A recent publication has shown cancer survival rates in the UK to be low in comparison to neighbouring countries in Europe. The average one-year survival rate for the UK is 68 per cent, as a country with a long established and respectable National Health Service these statistics are not as good as they should be. At the moment, the UK lags far behind its international and European neighbours in cancer survival. By 2020, almost half of people will receive a cancer diagnosis during their lifetime.

Over the past few weeks constituents have been raising their concerns, and voicing their outrage regarding the recent announcement by Transport for London and the government to increase rail fares in January next year. Many Londoners are already struggling to make ends meet and this is another increase to their already high cost of living.

The results for A Level and GCSE students in Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park are now in. There has been a resounding success across the local area with young people acheiveing better results than last year.

Local MP Jon Cruddas was very pleased to hear the news and commented: “I would like to extend a massive congratulations to all of the students that received their A-Level and GCSE results over the last two weeks. From what I see the pass rates have been fantastic, showing a marked improvement on previous years.

Recently the Havering and Barking & Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) contacted Jon Cruddas about their launch of a public consultation in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge on ‘making intermediate care better’. Intermediate care is the specialised care that is provided to people in their own homes to prevent them from needing to go or stay longer in hospitals. These services can also be provided in residential homes and community rehab units.

Over the past two weeks Jon Cruddas’s community volunteers have been out in South Hornchurch, seeing what the residents have to say about the local area. It was brought to Jon’s attention by residents on Blacksmiths Lane, Gainsborough Road, Guysfield Drive, Grove Park Road and Avelon Road that the road surfaces are in a constantly deteriorating state of disrepair.

Jon Cruddas currently has over 1850 local Dagenham and Rainham residents registered in his volunteer network. The network not only works as an ear on the street for Jon and local authorities, it is a fantastic opportunity for local residents to get involved in a number of community projects and campaigns.

The recent purchase of land at Ingrebourne Hill from the council has led to the extension of the existing waste fill site, which residents opposed at the time of its introduction. Residents and politicians from the community were sceptical of the land changing hands to Ingrebourne Valley Ltd from the start due to it being one of few untouched green spaces in the local area.

August 4th marked the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered the First World War. Across the country people came together to remember the fallen men and women who fought from 4th August 1914 – 11th November 1918 in one of the most costly conflicts in history. Over 800,000 lives were lost, many coming from Dagenham and Rainham.

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.

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