Havering Council is currently holding budget consultations to address the 2019-2020 financial budget priorities. The budget consultation will take place until 30 September 2018.

Each year the Council sets a budget and decides how much they can afford to spend on services for Havering residents and businesses for the next financial year. They must also determine how much income is required from the government and Council Tax to fund this.

Jon Cruddas MP is calling on small shopkeepers across Dagenham and Rainham to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

Over the last month Jon Cruddas MP received many letters from constituents regarding the proposed Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary in the Weddell Sea. In these letters, constituents expressed their concerns over the International Antarctic Ocean Commission meeting in October. This meeting is set to discuss the proposed sanctuary which will cover 1.8 million square kilometers of ocean. In order for this project to become a reality it requires a consensus from 25 governments, and Jon Cruddas MP has urged the UK to exert its influence at the conference.

 

The heat this year in Barking and Dagenham, as well as the United Kingdom as a whole, has been almost unprecedented, with record temperatures of 38 degrees being recorded in some places. However, whilst we are all enjoying this uncharacteristic British Summer, we must equally be aware of the severe dangers to public safety that this heat brings with it. As of July 27th, firefighters had dealt with 43 grass fires, more than six times the amount that they dealt with in the whole of 2017.

For many young people, their local youth club is the only safe space where they can go to get the support they need. However, after eight years of austerity, many parts of the country now have no recognisable youth services at all.

Research by Unite the Union has shown that from 2012 to 2016, 600 youth centres have closed across the country. For many young people, the youth club is their only safe space that keeps them from falling into crime or getting involved with gangs.

New statistics released this week show that child poverty is rising twice as fast as government figures suggest. Child poverty is defined as any child living in a household with an income of less than 60 per cent of the national average, after housing costs are considered.

About one in every four children from Elm Park, South Hornchurch and Rainham and Wennington live in families that are struggling below the poverty line. The overall child poverty rate for Havering is 22 per cent. In Dagenham the proportion of children living in poverty is 36.6pc.

On 13th June 2018 Jon Cruddas MP wrote to NELFT (North East London NHS Foundation Trust) regarding Rainham Village Health Clinic and the loss of health visitors at the weekly weigh-in clinic. Jon received a detailed response a month later, after the issue was reviewed with Havering Council’s Integrated Care Director.

Firstly, it was stated that the decision of a weigh only clinic is a pilot scheme that will last three months and will be reviewed at the end of the three month trial.

UK Parliament Week is coming up in November, between the 12th to the 18th and Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, is encouraging everyone, especially young people to get involved in this event to engage and empower voters.

The Windrush generation has made huge contributions to our society since their arrival in 1948. Despite these contributions, many from this generation have been subject to mistreatment and a ‘hostile environment’ created by the government.

The Windrush generation has faced a situation in which these British citizens have been denied NHS treatment, lost their jobs, and in some cases have been wrongfully deported.

Jon Cruddas MP has recently received new research from the ‘Centre for Towns’ database regarding the variations in broadband speeds from across the country. This research has calculated download speeds from over 6,000 different locations in England, Scotland and Wales and have produced clear and varying results up and down the country.

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