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.

New data has revealed that new housing benefit applicants in Havering are having to wait almost three weeks for their claims to be processed. Last year, new claimants waited on average 19 days for their application to be completed.

Waiting time for applicants can be a very worrying time, with families fearful of notices of eviction if the application isn’t processed quick enough.

Jon Cruddas is backing a Bill being introduced by Labour MP Karen Buck this Friday 19 January which will give renters a new legal right to ensure their home is ‘fit for human habitation’.

The new legislation, long campaigned for by Labour, could help renters in thousands of dangerously unfit properties across London.

Earlier this year Dagenham United Charity organised Easter eggs to be delivered to the 150 children currently living in Butler Court, a homeless hostel in Dagenham. Normally during the festive season the charity organises hampers for struggling residents but this Christmas Councillor Margaret Mullane, one of the Trustees for Dagenham United Charity, is taking it a step further.

Long-awaited plans to redevelop Beam Park, the former Ford Assembly plant, and New Road, Rainham have been formally submitted this week to Barking and Dagenham and Havering Councils.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham commented:

The national housing crisis continues to worsen in the capital. According to recently collected data, there are currently 738 houses in Havering that have been purposefully built for temporary accommodation, including 80 places in hostels. This is a 30 percent increase over the past 5 years, with 3 million pounds spent towards these temporary accommodations. 

On the 31st of January Jon Cruddas MP wrote to Havering Planning and Permission Homes regarding planning for the redevelopment of Rainham Library and surrounding offices. Jon received several concerns from residents regarding the plans to build 62 new homes, with associated roads, parking, hardsurfacing, landscaping, boundary treatment, refuse stores, and electrical substation and means of access to and from Broadway.

Since June 2015, Permission Homes Ltd have been in discussions with LB Havering regarding the redevelopment of the old Rainham Library. In January 2016, Permission Homes submitted plans to Havering Council to build 62 new homes in Broadway, Rainham. Since the news has broken to the public, Jon Cruddas MP has been inundated with concerns from Rainham residents. Residents are concerned about the impact this redevelopment will have on the local community. Schools are reaching full capacity and doctors’ surgeries are under immense strain, another concern raised.

On Friday 10th Jon Cruddas MP visited Ibscott Close in Dagenham to see the progress of the insulation works being carried out, and to speak with residents. Jon was joined by the Deputy Leader of the Council, Dominic Twomey and local Village Ward councillors Margaret Mullane, and Phil Waker.

The properties on Ibscott Close are currently receiving cavity insulation as a result of the Warm Homes campaign being run by national fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA). 

This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park spoke in Parliament regarding the long standing and ongoing issues at Orchard Village, formerly the Mardyke Estate in South Hornchurch. The debate can be watched via parliament tv by following the link below.

http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/c229fd92-c029-49de-b7e0-a16d74252123?in=17:00:08

Jon's monthly Romford Recorder article was also based around this issue. See below.

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