Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is encouraging local charities and good causes across the constituency to apply for over £3million of funding that has been raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Applications are open from 6 February until 20 February, where a whole host of good causes from social enterprises to voluntary groups and registered charities are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000.

2019 kicked into full swing in Havering as Havering Council announced the securing of £800k, as part of the Local London Partnership, to be used to improve digital connectivity in the Rainham area. The money was secured through the London Authority’s Strategic Investment Pot.

The Council have claimed that the new fibre connection will provide a world class infrastructure and could be used to help manage transport, traffic planning, community safety and environmental monitoring.

Jon Cruddas MP received some exciting news last week for the young people of Havering. Extra funding has been provided by the Mayor of London for the Young Londoner Fund. The Mayor’s Office just announced a further £13.2m of Young Londoners Fund grants across 72 projects.

The Mayor has created the Young Londoners Fund to help London’s children and young adults make the most of our amazing city. The Mayor's new Young Londoners Fund will help children and young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime.

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 April the Mayor of London held an emergency summit on violent crime, calling on people from across the political spectrum as well as the Police Commissioner to discuss ways that we can tackle violent crime, particularly youth crime.

This week Sadiq Khan has launched the Young Londoners Fund which has been created to support a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities for children aged 10 to 21 in response to rising violent crime in the capital.

On Friday the 25th of August Havering’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced that they have secured a share of over £1.2 million funding from NHS England to recruit GPs from overseas. The local scheme will see 35 GP’s recruited to work in Havering, with hopes that the recruitment drive will help improve patient access to primary care services.

Aviva has recently launched its annual Aviva Community Fund. The competition which is open until 11 October 2016 encourages community groups, charities and the general public to submit ideas and plans for community projects that would truly make a difference to the local area. Entrants can submit plans big and small, requesting up to Up to £1,000, £5,000, £10,000 or £25,000 worth of funding to make the project a reality.

Last Thursday Jon Cruddas MP asked a question in the House of Commons on school places in Barking and Dagenham. Jon's opening statement can be found below, and the full debate can be found here: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2016-03-17a.1204.0&s=speaker%3...

GP’s in Barking and Dagenham and Havering, with the support of local MP Jon Cruddas, have successfully applied for a £5.6M grant to implement improved access to services and to further support complex care needs.   

This additional funding will help services look at how best to meet the needs of patients. As everyone knows, local health services are under real pressure, and GPs are determined to do their bit to help improve care for patients in the local community.

Jon Cruddas MP visited Chafford School in Rainham to discuss the schools application for a Department for Education grant to rebuild the Chafford Sports Complex.

Chafford Sports Complex is in a state of disrepair and structurally the site is in a very poor condition. The school has applied for a grant from the Capital Academies Fund from the Department for Education. The grant will also be used to fix a very alarming problem with the schools’ electrical supply.