Jon Cruddas MP recently undertook a survey in Melville Road and Cowper Road in Rainham regarding the problems residents were facing trying to park in their own road. Many residents complained to Jon that commuters using Rainham Rail Station use Melville and Cowper Road to park their cars up before heading to work and leave them there till late in the evening resulting in residents not be able to park in their own road.

GP’s in Barking and Dagenham and Havering, with the support of local MP Jon Cruddas, have successfully applied for a £5.6M grant to implement improved access to services and to further support complex care needs.   

This additional funding will help services look at how best to meet the needs of patients. As everyone knows, local health services are under real pressure, and GPs are determined to do their bit to help improve care for patients in the local community.

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.

To read the Quarterly newsletter and find out how you can get involved, click here: Spring Volunteer Newsletter

 

On Friday 28th March Jon Cruddas, Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham Incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park, took part in a public meeting at the Mardyke Community Centre to discuss the ongoing regeneration project at Orchard Village.

Jon Cruddas MP today welcomed the news that Atos Healthcare, the private company contracted by the Department of Work and Pensions to undertake Work Capability Assessments of people claiming disability benefits, will be exiting from its contract a year earlier than planned.

Atos have been the target of widespread criticism over the tests which are inhumane and performed by staff who are not medically qualified. The Department of Work and Pensions is now in the process of finding other providers to take over the contract.

This article was originally published in Romford Recorder on March 9th 2014.

The orginal article can be viewed at: http://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/news/i_was_emotionally_physically_and_m...

 

March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and to mark it, Sam Gelder spoke to Chris Colley, who has recently been given the all-clear after an eight-month battle with the disease.

Last week the Government announced their budget for the 2014/15 financial year. Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas responded to the budget finding a lack of substance that would help people in Dagenham and Rainham.  

Jon Cruddas MP said “We needed a budget that would tackle the cost –of – living crisis which has left many people in Dagenham and Rainham worse off.  

I hear from my constituents in Dagenham and Rainham every day how they are struggling with increased energy, transport and housing costs.

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in February 2014 was 2,440. This represents a rate of 5.0% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 184th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)

Jon Cruddas MP visited Chafford School in Rainham to discuss the schools application for a Department for Education grant to rebuild the Chafford Sports Complex.

Chafford Sports Complex is in a state of disrepair and structurally the site is in a very poor condition. The school has applied for a grant from the Capital Academies Fund from the Department for Education. The grant will also be used to fix a very alarming problem with the schools’ electrical supply.

This coming Sunday, 16th March the Wennington Village Association and Jon Cruddas MP will be protesting against plans to establish the Gravel and Mineral Extraction Pitts on 25 hectares of land adjacent to the A1306 opposite the new Links Golf Course which is currently being built. This will permanently change life in Wennington Village.

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