The independent Mayor of Tower Hamlets has come under fire today after Labour councillors revealed that over half of the borough’s Decent Homes work has been targeted at wards which are represented by supporters of the Mayor.
Figures released to Labour by the Council show over half the work has been done in just three of the borough's 17 wards whilst other areas have received little or no work at all. In wards like Bow West, where the Mayor has no independent councillors, only 7 properties - out of 525 needing work have had Decent Homes work.
Yet the three wards of Shadwell, St Dunstans and Stepney Green and Whitechapel, which are mainly represented by Mayor’s supporters, have seen 1,625 homes refurbished under the borough’s Decent Homes programme since the Mayor came to power.
Labour councillors have previously called on the Mayor to prioritise the most in need homes such as those in Brodick House in Bow which was completed in 1968 and with most flats still retaining the original kitchen and bathrooms.
The figures also revealed the scale of the challenge facing the Mayor with 8,490 homes still considered non-decent.
Labour’s Spokesperson for Housing, Cllr Abdal Ullah, said:
“It was Labour that introduced the Decent Homes scheme, not to allow politicians to reward their supporters but to ensure that everyone had a decent home to live in no matter what their circumstances.
“The Mayor should serve all residents of the borough equally not target support to his friends.
“The Mayor spends a lot of money promoting his housing policies but with over eight thousand homes considered below standard, residents will be concerned about his inability to deliver.”