Schemes of delegation

The Council’s legal powers are granted by law either to the Mayor or full Council to allow the authority to carry out its functions for the benefit of the residents, workers and businesses of Newham.

The Mayor and full Council both have power to delegate the exercise of these duties to members and officers, as set out in the appendices below.

Under the Local Government Act 2000, all of the Council’s functions, its legal powers and duties, are the responsibility of the Mayor and known as “executive functions”, except where they are expressly reserved by legislation to be the responsibility of the Council and are known as “non-executive functions”.

Schemes of delegation

The Schemes of delegation document sets out how the Mayor and full Council have delegated their executive and non-executive powers.

Scheme of delegation (PDF)​

  • Part 1 Gives the overall introduction to the Newham Scheme of Delegation
  • Part 2 details the Delegations to Cabinet & Cabinet Members
  • Part 3 details the Scheme of Delegation to Officers

 Section A: General Principles
 Section B: General Management Powers

The Newham Scheme of Delegation was approved at Mayoral Proceedings on 15 October 2018 and Council on the 29 October 2018.

The Proper Officer Scheme of Delegation, Schemes of Delegations to Directorates / Services and Delegations to the oneSource Joint Committees are being reviewed and will be published in due course.

Find details of our schemes, which are live but subject to review

NOTE: These will all be contained in a document download area, clicking the link will take them to a page with all these listed.

Proper officer and general statutory functions

Proper officer functions (PDF) 

Service-specific delegations

Set out which tasks have been delegated to

Chief Executive (PDF) 

Operations (PDF) 

Resources and Commercial Development (PDF) 

Strategic Commissioning and Community (PDF) 

Scheme of Officer Authorisations

Sets out details of which officer has been given the power to do the service-specific tasks for chief and deputy chief officers:

General management authorisations (PDF)

Chief Executive (PDF) 

Operations (PDF) 

Resources and Commercial Development (PDF)

Strategic Commissioning and Community (PDF)

Levels of officers and officers approved for financial payments

Gives a list of the level of officer allowed to approve payments and the amount they are allowed to approve, in each of our work areas:

Operations

Children's Social Care and Safeguarding - Officers approved for financial payments (PDF) 

Children's Social Care and Safeguarding - Level of officers (PDF) 

Early Intervention and Progression - Officers approved for financial payments (PDF)

Early Intervention and Progression - Level of officers (PDF) 

Environmental Services - Officers approved for financial payments (PDF)

Resources and Commercial Development

Strategic Commissioning and Community

Adult Social Care - Officers approved for financial payments (PDF)

Customer Transactions - Level of officers (PDF) 

Public Health - Officers approved for financial payments (PDF) 

Public Health - Level of officers (PDF) 

Strategic Commissioning and Partnership Development - Officers Approved for Financial Payments (PDF)

Strategic Commissioning and Partnership Development - Level of officers (PDF) 

Strategic Regeneration Planning and Olympic Legacy - Level of officers (PDF)

Write-off policy

The Revenues team are the custodians of the of the Corporate Write-off policy (PDF)​ which provides a corporate approach to the writing off of bad debts whilst seeking to maximise the opportunity for collection, thereby minimising the need for write-off.