Towards a renewed civic socialism

At Barking and Dagenham Council we’ve learned to adapt to changing times. We’re on a journey of finding new ways of responding to the Brexit-era challenges of creating opportunities within diminishing budgets. It’s all part of our renewed civic socialism. Our journey began a long time ago. After the War, like other communities up and... Continue Reading →

Civic Pride and Aspiration

A strong community has two crucial ingredients; pride in itself and aspiration for the future. As our industries declined over the past forty years it did not only impact on the income and employment of our residents, it changed the character of our community. The working-class aspiration and civic pride which once characterised us began... Continue Reading →

Building the New East

Through a deep understanding of this borough we have developed a bold new approach to the challenges of the twenty-first century. We are building the New East. The New East is an approach to community which embraces growth but remains mixed, balanced and inclusive. It is an approach to public services which are enabling, preventative... Continue Reading →

The community, the council & me

As Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, I am a Champion of the Borough in which I have spent my entire life. Armed with a deep and representative understanding of the local culture and history, my job is to listen to my community and help it get where it wants to go. Once I have heard... Continue Reading →

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