Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council

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Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council
Whole council elected every four years
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Council logo
Type
Type London borough council of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Houses Unicameral
Term limits None
History
Founded 1 April 1965
Preceded by Barking Borough Council
Dagenham Borough Council
New session started 17 May 2013 (Municipal year 2013/2014)
Leadership
Leader LA Smith, Labour
Since 17 May 2013
Mayor Anthony Ramsay
Since 17 May 2013
Structure
Seats 51 councillors in 17 wards
Joint committees East London Waste Authority
Thames Chase Joint Committee
Thames Gateway London Partnership
London Councils
Labour
42 / 51
UKIP
4 / 51
Socialist Labour
3 / 51
Conservative
1 / 51
Independent
1 / 51
Elections
Voting system Plurality-at-large
Last election 6 May 2010
Next election 22 May 2014
Meeting place
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Barking Town Hall
Website
www.barking-dagenham.gov.uk
Constitution
The Council Constitution

Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. It provides a broad range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority. Barking and Dagenham is divided into 17 wards, each electing three councillors. At the May 2010 election, the Labour Party won all 51 seats.[1] Since the election four councillors have defected to the UK Independence Party, three to Arthur Scargill's Socialist Labour Party,[2] and another councillor was suspended from Labour[3] and then defected to the Conservatives.[4] A further councillor is now independent.[5] The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 as the Barking London Borough Council and replaced two local authorities: Barking Borough Council and Dagenham Borough Council. The council was renamed on 1 January 1980. The next election to the authority will be on 22 May 2014.

History[edit]

There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Barking and Dagenham area. The current local authority was first elected in 1964, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the London Borough of Barking on 1 April 1965. Barking replaced Barking Borough Council and Dagenham Borough Council. Both were previously urban district councils, with Barking Town Urban District Council replaced by Barking Borough Council in 1931, and Dagenham Urban District Council replaced by Dagenham Borough Council in 1938. As Barking had urbanised first, it was governed by a local board of health from 1882, which became an urban district council in 1894. The parish of Dagenham was under rural administration until 1926, governed by Dagenham Parish Council and the Romford Rural District Council from 1894.

It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Barking as a London local authority would share power with the Greater London Council. The split of powers and functions meant that the Greater London Council was responsible for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal; with the local authorities responsible for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. As an outer London borough council it has been an education authority since 1965. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Since 2000 the Greater London Authority has taken some responsibility for highways and planning control from the council, but within the English local government system the council remains a "most purpose" authority in terms of the available range of powers and functions.

Powers and functions[edit]

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the London Government Act 1963 and subsequent legislation. Barking and Dagenham has the powers and functions of a London borough council. It is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. It is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal. The council shares responsibility with the Greater London Authority for strategic policies including housing, planning and the environment.

Policies[edit]

The planning function for large developments is exercised by the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation in the London Riverside designated area that is within the borough.

Finances[edit]

Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council is the billing authority for Council Tax, and collects a precepts on behalf of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.

Summary results of elections[edit]

The council has been controlled by the Labour Party since it was first elected in 1964.

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