This week’s launch of the Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission Report has been welcomed by Labour councillors. The councillors thanked the authors of the report for their work describing it as a ‘step in the right direction for evidence based policy making’.
Labour particularly applauded the report’s focus on increasing collaboration between the public sector, third sector, business and others as well as the goal to drive towards better integration. The politicians pledged to “look closely” at the report’s recommendations.
The councillors did however raise concerns that the report failed to give a coherent and tangible vision for the future direction of the borough and left key questions untouched. The key critique was the report’s relative silence on how the Council can best protect residents against the impact of the Government’s cuts to Council budgets. Other areas of significant social challenges including the social care and school places crisis’ were also left unresolved.
Speaking after the Fairness Commission Report launch, Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Sirajul Islam, said:
“Let me be unequivocal in my thanks to the commissioners and of those who have authored or contributed to this report. It is clearly a step in the right direction for evidence based policy making in Tower Hamlets.”
“Fairness should be at the centre of everything we are trying to achieve as a Council and it is Labour’s vision to see a much more cohesive and collaborative approach to the great challenges facing the borough.”
“Whilst there are a number of ambitious and worthy proposals in the report we cannot escape the reality that the Tory led Government is imposing on residents. Protecting residents from the worst excesses of this Government, mitigating the impact, is the top priority to ensuring that people are fairly treated. We shall be looking closely at the report’s recommendations over the coming months and hope to build upon its proposals.”
Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:
“This is a thoughtful piece of work and we should welcome it. We need to examine its details further but much is good practice. Following its recommendations through, however, requires the sort of thoughtful leadership that Tower Hamlets lacks under the current Mayor.
“The recommendations on jobs – working with local employers and getting a better deal for young people – are obvious but the current Mayor has miserably failed to lead on this in his three wasted years. I pledge, if I become Mayor, to take its proposals forwards with a plan for action, real targets, and an expectation of the best for all of our people.”