The Government's slow and incoherent response to this pandemic and their muddled road map to get us out the other side could hit areas like ours hardest. The early failure to recognise the scale of this crisis means we are already paying the economic price.

The window is closing to protect people's livelihoods and we need an urgent package of economic measures in response, with a clear focus on jobs, jobs, jobs.

Up to 31st May 2020, 13,000 jobs had been furloughed through the Government's Job Retention Scheme in Dagenham and Rainham constituency, equivalent to around 19% of the population aged 16-64. 21% had been furloughed in the UK.

A further 7,300 claims were made to the Self Employment Income Support scheme, equivalent to 70% of the potentially eligible population. This compares to a take up rate of 70% of the potentially eligible population in the UK as a whole.

Claimant Count