The people with the plan

By Heather Jameson | 15 May 2019

‘If you go back to first principles, how do you build a council that can deliver services and be sustainable?’ That was the question Barking and Dagenham chief executive, Chris Naylor, asked when The MJ paid a visit to the east London borough in 2016.

The council was languishing at the bottom of the league tables for a number of key social issues it had failed to resolve during the relatively well funded early 2000s. It was facing massive population churn and demographic change and it was struggling to adapt.

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