Mayor of Tower Hamlets Responds to Budget 2017

Responding to the Chancellor’s Spring Budget, John Biggs Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:

"For nearly seven years, the Conservative Government has hammered public finances and this latest Budget is more of the same. Sticking plasters and so-called relief measures hide the deep and harmful cuts to public services that have already been imposed.

"New measures such as additional funding for social care may sound appealing, but they go nowhere near far enough to plug the budget gaps the Conservatives have already created.

"The impact of Tory cuts has been felt very strongly in Tower Hamlets. Residents face a housing crisis, a social care crisis, slashed school funding, an NHS buckling under chronic strain and an uncertain future after Brexit.

"The latest round of Conservative cuts means that over the coming years, Tower Hamlets Council has to save around £58m. We've protected frontline services as far as possible but this latest budget offers no respite from the Tory cuts to our communities."

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