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Plans and Priorities

The Borough Manifesto sets out the long-term, 20-year vision for the future of Barking and Dagenham. It describes how the council, our partners and the whole community are working together to realise our shared vision of a more powerful, resilient, connected community; ‘one borough; one community; no-one left behind’.  

The council’s approach to achieving this vision is set out in The Corporate Plan. This describes our approach to the work we do with residents every day and explains our four key strategic priorities: 

  1. Inclusive Growth - Harnessing the growth opportunity that arises from our people, our land and our location in ways that protect the environments and enhance prosperity, wellbeing and participation for all residents. 
  2. Participation and Engagement - Empowering residents by enabling greater participation in the community and in public services.
  3. Prevention, Independence and Resilience - Children, families and adults in Barking and Dagenham living safe, happy, healthy and independent lives. 
  4. Well-run Organisation - Focusing on the efficient and effective operation of the council itself. 

The Corporate Plan informs and is informed by the Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS), which explains how we will use the resources we have - including our budget - to achieve the priorities of the Corporate Plan. 

And the Performance Framework translates the approach described in the Corporate Plan into real, everyday work, projects and objectives that we will achieve by May 2022. This is how we ensure we are doing what we said we would do. 

Finally, a range of other strategies, policies and plans describe the approaches of individual parts of the council, or to specific topics, that are shaped by the Corporate Plan. 

These plans and this approach has helped the Council and the community to achieve some of the great things that we have done together over the past few years.