The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in April 2019 was 2,350. This represents a rate of 4.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.8% in January to March 2019.

This week Jon Cruddas MP was informed by Citizens Advice Havering about the new ‘Help to Claim’ service which CA are now providing. The service helps individuals make a Universal Credit claim.

Through ‘Help to Claim’ Citizens Advice Havering can provide people with advice on how to apply for Universal Credit and support them through the application process. The trained advisers can help an individual to:

·       Set-up their Universal Credit account

·       Complete their claim to-dos

·       Verify their identity

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in March 2019 was 2,235. This represents a rate of 4.1% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.4%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.9% in December 2018 to February 2019.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in January 2019 was 2,035. This represents a rate of 3.7% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.1%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.0% in October to December 2018.

This week Chancellor Philip Hammond produced his last budget before we exit the European Union. There were plenty of tricks in his Red Box.

Some were good, like his support for the Long Live the Local campaign led by the British Beer and Pub Association, which resulted in a .a freeze on Beer Duty Tax and greater business rate relief for smaller local pubs.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in July 2018 was 1,765. 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 survey data, was 4.0% in April to June 2018.

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 140 higher than July 2017 and 20 higher than June 2018. There were 325 claimants aged 18-24 in July 2018, 20 lower than July 2017.

New statistics released this week show that child poverty is rising twice as fast as government figures suggest. Child poverty is defined as any child living in a household with an income of less than 60 per cent of the national average, after housing costs are considered.

About one in every four children from Elm Park, South Hornchurch and Rainham and Wennington live in families that are struggling below the poverty line. The overall child poverty rate for Havering is 22 per cent. In Dagenham the proportion of children living in poverty is 36.6pc.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in May 2018 was 1,720. This represents a rate of 3.3% 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 survey data, was 4.2% in February to April 2018.

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 25 higher than May 2017 and 35 higher than April 2018. There were 330 claimants aged 18-24 in May 2018, 25 lower than May 2017.

The rollout of Universal Credit is currently affecting the claimant count. Changes in claimant numbers may be a result of the rollout rather than changes in economic conditions.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in April 2018 was 1,680. This represents a rate of 3.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.9%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.2% between January and March 2018.

New data has revealed that new housing benefit applicants in Havering are having to wait almost three weeks for their claims to be processed. Last year, new claimants waited on average 19 days for their application to be completed.

Waiting time for applicants can be a very worrying time, with families fearful of notices of eviction if the application isn’t processed quick enough.

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