This month Havering Council have contacted all Council Tax Support Applicants regarding proposals to change the Council Tax Support Scheme for 2019. Current changes are being considered and The Council would like applicants to have their say.

A revised application from Countryside Properties Plc and L&Q for the Beam Park development has been submitted following the original plan being rejected by Havering Council and subsequently this decision being called-in by the Mayor of London.

The initial plans were thrown out due to claims of overdevelopment, however there are suggestions that this was an electoral point scoring process as the conservative council were previously called out on their plans to build on over 120 hectares of green belt in the south of the borough.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in July 2018 was 1,765. This represents a rate of 3.4% 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 4.0% in April to June 2018.

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 140 higher than July 2017 and 20 higher than June 2018. There were 325 claimants aged 18-24 in July 2018, 20 lower than July 2017.

On Thursday 16th August the Planning Committee at Havering Council will decide the fate of Dover’s Green, a cherished community space in the heart of South Hornchurch. This is the third time a developer has attempted to concrete over the area at the behest of Havering Council, and the third time that the community has come together with the support of Jon Cruddas MP to oppose the plans.

Havering Council is currently holding budget consultations to address the 2019-2020 financial budget priorities. The budget consultation will take place until 30 September 2018.

Each year the Council sets a budget and decides how much they can afford to spend on services for Havering residents and businesses for the next financial year. They must also determine how much income is required from the government and Council Tax to fund this.

Jon Cruddas MP is calling on small shopkeepers across Dagenham and Rainham to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

Over the last month Jon Cruddas MP received many letters from constituents regarding the proposed Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary in the Weddell Sea. In these letters, constituents expressed their concerns over the International Antarctic Ocean Commission meeting in October. This meeting is set to discuss the proposed sanctuary which will cover 1.8 million square kilometers of ocean. In order for this project to become a reality it requires a consensus from 25 governments, and Jon Cruddas MP has urged the UK to exert its influence at the conference.

 

The heat this year in Barking and Dagenham, as well as the United Kingdom as a whole, has been almost unprecedented, with record temperatures of 38 degrees being recorded in some places. However, whilst we are all enjoying this uncharacteristic British Summer, we must equally be aware of the severe dangers to public safety that this heat brings with it. As of July 27th, firefighters had dealt with 43 grass fires, more than six times the amount that they dealt with in the whole of 2017.

For many young people, their local youth club is the only safe space where they can go to get the support they need. However, after eight years of austerity, many parts of the country now have no recognisable youth services at all.

Research by Unite the Union has shown that from 2012 to 2016, 600 youth centres have closed across the country. For many young people, the youth club is their only safe space that keeps them from falling into crime or getting involved with gangs.

New statistics released this week show that child poverty is rising twice as fast as government figures suggest. Child poverty is defined as any child living in a household with an income of less than 60 per cent of the national average, after housing costs are considered.

About one in every four children from Elm Park, South Hornchurch and Rainham and Wennington live in families that are struggling below the poverty line. The overall child poverty rate for Havering is 22 per cent. In Dagenham the proportion of children living in poverty is 36.6pc.

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