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Schemes of delegation

The Council’s legal powers are granted by law either to the Mayor or full Council to allow the authority to carry out its functions for the benefit of the residents, workers and businesses of Newham.

The Mayor and full Council both have power to delegate the exercise of these duties to members and officers, as set out in the appendices below.

Under the Local Government Act 2000, all of the Council’s functions, its legal powers and duties, are the responsibility of the Mayor are known as “executive functions”, except where they are expressly reserved by legislation to be the responsibility of the Council and are known as “non-executive

​Schemes of Delegation​

The Schemes of delegation document sets out how the Mayor and full Council have delegated their executive and non-executive powers.

Scheme of delegation (PDF)​
  • Part 1 Gives the overall introduction to the Newham Scheme of Delegation
  • Part 2 details the Delegations to Cabinet & Cabinet Members
  • Part 3 details the Scheme of Delegation to Officers
           A. General Principles
           B. General Management Powers

The Newham Scheme of Delegation was approved at Mayoral Proceedings on the 15 October 2018 and Council on the 29 October 2018.  The Proper Officer Scheme of Delegation, Schemes of Delegations to Directorates / Services and Delegations to the oneSource Joint Committees are being reviewed and will be published in due course.

Proper Officer Scheme of Delegations, Schemes of Delegations to Directorates/Services and Delegations to the oneSource Joint Committees

The following schemes are live but subject to review:

Proper officer and general statutory functions

Sets ot which 


Service-specific delegations

Set out which tasks have been delegataed to 

Scheme of Officer Authorisations

Sets out details of which officer has been given the power to do the service-specific tasks for chief and deputy chief officers:

Levels of officers and officers approved for financial payments

Gives a list of the level of officer allowed to approve payments and the amount they are allowed to approve, in each of our work areas:


Resources and Commercial Development

Strategic Commissioning and Community

Write - off policy

The Revenues team are the custodians of the of the Corporate Write-off policy (PDF)​ which provides a corporate approach to the writing off of bad debts whilst seeking to maximise the opportunity for collection, thereby minimising the need for write-off.

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