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Friday, May 22, 2020

More prohibition notices have been issued to shops breaching the government’s coronavirus guidance in Barking and Dagenham than any other London borough.

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.

Nearly a quarter of children in working households in Barking live in poverty, a study shows.

The council has estimated it will see a £24million shortfall in its finances this year as it counts the cost of the coronavirus pandemic.

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 borough’s political leaders have slammed the government’s roadmap for easing England out of lockdown restrictions.

Former engineering apprentice Elliot Dervish went back to his old college to design a gadget to keep his mum safe while she’s on duty in an NHS hospital during the coronavirus emergency.

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A group of MPs and council leaders has written to the health secretary demanding a Covid-19 test centre.

The government has not gone far enough to support vulnerable people and back town halls, councillors have said.

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.

Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the NHS, saying there is “no question” it saved his life after he contracted coronavirus.

The Home Secretary has kicked off a public awareness campaign to ensure those experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse know of the help on offer.

The council and police continue to crack down on shops that have stayed open during the coronavirus crisis against government orders to close.

Binmen out on the streets collecting household refuse each day have been “overwhelmed” with public support during the lockdown emergency.

Thousands of schoolchildren are at risk of going hungry over the Easter school holidays during the pandemic because they aren’t eligible for the government’s food voucher scheme, it has emerged.

Boris Johnson is on the mend and “sitting up in bed” the chancellor has confirmed.

Boris Johnson is “responding to treatment” in a London hospital as he battles coronavirus, Downing Street has said.

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

Boris Johnson is in a “stable” condition after spending the night in intensive care as he battles coronavirus.

The government has extended a voucher scheme to provide children free school meals over Easter.

If you see a business open that shouldn’t be, report it.

The council is planning to purchase the former Muller factory site for an undisclosed sum.

Almost 30,000 EU citizens in Barking and Dagenham have applied to live and work in the UK after Brexit, according to the Home Office.

A scheme to compensate Windrush scandal victims has been slammed by MP Dame Margaret Hodge.

The number of parents hit with £60 fines for pupil absences shot up in Barking and Dagenham last year in response to more calls for action from schools.

A trader has been fined for selling fake designer clothes in Dagenham Market.

The UK’s first commission aimed at driving down violence has been launched in the borough, with the support of MP Jess Phillips.

The number of children across Redbridge, Havering and Barking and Dagenham being referred to an emergency social services team for high profile crimes such as murder, criminal exploitation or child sexual exploitation rose sharply last year according to a new report.

MP Jess Phillips MP will join representatives from Shelter and City Hall as Barking and Dagenham Council launches the capital’s first domestic violence commission tonight, Tuesday, February 4.

A row has erupted between council leaders after one “dissed” Barking and Dagenham on the radio.

Barking and Dagenham Council’s deputy leader pledged a “budget for growth” as he answered questions during an online session.

The number of people subjected to on-the-spot searches in Barking and Dagenham has almost doubled in a year. Here are the outcomes.

The number of school pupils in the borough is set to increase to more than 50,000 in the next five years, a council report reveals.

Barking and Dagenham’s council leader has welcomed government plans to improve fire safety on buildings.

Borough leaders and school pupils will stand together on Monday as Barking and Dagenham remembers the victims of the Holocaust.

Barking and Dagenham Council is urging people to help the environment this year by signing up to its green garden waste scheme.

A Barking man was fined £15,000 for illegally building an extension to his property, after being denied the required planning permission 15 years ago.

Opportunities were missed to protect a vulnerable 11-month-old baby from Ilford who died in the care of an unqualified Vietnamese babysitter in Barking, a review has found.

Prospective Labour leader Lisa Nandy has urged voters to “be brave” as she launched her leadership campaign in Dagenham. She said otherwise the party “will die”.

Medical professionals in Barking and Dagenham and Tower Hamlets will receive extra training to recognise signs of domestic violence and offer victims support sooner.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge are sharing £15,000 from the government to tackle criminal landlords.

Thieves have targeted businesses in Barking and Dagenham more than 2,200 times in two years - but the vast majority of crimes are going unsolved.

A GP practice led by a Havering NHS commissioning boss has been placed in special measures after a damning Care Quality Commission report.

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