Towards a Better Newham
Our Covid-19 recovery strategy
Our Towards a Better Newham Covid-19 Recovery Strategy makes us the first borough in London to use livelihood, well-being and happiness as its prime measure of economic success as part of an ambitious recovery strategy in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The strategy sets out the foundation for how the Council will respond to the economic impact of Covid-19 as it rebuilds a better Newham. The Towards a Better Newham strategy represents a fundamental shift placing the health and wellbeing of residents’ and race equality central to the Council’s aspirations of inclusive growth, quality jobs and fairness in Newham.
Our recovery and reorientation strategy
The strategy focuses on two distinct stages of activity: recovery and reorientation. Recovery focuses upon the next 12 months, as the Council responds to sustained challenges for individuals and businesses. Reorientation will follow, with the focus changing to make the fundamental changes to create the inclusive economy the Council wants to address; inequalities, including race inequalities, as well as tackling the poverty and deprivation that residents still face.
The eight pillars of recovery
The strategy, which is supported by an immediate action plan, is built around eight pillars of activity focussed on the phases of recovery and reorientation.
The Council has looked at best projects from around the world and has come up with a programme of activity, which it believes will be genuinely impactful and can change Newham’s economic story.
- Pillar 1: Our measures of success will be the health, happiness and wellbeing of our residents, rather than growth, productivity and land value.
- Pillar 2: The Council will ensure every resident under 25 is safe, happy and cared for, with positive activity to secure their long-term wellbeing
- Pillar 3: The Council will take action to ensure all residents are supported and enabled to access work and other opportunities in the new economy
- Pillar 4: The Council will make sure our residents are healthy, happy, safe and cared for, to enable them to thrive during times of recession and in the new economy
- Pillar 5: The Council will enable every resident to live in an accessible and inclusive neighbourhood which will provide all of their social, civic and economic essentials
- Pillar 6: We will become London’s greenest local economy
- Pillar 7: The Council will deliver genuinely high-quality and affordable homes for Newham
- Pillar 8: The Council will only welcome investment that secures a Fair Deal and Good Growth for Newham
“The economic impact of the pandemic on Newham is going to be significant. We estimate it has cost us £61m so far. Newham also has the highest number of furloughed workers of any local authority in the London, with 50,000 jobs at stake.
The Covid-19 Recovery Strategy will be making changes where required to our existing community wealth building and inclusive economy strategies so that we can deal with the economic impact that the virus has had on Newham during this time and in the months and years ahead. But three things will be central to this approach: the absolute prominence of public health; bringing out more explicitly the Council’s work in tackling race equality in Newham, where 73% of residents are from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority communities and maintaining our commitment to tackling climate emergency.”
Rokhsana Fiaz, Mayor of Newham