year old Alex Malcolm was murdered by his mother’s partner while on a walk in Catford. Lily Breha, Alex’s mother, had no knowledge that her partner Marvyn Iheanacho had an extensive history of domestic violence, including attacks on five previous partners.

In London, domestic abuse now accounts for one in ten of all offences. And with three in ten survivors of domestic abuse repeat victims, it is essential that tougher action is taken to protect survivors and their children from these vile acts.

 

This week is national volunteers’ week 2019, a week to recognise and say thank you to the huge contribution volunteers make across sectors in society.

Since 2013 Jon Cruddas MP has run a volunteer network which is now made up of over 600 local residents acting as an early warning system for issues and concerns across Dagenham and Rainham. Jon launched the network with the notion of having a volunteer on every street. 

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