Mayor only secures 27 Olympic Park homes for Tower Hamlets

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Labour have said that the independent Mayor of Tower Hamlets has let the borough down by failing to secure a fair share of Olympic Park homes for Tower Hamlets residents. It was revealed last week that Tower Hamlets will only be allocated 27 out of the 675 socially rented homes in the Olympic Park.

With almost 22,000 people on the housing waiting list Labour have warned that the Mayor’s failure to argue for a fair share of the homes will have a serious impact on the borough.

Labour’s Spokesperson for Housing, Cllr Abdal Ullah, said:

“East Londoners were promised a fair share of the Olympic legacy but the decision to only make 27 of the park’s homes available for Tower Hamlets residents falls foul of this pledge.

“With housing such an important issue in the borough the Mayor of Tower Hamlets should have been championing our claim to these homes at every stage. After losing the Olympic marathon from Tower Hamlets and now this housing decision people could be forgiven for asking what benefits the Mayor has actually managed to secure for our borough.

“Unlike our local Mayor, John Biggs, Labour’s candidate for Tower Hamlets Mayor, has repeatedly challenged the London Mayor on his housing policies.”

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