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The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, has called on Theresa May to scrap changes to the schools funding formula which would see budget cuts for schools in deprived areas like Tower Hamlets.

The Mayor made the call alongside 23 other local government leaders in a recent letter to the Guardian newspaper.

Writing in the letter, the 24 politicians highlighted the unfairness that if the new funding formula was adopted “children in England’s 30 most deprived local authority areas face a net loss of £245m a year, while the 30 least deprived areas gain £218m.”

Prime Minister urged not to punish schools in deprived areas with cuts

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, has called on Theresa May to scrap changes to the schools funding formula which would see budget cuts for schools in deprived areas... Read more

Mayor John Biggs has rejected the Conservative Government’s Pay to Stay and pledged it won’t be adopted in Tower Hamlets.

The announcement was made at last night’s council meeting after widespread opposition meant the government were forced to water down the plans to charge council tenants 15p for every additional pound their household earns over £40,000. Instead of making the policy mandatory for all local authorities the Government confirmed recently that it would make the change voluntary.

Mayor John Biggs rejects Government’s Pay to Stay Tenant Tax

Mayor John Biggs has rejected the Conservative Government’s Pay to Stay and pledged it won’t be adopted in Tower Hamlets. The announcement was made at last night’s council meeting after... Read more

Members of Tower Hamlets Labour Party along with affiliated organisations have over the last month been voting on whether or not to automatically re-select the incumbent Labour Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, as Labour’s candidate for the 2018 mayoral election.

 

At the conclusion of the process, having received the support of the majority of both branches and affiliates, and more than 70 per cent of the votes cast, John Biggs is re-selected as Labour candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets.

John Biggs re-selected as Labour candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets

Members of Tower Hamlets Labour Party along with affiliated organisations have over the last month been voting on whether or not to automatically re-select the incumbent Labour Mayor of Tower... Read more

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has strongly welcomed the news that the London Living Wage is set to increase to £9.75 per hour.

The increase was announced by Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and will see over 1,000 London businesses paying the higher rate. Tower Hamlets Council is one of 1,033 Living Wage accredited employers across the capital.

Mayor Biggs welcomes London Living Wage increase

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has strongly welcomed the news that the London Living Wage is set to increase to £9.75 per hour. The increase was announced by Labour... Read more

Independent councillor Shahed Ali was today sentenced to five months in prison by Snaresbrook Crown Court after pleading guilty to Housing Fraud.

The conviction means that Shahed Ali is no longer eligible to remain a councillor and that there will be a by-election in Whitechapel, most likely to be held on the 1st December.

Disgraced Independent councillor Shahed Ali sentenced to five months in prison

Independent councillor Shahed Ali was today sentenced to five months in prison by Snaresbrook Crown Court after pleading guilty to Housing Fraud. The conviction means that Shahed Ali is no... Read more

Commenting on a video circulating on social media of a police incident in Stepney Green on Sunday evening, Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

"I am very alarmed by this video and the description of what happened and I have demanded an urgent meeting and explanation from the Borough Commander.

Mayor Biggs Comments On Video Of Police Incident in Stepney Green

Commenting on a video circulating on social media of a police incident in Stepney Green on Sunday evening, Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: "I am very alarmed by this video... Read more

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has welcomed the changes to the proposed Silvertown crossing and praised the Mayor of London for bringing forward the timetable for a new Canary Wharf to Rotherhithe Cycle Bridge.

This follows the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s commitment to building greener, public transport-focused river crossings to be built in the next 5 to 10 years.

Mayor Biggs welcomes proposed new river crossings for East London

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has welcomed the changes to the proposed Silvertown crossing and praised the Mayor of London for bringing forward the timetable for a new Canary Wharf to... Read more

The Prime Minister’s new policy allowing new grammar schools to open will be opposed by Tower Hamlets Council, the Mayor has said.

The Mayor has instructed council officers that the council’s resources should be entirely focused on expanding and improving our excellent comprehensive schools, not supporting selective grammar schools.

The pledge comes after activists were out campaigning across the borough last weekend against the Government’s new grammar schools policy.

Mayor Biggs vows council will oppose any new Grammar schools in Tower Hamlets

The Prime Minister’s new policy allowing new grammar schools to open will be opposed by Tower Hamlets Council, the Mayor has said. The Mayor has instructed council officers that the... Read more

Whitechapel councillor Shahed Ali has pleaded guilty to housing fraud at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Cllr Ali admitted to one count of housing fraud under Section 3 of the Fraud Act 2006 (fraud by failing to disclose information). The offence relates to Cllr Ali application for, and tenancy of, a council house, despite failing to declare that he already owned two properties.

Independent Councillor Shahed Ali pleads guilty to “shameful” housing fraud

Whitechapel councillor Shahed Ali has pleaded guilty to housing fraud at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Cllr Ali admitted to one count of housing fraud under Section 3 of the Fraud Act... Read more

A review into the Tower Hamlets Youth Service has investigated allegations of irregularity and fraud within the Youth Service between 2013 and 2015, during the previous administration.

The review found little evidence that services were being properly monitored, and that the governance of Youth Services was well below the expected standard.

Review of Tower Hamlets Youth Service Details Serious Failings

A review into the Tower Hamlets Youth Service has investigated allegations of irregularity and fraud within the Youth Service between 2013 and 2015, during the previous administration. The review found little... Read more

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