The London Borough of Havering has acquired £4.5m of funding from the Mayor of London and 1.8 million pounds from Transport for London to advance plans to transform New Road in South Hornchurch Ward. Subject to TFL approvals of the final design, further funding will be released to help deliver the scheme.

The new A13 was built almost twenty years ago, yet the borough feels New Road still retains the look and feel of its old function as a trunk road.

On Friday 29 June 2018 the presentation ceremony for the first ever Mary Turner Award for Young Women was held at Londoneast-UK in Dagenham. The award was commissioned by the GMB trade union to commemorate the life of former National President Mary Turner CBE, and to celebrate the next generation of inspirational women.

Saturday 30th June marks the 10th annual Armed Forces Day.

Dagenham and Rainham has a long and proud service history, and this year the day will be marked in Barking and Dagenham with an event at Valence House, and in Havering with the Armed Forces Day parade. This year Jon Cruddas MP will be attending the Havering parade.

An organisation established to campaign against cuts to school funding; School Cuts have launched a petition calling on Damien Hinds to properly fund SEND provision in all schools and colleges.

The petition explains that according to the Department for Education’s own figures, more than 2,000 children in England with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have no education provision at all.

On Tuesday 19th June Jon Cruddas MP co-signed a letter calling on the Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions to end the ‘sanction first, hear appeals later’ attitude in the department. The letter was submitted by Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western, and gained cross party support.

The most recent Care Quality Commission inspection found that whilst there had been some improvements in patient services at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, it still ‘Requires Improvement’. This remains unchanged since the last inspection in 2016.

The CQC inspection did find some areas of outstanding practice.

Over the next 12 years, Wates Residential will be partnering with Havering Council to regenerate 12 council estates across Havering. The announcement in March 2018 stated that around 3,000 homes will be built on sites across the borough.

Last week Wates Residential carried out a week-long volunteering event which saw flower beds and vegetable patches planted across several housing estates across Havering, with help from senior officers of the council.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in May 2018 was 1,720. This represents a rate of 3.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.8%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.2% in February to April 2018.

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 25 higher than May 2017 and 35 higher than April 2018. There were 330 claimants aged 18-24 in May 2018, 25 lower than May 2017.

The United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum recently contacted Jon Cruddas MP seeking support for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury. The group which was formed in 2017 to seek improvements in support and services for people directly affected by ABI, and for their families and carers.

The Forum explains that All Members of Parliament have constituents living with the consequences of ABI. The APPG on ABI have tabled a debate in the House of Commons for Monday 18th June raising issues which span across health, social care and welfare.

This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has co-signed a letter calling for better fire safety and to ensure all tower blocks are liveable. The full text of the letter can be found HERE. In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire last June, the government said “we cannot and will not ask people to live in unsafe homes” however not enough has been done for residents of tower blocks.

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