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East London borough is home of women’s rights revolution

A series of events celebrating Women’s Empowerment Month has been announced by Barking and Dagenham Council. The programme includes stories from women’s fight for rights at Fords to a special event to celebrate the 100th birthday of Vera Lynn. The chamber in Barking Town Hall will also play host to a ‘Local women in politics’ …
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Summer of festivals events programme to be “the biggest and best yet”

A free, fun-packed programme of events to celebrate the summer has been confirmed by Barking and Dagenham Council. The council’s Summer of festivals programme, which runs from May until September, will feature returning favourites including the Barking Folk Festival, Roundhouse Music Festival, Steam and Cider Fair and the One Borough Festival. A brand new event …
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Council reduces top management pay by over one million pounds

Barking and Dagenham councillors last night agreed to a 4.99 per cent increase in council tax as it set its budget (22 February). Each bill will include the Government’s social care precept of 3 per cent and 1.99 per cent increase in the council tax element – which will protect services for older people as …
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Investment budget will provide for the vulnerable and help grow borough

Barking and Dagenham councillors last night agreed to a 4.99 per cent increase in council tax as it set its £144 million budget (22 February). Each bill will include the Government’s social care precept of three per cent and 1.99 per cent increase in the council tax element – which will protect services for older …
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Huge haul of shisha pipes in get tough clampdown

Over 200 shisha pipes were found in a swoop on an east London café as part of an on-going drive to clamp down on smoking ban violations. The raid on Empire Shisha Lounge, Green Lane, Dagenham, was the second in just a few days by Barking and Dagenham Council. It followed a tip off that …
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Bid to boost Barking’s heritage approved

Over £400,000 of council funds will be made available as part of ambitious plans to enhance historic shopfronts and properties across the Abbey and Barking Town Centre Conservation Area, following a cabinet meeting last night. The money forms part of a £1.7m project to refurbish over 27 high street buildings in Barking Town Centre, create …
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Former convent to provide sanctuary for homeless

A former convent and local heritage building will provide temporary accommodation for homeless people and families after councillors gave the thumbs up last night (13 February) to refurbishment plans. The £8.4m proposals for refurbishment and new development at the Sacred Heart Convent in Goresbrook Road, Dagenham, will now be subject to more detailed design and …
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Council warns schools funding formula will hit borough’s youngsters

A senior councillor has warned that the Government’s funding formula for schools is likely to hurt the education of young people in Barking and Dagenham and is urging residents, parents and teachers to make their views known. Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, Educational Attainment and School Improvement, said: “We have a growing younger population and we have …
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Council tenants and leaseholders get £233,000 boost to keep warm

Just under 270 properties have benefited from a council initiative which has seen their homes become warmer and will save them money on their energy bills. The initiative, delivered by ARP Energy/Avalon, as part of the Warm Homes campaign run by national fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA) saw the council contribute £99,000 with …
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Council enforcement team starts Operation Scoop

Over half a tonne of waste was scooped up off the borough’s streets and 18 fines were handed out to litterlouts and fly tippers as part of an operation by Barking and Dagenham Council’s enforcement team last month. The operation was carried in River and Becontree wards. Councillor Laila Butt, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and …
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