Happiest borough Bexley to join Havering and Newham merger
16:47 21 January 2016
Sam Gelder (Romford Recorder)
London’s happiest borough is set to become a third partner in the existing back-office merger between Havering and Newham councils.
Havering and Newham council merger to extend to Bexley
Financial services will be shared with Bexley in a deal expected to save the town hall £295,000 and oneSource £660,000 over the next two years.
It came about last spring, when the south-east London borough approached bosses about the possibility of joint working.
After months of looking into the project, the council has now proposed going through with it.
Bexley was this week voted the happiest borough in the capital, based on what people have been tweeting about. Havering came 11th in the list.
The Independent Residents’ Group, which campaigned against the merger with Newham before and after it took place, is more supportive of working with Bexley.
Cllr David Durant said it made much more sense.
“I’m not against joint-working in principle,” he said. “Bexley is next door to us and is a lot more like Havering.
“I’m not saying it’s a good idea but it’s preferable to Newham.”
He also said it would be difficult to place Havering in a super-borough with other east London boroughs as a result of working with Bexley.
“Why would we want to form a super-borough with east London when we have gone down south and formed our own?”
The sharing of other back office services such as legal, human resources and IT is also being explored.
Havering and Bexley could also share policy and democratic services in future, which would exclude Newham.
OneSource is expected to save Havering £3.9million by 2018 and £10m across the board by the following year. In October £7m savings had been made since the launch in 2014, £898,000 behind the target. That has since reduced to £569,000 off the initial projections.
does the leader of the council not get an allowance from the London council on top of his local allowance?
If the leader gets £40,000 for that role do they also get a basic councilor allowance or just the highest allowance?.If you compare councils have any those you have compared also get a pension which will skew the figures?
What is the total garnered by the male members of our council is it more or less than the female?
Slight correction Phil - a member can only receive one special allowance so as Roger gets one for being Leader he does not receive one for Audit. That allowance goes with the post, so if or when someone else took over the Audit Chair post, then they would get that allowance. Hope that clarifies the position.
Havering Health and Wellbeing board
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Who's on the board?
The members of the board are:
Councillor Steven Kelly
Councillor Wendy Brice-Thompson
Councillor Meg Davis
Cheryl Coppell – Chief Executive
Isobel Cattermole – Interim Director Children’s, Housing and Adults
Phillipa Brent-Isherwood – Head of Policy and Performance
Susan Milner – Interim Director of Public Health
Dr Atul Aggarwal, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group
Dr Gurdev Saini, Board Member Havering CCG
Conor Burke, Accountable Officer, Havering CCG
Alan Steward, Chief Operating Officer, Havering CCG
Anne-Marie Dean, Havering Healthwatch
John Atherton, NHSE
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i see in the Dagenham post that havering is to amalgamate its health service with B&D and Newham.It also says the council has identified 1047 brownfield sites across havering suitable for building on top of the green field sites.Every thing from Public toilets to allotments and garages.