Barking and Dagenham Council
Whole council elected every four years
Council logo
Founded1 April 1965
Preceded byBarking Borough Council
Dagenham Borough Council
Donna Lumsden,
since 19 May 2023[1]
Darren Rodwell,
since 12 June 2014[2]
Fiona Taylor
since April 2022[3]
Seats51 councillors
Political groups
Administration (50)
  Labour (50)
Other parties (1)
  Independent (1)
Joint committees
East London Waste Authority
Thames Chase Joint Committee
Thames Gateway London Partnership
London Councils
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
7 May 2026
Meeting place
Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking, IG11 7LU
Council Website
The Council Constitution

Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in London, the capital of the United Kingdom. It provides a broad range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority. Barking and Dagenham is divided into 17 wards, each electing three councillors. At the May 2022 election, the Labour Party won all 51 seats, for the fourth election in a row. The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 as the Barking London Borough Council and replaced two local authorities: Barking Borough Council and Dagenham Borough Council. The council was renamed on 1 January 1980. The next election to the authority will be in 2026.


A map showing the wards of Barking and Dagenham since 2002

There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Barking and Dagenham area. The current local authority was first elected in 1964, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the London Borough of Barking on 1 April 1965. Barking replaced Barking Borough Council and Dagenham Borough Council. Both were previously Urban District Councils, with Barking Town Urban District Council replaced by Barking Borough Council in 1931, and Dagenham Urban District Council replaced by Dagenham Borough Council in 1938. As Barking had urbanised first, it was governed by a local board of health from 1882, which became an urban district council in 1894. The parish of Dagenham was under rural administration until 1926, governed by Dagenham Parish Council and the Romford Rural District Council from 1894.[4]

It was envisaged that through the London Government Act 1963 Barking and Dagenham as a London local authority would share power with the Greater London Council. The split of powers and functions meant that the Greater London Council was responsible for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal; with the local authorities responsible for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. As an outer London borough council it has been an education authority since 1965. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Since 2000 the Greater London Authority has taken some responsibility for highways and planning control from the council, but within the English local government system the council remains a "most purpose" authority in terms of the available range of powers and functions.[5]

Powers and functions

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the London Government Act 1963 and subsequent legislation, and has the powers and functions of a London borough council. It sets council tax and as a billing authority also collects precepts for Greater London Authority functions and business rates.[6] It sets planning policies which complement Greater London Authority and national policies, and decides on almost all planning applications accordingly. It is a local education authority and is also responsible for council housing, social services, libraries, waste collection and disposal, traffic, and most roads and environmental health.[7]

Summary results of elections

Main article: Barking and Dagenham local elections

The council has been controlled by the Labour Party since it was first elected in 1964.[8][9][10][11]


Following the 2022 election and a subsequent change of allegiance in December 2022, the composition of the council was:[12]

Party Councillors
Labour 50
Independent 1
Total 51

The next election is due in 2026.


  1. ^ "Council minutes, 19 May 2023". Barking and Dagenham Council. Retrieved 17 July 2023.
  2. ^ "Council minutes, 12 June 2014". Barking and Dagenham Council. Retrieved 17 July 2023.
  3. ^ "Fiona Taylor appointed as Chief Executive at Barking and Dagenham Council". Barking and Dagenham Council. 3 May 2023. Retrieved 17 July 2023.
  4. ^ Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. Vol. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.
  5. ^ Leach, Steve (1998). Local Government Reorganisation: The Review and its Aftermath. Routledge. p. 107. ISBN 978-0714648590.
  6. ^ "Council Tax and Business Rates Billing Authorities". Council Tax Rates. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Local Plan Responses – within and outside London". Mayor of London. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  8. ^ "London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Election Results 1964-2010" (PDF). Elections Centre. Plymouth University. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  9. ^ "London Borough Council Elections 23 May 2014" (PDF). London Datastore. London Residuary Body. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  10. ^ "London Borough Council Elections 3 May 2018" (PDF). London Datastore. London Residuary Body. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Election results by wards". London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  12. ^ Boothroyd, David (16 December 2022). "When in Rome, do as the Andoverians do". Local Councils. Thorncliffe. Retrieved 17 July 2023.