Bin lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham have gone on strike for two days in protest at a £1,000 pay cut.
Ninety per cent of GMB union members employed as bin lorry drivers in the borough turned out to vote in the industrial action ballot.
Keith Williams, GMB Senior Organiser said, "There is clearly something wrong when Barking and Dagenham council is cutting the pay of front-line service workers and increasing the wage bill with the introduction of new high level posts, and at the same time compromising health and safety.
There is no doubt at all that residents need a well-functioning refuse/cleansing service but there is a question as to whether residents will benefit from any of these expensive new jobs."
Some schools in London could radically change the way they operate, as the demand for primary places continues. Schools could be forced to run in two shifts to accommodate the growing demand for pupil places.
In the east London borough of Barking and Dagenham, a 50% rise in the number of under-fours since 2001 means its primary schools are bursting at the seams.
Deputy council leader Rocky Gill says if the council does not receive the money it says it needs to accommodate its growing numbers of pupils, it will have to go for this "radical option".
Ann Williams, the mother of Private Tony Rawson who was killed in Afghanistan, said that having a street named after him was a real source of pride.
When Tony Rawson Way was officially named, she said:
Members of Labour's shadow cabinet have praised Barking and Dagenham Council for a scheme which involves naming new roads after service men and women killed in action.
Dear [Council Leader],
We are writing with a proposal for commemoration of fallen members of the Armed Forces, which would enable communities to show sensitive and meaningful respect to those who lose their lives in service of their nation.
We would like to suggest that you consider a policy of offering families of fallen service personnel from your area a chance to have a street or road named after their loved one.
Such lasting recognition, if this were the wishes of the family, could be a poignant way of demonstrating the community’s admiration for those who serve and the value the whole country places on their courage and patriotism.
This idea is based on the practice of Barking and Dagenham Council, who have had two streets named after individuals who have died in the line of duty and a third is soon to be named in this way.
On each occasion, Barking and Dagenham consult bereaved families and also offer the chance to have an opening ceremony, to which community members, service charities and members of the military are invited.
We are not writing with a prescriptive proposal, but rather to articulate our strong belief that such an approach, if reflective of the wishes of service families, would be an important step for all Local Authorities to take to highlight the value we place on those who serve.
We very much hope this is something you will consider....
....A lot continues to be asked of our Forces overseas.
Changing a community’s physical environment to reflect the personal and individual sacrifices made for our national security could be a significant sign of our enduring respect for service men and women and their families.
Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP
Shadow Defence Secretary Shadow Communities & Local Government Secretary
The Labour Party says that naming streets after service personnel killed in the line of duty would provide "a meaningful, lasting and respectful way to show the value we place on those who have served and been lost."
MPs Jim Murphy and Hilary Benn are writing to all of the local authorities in the country, to encourage them to adopt the Barking and Dagenham scheme.
They are suggesting the following process:
• The families of fallen personnel who lived in the Local Authority Area are be asked whether they would like a road or street named in memory of their loved one.
• In consultation with the family, the location and precise name of a road or street is decided on. Local residents in the street are also be consulted.
• The Council offers to organise an official opening ceremony of the street or road, to which other members of the local community, family and friends as well as service charities could be invited.
A naming ceremony was held to dedicate the street to Private Rawson earlier this month.
His mother Ann Williams told the Barking and Dagenham Post:
“I’m so proud that to have this new street named after Tony. It would have made him so happy. His friends are absolutely delighted as well. It’s so nice for them to have something permanent in Dagenham to remember him by.”
Private Tony Rawson, who died in Afghanistan in 2007, is one of those who has had a street named after him in Barking and Dagenham.
He was killed, aged 27, in a firefight with the Taliban while on patrol in Helmand Province.
At the time of his death, colleagues paid tribute to him as a friendly, passionate and highly respected member of the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment.
Captain Dave Hicks, Second-In-Command of C (Essex) Company, said:
"Private Rawson epitomised not only the core values of the British Army, but also embodied the spirit of the British Infantry. Selfless, good-natured even in the face of adversity, and courageous under fire, he will be sorely missed by all his comrades within C (Essex) Company."
Lance Corporal Ben Lake, 11 Platoon, C (Essex) Company, said:
"Tony was the friendliest bloke you could ever meet, hence the nickname ‘Nicey’. If there was ever a problem, he was the first to offer his helping hand. If someone was feeling down he would go out of his way to help.
"He was a cracking soldier and an even better friend. He will be sorely missed by the whole of 11 Platoon and no doubt, the rest of the Battalion."
Barking and Dagenham Council says it plans to name a third street after a local serviceman or woman who has died on active duty, after naming two other streets in this way.
On each occasion the council has consulted with bereaved families before deciding on the street name and offered them a role during the street naming ceremony.
Cllr Liam Smith, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said:
Labour is urging councils to follow the example of Barking and Dagenham and rename streets after war heroes.
In 2011, Barking and Dagenham renamed a road after Private Tony Rawson who was killed in Helmand province in Afghanistan in 2007.
Last year a new street of council houses in the borough was named Martin Kinggett Gardens after Rifleman Kinggett, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.