Newham Council accused of ‘spectacular failure’ after figures reveal just over one fifth of London Stadium staff are Newham residents
PUBLISHED: 13:44 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:39 26 May 2017
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Just over one fifth of people employed in casual and full-time contracts at the London Stadium are Newham residents, figures have revealed.
Only 247 out of 1,207 people employed at the Stratford venue in February 2017 were from Newham – equating to 20.5 per cent – although this figure has now risen to 263.
Furthermore, 10 out of 23 full-time jobs – 43 per cent – are held by people from Newham.
This is a “spectacular failure” according to a Forest Gate resident who obtained the numbers via a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.
Iain Aitch, 48, says he is writing to the Mayor of Newham and his local councillors to question the “shocking” figures and find out “how they managed to make such a cock-up”.
Newham Council invested £40 million in the stadium’s transformation to a multi-use venue after signing an agreement with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) in 2012.
In contrast, football club West Ham United F.C, paid £15m towards the costs, plus approximately £2.5m a year in rent, to secure the venue as its home.
Speaking in 2012, Newham Council chief executive Kim Bromley-Derry said the council’s “prudent” investment “ensures that residents will benefit from our investment”.
The council later committed to ensuring “75 per cent of jobs created at the Stadium will go to Newham residents”.
The number of new jobs created at the venue was not revealed in the FOI and is still unknown, despite a request from the Recorder for further information.
However, the FOI revealed that many of the staff employed at the home of West Ham Utd were “transferred to the new location” from previous contracts with West Ham at the Boleyn Ground or London Stadium contractor/subcontractors at the O2 or Wembley.
Although the council has not broken its pledge, “people are going to think it’s about the amount of jobs rather than new ones” Iain said.
A spokeswoman for Newham Council said: “We continue to work positively with the London Stadium to ensure that as may jobs as possible go to Newham residents.
“We are all committed to increasing the percentage of Newham residents working there.
“All jobs available are advertised to residents via the council’s Workplace employment service, which aims to develop the skills of residents to fill local vacancies.”
A West Ham United spokesman said although he could not comment on London Stadium staff, one-third of West Ham United’s permanent staff were Newham residents while 75.6pc matchday staff resided in Newham or a neighbouring borough.
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