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Half of children in Barking and Dagenham live in poverty, a study shows.

People are having to wait up to 13 weeks for blood tests in the borough.

A group of London councils has called on the government not to ignore deprivation and poverty in east London as it distributes a fund designed to help tackle inequality.

A shisha bar in Barking has been shut down after it “continuously” broke the government’s coronavirus rules.

A group of youngsters have shared their experiences of life in lockdown and being back at school with their MP.

A woman was forced to move her children out for more than a month after the family’s temporary accommodation was left without heating and hot water during the winter.

King George Hospital is set to receive £15million in government funding over the next two years to improve its emergency department.

The town hall has joined a national network leading a push for an economic recovery which “leaves no one behind”.

Young people are among those urged to register to vote as part of a week-long campaign to increase voter numbers.

Barking and Dagenham Council has written to Asda demanding it do more to force customers to wear masks, accusing the supermarket chain of “creating a public health risk and putting profits before people”.

The MP for Dagenham has slammed the government after Tory counterparts voted against recommendations made during the Grenfell Tower inquiry.

Two people have been fined £400 for flytipping after featuring in the council’s “wall of shame” CCTV appeal video series.

The coronavirus test and trace system has failed to reach almost a third of the borough’s positive cases, government figures reveal.

The government has been warned a planned end to a ban on evictions could lead to an “avalanche” of people being forced out of their homes.

Projects like the Dagenham East film studios and East Bank in Stratford can help fulfil the “huge potential” of those areas, London’s mayor has said.

The number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for routine treatment at the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) soared to a record high in June, new figures reveal.

The Mayor of London has praised the “bold” vision behind the Dagenham film studios project after City Hall give it the green light.

A new training centre for London Ambulance Service call handlers has been opened by the Mayor of London in Barking.

Barking and Dagenham Council will reconsider blue badge applications that were rejected in the last six months following a local government ombudmsan investigation into the process.

A woman on a family trip to Dubai allegedly withdrew thousands of pounds which were meant to pay for her child’s carer.

Barking and Dagenham Council does not intend to increase the number of councillors ahead of a ward boundary review.

The town hall’s finance chief has described a £2.4million boost to the council’s coronavirus hit coffers as “a drop in the ocean”.

BAME people in Barking and Dagenham are being urged to join the Met in a recruitment drive, as City Hall looks at diversifying the police force.

The town hall could be forced to make cuts of almost £40million over the next four years, a report shows.

A group of MPs has demanded the government continue to provide free travel for young people.

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.

An investigation that led to more than 60,000 items of fake clothing being recovered helped earn the council’s trading standards team a national award.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a number of measures to boost the ailing economy, including cuts to VAT and stamp duty, alongside bonuses for employers who bring back furloughed workers.

Plans for London’s largest Hollywood-style film studios in Dagenham have been given the go-ahead.

A fly tipper and litterer have been fined after being caught in the act by council officers.

The council has assembled a team of enforcement officers to crackdown on pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and other businesses today (July 4).

The leader of the council has accused the government of kicking commuters in the teeth with fare and congestion charge hikes.

The family of a deceased Windrush scandal victim has been waiting almost two years for compensation.

Academic associations across the country are calling on the government to support “a new deal for higher education” saying a temporary bailout isn’t enough to help them get through the pandemic and beyond.

The number of universal credit claimants rose across east London between April and May, according to the latest figures from the department of work and pensions (DWP).

Town hall chiefs have slammed the government over providing poorer pupils with laptops to help with schoolwork.

Barking and Dagenham’s constituencies have seen 25,600 jobs furloughed, figures show.

Anyone with a spare driveway can be earning hard cash from renting it out to motorists looking for parking spaces after lockdown ends with some households in east London making more than £1,600.

Education chiefs have urged the government to act so that poorer pupils don’t fall further behind over the summer.

Labour politicians from across east London have called for the scrapping of plans to stop free travel for children on public transport in the capital.

A rule change has been made which will allow MPs currently unable to attend parliament to arrange proxy voting, following criticisms of the new system which excluded representatives from Barking and West Ham earlier this week.

The government has been urged to spell out what it is doing to make sure care workers can be tested for Covid-19.

A petition has been launched calling for travel perks for pensioners and under 18s to be fully restored as part of the government’s £1billion bail out of TfL.

A group of MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering — have called upon chancellor Rishi Sunak to extend the self-employment income support scheme which is due to end this weekend.

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


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