With the ongoing cuts to our National Health Service, it is more important now than ever before, to fight for more investment locally. Our services have been cut back to the bare minimum and standards have slipped. This is just unacceptable.For the last four years Jon Cruddas has been pushing for more health provision in Rainham, to meet the needs of local people. Jon Cruddas MP and the Dagenham and Rainham Labour Party have launched a new campaign, fighting for more investment in our local health service. Having already met with senior consultants to discuss the options it is now time to get local people involved. Services such as Queen’s Hospital are coming under more and more strain due to cuts and closures across the area, people are not receiving the level of care or quality of service that they need. It's time to fight back and secure investment.Jon has staarted a petition calling on the government and Havering Council to recognise the need for more health provision in the Rainham area.If you are a Rainham resident and would like to collect a petition down your street, please contact Jon’s office sending your full name, address and contact number to andrew.achilleos@parliament.uk an information pack and petition will then be sent out for you to fill in and return.You can also add your name to our online petition below.

 

Many constituents have contacted Jon Cruddas MP over the last few days raising their concerns about the fire on Launders Lane, Rainham. The fire started on Friday and has continued throughout the weekend and into this week. 

The grass fire spread to a pile of mixed waste and resulted in the fire covering five acres at its height. 70 firefighters and ten fire engines from Wennington, Hornchurch and Dagenham fire stations were deployed to the blaze and made ‘steady progress’, remaining at the scene throughout the weekend. 

 

Saturday 29th June marks the 11th annual Armed Forces Day. 

Dagenham and Rainham has a long and proud service history, and this year the day will be marked in Barking and Dagenham by the Barking Royal British Legion and a fundraiser for the charity Help for Heroes, and in Havering with the annual Armed Forces Day parade. 

 

This weekend (Saturday 22nd June) the Labour Party are launching their Air Quality Campaign in London. Jon Cruddas MP has been campaigning to protect air quality across Dagenham and Rainham since September 2018 when news reached his office of a planned mass waste incinerator in Belvedere, just opposite the constituency.

The proposal is currently under examination by the Planning Inspectorate. Following this period, the final decision will rest with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. 

Over the last few weeks, residents of South Hornchurch who wrote to Havering Council objecting the proposed ‘Stopping Up Order’ (P1004.18) of Dovers Green, received letters from the council asking whether they would like to withdraw their objection.

Havering Council applied for a ‘Stopping Up Order’ to take the land bounded by New Zealand Way, Queenstown Gardens and Gisborne Gardens, Rainham, RM13 8JT (locally known as Dovers Green) out of ‘Highways’ to start development.

 

This week is national volunteers’ week 2019, a week to recognise and say thank you to the huge contribution volunteers make across sectors in society.

Since 2013 Jon Cruddas MP has run a volunteer network which is now made up of over 600 local residents acting as an early warning system for issues and concerns across Dagenham and Rainham. Jon launched the network with the notion of having a volunteer on every street. 

 

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in April 2019 was 2,350. This represents a rate of 4.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.8% in January to March 2019.

 

This week (13-19 May 2019) marks Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. Every year the Mental Health Foundation chooses an aspect or cause of mental health to focus on and in 2019 the theme is Body Image. 

Jon Cruddas MP commented: “this is an important week to raise awareness and help break down stigmatisation and discrimination. There are some fantastic resources available online to help those dealing with mental ill health, and I urge people across Dagenham and Rainham to have a look at them.”

 

Jon Cruddas MP is calling for more petition signatures against proposals to build a mass waste incineration plant opposite Rainham. The local MP has been running a campaign against plans since September 2018 and he has already made several representations on behalf of residents, including a visit to the existing Cory facility in Belvedere last month.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by Google and ParentZone with details of a fantastic opportunity for local primary schools across Dagenham and Rainham. The ‘Be Internet Legends’ teacher training is a free course which consists of a fun, interactive assembly, and a free PSHE Association accredited curriculum pack.

Last year Beam County Primary School took part and this year Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging other primary schools to take up the offer.

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