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: www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/home/e-edition

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: http://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/home

Thursday 12th April 2012

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

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council set out its priorities for the coming years this week, placing an emphasis on its aim to do what it can to improve the lives of local residents in tough financial times. The plans drew praise from the Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas, who praised the "fantastic work" of the council in developing its vision for the future.

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