- Free School Meals for all primary school pupils
- A 24h out of hours noise service at weekends to crack down on anti-social behaviour
- A new lettings agency to help private renters avoid rip off fees and get the best deal
Labour councillors have tonight agreed their proposals for the Council’s upcoming Budget. The ambitious agenda includes commitments to introduce free school meals for all primary school pupils, extend the Council’s out of hours noise and ASB service to run twenty-four hours at weekends and introducing a new Council run lettings agency to help private renters get the best deal with good landlords.
Labour say the measures are indicative of the kind of things a John Biggs mayoralty would prioritise. If agreed by the Council later this month, the policies would help people across the borough who are increasing being hit by the current cost of living crisis.
In order to fund the new priorities Labour will propose scrapping the current independent Mayor’s chauffeur driven car as well as the £300,000 budget for the Mayor’s personal advisors and consultants. They would also top-slice departmental budgets to cut down on the amount spent on expensive propaganda such as the thirty-seven thousand spent sending letters from the mayor to all residents last year.The councillorsalso voiced their opposition to Lutfur Rahman’s plans to spend tens of millions of pounds on a new Town Hall in Whitechapel. Instead the councillors demanded a review of alternative and cheaper options for accommodating council staff.
The announcements come after John Biggs, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, last week pledged to scrap the borough’s council housing agency Tower Hamlets Homes bringing it back under Council control and promising to deliver savings and better services for residents.
Speaking immediately after the proposals were agreed, Labour’s finance spokesperson, Cllr Carlo Gibbs, said:
“These proposals are designed to show the kind of strong but fair leadership a Labour administration led by John Biggs would provide. We would prioritise the things which matter to people; free school meals, tackling anti-social behaviour and helping residents struggling with housing costs.
“By contrast the current mayor Lutfur Rahman would continue wasting hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ money on vanity advisors and projects whilst prioritising bizarre monuments like a new Town Hall costing tens of millions of pounds.”
“With significant budget challenges facing the Council in future years residents need to know that politicians are on their side. These proposals show that John Biggs is strong and experienced enough to put honesty and fairness at the heart of his approach.”
Labour’s Candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:
"We need to get down to the serious business of good leadership and that means helping people where it makes a difference. Extending free school meals, dealing with noise nuisance and helping people secure decent homes are all important things that are raised in our conversations with local people. They are a taster of the great things I want to do when elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets in May.”