Fred Jones passed away in hospital earlier this week at the age of 88, four years after he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the borough. Born in Liverpool, he moved to Barking in 1932 and was first elected as a councillor in 1964, remaining in office until May 2006.

He was appointed a Freeman of the Borough in 1985 and served as Mayor of Barking and Dagenham for the year 1990/91. In 2006 he was made an Honorary Alderman in recognition of his outstanding service to the borough.

DABD (uk) Re-Use Centre is based at Woodward Road, Dagenham.

DABD (uk) accept donations of furniture & can collect if necessary. DABD are only able to take good quality furniture as it will be redistributed at low cost to support local residents on low income or facing crisis. Furniture will be inspected upon collection.

DABD (uk) work with LBBD Voids team to recycle goods from vacant properties. The purpose of the Centre is to make use of furniture as well as divert goods from landfill.

Jon Cruddas has approached ACAS to help bring the current dispute between Barking and Dagenham Council led by Cllr Rodwell and workers represented by the GMB union in the council's refuse collection service to an end.

The dispute is over the imposition of wage cuts to staff carrying out Health and Safety checks on vehicles.

Speaking to the Post, Jon Cruddas called on all parties to this week sit down with ACAS and hammer out a solution which restores a full service to all residents and avoids any more strikes.

It has recently been reported in the media that Dagenham, RM8, is the worst place for burglaries in London. Barking and Dagenham Police work very closely with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to tackle this key partnership priority, reducing burglaries and targeting offenders. 

Over the past 12 months (1, January - 31 December, 2014) Dagenham has seen a 27% reduction in burglaries, down from 898 to 628 offences and is in line with a reduction in burglary across London.

Earlier this year it came to light via the local press that the leader of the council, Cllr Darren Rodwell was considering different possibilities concerning the future of the Civic Centre in Dagenham. As part of the £53.5 million cuts being imposed by the Tory-Lib-Dem Coalition there was a suggestion that the Civic Centre should be converted into a school at a saving of £600,000 for the borough.

Friday 10th October (today) is World Mental Health Day, and with rising mental health issues nationally more and more charities are working together to raise awareness. This year Barking and Dagenham are holding a ‘Time for World Mental Health Day’ event at Barking Learning Centre. The event will be a chance for local people to find out about the services on offer for people with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.

After several weeks of refurbishment, Saturday 04th October saw the grand opening of the Robert Jeyes Chadwell Heath Community Centre. The centre still has all the fantastic library facilities but with added services, bringing all aspects of the community into one place. New services include; an Active Age Centre, a Children’s Centre, Green Shoes Arts will also be based in the Centre, along with food collection services to support the local food banks.

Since 2012 Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been in discussion about how to bring together all of the council, voluntary and faith organisations in the borough. On Friday 11th October ‘BanD Together’ (Barking and Dagenham Together) was launched.

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