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The leader of Redbridge Council insisted the local authority is getting "a bloody big bang for our buck" as the borough's budget for the next financial year - including a 3.99pc increase in council tax - was approved last night.

The TaxPayers' Alliance has revealed how much Redbridge Council has spent on reaching settlement agreements with ex-employees in the last four years.

Tens of thousands of EU citizens in Redbridge have applied to live and work in the UK after Brexit, according to the Home Office.

A journalist who spent 10 years living in temporary accommodation with her mum and three sisters in Ilford has produced a BBC radio programme raising questions about how permitted development rights let office blocks be turned into sub-standard flats for homeless people.

The leader of Redbridge Council has asked the government to explain why promised funding for security measures at places of worship in Redbridge and across the country has been delayed.

The Mayor of London has announced he will be investing an extra £55.5million to tackle the underlying causes of violent crime, but critics have called for a more "holistic" approach to the issue.

It's 2.30am and parents are queueing in a hotel lobby on the outskirts of Harlow, to get a space for their child on an overcrowded school bus which leaves for Redbridge at 7am. There is pushing and shoving as parents fight to make sure their children, as young as five, don't miss school.

The owners of a Chadwell Heath venue at the centre of a long-running planning battle have expressed their disappointment at Redbridge Council's latest decision to refuse planning permission.

Embedded in Redbridge Council's website are some of the highest numbers of third-party advertising trackers in the country, the Recorder can reveal.

Redbridge children's homes claimed they sometimes gave up trying to report missing youngsters due to difficulties reaching police.

Redbridge Council's social care team is heading for an overspend of £12.122million - £2m more than it should be.

South Woodford residents and businesses could soon have the opportunity to shape where new housing developments go in their area, thanks to the creation of a neighbourhood forum.

Residents face an increased council tax bill this year as the authority says it is necessary to continue to be high-performing and make up for years of austerity.

The number of children across Redbridge, Havering and Barking and Dagenham being referred to an emergency social services team for high profile crimes such as murder, criminal exploitation or child sexual exploitation rose sharply last year according to a new report.

Redbridge Council has been awarded £625,000 from the government to help end rough sleeping.

The number of fines handed out to parents taking their children out of schools in Havering and Redbridge during term-time has risen in the past five years.

County lines involving young people from Redbridge have been established to supply drugs as far as Wales, Southampton, Exeter, Bath, Colchester and Ipswich, a report has revealed.

A Hainault phone dealership has faced further complaints from customers demanding refunds.

A ground-breaking new family therapy service aimed at preventing and reducing youth crime across the borough has been launched by Redbridge Council.

A Toby Carvery pub in Wanstead has successfully appealed to keep its gaming machine permit after failing two undercover purchase tests.

The number of people subjected to on-the-spot searches in Redbridge has more than tripled in a year.

A Seven Kings restaurant could lose its licence after illegal workers with no right to work in the UK were found at the premises for a second time in two years.

Plans to demolish Ilford Retail Park and build hundreds of new homes, restaurants, offices and a primary school have been unveiled.

Redbridge Council's efforts to reduce prostitution are a "complete disgrace" that will endanger vulnerable women, an activist group has warned.

Redbridge Council's prospective next mayor was unveiled at a town hall meeting last night.

Plans for a controversial Late Night Levy which would see Redbridge businesses selling alcohol after midnight charged to help pay for enforcement operations have been put on hold - because councillors were given the wrong information before a crucial vote.

Opportunities were missed to protect a vulnerable 11-month-old baby from Ilford who died in the care of an unqualified Vietnamese babysitter in Barking, a review has found.

Redbridge Council hopes to change the mindsets of people buying sex in the borough through a series of "behaviour-changing" initiatives.

A Wanstead Toby Carvery could become the latest pub in Redbridge to be stripped of its fruit machines over repeated failures to stop children using them.

Redbridge moved a step closer to introducing the least profitable Late Night Levy in England last night as plans for an additional charge on businesses open after midnight were approved by the borough's licensing committee.

Redbridge Council is stepping up its efforts to fine people who do not clean up after their dogs and drop rubbish in the streets.

Changes to public participation rules at Redbridge Council - labelled "sinister" and "draconian" by opponents - have been given the green light.

A resident-led campaign for a referendum on how Redbridge Council makes key decisions will launch next month.

A restaurant in Ilford Lane could stay open until 2am at the weekends if Redbridge Council approves its application to serve late night refreshments.

A developer has started work on an ex-landfill site before getting planning permission following an explosive court case.

Prime minister Boris Johnson has recognised a South Woodford volunteer for her exceptional service improving animal welfare in Sri Lanka.

Thousands of households in Redbridge will be receiving wheelie bins from February this year in an attempt to keep the streets cleaner.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge are sharing £15,000 from the government to tackle criminal landlords.

Redbridge Council has announced new public participation rules at its meetings, meaning speakers can't ask the same question more than once in a six-month period.

Premises in Redbridge selling alcohol between midnight and 6am will be charged up to £4,440 from May next year if councillors agree to introduce a Late Night Levy (LNL) next week.

A petition to hold a referendum on whether Redbridge Council should be run in a different way is set to launch next year in what has been described as the "biggest campaign of 2020".

A young man who works tirelessly to tackle extremism and a champion of female representation in sport are among four Redbridge residents recognised in the 2020 New Year Honours list.

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith heads the political recipients in the New Year Honours, with a knighthood.

The leader of Redbridge Council has appealed for more police to be restored to the streets as it emerges just 16 per cent of shoplifting crimes are being solved.

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