This speech regarding the recent decisions taken by Dagenham Ford, was delivered to the House of Commons today (06.11.2012) by Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham.

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in September 2012 was 3,452. This represents a rate of 7.8% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 123rd highest of the 650 UK

The Financial Times today cites Barking and Dagenham's Labour council as one of the most innovative local authorities in Britain for combatting teen unemployment.

Reporting on the handful of local councils that had bucked the national trend and consistently reduced the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), the paper praised the borough's initiative to identify "NEET risks" early on and provide support.