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Tower Hamlets Council is being forced to save £59m in the next four years, with £17m of savings needed in 2016, as demanded by the Conservative Government.

George Osborne confirmed in December that the Council Tax Freeze Grant would be stopped. This was used in the past by the Council to freeze council tax – however this money is no longer available to the Council. Facing cuts to funding, increasing budget pressures and a reduction in support to freeze council tax, councils across London and the UK have little choice but to raise council tax.

Why Our Council Tax is Going Up

Tower Hamlets Council is being forced to save £59m in the next four years, with £17m of savings needed in 2016, as demanded by the Conservative Government. George Osborne confirmed... Read more

The Housing and Planning Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday 26th Jan. At a meeting of the Full Council, Tower Hamlets Labour Group successfully proposed a motion highlighting the disastrous consequences of the Bill.

The Labour Group’s motion, speaking out against the Tory Housing Bill, calls on the Mayor to give full consideration to finding meaningful, genuinely affordable housing solutions for Tower Hamlets.

Labour Group Calls for Tory Housing Bill to be Scrapped

The Housing and Planning Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday 26th Jan. At a meeting of the Full Council, Tower Hamlets Labour Group successfully... Read more

At a meeting of the Full Council, Tower Hamlets Labour Group successfully proposed a motion calling on the Council to support the More Light More Power campaign.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs also attended a public event in November to speak against the plans, alongside Hackney Mayor Jules Pipe.

The Mayor of London called in the £800m scheme last year.

At a meeting of the Tower Hamlets Strategic Development Committee in December, members agreed that if it was empowered to decide, the Council would have refused permission.

Tower Hamlets Council Supports ‘More Light More Power’ Campaign

At a meeting of the Full Council, Tower Hamlets Labour Group successfully proposed a motion calling on the Council to support the More Light More Power campaign. Mayor of Tower... Read more

New figures have revealed a stark drop in the number of fixed penalty notices given to cyclists for illegally cycling on pavements. In 2013/14 cyclists in Tower Hamlets were issued with 438 penalty notices for cycling on pavements, however figures for 2015/16 show that only 16 fines were issued, a fall of 422.

Number of cyclists given fines for cycling on pavement in Tower Hamlets plummets‏

New figures have revealed a stark drop in the number of fixed penalty notices given to cyclists for illegally cycling on pavements. In 2013/14 cyclists in Tower Hamlets were issued... Read more

East London residents have been urged to have their say over changes to their fire service. Local London Assembly Member John Biggs AM made the call after the London Fire Brigade launched a consultation over proposals to meet £6.4m of budget cuts demanded by the Mayor. Local people are able to choose from two options, one which will see the permanent removal of 13 fire engines, and the other which will focus on back office efficiencies, allowing the 13 engines to be returned. A public meeting to discuss the future of fire services in East London including Tower Hamlets, Newham and Barking and Dagenham, will take place this Wednesday, 20th January.

East London residents urged to have their say over future of fire service‏

East London residents have been urged to have their say over changes to their fire service. Local London Assembly Member John Biggs AM made the call after the London Fire... Read more

East London is facing a serious nursing shortage, according to a new report from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Data from the report showed Barts Health Trust had 1,044 vacant nursing posts whilst Barking’s NHS Trust saw 333 vacancies last summer as a result of Government policies. Local London Assembly Member, John Biggs AM, said the shortage of nurses, which can be seen across the capital, was the result of a “devastating mix of NHS cuts, reductions in nurse training posts and bursaries, and low morale brought about by increasing work pressures”.

Warning of nursing shortages in East London NHS Trusts

East London is facing a serious nursing shortage, according to a new report from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Data from the report showed Barts Health Trust had 1,044... Read more

Labour Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs and his Cabinet have put forward their proposals for the Council’s budget for the financial year 2016/17.

Against a background of Government cuts to funding for local Councils, pressures on services from growing demand and a legacy of issues that had not been tackled by the previous administration the proposals form a coherent package to protect boroughs key services in challenging times.

Labour Budget Proposals: Protecting Key Services

Labour Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs and his Cabinet have put forward their proposals for the Council’s budget for the financial year 2016/17. Against a background of Government cuts... Read more

Commenting on the 1% rise in tube fares Labour London Assembly Member for City and East, John Biggs AM said:

“For eight years Boris has inflicted annual fare rises on commuters, forcing them to spend more and more of their income travelling to work.

“This latest fares hike, only months before Boris leaves office, is a painful parting blow and is effectively an unaffordable tax on work.

“Londoners are crying out for the respite that a fares freeze would provide. One thing is for sure, the next Mayor cannot continue Boris Johnson’s yearly tradition of fare hikes.

“Whilst the re-zoning of Stratford, West Ham and Canning Town and some DLR stations is welcome, the truth is it does very little to undo the impact of the yearly fare rises of Johnson’s mayoralty.”

Yearly TfL fare rises cannot continue says John Biggs AM‏

Commenting on the 1% rise in tube fares Labour London Assembly Member for City and East, John Biggs AM said: “For eight years Boris has inflicted annual fare rises on...

Responding to today’s announcement of changes in London’s transport fares, London’s candidate for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“Once again, millions of Londoners will see their travel costs rise in the new year. Under the current Mayor, fare rises have outstripped wages, leaving Londoners thousands of pounds worse off.


"I'm pleased that the Mayor has accepted Labour's idea of free travel on overground trains for under 11s. This will help families but is a small fig leaf on yet another fares hike.

"I'm particularly worried for Londoners who rely on the buses - they face yet another hike in January.

“As Mayor I’ll stand up for Londoners and freeze all TfL fares for four years and introduce the 'Hopper' ticket, so you can change buses as many times as you need within an hour, but only pay a single fare."

Millions of Londoners will see their travel costs rise in the new year

Responding to today’s announcement of changes in London’s transport fares, London’s candidate for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Once again, millions of Londoners will see their travel costs rise...

Tower Hamlets Council Cabinet has agreed that the former Royal London Hospital Site in Whitechapel is the preferred site location for a new civic centre.

On 28th July 2015, Mayor John Biggs agreed that the previous decision, taken by the previous cabinet before the mayoral election, be withdrawn and that a new report be presented to Cabinet. The Mayor requested that feasibility studies and financial modelling be carried out to ensure that the right decision was made.

Tower Hamlets Cabinet Approves Whitechapel Civic Centre

Tower Hamlets Council Cabinet has agreed that the former Royal London Hospital Site in Whitechapel is the preferred site location for a new civic centre. On 28th July 2015, Mayor... Read more

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