This week (Sept 7 – Sept 13) is Air Ambulance Week which is an opportunity for all the UK’s air ambulance charities to celebrate their life-saving services. For London’s Air Ambulance Charity, this will be the first large scale fundraising opportunity since the pandemic.

Jon Cruddas MP has been a long-time supporter of the London Air Ambulance and has worked to raise awareness and in 2016 promoted their fundraising campaign to purchase a second helicopter.

 

At the beginning of the year the government took the decision to approve a second mass waste incinerator at Belvedere, a decision which had the potential to damage human health, air quality and biodiversity across Rainham, South Hornchurch and the Bexley area.

 

Jon Cruddas MP has received an update from the Crossrail Ltd Board following this week’s announcement that the central section of the Elizabeth Line could not open in summer 2021.

The Board explained that delivery of the Elizabeth line is now in its final stages and is being completed at a time of great uncertainty due to the risks associated with further Covid outbreaks. 

 

Over the last few days Jon Cruddas MP has been liaising with residents who have suffered as a result of flooding in the Rainham area to try and ensure that support is in place for those that need it. Today Jon has written to the Chief Executive of Havering Council raising concerns about the state of drainage in the areas that suffered most.

 

Following last night’s torrential downpour many residents in the Rainham area have been affected by heavy flooding. Many have contacted Jon Cruddas MP asking him to make representations to Havering Council on their behalf.

This morning (Sunday 16 August) Jon Cruddas contacted the Chief Executive of Havering Council seeking assurances that residents will receive the support they need, and that efforts will be made to address the drainage issues and the fallout from last night.

The response from the council stated:

 

This week in the wake of the A-Level results fiasco, Jon Cruddas MP contacted the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, voicing his concerns. Tens of thousands of young people were left let down and perturbed due to the Government grading system which caused the widespread downgrading of results. 

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in July 2020 was 6,445. This represents a rate of 9.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.3%.

There are 3,710 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began and 345 more claimants than June 2020.

 

As schools prepare to return back after an extended break due to Covid-19, places for School Governors are opening up. National education charity ‘Governors for Schools’ have contacted Jon Cruddas MP as schools across Dagenham and Rainham are in need of committed and skilled volunteers.

Raising the quality of school governing boards improves the educational opportunities for young people. The expected challenges schools and young people will face following the pandemic mean that in the coming months schools will need assistance from effective governance more than usual.

 

Earlier this month, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham added his name to a cross party campaign urging the Chancellor to ensure countries that are suffering from the economic fallout of Covid-19 pandemic are given the full debt cancellation they need to survive, recover and rebuild from this crisis.

Matt Hancock handed track and trace to private companies like Serco for big money, but locally led public health teams are doing most of the contact tracing - with a fraction of the funds.

Serco and Sitel are failing on so many fronts, BUT their contracts end on August 23rd. YOU can help get the money currently being wasted on private companies' failings diverted to locally led track and trace.

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