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Splash festival of rivers & oceans

Ansar Ahmed Ullah:   The East London Environment Network (ELEN), an umbrella body of environmental groups organised its first ever festival of world’s rivers and oceans, called Splash! on Saturday 15th of June 2019 at the London Enterprise Academy, Commercial Road, East London. In the opening ceremony Hasneen Choudhury, ELEN Coordinator, Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs, Tower Hamlets Deputy Mayor ...

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Council announces changes to the way people access services

  There will be changes to the way people access services in the coming months as the council makes it easier for people to carry out transactions online. Many residents say it is difficult to get through to the council by phone and they are fed up with waiting in long queues to request services or carry out basic transactions. ...

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Record numbers of two year olds in Tower Hamlets are accessing outstanding free early learning places

Free education and childcare for two year olds for eligible parents and families. Education and training opportunities for parents. Additional £1 million of investment in childcare and early years. Over 1,000 two year old children in the borough are accessing ‘good’ Ofsted rated free early learning, double the numbers from just five years ago. Nearly 300 of them are doing ...

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Afzal Sayed Munna appointed Vice-Chairman of Dagenham & Redbridge Sports Club

Ansar Ahmed Ullah:   The Bangladeshi-born 38-year-old, Lecturer from University of Wales Trinity Saint David Afzal Sayed Munna has been appointed as the Vice-Chairman for Dagenham & Redbridge Sports Club. Afzal is also the Executive Member, Newham Barking & Dagenham Liberal Democrats and Liberal Democrats Campaign for Race Equality and the Independent School Representative for National Education Union (NEU), Barking ...

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Mayor Biggs welcomes worthy winners of Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

  Tower Hamlets wins three of the 21 awarded across London John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets has congratulated three local community organisations on achieving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The recipients of the award were officially announced on Sunday 2 June, which is the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. The award is the highest given to volunteer groups ...

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£15 million scheme to create Liveable Streets across Tower Hamlets

Funding in 17 areas for infrastructure that will encourage more walking and cycling John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets joined school children, residents and businesses on Friday 7 June, to launch an ambitious four-year programme to create Liveable Streets in Tower Hamlets. Liveable Streets is a £15 million programme, which aims to improve the look and feel of public spaces ...

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Tenants urged to know their rights as new law comes into force

Residents in Tower Hamlets are being urged to familiarise themselves with changes to the law covering letting agents fees. It is now illegal for agents to charge most fees on new and renewed tenancies. Charges for reference and credit checks have been abolished and caps on how much landlords and agents can ask for as a security deposit and rent ...

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Practice Week connects leaders to frontline children’s services 

  John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, his Cabinet along with 23 other council senior leaders recently took part in ‘Practice Week’ – a week of over 30 activities that showed them first-hand how frontline children’s services support families. Practice weeks have been introduced over the last two years. They provide senior leaders with a unique opportunity to hear directly ...

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Over £250,000 of sugar tax to fund school programmes

  Tower Hamlets schools have received over £250,000 of funding for projects derived from the ‘sugar tax’, the Soft Drinks Industry Levy allocated to schools through the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund(HPCF). Schools submitted bids, illustrating how they will use the funding to improve young people’s physical and mental health through new projects and facilities. Across London, over £100m of revenue has ...

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Inspection finds careers service is changing lives

  Young people in Tower Hamlets are receiving top class careers advice that is transforming futures, according to an assessment of the council’s Young WorkPath service. The team, which includes careers advisers and employability coaches, is now based at Watney Market after a move from Bow last year. It was recently visited by inspectors to determine whether it was performing ...

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