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.

Newham’s political leaders have sent a set of demands to government in response to the borough’s Covid-19 mortality rate.

Stephen Timms has questioned the decision not to raise the benefit cap, arguing that this prevents many Londoners from accessing extra support.

Calls have been made to tackle avoidable differences in health after Newham was identified as having the highest Covid-19 death rate.

Former engineering apprentice Elliot Dervish went back to his old college to design a gadget to keep his mum safe while she’s on duty in an NHS hospital during the coronavirus emergency.

Follow our live blog for the latest news, announcements and medical advice from across east London, to be brought to you throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Neighbours have submitted suggestions for the redrawing of a ward’s boundary after winning their fight to get a consulation reopened.

A £10million emergency fund is being set up by Tower Hamlets Council in response to the coronavirus emergency which includes helping families struggling to pay their council tax and other bills.

A group of 59 MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge and Havering — have urged Matt Hancock to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

More cash is being ploughed into east London foodbanks to make sure they are well stocked for families having to rely on them more and more during the coronavirus lockdown.

Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the NHS, saying there is “no question” it saved his life after he contracted coronavirus.

The Home Secretary has kicked off a public awareness campaign to ensure those experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse know of the help on offer.

Binmen out on the streets collecting household refuse each day have been “overwhelmed” with public support during the lockdown emergency.

A hospital trust has been warned that the consequences of charging pregnant women for maternity care could be “disastrous”.

Boris Johnson is on the mend and “sitting up in bed” the chancellor has confirmed.

Newham MPs have expressed their well-wishes for prime minister Boris Johnson, who remains in intensive care with coronavirus.

Boris Johnson is “responding to treatment” in a London hospital as he battles coronavirus, Downing Street has said.

Boris Johnson is in a “stable” condition after spending the night in intensive care as he battles coronavirus.

The government has extended a voucher scheme giving children free school meals over Easter.

Newham Council has agreed plans to offer business rates relief, provide council tax rebates and streamline services in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Newham Council has said it will not fund any more placements at a complaints-battered special school that costs more than Eton.

The massive Thames Clipper riverboat service that normally carries around four million commuters a year between Canary Wharf and the City is being suspended from Saturday because of the pandemic crisis.

A Newham family business is offering to disinfect four care homes in the borough free of charge.

The mayor is calling for more powers to tackle “unscrupulous” businesses trying to profit from the coronavirus pandemic.

A row has erupted after the future of a “nationally recognised” arts centre was thrown into doubt.


The NHS Test and Trace service brings together testing, contact tracing and outbreak management into an end-to-end service to stop the spread of the virus and help us move out of lockdown.

With summer in full swing, make the most of your garden with fun games and activities for all the family.

The UK Government has launched a campaign to shine a light on businesses and employees across the country who have responded to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in remarkable ways and are now going back to business.

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