Waltham Forest CAB are now offering free Pension Wise appointments across Barking & Dagenham and Havering, helping residents plan for their futures.

Following pension reforms on the 6th April people have greater freedoms on how they can use their pension pots. People reaching pension age will be able to take their money as a lump sum, take out an annuity or a mixture of both. Pension Wise is a new service being run by the government to help people understand what pension options are available to them.

Local MP calls on Barking & Dagenham and Havering residents to donate towards final push for 2nd London Air Ambulance helicopter

Back in 2014 residents of Melville and Cowper Roads in Rainham Village contacted Jon Cruddas to raise the issue of parking in their area. Due to the roads close proximity to Rainham train station many commuters were taking advantage of the roads free parking facilities. In some cases residents reported that commuters were waiting for them to leave for work in the mornings, filling the space outside their houses and remaining there until late, leaving residents returning from work with nowhere to park.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in August 2015 was 1,532. This represents a rate of 3.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 197th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

This includes 1,490 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 42 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.

This week plans were unveiled by Barking & Dagenham College and Havering College of Further & Higher Education (HCFHE), announcing their commitment to enhancing, intensifying and strengthening their work in a strategic alliance. East Londoners who are keen to access higher level technical and professional training, to better equip them to compete in the Capital’s global job market, are at the heart of plans.

As part of the programme of activities to engage young people and raise political awareness, the PSA runs an annual short film competition open to all students. This year the competition will be open to young people studying in the 2015-16 academic year. The deadline for entries is Friday 16th October and full details can be found here:

https://www.psa.ac.uk/sites/default/files/PSAWorkshop-Programme-2015%20Mailing%20v2%20web.pdf

Just a few short months ago the Labour Party suffered a devestating defeat across the UK at the General Election. Since then Jon Cruddas MP has been coordinating an independent inquiry into why Labour lost. The aim of the inquiry is to find out why Labour lost so that it can effectively rebuild by addressing the issues that it failed to address in the build up to May 2015.

The first findings of the inquiry can be found by clicking HERE

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Local residents who, due to the extensive water damage and vandalism of the Orchard Village Health Centre, have been awaiting a new walk-in service will be pleased to know that the old walk-in service has been relocated to South Hornchurch Health Centre on South End Road, Rainham.  Only one and a half miles from the original health centre, the South Hornchurch Health Centre will be able to provide a reliable service without the disruptions that caused the relocation from Orchard Village.  All of the services offered at the Orchard Village site will be readily available at the new centre, inclu

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has pledged his full support to stop the Government from reintroducing Fox Hunting in England and Wales.  The vote due to take place next Wednesday could see the 2004 hunting act overturned with the Tory led Government having a 12 seat majority.

 

The object of this day is to raise public awareness and show national support for the contribution made to our country by those who serve in the Armed Forces. It is not only a tribute to current serving members but also a time to remember and pay tribute to the service men and women of the past and service families.

The National Event is taking place in Guildford this weekend, and there are numerous other events taking place up and down the country.

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