Earlier this month Jon spoke at the Ebor Lecture in York St John as part of the 2013-14 series entitled ‘The Morality of Austerity’. You can read the full lecture by clicking on this link: Jon Cruddas MP - 'The Common Good in an Age of Austerity' 

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Today (Friday18th July) Jon Cruddas MP held his third annual volunteer thank you breakfast. This year 80 of Jon’s key volunteers in the area were treated to a full English at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club.

From the start back in 2012 the volunteer network has grown to include over 1,900 local residents. The goal was to increase community engagement in Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park where people were beginning to fall through the cracks that government cuts created locally.

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2014 was 2,102. This represents a rate of 4.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 168th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)

Tesco’s held their fourth National Food Collection earlier this month, in conjunction with the Trussell Trust who provide three days emergency to individuals and families who are in crisis, and FareShare who fight hunger and distribute food to local charities. The collection was in all Tesco’s stores across the country and aimed to get enough food to provide 5 million meals for families across the country. Jon Cruddas, local MP for Dagenham and Rainham has supported the project in the past and always encourages local residents to come out in support of the National Food Collection.

Government projections predict that by next year Havering will need an extra 1,416 places, and by 2022 the London Borough of Havering will need 5,000 extra primary school places to accommodate the rising population. With this in mind Havering is using government grants to invest in a number of extension projects to increase capacity at existing schools.

The full transcript of the speech given by Jon at the Royal Society of the Arts, dated 1st July 2014 and entitled: 'Radical Hope' can be read by clicking here: Jon Cruddas MP - Radical Hope - speech to RSA

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Jon Cruddas MP ‘cuts the ribbon’

Modern open-plan retail environment

Opening hours extended by 41 hours a week

Access to Post Office® services seven days a week

Same wide range of Post Office® services available

To celebrate the launch of the new Rainham Post Office, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham ‘cut the ribbon’ at an opening ceremony at 2:30pm Friday 27 June 2014.

Arnolds Field in Rainham has recently come under scrutiny again with another rise in illegal fly tipping. In the past the issue has been raised with Havering Council’s StreetCare department by Jon Cruddas MP, Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham. The area is somewhat notorious for dumping waste and this has become a rising concern for local residents.

The Dagenham and Rainham area has had many issues with fly tipping in the past but local MP Jon Cruddas has been responding quickly to concerns voiced to him by raising the issues with the council as and when they occur.

Jon Cruddas MP, Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham Incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park, has been liaising with residents and local police to deal with a number of concerns in Rainham and South Hornchurch.

Jon Cruddas MP has heard from Havering Borough Metropolitan Police that they are proactively investigating a number of problems.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas today slammed Barclays bank for increasing the charges customers face when they find themselves overdrawn; which has led to some customers paying nearly 10% of their weekly income on overdraft fees.

Barclays bank currently charges 17.77% interest when customers are overdrawn however the bank plans to change this to a per day fee of 75 pence between balances of £16 and £1000.

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