Mayor's priorities

Each year we determine our priorities for the year ahead by responding to the things that you have told us matter most to you.
The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales

Mayor’s Promise 1

Lowest Council Tax in Outer London

We’ve frozen the Newham element of Council Tax for the eighth year running and continue to have the lowest rate in Outer London in 2016/17.

Mayor’s Promise 2

Protect the services residents value

We have listened to residents and protected all frontline services from cuts, launched a New Deal for residents that commits  £100m over ten years to overhaul roads and keep the borough moving, and £1m to crack down on those who dump rubbish.

Mayor’s Promise 3

Fund additional police officers dedicated to dealing with residents’ priorities

In 2015 we funded 40 police officers to help us tackle rogue landlords, crack down on dodgy traders and catch those who fly-tip.

Mayor’s Promise 4

Assess the effectiveness of initiatives to reduce crime to make them more effective

We conduct annual enforcement assessments to make sure we are delivering resident priorities. Fly-tipping is a priority and we are spending an extra £1m to catch those who dirty our streets.


Mayor’s Promise 5

Tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and have a dedicated enforcement officer in each ward

Our 73-strong enforcement team issues on average 360 enforcement notices per month, tackling noise, garden waste and other anti-social behaviour. Every ward now has a dedicated uniformed officer.

Mayor’s Promise 6

Invest an extra £5m in CCTV cameras and infrastructure, including 200 new cameras of which 100 are wireless cameras deployed where they are needed

Between April 2015 and February 2016, there were 144 arrests and 298 FPNs issued as a result of CCTV interventions. Cameras are being updated across the borough with 150 analogue cameras being digitised.
In Newham we have:
  • 668 cameras located on housing estate
  • 170 fixed town centre cameras
  • 100 wireless re-deployable cameras
  • 20 cameras at East Village on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Mayor’s Promise 7

Invest an extra £4m in each of the next four years to improve our roads, pavements and lighting. Make Newham look better and feel safer

In February we launched Keep Newham Moving – a New Deal for our roads, which will see £100m spent on roads and street lighting over the next ten years, including a commitment to replace street lighting with new, brighter LED models.


Mayor’s Promise 8

Continue to invest heavily in our employment service Workplace

Workplace, the biggest scheme of its kind in the country, has been massively successful and has now helped more than 30,000 residents into jobs since it was launched in 2007.
Key facts for Workplace in2015/16:
  • Supported more than 4,100 residents into work
  • More than half of those getting a job were long term unemployed
  • More than 1,100 residents were trained and up-skilled

Mayor’s promise 9

Work with schools to continue the excellent improvements in exam results

In 2015, Newham schools achieved their best ever GCSE and A-level results
In 2015:
  • The overall A-level pass rate increased by 0.7 per cent to 98.7 per cent – higher than the national pass rate of 98.1 per cent
  • At GCSE, 59 per cent of pupils achieved at least five or more passes at grades A* to C including English and Maths, up four percentage points on 2014. The national average was 53.8 per cent

Continue free school meals for primary school children

Free school meals are offered in 69 primary schools. The take up rate across the borough was 91.8 per cent. This saves working households on average £500 per child per year.

Continue Newham’s Every Child a Musician programme, offering three years free tuition

Last year our Every Child a Musician (ECaM) expanded by more than a quarter to deliver more than 360,000 music lessons, including some children in Years 3and 4 for the first time.

Continue Newham’s Every Child a Sports Person, offering opportunities to try 20 different sports, and Newham’s Every Child a Theatre Goer.

More than 3,500 Year 7 pupils participated in sports sessions for free – a take up rate of almost 90 per cent. Most of the sports offered were not on the PE curriculum, and we are adding more. Almost 4,500 primary school pupils saw Chotto Desh at Stratford Circus, the solo show of Olivier award-wining choreographer Akram Khan.  More than 7,000 secondary school pupils visited the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the National Theatre.

Continue the Reading Guarantee, offering one-to-one tuition to younger children struggling to read.

The Reading Guarantee continued to deliver results. Overall, 83 per cent of pupils passed the phonics screening test at the end of the 2014/15 academic year– the third highest rate in the country. For deprived children, our pass rate was the highest in England.

Mayor’s promise 10

Review the skills offer and ensure young people and adults are offered greater and better choice.

We are working with schools and colleges to reform the skills offer in Newham. Using our success with Workplace as a model, we are moving towards an employer-led system that prepares people for the labour market.

Mayor’s promise 11

Offer free tuition for residents who want to learn English, including through language labs, courses offered by volunteers or tutors, and community ‘chatterbox’ sessions.

In the past academic year, almost 3,000 residents enrolled in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes.

Mayor’s promise 12

Set up a one stop shop, MoneyWorks, to offer support to responsible residents including pay day loans at fair rates, access to loans for white goods at fair rates; a life changing fund; access to low cost home furnishings; crisis loans; credit to clear loans in certain instances; and guidance and loans to help with energy bills.

We are the first council to offer loans to residents who are unable to get credit elsewhere, based on what we know about them. The MoneyWorks store opened in February and guarantees to support residents with money management tips, fair deals on loans and everyday purchases, whatever their circumstances.

Mayor’s promise 13

Support resilience and develop a model where payment is linked to satisfaction for those who use our care services.

Where opportunities arise, we have implemented payment-by-satisfaction for care services. We continue to do so as contracts come up for renewal

Mayor’s promise 14

Fully fund the Freedom Pass, offering free travel on public transport including buses, Tube, train and Docklands Light Railway.

A total of 43,000 residents hold Freedom Passes. We fund 3,650 Disabled Persons Freedom Passes.

Mayor’s promise 15

Reduce anti-social behaviour and improve accommodation in the private rented sector by licensing all privately rented property.

Since its launch in January 2013, there has been 36,037 licences issued.
Key facts for property licensing projects since 2013 are:
  • Almost 800 prosecutions against landlords, mainly for failing to licence and poor conditions Inspected
  • 338 cautions for technical offences 
  • 28 landlords banned relating to 250 properties
  • £1.1 million additional Council Tax collected

Mayor’s promise 16

Within ten years, facilitate the building of 3,000 new homes and the purchase of a further 500 for people to rent at a level that suits their income.

We have created Red Door Ventures with the intention to build 15,000 new homes over the next ten years. A scheme in Stratford is complete and others are underway in East Ham and Plaistow. The first properties have already been rented out.
Our shared equity scheme NewShare is also helping to get residents on to the housing ladder. People who cannot afford a full deposit are eligible for an equity loan from us on up to 50 per cent of the property, if they can obtain a traditional mortgage for the remainder.  Residents must pay back the loan within 25 years. The first 47 shared equity properties were completed during 2015/16.
Local Space, a social landlord set up by the council, has provided more than 1,800 homes to homeless families in Newham and neighbouring boroughs. Another 800 homes are on the way.

Mayor’s promise 17

Pay the London Living Wage and review rates of pay offered by contractors.

We pay all directly employed staff at least the London Living Wage. We challenge our contractors to offer a fair deal to their own staff.

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