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!

 

Over the weekend Dagenham Rugby Club was targeted by vandals who set fire to the storage container that housed all of the training and pitch equipment for the team. Unfortunately, there was very little salvaged. Equipment lost included scrum machines, tackle bags, post protectors etc.

Dagenham RUFC is an amateur club and have started a ‘go fund me’ page for donations to replace items by the start of the new season.

London City Airport has launched a new £75,000 Community Fund to support local charities and organisations that represent inclusive and diverse communities across East London.

Grants ranging from £300 to £3,000 are available for charities and not-for-profit organisations to enable significant and positive change for communities across East London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Epping Forest District Council, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Lambeth, Lewisham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Teachers from 10 schools in Barking and Dagenham have been congratulated for their role in an innovative pilot to help improve how schools support children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs at an event in Parliament today.

At the launch of the results today, teachers from William Bellamy school in Dagenham presented to an audience of fellow teachers, education experts and MPs about their experience on the pilot.

Monday 20th May 2019 marks the start of Dementia Awareness Week.

The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.

The Barking & Dagenham and Havering Young Londoners Local Network is a new project funded by the Mayor of London and delivered by Barking and Dagenham CVS. The network has two aims:

 

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.

Child poverty is becoming the ‘new normal’ in parts of Britain as fastest rises in poverty hit the poorest areas.

The UK’s leading child poverty coalition is calling for the UK’s major Parties to outline ambitious child poverty-reduction strategies as new data published today shows that child poverty is becoming the norm in some parts of Britain, with more than 50% of children living trapped in poverty in some constituencies.

 

This week (13-19 May 2019) marks Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. Every year the Mental Health Foundation chooses an aspect or cause of mental health to focus on and in 2019 the theme is Body Image. 

Jon Cruddas MP commented: “this is an important week to raise awareness and help break down stigmatisation and discrimination. There are some fantastic resources available online to help those dealing with mental ill health, and I urge people across Dagenham and Rainham to have a look at them.”

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by Google and ParentZone with details of a fantastic opportunity for local primary schools across Dagenham and Rainham. The ‘Be Internet Legends’ teacher training is a free course which consists of a fun, interactive assembly, and a free PSHE Association accredited curriculum pack.

Last year Beam County Primary School took part and this year Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging other primary schools to take up the offer.

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