Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales explains New Deal plans for borough


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Councillors supported my budget proposals and plans for a New Deal for our borough.

This has been a significant decision, which councillors and officers have spent months shaping since a record number of residents responded to our Budget Challenge consultation.

The New Deal is a statement of Newham Council’s values of fairness and aspiration for our residents which will see:

• the council protecting frontline services and supporting the services residents told us they value and cherish.

• residents paying no more Council Tax.

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• multi-million pound investments to continue making this borough a place people are proud to live in.

The majority told us they were satisfied with the way we run our services, testament to the hard work of all councillors and staff.

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For the past seven years as our residents have battled with the economic crisis we have not raised Council Tax and again for the eighth successive year we have frozen it.

However, we are accepting the government’s two per cent care tax due to the historic government underfunding which will go towards supporting the borough’s most vulnerable.

But that’s not all. We are ambitious which is why we are investing in services including:

• LED lights and extra enforcement resources to keep you safe.

• bolstering our cleaning services at the weekends, because you want to live in a clean and pleasant area.

• NewShare to help you get on the housing ladder and Local Space which provides quality temporary accommodation to families in need.

• Red Door Ventures, helping to increase the supply of rental homes in the borough and our private rented sector licensing scheme to drive up housing conditions.

We are investing £100million over the next decade on improving roads, boosting recycling while supporting residents into employment through Workplace. More from Sir Robin

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