Tower Hamlets Council has published a report on its strategic performance for Quarter 3. A number of key performance indicators have been categorised as RED – indicating performance below the stated targets. The Council is failing in a number of areas, including housing, education, employment and waste management.
The number of affordable homes delivered between October – December was just 353 against the Council’s target of 637. During the same timeframe, the number of job starts for Tower Hamlets residents significantly missed its target of over 3,000 starts. Achievement of 5 or more A* - C grades at GCSE also received a RED rating.
The Council also reported 1,438 missed waste collections during the months of January and February 2015. This follows the Mayor’s decision to withdraw a Cabinet report on waste management that failed to even consider a local depot.
Mayoral failures are translating directly into failures for local people.
Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:
“The Council’s own performance figures reveal the failure of Mayor Lutfur Rahman. The Council is missing its targets on the provision of affordable housing, job starts for our residents and GCSE achievement; this is something we must work to change.
Lutfur Rahman is failing local residents - this is evident from his attempts to shut public-run nurseries, his failure to properly consider all the options for our borough’s waste management strategy, his failure to keep our streets clean and now with these performance statistics. Tower Hamlets deserves better.”