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.

Rainham Post Office has been announced a finalist in the Community Engagement category at the Post Office's ‘We're Stronger Together' regional awards for Greater London. The awards recognise the efforts made by postmasters across the region to keep branches open during the Covid-19 pandemic and serving their local community.

Rainham Post Office was a finalist in the Community Engagement category at the Post Office's ‘We're Stronger Together' regional awards for the Greater London region.

This week is Royal Mail's National Dog Awareness Week (Monday 6 July – Friday 10 July 2020), a week set aside to raise awareness of the postmen and women who have suffered dog attacks whilst doing their job. Last year 2,445 postal workers were attacked when delivering the post and some of these incidents have left postal workers seriously injured both physically and emotionally.

On 31 March 2020 Jon Cruddas MP contacted the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport urging greater support for local newspapers and independent media outlets. The Government response outlined a programme to take out adverts in local papers as part of their Covid-19 public awareness campaign in a bid to offer financial support.

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