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Tower Hamlets housing problems take centre stage at Labour Party conference ‏

Tower Hamlets Labour Party campaigner Tarik Khan was selected to speak on behalf of Labour Party delegates from across the UK this week at the Party’s national conference in Manchester.

Bow resident Tarik Khan represented Tower Hamlets Labour Party at the annual conference attended by more than 10,000 people from across the country.  He spoke to delegates about the housing crisis and its impact on Tower Hamlets residents after the local party submitted a motion to the conference.

 

Tarik spoke about the problems residents in the borough face with overcrowding, rent increases and high service charges. He called on the national Labour Party to build 200,000 new homes a year and legislate the private rented sector introducing licensing for landlords following a general election victory in May 2015.

  

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Tarik Khan from Tower Hamlets Labour Party. This is my first time at conference.

Thank you conference for prioritising this housing motion.

In the recent elections our candidates and activists spoke to over 10,000 residents a month – and housing was the biggest issue raised by residents.

Residents were concerned about

·       Overcrowding

·       Increasing rent every year

·       Uncontrolled service charges

·       Dodgy landlords

·       And the bedroom tax

These are issues David Cameron does not care about.

When Ed Miliband wins the election, we will have a massive opportunity to put this right.

Under this Tory Government we have seen

·       Housebuilding is at its lowest in peacetime since the 1920s;

·       Homelessness rising every year;

·       The number of families with children living in bed and breakfasts at a 10 year high;

·       And rough sleeping up by nearly a third.

And the Bedroom tax: Well, I am proud to be in a party, which will abolish this.

Whilst campaigning, I spoke to a neighbor of mine who lives in a single bedroom flat with his four adult children. I cannot imagine the struggle they face on a daily basis.

Between 1997 and 2010 the Labour Government:

·       Built nearly 2 million more homes in England, including half a million affordable homes.

·       Improved housing standards: Inheriting from the Tories in 1997 a £19 billion backlog in repairs, we brought 1.5 million social homes up to a decent standard through the Decent Homes Programme, including fitting over 700,000 new kitchens, 525,000 new bathrooms and over 1 million new central heating systems at a cost of £33bn.

When Labour are in Government next May, I want to see us:

·       Build 200,000 new homes a year

·       Take control and legislate the private rented sector, license the landlords

A decent home is the core of an individual’s wellbeing. It affects the very things we hold sacred and the very issues we have been discussing here in conference.

It affects our

·       Health

·       Children’s education

·       Social life

·       Employment

These are issues that the Tories and David Cameron do not care about, but we as the Labour Party are passionate to change.

Tower Hamlets housing problems take centre stage at Labour Party conference‏

Tower Hamlets housing problems take centre stage at Labour Party conference ‏ Tower Hamlets Labour Party campaigner Tarik Khan was selected to speak on behalf of Labour Party delegates from...

Labour London Assembly Member for City and East John Biggs has called for London Mayor Boris Johnson to ensure residents in his East London constituency are properly consulted over changes to City Airport flight paths.

John Biggs AM wrote to the Mayor of London calling on him to intervene to ensure “full and detailed consultation on the proposals, with specific measures to engage the councils and communities that live along the proposed flight paths.”

The letter outlined how air traffic at City Airport affects a very large population in East London  in terms of take offs, landings and flight paths. Those communities do not appear to have been properly consulted on the proposed changes, which falls foul of the Civil Aviation Authority’s guidance on the Airspace Change Process, the letter states. 

Labour London Assembly Member for City and East, John Biggs, said:

“London City Airport has been hugely positive for East London, but anxieties about its environmental impacts on local people are inevitably and naturally rising. Aviation noise is a major issue and meaningful consultation on changes to flight paths will improve confidence in the community’s relationship with the airport, which is a major employer and generates economic benefits in the area, but must also be a good neighbour.

“I hope that Boris Johnson will now join with me in calling for a full and detailed consultation on the proposals, so that communities and councils have the chance to make their voices heard before any major changes are made.”

John Biggs AM calls for community consultation over City Airport

Labour London Assembly Member for City and East John Biggs has called for London Mayor Boris Johnson to ensure residents in his East London constituency are properly consulted over changes...

 

§  Figures obtained by John Biggs AM suggest where 588 frontline staff are set to be cut from across London Underground stations, with some stations losing up to 58% of staff.

 

§  More than 28% of visible staff set to be axed from Bethnal Green and Stepney Green stations.

 

 

 

Analysis of TfL staffing plans by Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs has shown that under current proposals staffing levels across London Underground stations are set to be cut by an average of almost 16% from January.

 

 In Tower Hamlets the following stations will see major staff cuts:

  • Bethnal Green a reduction of 29.71, 4.1full time equivalent staff, Stepney Green a reduction of 28.33%, 3.4 full time equivalent staff and Canary Wharf, a reduction of 516.76%, 6 full time equivalent staff.

The projected changes show that 216 stations will have their staffing numbers cut, with around 588 staff due to be shed in total across the network.

The staff cuts will come as part of the planned closure of all the capital’s tube station ticket offices, despite the Mayor previously pledging to protect all ticket offices from cuts. The staff cuts vary across the tube station network with some stations losing over half their staff.

John Biggs AM, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London, said:

“It beggars belief that with tube fares due to rise by 2.5% in January, Boris Johnson has the nerve to cut front line staffing levels at stations by an average of 16% across London. In Tower Hamlets we will lose over 28% of staff from two of our stations leaving passengers being forced to pay more money for less staff support.

“Politicians are often in the business of demanding more for less. It seems in this case Boris Johnson is happy with tube passengers getting less for more.

“The issue isn’t necessarily whether staff are based in ticket offices or on the station concourse, but whether staffing levels can provide all customers – especially the disabled and elderly – with a good service. I am calling on TfL to address this issue and to await the outcome of TravelWatch’s consultation survey before finalising plans. It is deplorable that TfL is not carrying out its own station by station consultation, so it is even more important that they take TravelWatch’s findings into account.”

Revealed: TfL plans to cut up to 29.71% of tube station staff in Tower Hamlets

  §  Figures obtained by John Biggs AM suggest where 588 frontline staff are set to be cut from across London Underground stations, with some stations losing up to 58%...

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