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Strategy for children and families for the next five years launched.

A new strategy for how the council and partners will deliver services for children and young people in Tower Hamlets was launched this week at a family fun day at Meath Gardens Children’s Centre with around 100 children and parents. Councillor Danny Hassell, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Young People who chairs the Children and Families Partnership Board,said: “I’m delighted to ...

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2nd All European Forum for Secular Bangladesh Conference held in Geneva

The 2nd All European Forum for Secular Bangladesh (Nirmul Committee) Conference was held on Saturday 26 October 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference took place at Bangladesh Embassy auditorium, in Rue de Neuchatel, Geneva, Switzerland. Central Nirmul Committee President Shahriar Kabir attended to make a keynote strategic presentation on working towards international recognition of Bangladesh genocide and the repatriation of Rohingya ...

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Tower Hamlets children celebrate National Democracy Week

Budding child politicians from across Tower Hamlets celebrated National Democracy Week with a raft of activities in and around the council. Children from Marion Richardson Primary School, Bigland Green Primary School, Blue Gate Field Junior School and English Martyrs Roman Catholic Primary School met Victoria Obaze, Speaker of the Council, to hear about her role. They viewed the robes and ...

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Benefit freeze pricing families out of a home

New research from the National Housing Federation (NHF) shows that more than nine in ten homes for private rent (94%) in England are too expensive for those on housing benefit. The NHF analysed 75,000 rental homes advertised on Zoopla and compared the cost of rent for each property with the rate of Local Housing Allowance that a family requiring that ...

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Commonwealth Journalists Association member won House of Lords British Community Honour Award 2019

Mansoor Ahmad, a member of Commonwealth Journalists Association UK won British Community Honours Award 2019. He received this award in an award giving ceremony organised by British Community Honours Award – BCHA held on Friday, the 18th October, 2019 at The House of Lords, the second chamber of the UK Parliament for his outstanding contribution towards British Society. Expressing his ...

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Climate activists in London protest against Rampal power plant to save the Sundarbans

Ansar Ahmed Ullah:   On 17 October climate justice protesters gathered outside the Bangladesh High Commission, London demanding the scraping of India Bangladesh joint venture coal fired Rampal power plant, close to the Sundarbans. Protesters claimed that the plant would destroy the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest. Huge carbon emission, air, river and land pollution will cause destruction of ...

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New books capturing the journey of Bengali community of the 90s

Ansar Ahmed Ullah:   While many are aware of Altab Ali’s tragic, senseless and racially motivated murder in 1978 in a park that now bears his name and observes annual Altab Ali Day on 4 May in Whitechapel, East London, many aren’t aware of the long struggle the Bengali community faced. It should be mentioned here that from the mid-1970s ...

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Council launches biodiversity blueprint

  A Local Biodiversity Action Plan (2019-24) has been launched in a bid to protect and enhance the variety of plant and animal life in Tower Hamlets. The blueprint sets out what the council, registered housing providers, developers, community groups and residents can do to help conserve the borough’s important habitats and species. John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: ...

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Tackling hate crime together throughout Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets Council and its partners are marking National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019 with a series of events showcasing how it is tackling hate crime and supporting victims. John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We are committed to tackling all forms of hate crime in the borough and this week is an opportunity for us to restate our commitment ...

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Research shows families in Tower Hamlets struggling to cope with move to Universal Credit

New research commissioned by Tower Hamlets Council has revealed that parents with young children have gone without food and had to survive the winter without adequate heating after being moved onto Universal Credit. The council’s report, produced by the Child Poverty Action Group, looks at the experiences of families and key support organisations grappling with the latest benefit reform in ...

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