New organisation ‘Class Connect’ is offering 450 children from Year 1 – 6 across Havering the chance to catch up on learning online over the summer for free.

The project was launched during lockdown by a Vice Principal at a Havering school. So far at the school a group of teachers have taught over 400 zoom lessons via Class Connect, now the founder wants to open applications up to other children across the borough.

Currently the summer programme has just over 270 children signed up, but they can accommodate for up to 450 in total.

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2020 was 6,215. This represents a rate of 8.9% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.3%.

There are 3,480 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began, but 105 less than in May 2020.

 

Earlier this month, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham was contacted by a number of residents who raised concerns about the accessibility of Rainham Post Office on Wennington Road. The concerns centred on lack of parking provision which could hamper disabled and elderly residents from accessing services.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP has backed calls to add a ‘Sikh tick box’ to the 2021 Census following the issue being raised by Preet Kaur Gill MP, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston. The call, which has been submitted to the Government Cabinet Office and the Office for National Statistics urges the Government to adopt similar regulations to those used in Scotland, which include a prompt for Sikh and Jewish next to the “Other ethnic group” box.

 

16 London MPs, including Jon Cruddas have backed a campaign started by Virendra Sharma MP which calls on the Government to maintain free travel for children and young people in the capital.

 

Since 2017 Jon Cruddas MP has been fighting alongside residents to resolve numerous issues that have continued to occur down East Hall Lane in Wennington, Rainham. At the beginning of April Jon pressured Havering Council into action regarding a substantial fly-tip.

This week Jon Cruddas MP has been approached by residents of Wennington Village regarding the ongoing issue of HGVs passing through to access East Hall Lane. The HGVs are alleged to be causing significant damage to the road surface and often leave the area covered in debris.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been contacted by a number of very concerned South Hornchurch residents regarding access to local healthcare. The walk-in services at South Hornchurch Medical Centre closed at the start of April as a response to Covid-19, and now the only service available is in Harold Wood which is a significant journey for many residents.

The Harold Wood Polyclinic is over an hour’s journey from South Hornchurch Medical Centre and either comprises of two buses or a bus and train for residents without cars.

 

Rainham Post Office has been announced a finalist in the Community Engagement category at the Post Office’s ‘We’re Stronger Together’ regional awards for Greater London. The awards recognise the efforts made by postmasters across the region to keep branches open during the Covid-19 pandemic and serving their local community.

Rainham Post Office was a finalist in the Community Engagement category at the Post Office’s ‘We’re Stronger Together’ regional awards for the Greater London region.

 

This week is Royal Mail’s National Dog Awareness Week (Monday 6 July – Friday 10 July 2020), a week set aside to raise awareness of the postmen and women who have suffered dog attacks whilst doing their job. Last year 2,445 postal workers were attacked when delivering the post and some of these incidents have left postal workers seriously injured both physically and emotionally.

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