On Wednesday 26th November, at a meeting of Tower Hamlets Borough Council, a Labour motion was passed calling on the Mayor to withdraw his plans to close council-run nurseries.
Cllr Danny Hassell introduced the motion following Labour’s intervention to allow the “Save our Public Nurseries” petition to be heard.
Cllr Danny Hassell, Labour Lead on Schools, said:
"I am pleased that full council has supported the Labour motion to call on the Mayor to withdraw the proposal to close all council-run nurseries in the borough. These nurseries provide vital services to children - including those with disabilities and a range of complex needs - and their families. These nurseries are vital front line services.
It was a clear demonstration of the politics of Mayor Rahman and his administration that his Cabinet members reduced parents to tears – those very parents who rely on these nurseries, after accusing them of playing politics and spinning lies.
The facts are clear; Mayor Rahman and his Cabinet submitted for public consultation a proposal to close nurseries, other budget proposals have been withdrawn following this consultation, whilst this proposal is still being considered. We call on the Mayor to withdraw this disastrous cut from his budget proposals now.”
Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:
“Lutfur Rahman stood on a platform of no cuts to frontline services. He is now proposing to close excellent nurseries that parents, including many parents of disabled children, rely on. He has already withdrawn his budget proposals on parking charging, because they were so unpopular. He needs to withdraw his proposal to shut local nurseries as well, and treat local east end mums with the respect they deserve.”