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.
- 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
Set out which tasks have been delegated to
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:
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:
Resources and Commercial Development
- Corporate Finance - Officers approved for financial payments (PDF)
- Corporate Finance - Level of officers (PDF)
- ICT - Officers approved for financial payments (PDF)
- ICT - Level of officers (PDF)
- Legal People and Change - Officers approved for financial payments (PDF)
Strategic Commissioning and Community
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.