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The Tower Hamlets Educational Maintenance Allowance has been secured following Labour representations.

During a meeting on the 9th of September, government commissioners sent in to oversee the grants process agreed to support the continuation of the educational grant designed to promote good attendance and encourage young people to remain in education.

During a previous meeting of the Commissioners in May – prior to the mayoral election – it had been decided that the allowance would be fully reviewed and that no new awards should be made until the review had been fully completed.

Labour Secures Educational Maintenance Allowance

The Tower Hamlets Educational Maintenance Allowance has been secured following Labour representations. During a meeting on the 9th of September, government commissioners sent in to oversee the grants process agreed... Read more

Jim Fitzpatrick MP viewed an original ballot box used in the first secret ballot to elect a Member of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament earlier this week. The box is on display in Parliament until Monday 21 September at 1pm as part of the Festival of Freedoms.

 

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP views the original secret ballot box on its first visit to Parliament

Jim Fitzpatrick MP viewed an original ballot box used in the first secret ballot to elect a Member of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament earlier this week. The box... Read more

Jim Fitzpatrick MP is calling on parents across Poplar and Limehouse to check for warning signs of possible heart problems in babies and follow life-saving guidance issued by the UK’s leading children’s heart charity.

The Poplar and Limehouse MP is supporting ‘Think HEART’, a campaign by the Children’s Heart Federation to increase the early diagnosis of children’s heart conditions, encouraging others who support the campaign to make their support known by using the hashtag #ThinkHeart. 

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP makes heart felt plea to check for early signs of children's heart problems

Jim Fitzpatrick MP is calling on parents across Poplar and Limehouse to check for warning signs of possible heart problems in babies and follow life-saving guidance issued by the UK’s... Read more

Jim Fitzpatrick MP is supporting Tower Hamlets Citizens Advice Bureau in the national Talk About Abuse campaign to help family and friends know how they can best support victims of all forms of domestic abuse.

The campaign and Citizens Advice research highlights how victims of domestic abuse can suffer financial and emotional abuse as well as physical and sexual violence.

Victims of financial abuse can have huge debts taken out in their name, be forced to account for every penny they spend or have access to their bank accounts restricted.

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP for Poplar and Limehouse supports Citizens Advice campaign to help domestic abuse victims

Jim Fitzpatrick MP is supporting Tower Hamlets Citizens Advice Bureau in the national Talk About Abuse campaign to help family and friends know how they can best support victims of all... Read more

The Metropolitan Police will consider plans to axe all local PCSOs at its Management Board meeting on the 29th September it has been revealed. The cuts could see neighbourhood policing teams reduced to just a single police officer for each ward despite having six officers (3 PCSOs, 2 PCs and a sergeant) only 3 years ago.

Local Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs said the cuts would signal the “final nail in the coffin for neighbourhood policing” and called on the Mayor to halt the cuts and engage in meaningful consultation with local communities. According to the latest Metropolitan Police data, there are currently 32 PSCOs in Tower Hamlets, all of whom could all face the axe if these plans go ahead. Across the capital as a whole axing local PCSOs entirely would mean over 1,000 officers lost from London’s streets.

Plans to cut ALL local PCSOs in Tower Hamlets are “final nail in the coffin for neighbourhood policing”

The Metropolitan Police will consider plans to axe all local PCSOs at its Management Board meeting on the 29th September it has been revealed. The cuts could see neighbourhood policing... Read more

Commenting on the 70% rise in Islamophobic hate crimes in London, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London John Biggs said:

 “The 70% increase in Islamophobic hate crime is a shameful blight on London’s reputation as a welcoming, inclusive and tolerant city. The situation is made even worse by the fact that 60% of attacks are reported to be against women, at times in front of their children.

John Biggs comments on the 70% rise in Islamophobic hate crimes in London

Commenting on the 70% rise in Islamophobic hate crimes in London, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London John Biggs said:  “The 70% increase in Islamophobic hate crime is... Read more

Responding to the announcement that the launch of the Night Tube will be delayed, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London said:

“With Boris Johnson’s blundering approach to launching the Night Tube, sadly this delay comes as little surprise. If you try and launch a major project without speaking to the people you’ll be relying on to deliver it, it’s never going to end well.

John Biggs AM comments on delay to launch of Night Tube

Responding to the announcement that the launch of the Night Tube will be delayed, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London said: “With Boris Johnson’s blundering approach to... Read more

Commenting on the announcement that that this week’s two tube strikes have been suspended, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East John Biggs said:

“Commuters across the capital will be breathing a deep sigh of relief at the news that this week’s strikes have been called off.

John Biggs AM welcomes suspension of Tube strikes

Commenting on the announcement that that this week’s two tube strikes have been suspended, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East John Biggs said: “Commuters across the capital will... Read more

London Assembly Member John Biggs has called for Mayor of London to come clean following reports from Property Week magazine that the he is planning to fix a target of 25% for affordable homes in the capital’s key Housing Zones and opportunity areas. If introduced, the target would effectively prevent local authorities from being able to negotiate the number of affordable homes on a development above the 25% threshold.

Mayor’s secret plan for affordable home target of only 25% is “a scandal"

London Assembly Member John Biggs has called for Mayor of London to come clean following reports from Property Week magazine that the he is planning to fix a target of... Read more

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, has described information circulated to residents on The Isle of Dogs by the opposition Conservative Group on Tower Hamlets Council about the impact of the cruise liner terminal across the river at Enderby Wharf as “scaremongering opportunism.”

Mayor John Biggs speaks out on Enderby Wharf

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, has described information circulated to residents on The Isle of Dogs by the opposition Conservative Group on Tower Hamlets Council about the impact... Read more

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