This was the launch meeting of an extensive cost of living consultation across Dagenham and Rainham. Jon Cruddas launched the public consultation to find out what is at the heart of the problems affecting local people across his constituency. The first meeting was held at the top of the constituency in Chadwell Heath ward, Marks Gate.
Jon Cruddas has thrown his support behind a campaign by local mother Fay Hough to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.
Fay, whose family has been affect by the disorder, has launched a campaign aiming to spread awareness of autism among the general public. Although 1 in 100 people in the UK today live with the disorder, there is still a way to go in terms of increasing the public’s understanding of the issue and in challenging many of the misconceptions surrounding it.