Today (Friday 28/10) Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is in parliament for the 2nd reading of the Homelessness Bill. The central parts of the Homelessness Reduction Bill would strengthen the duties local councils have to people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. The main part of the Bill legislates for:

On Saturday 15th October Jon Cruddas MP sent his Havering team to Circle Housings’ public exhibition for the redevelopment of 90 New Road, Rainham. The exhibition was to promote proposals which will make up part of the Beam Park Masterplan, the plans include 700 – 750 new properties and will incorporate the new Beam Park C2C rail station.

The full proposals can be found by clicking HERE

Last night the Dover’s Corner development proposals went before Havering Council’s Planning Committee. The proposals are part of the Beam Park development masterplan which will eventually see Beam Reach transformed, delivering thousands of new homes. The first phase includes over 500 new properties on Dover’s Corner – which some may know as the Somerfield Site.

Barking and Dagenham is continuing its historic commitment to house building, with huge regeneration projects across the borough, all funded by the innovative Estates Renewal Programme. At the core of the programme are plans to modernise The Leys in Dagenham Village and Gascoigne Estate in Barking.


The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in August 2016 was 1,612. This represents a rate of 3.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 174th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

Last month a new report was published using research from Sheffield Hallam University, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Oxfam. The report highlights the effects of pre-2015 welfare reforms and the anticipated impact of further reform across the United Kingdom. It is estimated that new reforms will take in the region of £13bn a year from claimants by 2020-21.

Recent statistics have highlighted that the effect of the Bedroom Tax locally is set to increase. Local MP Jon Cruddas is in full support of the Labour Party’s promise to abolish the hated ‘Tax’.

As of August 2014, 671 families in Dagenham and Rainham were paying the Bedroom Tax according to the Department of Work and Pensions statistics.

 The following article was published by the Romford Recorder on 20th April 2012. You can view the original here:

The following article was written by Senior Reporter Lee-Ann Richards, and was published by the Romford Recorder on 16th April 2012. You can find the original article here:

Thursday 12th April 2012 

'I'm going to bring back 50% of market rents ceiling in London'