Today a local girl guide leader contacted Jon Cruddas MP to inform him of the sad and worrying news of a proposal to close the Girlguiding campsites at Chigwell Row and Cudham Shaw. The campsites offer vital green spaces for local young people of all backgrounds.

Today Jon Cruddas MP and his team have been given welcome news for Rainham residents. Plans for a lateral flow Covid-19 testing site have been put into place. The site will be opened next week and located in Rainham village close to the station in Celtic Farm Road.

Residents will be able to book online for a test, or walk in options are available. The aim is to give those tested their results within the hour.

The official announcement is still due. As soon as this is received, more information will be available.

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in January 2021 was 6,425. This represents a rate of 9.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.2%.

There are 3,885 more claimants than in January 2020 before the UK lockdown began and 85 less claimants than December 2020. There are currently 13,510 individuals in Dagenham and Rainham on Universal Credit.

Jon Cruddas MP moved his constituency office to a new location on Thursday 4th February. The move caused a number of disruptions, but Jon and his team have now confirmed that normal business has resumed. The staff are all still working from home in line with government guidance.

The new postal address is:

New analysis by the Labour Party estimates that 8,710 people were still furloughed by their employer in late January across Dagenham and Rainham. And seven months on from the Chancellor's ‘Plan for Jobs', 6,585 people are claiming out of work benefits in the constituency.

The Chancellor initially triggered a one-size-fits-all wind down of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) in his Plan for Jobs last July. After several last-minute changes over the autumn and winter, the scheme is now set to expire at the end of April.

As of Thursday 04 February, the office of Jon Cruddas MP can be found on the London East Business and Technical Park opposite Dagenham East station. Jon and his team will be moving in with Unite the Union at a purpose-built office space.

The new postal address should constituents wish to contact their MP is:

Rainham Village has suffered repeated flooding in recent months. Many residents in Brookway, South Hall Drive, Stirling Close and nearby roads had flood water enter their homes causing damage to property and long lasting disruption and distress to families.

At the end of December it was announced that the store Tesco Rainham Extra will be one of the first Tesco stores to have Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points installed. This means customers will be able to get full charge, for most vehicles, in around one hour.

During first installations the focus was on mainly 7KW (fast) chargers, which are free for customers. Tesco are now focusing on delivering a number of 50KW (rapid) chargers which are available for customers at a small cost, in line with market rates.

Students in Dagenham and Rainham can now be given an extra chance to access leading universities and apprenticeships. Applications for the Sutton Trust Summer Schools are now open to young people in Dagenham and Rainham.

In November 2020 Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by patients of the Spring Farm GP surgery, which has operated for 30 years on Upminster Road North in Rainham, concerned about rumours the practice would close in 2021.

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