Friday, October 22, 2021
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Great to be back tonight in the Newham Council Chamber in East Ham Town Hall for a meeting. Some interesting statistics from the agenda which included our draft annual report on the pension fund.
- There are 29,122 scheme members
- 53 different employers are part of the scheme (not just the Council)
- The value of the scheme increased over the year from £1.37 billion to £1.59 billion
- There are 22 pensioners/dependants over the age of 100 and 48 dependants under the age of 20 receiving a pension. These facts should be really important in persuading staff to join or stay in the scheme.
Remember if you work for the Council or any of the active employers and die - your partners and children will NOT get a penny if they are not in the pension scheme!
The Chair, Cllr Nareser Osei, also announced that our fund had been nominated for "Best Climate Change Strategy" Award by LAPF Investments.
In a belated (and sadly flippant) response to a good technical comment by an officer, who said she did not want to argue with an actuary (our pension/accountant specialists) I did say that I used to go out with an actuary once, and we used to argue all the time! (this is based on fact)
The meeting is on https://youtu.be/v5whRSuo8-A
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Latest on extremists attempts to destroy our union's democracy, stop us winning strike ballots over pay (& take our money)
It is incredible in the midst of us mobilising to take on the Tories and win strike ballots over pay, the ultra left are attacking our General Secretary and deliberately provoking a civil war.
Monday, October 18, 2021
Picture from start of Newham London Full Council meeting in Old Town Hall Stratford. Next we had a minutes silence in memory of murdered MP, David Amess. Then Cllr Griffiths, who knew David gave an emotional tribute followed by fellow St Bons "old boy" Cllr Terry Paul.
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Exciting news about Newham Heritage Month 2022
Newham Heritage Month
will be back for an exciting third year in June 2022! The festival
is made by Newham's community for the community and we're offering you
grants of up to £8,000 to create a project for next year's programme.
Discover more about the theme, grants, applications, training and
volunteering in this month's newsletter.
October is Black History Month and Newham has a programme of events and activities showcasing the richness of our vibrant and diverse cultural community. Find out more below.
What London 2012 Means to Us
The theme for Newham
Heritage Month 2022 will be What London 2012 Means to Us. The mark the
10-year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we want to
hear your idea for a project that will research the impact, both good and bad,
of this incredible moment in our heritage, as well as other stories that
were unearthed in the build up to 2012.
Your project could be inspired by anything related to the theme, from the centuries-old discoveries found during the archaeological digs before the Games, to Newham's long association with community activism.
Find out more
Apply for a Community Grant
Want to develop a heritage project responding to next year's theme? Apply for a Community Grant before 21 November! The fund total is £100,000, and there will be grants available of up to £5,000 for individuals and up to £8,000 for constituted groups.
Inspiration, advice and training
Would you like some advice on how to apply? Are you hunting for inspiration? If so, we have online application surgeries and inspiration days on offer to get your project off to a great start. If your project receives funding, there's also free training provided.
Find out more
Are you an aspiring photographer? Volunteer to become a Newham Heritage Month Community Photographer and receive free photography training from professionals! You can also volunteer in Newham’s Heritage Service year round.
Find out more
Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual celebration of the contributions made by Black African and Caribbean communities in the borough nationally and internationally. Throughout October, Newham Council will host a programme of activity that responds to the theme of Ambition, Achievement, Inspiration.
Find out more
We're grateful to the
National Lottery Heritage Fund for their generous support of Newham Heritage
Month. The month is organised by Newham Council as part of Newham Unlocked and
supported by the Royal Docks Team.
Friday, October 15, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
West Ham Ward Cllr Street Surgery: Uneven Pavements, Blocked drains, Fly tipping, Bulk Rubbish, Leylandii trees, Unsafe Roads...
Some did and I have a number of member enquires to raise tomorrow with the Council.
Residents were generally content with the Council and understood the problems we face due to Tory funding cuts and the impact of Covid on services. Yet, we need to raise our game on these "bread and butter" service issues and I am sure we can.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021