Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day 2020. The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on the 10th October every year. This year’s theme set by the Mental Health Foundation is “mental health for all”.

 

This Thursday there will be a debate in parliament regarding government support for the arts. The debate was scheduled after over 175,000 people across the country signed a petition urging the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to increase their Covid-19 support package.

 

This week the Mayor of London conveyed to MPs Jon Cruddas and Abena-Oppong-Asare that plans for a judicial review into the government’s controversial rubber stamping of a second waste incinerator at Belvedere had been dropped.

 

Jon Cruddas MP is inviting everyone in Dagenham and Rainham to get involved in this year’s UK Parliament Week and join a UK-wide conversation about our democracy, people power and making change happen.

UK Parliament Week is an annual festival organised by the UK Parliament Education and Engagement Team, a service of the House of Commons and the House of Lords which seeks to inform and educate all citizens about the work and role of the UK Parliament.

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in August 2020 was 6,665. This represents a rate of 9.5% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.5%.

There are 3,920 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began and 310 more claimants than July 2020.

 

On the 9th September, Jon Cruddas MP signed a cross-party letter to the Chinese Ambassador, Liu Xiaoming, condemning the oppression of the Uighurs.

Read the letter in full HERE

 

On Saturday 12 September a Covid-19 testing site opened in the car park at the Cherry Tree junction in South Hornchurch. Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by many local businesses and residents regarding the site, Jon’s team visited on the day to speak directly with those concerned.

Residents and businesses explained that there was no consultation in the surrounding area, and it was set up at short public notice. Businesses allege that the site has had an immediate impact on footfall, and has taken up the only place available for car parking in the vicinity of local shops.

 

This week Trevor McKeever, a member of Jon Cruddas MP’s south Havering action team and 2018 local election candidate has received a prize from Rainham Tesco in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the community during lockdown.

 

This week the government unveiled the details of the upcoming Affordable Housing Programme which outlined a £12bn investment running from 2021 to 2026. The programme aims to increase affordable home ownership, but a government spokesperson stated that the majority of homes will be offered as shared ownership.

There will be a portion of the funding available for discounted rents and supported living options. However, the government have explained that the split between social and affordable rents will be decided at a local level.

 

World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. Every year organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

Each year has a different theme and focus, to bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention. Every year Samaritans campaigns with over 70 other suicide prevention and mental health groups under the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA).

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