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#38

The mission

Chris Naylor
Chris Naylor
Chief executive, Barking and Dagenham Council
Wish List ● November 14, 2019

This is going to sound a little bit grandiose, but we’re about 30 weeks away from being a fifth of the way through the 21st century, right? And it’s turned out to be a bit trickier than we might have assumed, when the fireworks were going off 20 years ago.

Barking and Dagenham is a place where everything that’s hopeful and optimistic about the 21st century, and everything that’s really challenging and hard, play out literally between here in the council offices and the railway station.

We’re a place that’s been completely battered by austerity. The council’s having to lose half its budget, 2010 to 2020. The popula...

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