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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...

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs will today launch a blistering attack on the Conservative Government’s Housing and Planning Act which he warned risked severely limiting the council’s ability to house families and pricing residents out of the borough.

The Act, which received Royal Assent on 12th May 2016, will have a devastating impact on Tower Hamlets – with council officers estimating it could force the council to sell over 100 council homes in the next five years with thousands more at risk.

The Mayor also warned that the Government’s introduction of Starter Homes which will be classed as ‘affordable’ despite costing up to £450,000 threatened to undermine efforts to make housing more affordable to ordinary people.

Tower Hamlets Labour Group remains vigorously opposed to the Housing Act and Mayor Biggs has led the Council’s response, launching a consultation on a new Housing Strategy earlier this year, to protect residents in Tower Hamlets from the worst excesses of the Act.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

“The Conservative Housing Act will lead to a huge loss of affordable homes, which will only exacerbate the spiral of ever higher housing costs. By calling massively expensive Starter Homes “affordable housing”, the Government is giving developers free license to build fewer genuinely affordable homes.

“Tower Hamlets has the fastest growing population in the country and we need to prioritise genuinely affordable homes, tackle homelessness and secure a better deal for residents in private rented accommodation. The Housing and Planning Act will severely limit the Council’s ability to meet these priorities.

“My hope is that the new Housing Strategy the council is consulting on will protect residents from the worst excesses of this destructive Housing Act.

“As a council we are focussed on securing genuinely affordable housing and mitigating the impacts of the Conservative Housing Act. We responded robustly to the Government’s consultation and we will continue to look at how we can provide more genuinely affordable housing and a fairer deal for private renters.”

Mayor Fights Against Tory Housing Act

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs will today launch a blistering attack on the Conservative Government’s Housing and Planning Act which he warned risked severely limiting the council’s ability...

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:

“I am obviously disappointed with the result, particularly given that 68% of Tower Hamlets residents voted to Remain. I was clear during the campaign that the East End would be better off in the EU, but we must now accept the decision that the UK has made.

“There is great uncertainty about what it means for our borough, our city, and our country, but it is clear there will be some challenges. I believe in the East End and am confident that we will weather this storm, and retain the sense of tolerance, community and diversity that has defined us for centuries.

“I am sure that London will remain one of the world’s foremost trading centres and that the East End will continue to be a vibrant multi-cultural community regardless of our membership of the EU.”

Rushanara Ali, Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow said:

“I want to thank all those who worked tirelessly on our campaign to remain in the EU. I know the result will be deeply disappointing to all those who share my belief that the UK would be better off, safer and stronger within the EU.  Here in Tower Hamlets, nearly 70 percent of the electorate voted to remain and across London some 60 percent of voters chose to remain in the EU. 

"The debates leading up to the referendum have been passionate but also exposed deep divisions in our county by region, class, age and race. We must all work hard to repair those divisions and help unite the many different communities in our country, and especially those who will feel particularly anxious about their future. The Government must focus on doing all that's needed to protect our economy, people's livelihoods and our public services in the face of great uncertainty and anxiety." 

Jim Fitzpatrick, Member of Parliament for Poplar and Limehouse said:

"Like many Tower Hamlets residents, I am disappointed with the result of the EU Referendum.

"However, another referendum is not going to make matters better.

"We need to accept the public’s decision and seek a way forward, especially when there may be a General Election ahead. Labour needs to win the public’s trust again.

"In the aftermath of the referendum, I cannot see Jeremy Corbyn taking us to government, so we may have new leaders of both parties.

"I am also horrified by the recent outburst in hate crimes across London and the UK. I urge residents to report any incidents to the police and the police to do all they can to keep everyone in our community safe as I am sure they are doing.

"The outcome of the referendum is not a legitimisation of racism or intolerance.

"We may be leaving the EU but this does not stop us from continuing to work with our existing connections and links. Britain still has a bright future despite this outcome.

"Further, the oncoming Tory leadership contest and possible General Election may be a way for a second look at this decision.

"Whatever happens, it is certain that politics in Britain is in for a turbulent time."

Labour politicians speak out on EU Referendum result

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “I am obviously disappointed with the result, particularly given that 68% of Tower Hamlets residents voted to Remain. I was clear during the...

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