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.

 

This week Trevor McKeever, a member of Jon Cruddas MP’s south Havering action team and 2018 local election candidate has received a prize from Rainham Tesco in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the community during lockdown.

 

At the beginning of the year the government took the decision to approve a second mass waste incinerator at Belvedere, a decision which had the potential to damage human health, air quality and biodiversity across Rainham, South Hornchurch and the Bexley area.

 

Over the last few days Jon Cruddas MP has been liaising with residents who have suffered as a result of flooding in the Rainham area to try and ensure that support is in place for those that need it. Today Jon has written to the Chief Executive of Havering Council raising concerns about the state of drainage in the areas that suffered most.

 

Following last night’s torrential downpour many residents in the Rainham area have been affected by heavy flooding. Many have contacted Jon Cruddas MP asking him to make representations to Havering Council on their behalf.

This morning (Sunday 16 August) Jon Cruddas contacted the Chief Executive of Havering Council seeking assurances that residents will receive the support they need, and that efforts will be made to address the drainage issues and the fallout from last night.

The response from the council stated:

 

Earlier this month, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham added his name to a cross party campaign urging the Chancellor to ensure countries that are suffering from the economic fallout of Covid-19 pandemic are given the full debt cancellation they need to survive, recover and rebuild from this crisis.

 

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2020 was 6,215. This represents a rate of 8.9% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.3%.

There are 3,480 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began, but 105 less than in May 2020.

 

Earlier this month, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham was contacted by a number of residents who raised concerns about the accessibility of Rainham Post Office on Wennington Road. The concerns centred on lack of parking provision which could hamper disabled and elderly residents from accessing services.

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