On Wednesday 3rd December, at a meeting of Tower Hamlets Council Cabinet, Mayor Lutfur Rahman carried out a U-turn on his proposals to close four local nurseries following a campaign led by local parents and supported by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Rushanara Ali MP and local Labour councillors.
Last week, Cllr Danny Hassell introduced a motion at Full Council calling on the Mayor to reverse his proposed nursery closures.
Cllr Danny Hassell, Labour Spokespersonfor Schools, said:
"Nurseries are a vital frontline service for children and their families, so I’m very pleased that Mayor Rahman has reversed his decision to close all council-run nurseries in the borough.
The parents who have been campaigning against this vicious cut have run a very strong campaign and they should be very proud of their work. The Labour Group will continue to support them and their families as we move forward.
We are very pleased the four nurseries that faced closure will now remain open.”
Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:
“When Lutfur Rahman tabled his cuts proposals, we were very clear that the cuts to children’s services could not be allowed to stand. The Save our Nurseries campaign, led by local mums, has done a brilliant job of demonstrating to us all why these nurseries are so important.
Tower Hamlets children deserve the best start in life. With 49% of our children living in poverty, the support that these nurseries give is vital.
Our work is not yet done – we will continue to fight proposed cuts to vital local services, including social care and children’s centres. We know that these cuts have been imposed by government – Lutfur Rahman has a responsibility to keep his promises to protect the front line.”