On February 1st MPs debated proposed issues surrounding the changes to the state pension age, which will see the retirement age for women rise to 66 by 2020 bringing it in line with the retirement age for men. The dispute is focused on the changes to the speed of transition from age 60 to 66 which will leave many women in financial difficulty at a time of life when they should be secure.

It’s the issue that captured the hearts of Dagenham, and sparked controversy amongst young and old residents alike. Way back at the end of 2014 rumours circulated, and then an article in the Barking & Dagenham Post seemingly confirmed everyone’s fears; that the iconic Dagenham Civic Centre was set to be sold off under the weight of £54 million of cuts to the local authority.

The RSPCA have launched a puppy breeding and trafficking campaign and are calling on the government to tackle the unlicensed breeding and sale of puppies in England.  This comes in response to the rise in sick, under-age and dying puppies being trafficked into and sold in the UK each year. The RSPCA received over 3,500 calls on puppy farms in 2015, with many of these complaining that their puppies had become ill after they had been bought.

Local MP Jon Cruddas has been contacted by many constituents in the past few weeks with regards to the planned closure of the local Lloyds TSB in Elm Park at the parade of shops by the station. A significant number of residents in Elm Park have petitioned against the closure of the branch; which is the only bank in the local parade and the surrounding area.

It was confirmed in December that the Civic Centre is to be converted into a school as a savings measure. Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham & Rainham has launched a large scale community campaign to fight the plans.

On Wednesday 29th October Jon Cruddas and a small delegation of people took the 10,000 strong petition against the prison plans to Downing Street. The campaign started 18 months ago and Jon Cruddas has said that with the Ministry of Justice still not ruling us out, the fight continues.

On Wednesday 27th November, Jon Cruddas MP was joined by local ward councillors and a delegation of local residents in order to present the 10,000 strong petition against the prison proposals at City Hall.

On Wednesday 29th October Jon Cruddas and a small delegation of people took the 10,000 strong petition against the prison plans to Downing Street. The campaign started 18 months ago and Jon Cruddas has said that with the Ministry of Justice still not ruling us out, the fight continues.

For the past few months local residents of Dagenham have been voicing their opinions and concerns over the fate of the Dagenham Heathway Post Office. The Heathway Post Office is a bustling centre and is one of the very few in the borough still owned by the Post Office.

Beam Park prison campaign update

The campaign against the prison is well underway, Jon Cruddas’s campaign team have been working hard to ensure that the proposals have not been slipped in through the back door.

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