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Recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that youth unemployment in Tower Hamlets has fallen dramatically over the previous 12 months, with the total number of 18-24 year olds claiming job seekers allowance falling to 975 – a decline of 180 claims.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs commented:

“It is very encouraging to see youth unemployment in Tower Hamlets coming down. Whether through our A-Level success, excellent apprenticeships or other routes into work we know how talented and successful the young people in our borough can be. I’m very glad to see that talent translating into jobs.

“As Mayor, I am determined that the council does all it can to secure employment for our residents and to promote our local businesses. We do however need to be clear about the damage that the Tory Government has caused to Tower Hamlets residents as a result of unprecedented spending cuts and a sluggish economy which encourages low paid, insecure work.”

Cabinet Member for Work & Economic Growth Cllr Joshua Peck said:

“The fall in youth unemployment is very welcome but there remains a great deal of work to do to support Tower Hamlets residents into work and achieve our ambition of full employment for local people. We are massively increasing the support we offer local people to get into work and the support we offer businesses to grow and create jobs'.

Mayor Biggs Welcomes Fall in Youth Unemployment

Recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that youth unemployment in Tower Hamlets has fallen dramatically over the previous 12 months, with the total number of 18-24...

Commenting on the Securing the Ballot report into preventing electoral fraud published today, Labour Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said:

"Ultimately electoral fraud is a crime which affects everyone and I welcome any action which helps to crack down on those who set out to cheat our democracy.

“Tower Hamlets First's mockery of the electoral system was clearly a criminal act as this report recognises. What concerns me most is that under the current perverse rules not only was nobody prosecuted, many of the candidates who benefitted from Lutfur Rahman's corrupt practices have faced no action and remain councillors.

"In Tower Hamlets we have made significant changes to tighten up our electoral systems since 2014, I'm glad to see this report recognising that good practice and recommending many of those changes be adopted more widely.

"Finally I want to pay tribute to the four members of the public who risked everything to challenge the corrupt 2014 mayoral election result. As this report recognises it is a very complex, lengthy and personally expensive process to fight an election petition and there should clearly be better safeguards to protect and support people who have legitimate evidence of fraud and wrongdoing.”

Tower Hamlets Mayor Biggs Comments on Electoral Fraud Report

Commenting on the Securing the Ballot report into preventing electoral fraud published today, Labour Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said: "Ultimately electoral fraud is a crime which affects everyone...

Tower Hamlets is to receive twenty new police officers as a result of the Mayor of London’s decision to double the number of dedicated Police Officers for each ward. The change, which will be fully introduced by the end of the next year, will mean every council ward in Tower Hamlets will have two dedicated Police Officers and a Community Support Officer focused on protecting the area.

The officers will be based in and dedicated to the area, meaning they cannot be removed to carry out duties elsewhere.

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, welcomed the announcement saying:

“This is a massive investment by the new London Mayor in neighbourhood policing after misguided cuts under Boris Johnson. Tower Hamlets was one of the first places in the country to trial Safer Neighbourhood Teams and we know just how effective they can be.

“These strengthened local police teams will mean more officers on the beat in local communities, and will work in partnership with our enforcement teams and other agencies reassuring the public, improving safety and also clamping down on crime and anti-social behaviour.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“As Mayor, the safety and security of all Londoners is my first priority and this starts with real neighbourhood policing. I am very pleased to be able to announce the first significant step towards this, with a second dedicated PC in every London ward.

“Our local officers should be known both to the community and by the community. Their local knowledge helps to prevent and detect crime, and they are the local eyes and ears of our security services. They are essential to improving trust and confidence in our police and keeping our communities safe.”

Tower Hamlets Deputy Mayor for Community Safety, Cllr Shiria Khatun, said:

“These extra officers will make a big difference in the fight against crime in Tower Hamlets. Residents often tell us crime and anti-social behaviour are their top priorities, it’s good to be able to show we are listening and taking action which will make a real difference.”

Number of neighbourhood police officers walking the beat in Tower Hamlets set to double

Tower Hamlets is to receive twenty new police officers as a result of the Mayor of London’s decision to double the number of dedicated Police Officers for each ward. The...

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