Data: Newham Council one of London’s biggest spenders

According to data from the Audit Commission Newham Council spent the most money in 2010/2011 out of all London authorities. Splitting this data per person means they are second in net expenditure next to Tower Hamlets.

In fact the Audit Commission gives details of planned expenditure for the tax year ending this month, which shows Newham eclipsing Tower Hamlets with a planned £3,704 per head.

The data compiles what authorities spend on services such as housing, sport and culture, the environment and social care.

Why is spending so high? Well preparing for the Olympics must surely take its toll as well as a brand new office block. It’s also the third most deprived area in London according to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

It’s also worth remembering that Newham is classed as an outer-London borough when it comes to government grants. Neighbours such as Tower Hamlets and Greenwich have inner-London status. This is something that the authority has tried to change in recent years.