The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2018 was 1,745. This represents a rate of 3.4% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.8%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from the survey data, was 4.2% in March to May 2018.

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 65 higher than June 2017 and 15 higher than May 2018. There were 315 claimants aged 18-24 in June 2018, 40 lower than June 2017.

This week residents of New Cottages, Wennington contacted Jon Cruddas MP regarding parking tickets being issued along Wennington Road. For those who live on Wennington Road, parking options are minimal, so many residents park their cars on land opposite their home. For approximately 25 years, this has never been an issue – until now.

Jon Cruddas MP wrote to Havering Council questioning the sudden change. He also relayed the residents’ concerns that the road was becoming hazardous in places due to alternate parking options.

Jon Cruddas has worked tirelessly to increase the C2C trainlines from the various problems they have had in the past. After an extensive consultation in early 2017, thousands of residents voiced their outrage at the poor service they were receiving from the C2C trainlines. Due to this, Jon met with C2C bosses to discuss the ongoing issues with their services through Rainham.

We must never forget the strikes at the Dagenham Ford plant. This week we celebrate this major contribution to British post-war history. The brave actions of these local women some 50 years ago led to the Equal Pay Act - a major turning point in achieving equality at work between men and women in this country. Dagenham has a long proud history of working class women standing up for their rights, and the fight they started back in 1968 is one that continues today. We have come on leaps and bounds since 1968 but there is still a prevalent gender pay gap which needs to be overturned.

On May 17th 2018, local autism charity ‘The Sycamore Trust’ released a statement regarding funding cuts implemented by Havering Council. Two of the trust’s Wednesday night clubs had been told to ‘shut down immediately’ after the local authority withdrew vital funding. Both youth clubs provided activities for children and young people with autism, and adults with learning difficulties.

In March Jon Cruddas MP co-signed a letter to Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth pushing for a consultation on the effectiveness of enforcement against unauthorised encampments. The consultation had been promised by Ministers in 2017 but not delivered.

The government have now launched a 10 week public consultation which started on 5 April and ends on 15 June. The consultation seeks to understand more about the issues around the effectiveness of existing powers to remove unauthorised encampments.

There are over 45,000 new cases of prostate cancer every year in the UK. Just over 11,000 of those cases result in fatality. The ‘March for Men’ was established by Prostate Cancer UK to raise awareness and funds for crucial research. The charity are investing heavily in research that'll change the game for men, meaning better diagnosis, better treatment and better prospects after treatment.

Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging local residents to get involved with the fundraising by registering and taking part in the annual ‘March for Men’ event in June. Full details are as follows:

Today Jon Cruddas MP opposed a recent planning application made to Havering Council for four new residential homes to be built on Green Belt adjacent to Brettons Cottages on Rainham Road. Concerns were raised by residents that any compromise of the Green Belt could lead to a greater number of applications in the future.

If granted, the construction of four new dwellings would see the loss of a community football pitch, which is used on a weekly basis by residents. It would also see removal of flora and fauna as well as some land infill.

Local MP Jon Cruddas visited Year 12 pupils at Robert Clack School last month to hear about their progress as part of The Scholars Programme – a prestigious national scheme which gives school pupils an opportunity to experience university-style learning. 

Saturday 28th April 2018 is International Workers Memorial Day.  Barking, Dagenham and Havering Trades Union Council will be planting a tree on the green, opposite Rainham Library highlighting a forgotten tragic event which caused injury to many local people and stole the lives of seven men working at The JC and J Fields Factory, a former soap manufacturer, which had been rented by Rainham Chemical Works and housed several volatile chemicals. 

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