Picture of Councillor Darren Rodwell
Council announces new Cabinet

Cllr Darren Rodwell has been confirmed as Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council for the third time, and he has now named his Cabinet for the new administration. The announcements are all subject to formal ratification at Assembly on 25 May 2022.
On making the announcement, Cllr Rodwell said: “I am pleased to share details of the Cabinet appointments I have made today which will take us on the next stage of our journey. 

17 May 2022
St Georges day flags at Town Hall
Council set to fly the flag for St. George’s Day

This year, Barking and Dagenham Council hopes residents can find inspiration in the story of St. George, a legendary hero whose story demonstrated strength and courage and overcame the odds to make the world a better place.
The council will be proudly flying the flag of St. George at Barking Town Hall and will be decorating the town square in bunting. There will also be St. George flags decorating Barking Market and we will also share a very special video message, featuring Henry Gregg, Director of Strategy and Culture, wishing residents a Happy St. George’s Day.

21 April 2022
young child holding their parent's hand on their way to school
Nine in ten children offered first preference school in Barking and Dagenham

Over 93 per cent of children in Barking and Dagenham have been given their first preference primary school on National Offer Day this year. 

Figures released by the Pan London Admissions Board show that Barking and Dagenham Council received 3,255 applications.

“I wish all our families the best as they look ahead to the next chapter of their child’s education in September.”

The number of parents who secured an offer from a preferred school was 3,217 - 98.83 per cent of applicants. The average percentage in London is 98.04 per cent.

20 April 2022
Attendees of Women's Empowerment Awards at Broadway Theatre, Barking
2022 Women’s Empowerment Awards highlight extraordinary achievements

Barking and Dagenham Council’s seventh Women’s Empowerment Awards ceremony took place this week, recognising and celebrating the outstanding achievements of women across the borough.
The inspirational finalists were chosen by a panel of judges, who also had the difficult task of choosing the ultimate winners of the eight categories on the night at The Broadway Theatre, Barking.

25 March 2022
Community Hubs launch
East London Councils launch Community Hubs providing a local network of help and support

On Saturday 19 March, Barking and Dagenham opened three of its new Community Hubs; Sue Bramley Centre, Marks Gate, and William Bellamy.

Formerly opened by Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, and Cllr Maureen Worby, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health Integration, the hubs aim to provide residents and neighbourhoods with the support they need, closer to home.

25 March 2022