Mayor’s Promise 1
Lowest Council Tax in Outer London
Mayor’s Promise 2
Protect the services residents value
Mayor’s Promise 3
Fund additional police officers dedicated to dealing with residents’ priorities
Mayor’s Promise 4
Assess the effectiveness of initiatives to reduce crime to make them more effective
Mayor’s Promise 5
Tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and have a dedicated enforcement officer in each ward
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
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 saferIn 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
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
- 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
Continue Newham’s Every Child a Musician programme, offering three years free tuition
Continue Newham’s Every Child a Sports Person, offering opportunities to try 20 different sports, and Newham’s Every Child a Theatre Goer.
Continue the Reading Guarantee, offering one-to-one tuition to younger children struggling to read.
Mayor’s promise 10
Review the skills offer and ensure young people and adults are offered greater and better choice.
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.
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.
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.
Mayor’s promise 15
Reduce anti-social behaviour and improve accommodation in the private rented sector by licensing all privately rented property.
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.
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.