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Havering Council was just one successful appeal away from losing its ability to reject major planning applications, a shocking new report has revealed.

Both the borough’s Labour and Conservative groups are fielding the maximum number of candidates across Havering’s 18 wards on May 3.

Firms across the borough have been disclosing the difference between average hourly earnings for men and women as requested by the government.

Havering has one of the lowest average house prices but householders are paying one of the highest council tax rates in the capital, according to a study.

Strikes over reduced rest days and new rosters are is limiting a transport service for the borough’s most vulnerable residents until Friday (March 30).

Havering residents will be paying £60.33 more in Council Tax next year after councillors agreed a rise of 3.78pc at a council meeting last night (Wednesday, February 21).

Children in care and care leavers were invited to discuss future careers at the council’s first recruitment event.

Parliament has approved a funding settlement that will see a substantial funding increase for Havering Council in the coming financial year.

The organisers of We Are FSTVL have been granted a licence to host almost 40,000 people at the electronic dance music festival in Upminster for the next three years.

Havering housing benefit applicants’ waiting time is just below the national average, data shows.

The Conservatives are “celebrating” the defection of Ukip’s former parliamentary candidate and regional controller for London Peter Harris, who is from Dagenham.

Councillors will review the results of their budget consultation and a proposed increase in council tax at a cabinet meeting next week.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has paid tribute to the Holocaust survivors who share their stories with the next generation.

A statement in support of granting “village green” status to a community space was released by Labour MP Jon Cruddas in advance of the decision due to be taken at yesterday’s public hearing.

Just 129 people responded to Havering Council’s public consultation on its housing plans for the next 13 years, a new report has revealed.

Christmas has been complicated for the tenants of a home for the elderly left without a consistent bathroom water supply.

A million first-time buyers are expected by the government to benefit from the stamp duty cut over the next five years - but experts have warned there could be unintended downsides for the housing market.

The Mayor of London issued a rallying call to young people across the capital today as he launched a new anti-knife campaign saying: ‘Don’t carry a knife, we need you alive’.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas insists a £2 maximum bet should be implemented immediately after claiming his constituents gambled away more than £5million on fixed-odds machines last year.

A politician made himself a figure of fun after being fined for dangerous driving in 1904, says Prof Ged Martin

Crime figures show a huge rise in domestic violence in Havering. Investigations journalist EMMA YOULE learns how Havering Women’s Aid and the council are trying to support women - and men - living with abusive partners as pressure on services grows

Havering Council has begun finalising plans for its 2018/19 budget, which currently has a predicted funding gap of more than £9million.

More than 2,000 disabled people in east London were wrongly stripped of their benefits, this newspaper can reveal.

Havering Council could be left powerless to rule against major planning applications from developers due to little known government guidelines.

Havering Council’s six Ukip councillors have revealed they will not stand in next year’s local elections if Peter Whittle is named leader of their party.

A cafe authorities claimed had been operating as a “de facto pub” without a licence has been refused the right to sell alcohol by Havering Council.

How much do you think about your future? I don’t mean in a Mystic Meg way meeting a tall dark stranger in the supermarket or even making monthly pension contributions, but about the care you will need as you get older.

Children’s social care is being pushed to breaking point, with growing demand for support leading councils to overspend on their budgets.

A Romford cafe that officers say has been operating as “a de facto pub” illegally is applying to Havering Council to be able to sell alcohol.

A grief-stricken Havering family are crowdfunding to fly their mum’s body home after she died while on holiday in Turkey.

Havering Council has been accused of making a “pig’s ear” out of a controversial salary review.

Families frightened by moped gangs terrorising streets across the borough was the subject of a parliamentary debate last week.

Sitting down to write my first column for the Recorder as Hornchurch & Upminster’s new MP, I realise this is one of the first opportunities I have had properly to reflect on the whirlwind of the past seven weeks.

Residents and ward councillors have come together in an attempt to stop over development in the borough.

The Recorder would like to hear from people living in temporary accommodation in Havering – such as hostels or bed and breakfasts.

With Prime Minister Theresa May announcing the Conservatives will form a minority government with support from the DUP, just who are the little-known party who could have a huge influence on politics in the next five years?

Theresa May has announced she will be forming a minority Conservative government with support from the DUP.

With no party winning an overall majority during this election, we now have what is called a hung parliament. But what exactly does that mean?

The Labour Party has held Barking and Dagenham and Rainham in a decisive defeat for UKIP.

We’re live at the count for the constituencies of Barking and Dagenham and Rainham.

For those who are still unsure about who to vote for in today’s general election, the Recorder has put together a summary of the parties key policies.

If all the tension and drama of polling day has left you a little confused, here’s the Recorder’s guide to what you can expect as the 2017 general election comes to a climax.

Voters are being warned to stay vigilant to the threat of electoral fraud ahead of the upcoming general election on Thursday.

“Shocked and saddened” were the words used by Havering Council’s chief executive in response to Saturday’s terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market.

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage joined the general election campaign trail – and said that he feels the party has a “real chance” of winning the Dagenham and Rainham seat.

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