Newham London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Newham. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. The council is unusual in that its executive function is controlled by a directly elected mayor of Newham, currently Sir Robin Wales. Newham is divided into 20 wards, each electing three councillors. Following the May 2010 election, Newham London Borough Council comprises 59 Labour Party councillors and a solitary councillor expelled, with immediate effect from the Labour Party in 2017. The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 and replaced three local authorities: East Ham Borough Council, West Ham Borough Council and Woolwich Metropolitan Borough Council.
Our Corporate Plan is focused on building on the strengths of this great borough, while retaining our identity as a distinctive, unique and accessible place to live. Our goal is to build our reputation as a prosperous, entrepreneurial location that actively works to connect people. We connect people through our transport links. We connect people through big events, such as the ones held at the Olympic Stadium. And we connect people on a daily basis, through clubs, social activities and community initiatives.
The Council works closely with the Mayor to support and deliver his vision for the Borough. The Mayor has outlined his plan for the area through seven key aspects:
• Safer Newham
• Cleaner, Greener Newham
• Young Newham
• Ambitious Newham
• Housing Newham
• Active and Connected Newham
• Healthy Newham
The Council has also made a number of important promises to our residents. There are 17 Promises overall and we have concentrated on ways that we can make a visible difference to daily life in the Borough. For example, we promised to introduce free bowls club membership at Newham clubs for the over 60s in the borough. With tea dances, lunch clubs and free swimming for the over 60s, older people in Newham can stay active for longer. At the same time, we are committed to the large-scale improvement of over 14,000 Council-owned homes.
Another good example of how we make a difference is in school. We are helping every Year 5 child to be a musician by providing free tuition with the use of an instrument – with a free instrument or continued access to larger instruments for each child who completes a full two years. At the same time, the bigger picture is a £250m investment in our Secondary Schools to ensure they are fit for the 21st century.
Newham is rather unique in that, unlike most other London Boroughs, our council is led by an elected mayor. Sir Robin Wales was elected directly by the people, with 61% of the first preference votes cast, to serve the borough he loves. He is supported in his work by 60 councillors, 59 of whom are representatives of the Labour party, and one is an Independent.
Due to the fact that the majority of Newham did not form part of the 1889-1965 County of London, Newham is considered part of Outer London for funding purposes. The council is now actively campaigning to have the historical designation overturned and Inner London status granted. This change would increase government funding by £60 million.