The number of Universal Credit claimants in Barking and Dagenham has risen by just under 1.5 per cent over the past month, according to the latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

A woman has been made an MBE in recognition of her lifelong devotion to the Sikh community.

The East Area is to run its first ever online LGBTQ+ forum tomorrow evening (Wednesday October 21) from 6pm.

The Tremeloes’ original drummer — and frequent lead singer — Dave Munden has died aged 76.

A departing teacher from Barking’s Ripple Primary School has been presented with a certificate to commemorate 40 years of service.

Have you seen Kadri, 17, who has been missing from the Romford area?

A total of 387 new claims for Universal Credit were made in Barking and Dagenham between July and August, according to the latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The government’s latest Affordable Homes Programme neglects renters, according to Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas.

Taniya Perera’s move to Romford has paid off, with the 36-year-old well on her way to the career she envisioned back in 2018 when she decided to relocate from Sri Lanka.

A Covid-19 patient from Chadwell Heath has left the ITU at King George Hospital after 121 days.

The National Autistic Society estimates there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, with one in every 100 people on the spectrum.

The film released by Barking and Dagenham Council as part of its anti-youth violence campaign has been viewed almost 25,000 in two weeks.

The number of new claims for universal credit has fallen as the UK continues to recover from coronavirus.

A teenager from Marks Gate has been jailed for five years after being caught with a firearm and ammunition.

Barking and Dagenham Council has congratulated students in the borough on their A-level results, which saw most secure their chosen destination, despite difficulties in downgrading.

Elutec Academy has enjoyed a successful A-level and Level 3 vocational results day, with many of its Year 13 students securing the results they need to move toward their desired career.

Barking and Dagenham Council has launched its Lost Hours campaign to address the problem of youth violence in the borough.

A detective specialising in keeping young people out of gangs has appeared on author Jennifer Gilmour’s Abuse Talk podcast to discuss the exploitation of young people.

A detective has been given a commendation for her work with families in Barking and Dagenham.

The leader of Barking and Dagenham Council has urged the government to clarify its advice on home-to-school transport for children with special education needs.

The government’s proposed changes to the planning system are “potentially disastrous” for Londoners, according to Barking and Dagenham Council Leader Councillor Darren Rodwell.

The government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme is enjoying its second week across Barking and Dagenham.

Birthdays are often a time to reflect; both on years passed, and all those still to come.

Dagenham Market may now be closed after 18 years as a community mainstay, but its legacy lives on.

The number of new claims for universal credit fell between between May and June as the UK continues to recover from coronavirus.

Two more arrests have been made in an ongoing intelligence operation targeting drug dealing and violence across Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering.

An MP has backed calls to add a Sikh tick box to the 2021 census, amid an ongoing legal battle over the group’s omission.

The stamp duty holiday could save Barking and Dagenham buyers thousands of pounds, according to local estate agents.

A virtual memorial has been held to mark the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide which killed more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims.

The Autism Hub in Romford’s Liberty shopping centre is open once again after coronavirus forced it to close for 14 weeks.


With winter fast approaching, it is now more important than ever for us all to carry on following COVID-19 precautions to help stop the spread of the virus by always observing the three-tier local restrictions and remembering three key words – Hands, Face, Space.

The NHS COVID-19 app can make a real difference to how we all tackle the pandemic, protecting our loved ones and those most at risk from coronavirus. Everyone aged 16 and over across England and Wales can download the app for free and play their part in combating the pandemic.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start for the small and medium-sized companies. Let’s get businesses ready to take advantage of new opportunities...

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