Since early December 2016 rumours have been circulating regarding the future of full time care staff at a number of the boroughs sheltered accommodations. On Friday 13th January Jon Cruddas MP visited Ted Hennem house in Dagenham’s Heath Ward to find out more. The issue was brought to the MPs attention by the GMB Union who represent many of the staff. Ted Hennem House alongside two other local sheltered accommodations are currently home to 42 of the boroughs elderly residents, which are looked after by a number of full time care assistants.

With the help of Jon Cruddas, elderly residents living at the Wyhill Walk Sheltered Housing area in Dagenham have secured additional post box facilities.

The decision by the Royal Mail group to grant the post box is great news for the residents who were previously forced to walk a distance to post any letters. The newly installed box will enable many to keep in touch with relatives and receive important post where previously they simply could not.