An organisation established to campaign against cuts to school funding; School Cuts have launched a petition calling on Damien Hinds to properly fund SEND provision in all schools and colleges.

The petition explains that according to the Department for Education’s own figures, more than 2,000 children in England with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have no education provision at all.

On Tuesday 19th June Jon Cruddas MP co-signed a letter calling on the Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions to end the ‘sanction first, hear appeals later’ attitude in the department. The letter was submitted by Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western, and gained cross party support.

The most recent Care Quality Commission inspection found that whilst there had been some improvements in patient services at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, it still ‘Requires Improvement’. This remains unchanged since the last inspection in 2016.

The CQC inspection did find some areas of outstanding practice.

Over the next 12 years, Wates Residential will be partnering with Havering Council to regenerate 12 council estates across Havering. The announcement in March 2018 stated that around 3,000 homes will be built on sites across the borough.

Last week Wates Residential carried out a week-long volunteering event which saw flower beds and vegetable patches planted across several housing estates across Havering, with help from senior officers of the council.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in May 2018 was 1,720. This represents a rate of 3.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.8%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.2% in February to April 2018.

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 25 higher than May 2017 and 35 higher than April 2018. There were 330 claimants aged 18-24 in May 2018, 25 lower than May 2017.

The United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum recently contacted Jon Cruddas MP seeking support for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury. The group which was formed in 2017 to seek improvements in support and services for people directly affected by ABI, and for their families and carers.

The Forum explains that All Members of Parliament have constituents living with the consequences of ABI. The APPG on ABI have tabled a debate in the House of Commons for Monday 18th June raising issues which span across health, social care and welfare.

This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has co-signed a letter calling for better fire safety and to ensure all tower blocks are liveable. The full text of the letter can be found HERE. In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire last June, the government said “we cannot and will not ask people to live in unsafe homes” however not enough has been done for residents of tower blocks.

Jon Cruddas' June column for the Barking and Dagenham Post and Romford Recorder. Published the week commencing Monday 11 June.

I don't think I can ever recall a more divided Government than the current Tory one - with Cabinet members routinely stabbing each other in the front, and the back.

The Brexit debate does throw up strong emotions, but most people in communities like ours just want to get on with it.

A consultation has launched asking residents for their views on proposed changes to community urgent care services.

A 12-week consultation was launched by Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham and Havering’s Clinical Commissioning groups which asks questions on the way services are accessed in all three boroughs. The CCG’s are asking for opinions to change and improve local community urgent care services.

The consultation includes proposals for changes to local GP hubs, walk-in services, and GP Out of Hours services.

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers.

A carer is someone who provides care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

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