New analysis demonstrates unfairness of the grants schemes run by Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman‏

Whilst Lutfur Rahman’s own figures demonstrate that Bromley by Bow, Mile End East and East India and Lansbury are the poorest parts of the borough, those areas received the least support from Lutfur Rahman’s grants schemes.   
 
  • East India and Lansbury has the highest child poverty in Tower Hamlets at 54%, but organisations there only received 4.6% of all grants.  
  • Bromley by Bow has 52% of its children living in poverty, 
  • Mile End East, and Bow East each have 51%.  Their percentage of grants was 2.3%, 3.74% and 1.17% respectively.  
  • This compares to the 14.43% of all grants that went to Spitalfields and Banglatown ward, the ward in which Lutfur Rahman himself was previously a councillor.

Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of the Labour Group, said:
“The Labour Group has repeatedly sought to hold Lutfur Rahman to account for his unfair grant making decisions.  He has never justified them in public, publishing the decisions online without debate and refusing to attend scrutiny meetings to discuss them.  

 
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What is clear is that it does not relate to need.  The poorest parts of the borough received the least support from Lutfur Rahman.  Indeed, the welfare advice funding for Bromley by Bow and Mile End East was cut by Lutfur Rahman in his mainstream grants decision.  It is this opaque decision making and lack of fairness and transparency that led us to call for the recruitment of a council chief executive - whilst Lutfur Rahman may still be the mayor, councillors and residents need someone they can go to for answers”.

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