Have your say on council decisions

Attending council and other decision making meetings 

Everyone has the right to attend meetings of the council held in public, its committees and sub-committees, including meetings of Cabinet. It may be necessary to ask you to leave the room during discussion of certain categories of information, such as information relating to a named individual, commercially or legally sensitive information. 


Please note that for people who are deaf or hearing impaired a hearing loop system will be provided at meetings of council. If you require British Sign Language interpretation at the meeting, please email events@newham.gov.uk 10 days before the meeting, so the council can accommodate the request. 

Council meetings are either held at East Ham Town Hall or Old Town Hall Stratford where both venues are wheelchair accessible. 

If you have any accessibility requirements or concerns for any of the council’s committee meetings, please email or discuss with the democratic services team joy.george@newham.gov.uk​ (telephone 020 3373 4643). 

Public questions at full Council

The theme for the Full Council meeting taking place on the 20 March 2023 will be: 

'Happiness and wellbeing in the pursuit of a Healthier Newham and Ageing Well’

This theme is linked to Priority 1 of the Council’s Building a Fairer Newham Corporate Plan (page 17) and Full Council will focus on exploring the currently available research and thinking on ‘Happiness and Wellbeing’ measures, including the Council’s work in establishing an outcomes based performance framework.

Only those questions accepted, and relating to the theme above, will be considered at the meeting.  

It’s important that the people of Newham get involved in how we make decisions, this is your borough. And there are lots of ways you can do this. Primarily, you can attend public meetings of the council to observe proceedings. You can also view current consultations which are being made to make changes or improvements in the borough, and comment on those.  

Twenty minutes is allowed for questions by the public at Council meetings. Each question must be sent using an onl​ine form​ at least six clear working days before the meeting at which it is to be considered.  The link below provides a form which you can complete and gives some general guidance on the types of questions you will be able to ask. 

Submit your question for consideration (online form) ​ 

Democratic Services on behalf of the Chief Executive will confirm the questions to be considered and you will be notified accordingly. 

Our Forward Plan

The Forward Plan is a list of the Council's Key Decisions that will be made over the next one to four months. The Forward Plan includes:

  • A short description of the decision to be made
  • Who will make it
  • When the decision will be taken
  • Details of the planned consultation
  • Contact details for further information (including reports and background papers).

See details of our Forward Plan on our MGOV website