Barking & Dagenham Council only London borough invited to join growth network to encourage economic recovery

Barking and Dagenham has joined a network of 12 UK councils who are attempting to kick start an economic recovery after the pandemic devastated finances.

The London borough today announced it is the only local authority in the capital chosen to join the Inclusive Growth Network.

The town hall said it would work with other councils in the network, such as Belfast City, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool City Region and Glasgow, to share ideas and policies designed to reduce inequalities and poverty during the Covid-19 crisis and in its aftermath.

As a member, Barking and Dagenham Council will have access to support, including research, designed to help address challenges in communities.

The town hall said it will be focusing on delivering jobs for residents and green infrastructure.

Council leader Darren Rodwell said: “We are really proud to be one of 12 local authorities to be invited to participate in the network.

“As we begin the journey to recovery, we are determined more than ever that no one will be left behind as we continue to work closely with and support local businesses and our residents to grow our borough.”

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Rachael Burford

Local Democracy Reporter