Jon Cruddas MP showed their support for renters in Dagenham and Rainham on Friday 26th October 2018, when they attended the Report Stage & Third Reading of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill.

The Bill, which was been brought forward by MP Karen Buck, gives renters across the country the right to take their landlord to court over unsafe and poor housing conditions.

Today the Offensive Weapons Bill was discussed in parliament. As part of a Serious Violence Strategy which includes the outlining of a number of new criminal offences such as;

The selling of certain corrosive substances to under-18s, and possessing a corrosive substance in a public place. Current legislation means that there is a defence for possessing a corrosive substance for good reason in a public place.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s End the Capacity Crisis campaign and is calling on the Government to recruit more NHS staff to tackle long waiting times for tests that could diagnose bowel cancer – the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.

Under NHS rules patients should wait no more than six weeks for these life-saving tests, but every month on average this year a quarter of NHS hospitals in England (28%) were in breach of this target – a clear red flag to the Government that NHS staff are struggling to cope.

Jon Cruddas MP has today pledged their support for the Long Live the Local Campaign to help pubs in Dagenham and Rainham keep their doors open. Jon Cruddas joins the more than 100,000 people who have signed the petition so far, including 136 in Dagenham and Rainham.

At the end of September 2018, Havering Council published a statutory notice setting out its formal proposal to expand Brady Primary school. The expansion introduces a 30-place maintained nursery provision thereby, lowering the age range of the school from 4 -11years to 2-11years to enable the school offer 3 &4-year-old early years places.

The publication of this statutory notice marks the beginning of the formal consultation (representation period) of four weeks which started on Friday 28 September 2018 and ends on Friday 26 October 2018.

On Tuesday 16th of October Havering Council announced it’s reviewing for the future of the Chafford Sports Complex in Rainham. The Chafford Sports Complex is currently owned by the Harris Academy in Rainham, formerly Chafford School, but is run by the council’s ‘Everyone Active.’

Havering Council is launching an eight-week consultation from Tuesday, October 16 until Monday, December 10. Council funding for the site is due to finish in December 2018, and the council are claiming that there is no funding for the complex in the council’s base budget.

This week, The National Autistic Society launched ‘autism hour week’ across the UK. Ninety-nine per cent of people have heard of autism, but only 16% of autistic people feel the public understand them.

So, as part of The National Autistic Society’s Too Much Information campaign, they are asking shops and businesses to organize an Autism Hour and take simple steps for 60 minutes that lead to a more autism-friendly world. 

In October 2012, the National Dementia Action Alliance (NDAA) launched the Right Care: a call to action initiative to create dementia-friendly hospitals. All acute trusts in England were asked to make a public commitment to become a dementia-friendly hospital and work in partnership with the NDAA to achieve this.

This week the Mayor of London has announced his plans to introduce a Violence Reduction Unit in London, a scheme piloted in Glasgow to reduce the number of violent crimes.

The scheme addresses violent crime as a public health issue and in doing so seeks to create a multi-agency approach that specialises in early intervention. The project has been launched with £500,000 worth of funding and will be working with schools, healthcare professionals, local councils and the police to try and divert young people from a life of crime, in particular violent crime.

Havering Council have recently released their Draft Commission Plan for Education Provision 2019-2023 which has now gone to public consultation. The draft plan sets out how Havering Council seeks to ensure there is sufficient capacity to meet demand for early years, primary, secondary post-16, special school and alternative provision places across the borough.

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