Policies and plans

On this page you will find our policies and plans setting out our vision and priorities for Newham and how we plan to achieve them.

Places For All Strategy 2020-2025

The ‘Places for All Strategy 2020-2025’ was approved by Cabinet at its meeting on 3 November 2020.  The strategy provides an update on current and forecasted demand for school places over the next five years with proposals on managing sufficiency particularly in regards to primary and secondary mainstream provision.

School Place Planning Stratgey 2020 - 2025 (PDF)

Children and young people's plan

We have developed the Newham Children’s Trust Children and Young People’s Plan 2015-18 (CYPP) to communicate how we will be moving forward over the next four years to improve outcomes for children and young people.

Newham Children’s Trust Children and Young People’s Plan 2015-18 (PDF)

No recourse to public funds

This policy sets out how we work with families with children under the age of 18 who are subject to immigration control and do not qualifyPDF for benefits.

The policy sets out eligibility criteria, the assessment process, support provided and the process for ending support.

Policy and practice guidance in respect of those with no recourse to public funds (PDF)

Council Tax

Discretionary Council Tax reductions

Discretionary Council Tax reductions for individual Council Tax payers policy (PDF) sets out how a Newham resident can ask for a discretionary discount (as well as, or instead of a Council Tax Reduction) on their Council Tax bill.

Community Wealth Building Strategy

Newham has launched its Community Wealth Building strategy, underpinned by the principles of economic, social and environmental justice; so that long-term prosperity, wellbeing and fairness for all our residents in the Borough is achieved; and our response to the Climate Emergency is progressed.​

Health and social care

Joint Mental Health Strategy

Together with Newham’s Health and Wellbeing Board and Newham Clinical Commissioning Group, we are committed to improving the wellbeing and outcomes for people with mental health problems. This strategy describes our commissioning priorities for mental health over the next five years.

Joint Mental Health Strategy 2015-20 (PDF)

Joint Dementia Strategy

The strategy sets out how we will work with the Newham Clinical Commissioning Group and our partners to support and develop services for people with dementia and their carers over the next three years.

Joint Dementia Strategy 2015-18 (PDF)

Joint Carers Strategy

Between 2019 to 2020 we spoke to over 500 carers to understand more about how we could improve carers support services in Newham. Using this feedback, and in partnership with our partners across Health and the Voluntary & Community Sector we have developed a new, multi-agency strategy to support Carers of all ages, from 5 years old onwards. 

Find out more on our Carers Strategy 2021-24 page

Newham Carers Strategy (PDF)

Autism Strategy for Adults

The strategy sets out how we will work with the Newham Clinical Commissioning Group and our partners to support the needs of adults with autism in Newham.

Autism Strategy for Adults 2013 - 16 (PDF)

Autism Strategy for Adults 2013 - 16 - easy read (PDF)

Employment Strategy

This strategy sets out how we aim to increase the number of people with health and social care needs gaining paid or self-employment over three years.

Newham Employment Strategy 2014 - 2017 (PDF)

Newham Employment Strategy 2014 - 2017 - easy read (PDF)

Sustainable Community Strategy

Our Sustainable Community Strategy for 2012-2030 sets out our how we will deliver better and more comprehensive services to the residents of Newham through all our policies.

It gives a clearer focus to our main priorities aimed at benefiting the borough, and shows what we need to do over the next few years.

Read our latest Sustainable Community Strategy 2012 - 30 (PDF) 

Slavery and anti-trafficking statement​

​​​​​The London Borough of Newham recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. The organisation is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

This statement sets out the Council’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. You can read our full Slavery and anti-trafficking statement here.​

Slavery and human trafficking statement 2018 (PDF)