Friday, September 18, 2020

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.

The council’s approach to potential issues around spending has been described as “complacent” even after a scandal at its repairs and maintenance service, a report finds.

A £4million boost to shore up town hall coffers hit by the coronavirus pandemic has been described as “peanuts”.

The mayor has demanded the government fulfils a promise to allow the council to plug an estimated £61million budget black hole.

A union is taking the government to court following the death of an outsourced cleaner.

A tri-borough backroom scheme is set to see one of its member councils pull out entirely by the end of the month.

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.

The survival of theatres depends on a £1.5billion government bail out being shared fairly and quickly.

The mayor of Newham has welcomed the publication of a report into a “radical” overhaul of democracy in the borough.

A two-term mayoral limit and England’s first permanent citizens’ assembly are among the Newham Council reforms suggested by an independent democracy commission.

The London Legacy Development Corporation could be forced to make almost £10million worth of cuts.

The Mayor of London is consulting on plans for the Greater London Authority to leave its City Hall base and move to Newham.

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.

Councillors have clashed over the town hall’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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).

Newham has the highest number of furloughed jobs in the capital, figures show.

Measures aimed at making social distancing safer for cyclists and pedestrians have been approved by the council.

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.

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.

The MP for East Ham, Stephen Timms, yesterday (May 27) questioned prime minister Boris Johnson on the no recourse to public funds (NRPF) policy.

New figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that the number of universal credit claimants across east London surged as a coronavirus lockdown became inevitable.

More than a quarter of children in working families live in poverty, a study shows.

Routine hospital admissions are to return at the Royal London, which is now opening separate isolation wards for seriously-ill Covid-19 patients with 176 extra critical care beds.

A group of MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge — have called upon the government to protect transport workers, following the revelation that so far 28 London bus drivers have died from Covid-19.

East Ham MP Stephen Timms has called for the no recourse to public funds (NRPF) scheme to be suspended, following a recent court ruling which declared the practice unlawful.

The borough’s political leaders have criticised the government after it announced plans to ease England out of lockdown restrictions.


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