Today (Friday 8 January) Havering Council have announced the closure of all libraries within the borough until at least mid-February as an additional measure in the fight against Covid-19. After an initial closure period which lasted until November 2020, libraries have been open for the collection and return of books and pre-booked essential computer/internet access.

Late fees are to remain suspended.

This week the rollout of the Covid vaccine in north east London has begun, with vaccinations being offered at ten Primary Care Network (PCN) sites with more to come. A vaccination hub at Queen's Hospital in Romford also goes live this week, see: www.bhrhospitals.nhs.uk/news/vaccination-hub-opens-at-queens-hospital-with-care-home-workers-among-the-first-to-get-game-changer-jab-2705

In 2019 London City Airport undertook an extensive 16-week public consultation on their draft master plan which proposed airport expansion and a change to operating hours. The plans raised a number of concerns which ranged from increased noise pollution in flight path areas to issues of air quality. Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by many constituents during the consultation period and met with London City Airport to discuss their concerns.

On Monday 14 December the Trussell Trust Rainham Foodbank are hosting ‘A Hope for the Season' via YouTube. The event will be a virtual Christmas party for the community, and in particular those that rely on the services they provide throughout the year.

The event will be broadcast live via YouTube here: https://bit.ly/3qhqoaa

After over two years fighting against a second mass waste incinerator in Belvedere the case is finally closed, and the Government approved site will now go ahead. Jon Cruddas MP launched a campaign against the proposals back in 2018 when all reports suggested it would damage air quality, human health, and biodiversity across the south of Dagenham and Rainham.

The campaign attracted far reaching support from the Mayor of London, neighbouring MPs such as Abena Oppong-Asare and environmental groups including Greenpeace and the Wildlife Trusts.

Over the course of the last few months c2c have been in the process of adapting services to meet the needs of customers. Covid-19 has seen a significant drop in journeys. In October, the number of daily travellers had risen to a high of 42% of pre-Covid levels. By the end of November that figure had fallen back down to 30%.

A recent update sent to Jon Cruddas MP outlined the following measures:

The reports of closure early in the New Year of the Spring Farm GP surgery in Upminster Road North have brought about protests from local residents.

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham for September 2020 was 6,580. This represents a rate of 9.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.5%.

This is the highest rate of unemployed claimants since the constituency was created in 2010. It is worth noting that the number of claimants had been stable at around the 3,000 mark until the start of lockdown. Since the start of the pandemic and subsequent safety measures coming into force there has been an increase of 3,845 unemployed claimants.

Following the flash floods in August which disproportionately affected homes in the Rainham area Jon Cruddas MP issued a survey and his team liaised directly with residents to find out the extent of the issues. Jon then contacted the Chief Executive urging Havering Council to address three principal concerns:

This week the Mayor of London conveyed to MPs Jon Cruddas and Abena-Oppong-Asare that plans for a judicial review into the government's controversial rubber stamping of a second waste incinerator at Belvedere had been dropped.

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