Friday, November 20, 2020

Newham has the first London council to vow it will actively campaign to make misogyny a hate crime.

Six extra councillors are set to join Newham Council from the next election.

The town hall’s education chief has demanded the government do more to protect schools from Covid-19.

Grenfell-style flammable cladding will be stripped from tower blocks in the former Olympic Village by the end of the year, Newham Council has said.

The government has been criticised for banning public worship during the second lockdown.

The town hall is to review how much translated material it produces for people whose first language is not English.

The mayor has replaced a deputy mayor and cabinet member for housing.

An academic says there has been a “culture of antisemitism” in the borough’s Labour Party branch.

The mayor of London has announced that City Hall will move to the Royal Docks.

The mayor has urged the government to make sure more people don’t fall into poverty as a result of the second national lockdown.

More than 860 people and almost 70 businesses were reminded about wearing face masks indoors during three days of targeted patrols in Stratford.

A group campaigning against keeping the directly elected mayor model of governing the borough has been launched.

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition against a government bid to open an immigration centre in the borough.

Sewage from the Beckton treatment works and other Thames Water sites is being tested for traces of coronavirus.

Councillors say they and their families have been subjected to “stalking, threatening phone calls and death threats” from online trolls.

A public vote on how Newham is governed is to take place on May 6 next year.

A protest against a proposed immigration centre saw campaigners pledge to defend the rights of refugees and migrants.

Charities sending food to people in isolation hit by the Covid-19 pandemic are appealing for volunteers to help run collections in supermarkets this Christmas.

Newham has the highest number of children living in poverty in the capital, a study shows.

The mayor has urged people to do everything possible to slow the spread of Covid-19 ahead of an increase in lockdown measures.

Views are being sought on plans to shape the future of housing in the borough.

A decision on whether to move the Greater London Authority to the Royal Docks is due to be made by the end of the month, the mayor of London has said.

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.

The budget-busting Crossrail scheme which has been delayed three years and overspent by £3billion is getting ready to be handed over to City Hall control under Transport for London to run as the “super tube” Elizabeth Line.

The Home Office is planning to set up an immigration centre in the Royal Docks.

Hospital bosses at the Royal London and the Newham University are ready to mobilise a 150 per cent rise emergency beds for Covid-19 patients if there is a major coronavirus spike this winter.

A petition aimed at forcing a public vote on how Newham is governed has been deemed invalid.

A petition aimed at forcing a referendum on how Newham is governed has been signed by more than 12,000 people, campaigners report.

A change in the law is required if a public vote on how Newham is governed is to include an option on limiting the number of terms a mayor can serve.

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

An organisation in Plaistow supporting black and minority ethnic women and girls has received a government funding boost.

The council plans to revamp its housing allocations policy to focus on those with the greatest need and alleviating severe overcrowding.

Newham is taking part in a major study to evaluate the effectiveness of town hall responses to homelessness after Covid-19.

Two MPs have urged the mayor of London to scrap £1.2billion plans to build a tunnel to Silvertown because of the “perilous” state of TfL’s coronavirus hit coffers.

Revised plans have been revealed in a bid to redraw Newham’s ward boundaries.

Barry Gardiner MP has welcomed the widening of an inquiry relating to alleged inappropriate photos taken by police officers of two sisters murdered in Kingsbury.

The mayor of Newham has criticised the government’s evictions ban extension for not being long enough.

A petition aimed at forcing a public vote on how the borough is governed has gained almost 7,500 signatures.

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.

Newham Council has ended its relationship with one of its main property management companies and brought hundreds of homes back under local authority control.

A Newham councillor has announced she is standing down to focus on a new job.

Newham Council has joined a campaign to raise awareness of Covid-19 testing and contact tracing.

The prime minister has been filmed describing people opposed to vaccinations as “nuts” on a visit to a GP surgery.

A £13million fund has been launched by the mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Newham mayor Rokhsana Fiaz to transform the Royal Docks.

A new special school for children and young people with complex autism will be opened in Newham after the proposal secured government funding.


Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.

UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start. All companies that trade with the EU need to act now to make sure they are set to go.

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