On Monday 27th of March, day one of Autism Awareness Week, Havering Coordinator Fay Hough visited Tree Tops Day Project in Rainham. Tree Tops is a day project for adults with learning disabilities which opened in 2010. They provide a stimulating environment where people can participate in different activities and realise their full potential. Adults can leave site every day and attend leisure activities such as swimming and bingo, as well as learning important life skills such as shopping, cooking and hands on money skills.

There has been a lot of activity in South Havering recently with important campaigns running successfully. Campaigns include Jon’s ‘C2C Service Consultation’, ‘Save Hornchurch Job Centre’ and ‘Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour’ campaign. With spirits high and lots of information to be shared Jon is looking to his constituency for help, Jon needs you!

The office of Jon Cruddas MP is excited to announce that one of its star volunteers, Janis Cottee, will be participating in a webinar for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health this upcoming Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 from 12:00 – 13:00 in honour of World Delirium Day.

Janis, who has gone from strength to strength at Jon’s office, has also been invited to speak at numerous public events on the subject of dementia over the last few years – relaying her own personal story.

Here is this months Barking and Dagenham Post column from Jon Cruddas MP, first published online 08/03/2017.

Today is international Women’s Day, which marks a celebration of the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women. This year the Spring Budget falls on International Women’s Day, and Labour MPs are calling on the government to guarantee a budget that works for women.

The Boundary Review entered its next phase today, with all comments and suggested proposal amendments received during the initial consultation being published online. The initial comments can be found by using the filter bar on the left of the webpage and selecting ‘Dagenham and Rainham Boro Const’ in the ‘Existing Constituency’ drop down menu. The link to the website is here: https://www.bce2018.org.uk/search/comments

Since June 2015, Permission Homes Ltd have been in discussions with LB Havering regarding the redevelopment of the old Rainham Library. In January 2016, Permission Homes submitted plans to Havering Council to build 62 new homes in Broadway, Rainham. Since the news has broken to the public, Jon Cruddas MP has been inundated with concerns from Rainham residents. Residents are concerned about the impact this redevelopment will have on the local community. Schools are reaching full capacity and doctors’ surgeries are under immense strain, another concern raised.

Many local residents have contacted their MP Jon Cruddas feeling dissatisfied with the service at Rainham’s c2c station. Residents have raised the issue of overcrowding on the platform and the inadequate number of carriages used during peak hours at the station. With National Express securing in recent weeks an agreement in principle with Trentitalia for the acquisition of c2c, residents are worried the new timetable released on January 9th by c2c and the upheaval of the new ownership will affect their commute to and from work.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has backed calls for a new scheme to help thousands of families regain control of their finances. Data from the Bank of England shows unsecured household debt is currently rising at its fastest rate since the financial crisis.

  • Dagenham and Rainham revealed as one of the top constituencies in London for upgrading to British Gas smart meters
  • ‘Smartest area’ crown comes as the company installs its 3 millionth smart meter this month

Londoners are looking to get energy savvy and help keep their bills down, according to new figures revealed by British Gas.

As Christmas draws closer and 2016 comes to an end, I think it is important to remember all the victories we have shared in the past 12 months. Together we have successfully deferred many plans that would have seen our green spaces compromised across Rainham, South Hornchurch, and Elm Park at Ingrebourne Hill, Dovers Farm, and in Wennington Village. In Dagenham, after an 18 month campaign we secured the future of the iconic Civic Centre with Coventry University leasing the building to offer the boroughs first Higher Education facility.