Budget & Council Practices

I have helped deliver a balanced budget every year, despite losing an unprecedented £166M in grant funding, equivalent to over 60% of the council budget, whilst retaining vital services and investing in infrastructure.

 

Redbridge has been recognised as one of the most cost-effective councils in the UK.

 

iMPower recognised Redbridge as one of the most cost-effective councils in 2018, noting that we are delivering the best results from limited resources.

 

Under my leadership the council has reduced Agency headcount by 65%, increasing permanent employment.

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Under my leadership, the London Living Wage has been introduced council-wide.

 

I have worked closely with Unions to develop and implement transformational working practices at the council while maintaining staff satisfaction.

 

I have launched the biggest capital program in the history of the borough to target return on investment rather than cuts to services.

 

We are bringing bin collections back in-house, outsourcing has failed, an in-house service will improve quality for residents and put money into the pockets of our hardworking staff.

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Find out how we have been working with local charities to support rough sleepers during these challenging times. ... See MoreSee Less

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Local charities like Project Malachi - a pop up hostel & workshop for Ilford are doing great work with us to support rough sleepers.

Unfortunately, organised crime groups are working across London to exploit the real issue of rough sleeping by conning people out of their money.

We are taking action on aggressive begging locally. Please donate your money to local homelessness charities instead of giving to these organised crime groups.
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I’m really pleased to be able to share some exciting news on Seven Kings Park.

Our Council has partnered with Trees for Cities to plant a brand new biodiverse woodland just to the north of Seven Kings Park. The new woodland will include Alder, Hornbeam, Walnut and Oak trees and we will begin planting next week to coincide with National Tree Week.

As the trees grow they will not only create a beautiful woodland for local people to enjoy, but they will also help clean the air and create a natural environment to support habitats and food for urban wildlife, like hedgehogs and bats.

Trees for Cities is the only charity of its kind working nationally and internationally to plant trees in cities to improve lives and cultivate lasting change in neighbourhoods.

The charity has been working with Redbridge Council for several years forming a partnership that has led to a number of successful environmental initiatives including new woodlands and orchards in Goodmayes, Hainault, Woodford and Roding Valley, and new trees for South Park, Loxford Park and Barley Lane.

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