The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in May 2021 was 6,530. This represents a rate of 9.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.0%.

There are 3,795 more claimants than in March 2020 before the UK lockdown began. Note the majority of this increase happed in March-May 2020 at the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Today is Clean Air Day 2021 and this year the theme is "protect our children's health from air pollution". Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign which helps to drive a positive shift in public knowledge and action; and is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information, and make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

This week (14-20 June 2021) is the first ever Renters' Rights Awareness Week and Generation Rent have organised a number of online events in conjunction with trade unions such as the GMB, Community and Unison and the week itself is funded by The Barrow Cadbury Trust.

At the end of May Dagenham United Charity, Box Up Crime and EMH Hawks U8's football club were nominated to be part of the Asda Foundation's brand-new Green Token Giving online voting scheme. Customers may have seen the green token scheme in store, but to make voting easier following lockdown online voting is now possible.

Each year, the Asda Foundation invests over £1.4m to more than 4000 good causes through Green Token Giving. The cause with the most online votes will receive a £500 donation while second and third place each receive £200.

At the beginning of June Transport for London reached an agreement with the Government which extends financial support for services until December 2021. The additional £1.08 billion of base funding means that TfL will be able to:

Last month (May) plans to further expand waste incineration at Belvedere came to light. Jon Cruddas MP who fought against the original expansion over a two-year campaign, raised his concerns and opposition with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Jon's letter to the Secretary of State can be found HERE

The Ship is a Christian community cafe that is based in the centre of Rainham Village. It's been open for 25 years but in the last 6 years it's also been offering help to the most in need within our local community. They offer hot home cooked meals, delicious cakes, bags of shopping, and food bank vouchers. Along with feeding the local community they welcome the elderly, lonely, bereaved, or someone who just wants to have a chat, offering a cuppa tea and a slice of cake.

This week the Child Poverty Action Group held a briefing session for MPs ahead of the Westminster Hall debate on Child Food Poverty planned for Monday 24 May.

The session highlighted that there are currently 4.3 million children living in households below the poverty line, and that based on pre-pandemic data at least two in five children living in poverty across England were ineligible for free school meals.

A 2020 GLA report found that the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham and Havering have the highest mortality rate attributable to Energy from Waste emissions in London, yet despite this, waste incineration company Cory have applied to expand operations in Belvedere.

Last year a coalition of MPs, councillors, and environmental organisations lost a two-year battle with Cory, which resulted in the government approving plans for a second mass waste incinerator opposite Dagenham and Rainham on the banks of the Thames.

This week is Dementia Awareness Week. Jon Cruddas MP has long supported a number of dementia charities and made the case, that with an ageing population, more investment must be directed towards adult social care.

This year to mark the week and raise awareness Jon has asked local Dagenham resident and member of Tide Carers Janis Cottee to explain how the pandemic has impacted social care in our communities and the lives of carers.

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