New figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that the number of universal credit claimants across east London surged as a coronavirus lockdown became inevitable.

Over the past eight weeks people have been encouraged to stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The leader of Barking and Dagenham council Councillor Darren Rodwell has responded to proposed plans to re-open schools from the beginning of June.

A group of MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge — have called upon the government to protect transport workers, following the revelation that so far 28 London bus drivers have died from Covid-19.

The Mayfair social club in Chadwell Heath has teamed up with Seven Kings Lions Club to provide more than 7,500 meals and 45,000 bottles of orange juice to frontline organisations across east London and Essex.

Dagenham internet sensation Carlie Townsend is performing a commemorative concert on Friday, May 8 to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Barking and Dagenham Council has urged the government to pause its plans for academy conversions during the coronavirus pandemic.

The speed of broadband has rarely felt more important, as huge numbers continue to work from home due to coronavirus.

Coronavirus has created a new normal, with lockdown affecting most aspects of daily life, including religious celebration.

A man from Dagenham who committed 32 sexual offences, including many against children, has been jailed for 15 years.

The Wellgate Community Farm is just £1,500 off its fundraising target of £5,000, as it seeks to mitigate the losses caused by coronavirus.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Dagenham, where a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The end of April is normally when charity Sycamore Trust reflects on a successful World Autism Awareness Week.

Lauren Perks knows she’ll dance again. The 22-year-old from Dagenham is battling functional neurological disorder (FND), though you wouldn’t know from her overwhelmingly positive attitude.

An impromptu garden concert by Dagenham resident Carlie Townsend has racked up more than 40,000 views on Facebook.

A group of 59 MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge and Havering — have urged Matt Hancock to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

An inspection of the Rush Green Medical Centre has found considerable improvements, after an initial assessment by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the practice as Inadequate.

Every Thursday evening the country pauses to salute an NHS valiantly battling coronavirus.

Both Barking and Dagenham MPs have expressed their well wishes to prime minister Boris Johnson as he remains in intensive care at London’s St Thomas’ Hospital.

A group of 93 MPs have called upon Royal Mail to offer greater protection for postal workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The consequences of coronavirus feel endless, as the pandemic has stolen lives, jobs and freedom.

The coronavirus outbreak has strengthened community spirit, as people and organisations rally around society’s most vulnerable.

Residents of an entire Dagenham street came out in force to wish Vera Venables a happy birthday as she turned 89 on Tuesday, March 31.

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at an industrial estate on Kingsbridge Road, Barking.

A Barking humanitarian worker has told how she spent 10 days struggling to get home from Cambodia as the coronavirus crisis led to international borders closing.

Two months ago Dagenham actor Victor Olusina excitedly announced he had secured a leading role in the off-West End play Warped Sacrifice.

Do you have a support group or organisation in Barking and Dagenham which is helping those in need during the coronavirus pandemic? Email reporter and we will update the directory.

The Vicarage Field shopping centre in Barking has announced two major changes as the UK enters into a three-week lockdown.

The coronavirus crisis is dominating the headlines, with the number of confirmed cases standing at 3,269 as of yesterday (March 20).


The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs and support business across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

People working for a wide range of private companies have been standing side-by-side with public sector staff on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.

The United Kingdom is pulling together as one, with people from all regions and all four nations of the country helping each other through the coronavirus pandemic.

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