Our approach to building resilience in Newham
This approach is working. In the Government’s latest indices of deprivation, Newham went from the being the second most deprived local authority in England to the 25th – one of the biggest falls in deprivation in the country. There is further to go, and we will continue to explore new ways to build resilience, but it is clear that our approach is transforming lives.
How we started
What we have done to build resilience
Since launching our resilience delivery plan we have committed to include resilience in everything we do as a council.
Our document Building Resilience: The Evidence Base (PDF) also gives an in-depth look at the research that is informing our decisions.
- new private rent vehicle to build and buy homes for affordable and stable rent
- NewShare scheme which offers residents who would struggle to buy on the open market, the opportunity to own their own home
- new housing allocations scheme for social housing that rewards contribution to the community
- private sector landlords licensing scheme to make sure that all housing is of the type you would want to live in and to stop the results of sub-standard housing such as poor health, anti-social behaviour, buildings being neglected and local residents not feeling safe in their own neighbourhoods.
Understanding community resilience
To build our understanding of community resilience in Newham and the strengths, networks and connections in the borough we conducted a research project with think tank the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and The Campaign Company.
Every child matters
This includes giving:
- children in years 5, 6 and 7 the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument at no cost to parents
- every year 7 pupil the chance to take part in a sport that they enjoy free of charge
- every primary and secondary school child the chance to go to the theatre.
- free school meals for all primary school children
- our reading guarantee, which offers one-to-one tuition for primary school children who are falling behind with their reading and volunteers from local businesses to encourage children with their reading skills.
English language skills
Skills and training
We have since launched MoneyWorks, to help residents make the most of their money whatever their circumstances. This money management service provides advice, workshops and support, as well as access to fair, low-cost loans.