Secret plans recently leaked to the press have revealed that London Mayor, Boris Johnson intends to close all of the 268 underground and overground ticket offices in London over the next two years. This is bad news for Londoners but could also have a detrimental effect on local commuters.The closures will affect three stations across the area seeing local job losses at Dagenham Heathway, Dagenham East and Elm Park in the Havering side of the constituency. As well as job losses, closures could be detrimental to public safety by putting late night commuters at a higher risk of crime and increased feelings of vulnerability.Jon said: “These proposed closures will seriously impede local commuters, making their journeys more difficult and less safe. Reports suggest that it is not only ticket office staff, but station guards and managers that will lose their jobs as well. “Over the past few years the security has improved and anti-social behaviour has dropped significantly at all of our local stations – however these cuts are set to change that. Older commuters and children will feel vulnerable late at night and there are real concerns about having insufficient staff at the station to deal with emergencies.“The Tory-led coalition government are putting public safety at risk in order to save money which is totally unacceptable. I will be doing everything I can, by raising a petition and writing to Boris Johnson and the TFL to condemn these deplorable and economically damaging cuts.” Fill out the petition form below to join the fight and make your voice heard!

*PHOTO TAKEN IN 2018 - LtoR: Sean Connolly, Fay Hough, Trevor McKeever, Jon Cruddas

 

Last month, Jon Cruddas MP’s team had the pleasure of meeting with Billy Adams, one of Dagenham Boxing Clubs finest. Dagenham Boxing Club is a non-profit, voluntary organisation which is dedicated to young people in the local community. When many young men would head home after school to play video games, Billy would head to the club. His dedication to the sport has resulted in Billy being a three-time national champion.

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At the end of March Santander announced that they will be closing 111 of their high street branches across the UK. This announcement included the Dagenham Heathway branch. Santander are one of many banks that have announced closures over the past 12 months.

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in February 2021 was 6,860. This represents a rate of 9.8% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.5%.

There are 4170 more claimants than in February 2020 before the UK lockdown began and 490 more claimants than January 2021.

 

A Greater London Authority report published in May 2020 highlights that more than half of all deaths within London attributable to emissions from waste incineration facilities occur within just nine boroughs. The research clearly shows Barking and Dagenham and Havering as having the highest concentration of particulates and other harmful emissions as a direct result of incineration.

 

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been contacted by a number of concerned residents regarding the recent spate of dognapping incidents in the area.

As a dog owner Jon Cruddas MP shares the concerns raised by constituents and has been liaising with the local police to ascertain how prolific reports of dognapping are across Dagenham and Rainham. Residents have alleged that the Rush Green area, among others has been targeted.

 

Today a local girl guide leader contacted Jon Cruddas MP to inform him of the sad and worrying news of a proposal to close the Girlguiding campsites at Chigwell Row and Cudham Shaw. The campsites offer vital green spaces for local young people of all backgrounds.  

 

The Government’s new flagship ‘Levelling Up’ Fund will prioritise the Chancellor’s own local authority, where houses are currently on sale for £2.5 million, for regeneration which will funnel money away from areas with higher levels of need.

Barking and Dagenham has been included in the first tier of priority, which does not in itself secure investment, and Havering has been placed in the second priority tier.

 

On Wednesday (March 3) a new freeport was given the go-ahead for Dagenham. The joint bid which includes Ford and Forth Ports will create thousands of new jobs at the Thames Freeport. The plans have not been without contention and concerns have been raised about the potential for tax evasion and a race to the bottom for workers’ rights.

Jon Cruddas MP was supportive of the plans which were also backed by Labour-led Barking and Dagenham Council.

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