38 cross-party MPs, including Jon Cruddas have backed a campaign started by Virendra Sharma MP which calls on the Government to increase the pay of social care workers and nurses to at least the living wage, in recognition of their immense effort during the coronavirus public health emergency.

 

Over the last few weeks of lockdown in Dagenham and Rainham we have begun to see what commentators have called a ‘crisis within a crisis’ referring to the alarming lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) across the health sector and social care facilities.

Jon Cruddas MP has worked alongside neighbouring MPs and local businesses to coordinate what PPE is available to the places that need it, but this week it has emerged through anonymous tip-offs that care homes are suffering the brunt of the crisis.

Monday 10th October (today) is World Mental Health Day, and with rising mental health issues nationally this year more charities and organisations are working together to raise awareness. This year the theme set by the Mental Health Foundation is psychological first aid, and they are encouraging ‘Tea & Talk’ events across the country to help raise awareness about the support that people can provide to those in distress. You can find out more about these events, and how to host your own by clicking HERE

This Thursday 3rd December is International Day of People with Disability and will mark the 13th year of raising awareness in the borough. As this is the 50th anniversary of the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham there will be a special theme for the day. This year will see the Barking and Dagenham Progress Project highlight 50 years of disability access, health and social care, benefits, education and sport.