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Tower Hamlets Council working to ensure borough is Covid-19 compliant

  Officers from across Tower Hamlets Council are working with police partners to ensure residents and businesses are complying with Covid-19 regulations. The council team is made up of four government funded officers alongside staff from environmental health and trading standards. Around 20 officers are deployed every day to: Undertake patrols within areas of high footfall and where complaints have ...

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Mayor Biggs welcomes Living Wage increase

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has welcomed the news that the Living Wage has increased, meaning a pay boost for a quarter of a million people across the country. The news was announced by the Living Wage Foundation this week as part of Living Wage Week. The real Living Wage – not to be confused with the national ...

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 Congratulations, President-elect Biden – now end the Islamophobia

  The Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF) has congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on winning their respective elections. In 2015, President Trump twice called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the USA. His first call came after a terrorist attack in San Bernadino committed by two people: one born in the USA and the other a ...

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Tower Hamlets Labour triggers referendum on the future of the mayoralty

Tower Hamlets Labour Group has voted to trigger a referendum on whether the borough should keep the mayoral system or move to the ‘leader and cabinet’ system. The Labour Group voted in favour of the referendum proposal put forward by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs. Following the Group’s decision, the proposal to hold a referendum in May 2021 ...

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Pfizer Vaccine Breakthrough Just After The US Election

  By Shofi Ahmed:   Scientists today welcomed compelling evidence that a vaccine can be made for COVID-19. But questions remain about how much protection it offers, to whom and for how long. “We need to see the data in the end, but that still doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm. This is fantastic,” says Florian Krammer, a virologist at Icahn School ...

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Masks and yoga to protect BAME community from dangers of COVID-19

Ansar Ahmed Ulla:   A Northamptonshire charity is funding free yoga and fitness sessions and donating 10,000 face masks to help protect members of the county’s BAME community from COVID-19. The Centre for Policy, Promotion and Prevention (CPPP) is a non-governmental organisation which works on projects across the UK promoting improved cohesion between marginal communities and the wider society. With ...

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New Myanmar govt must address concerns in Rakhine, ensure Rohingya repatriation: UK

The United Kingdom wants the new government in Myanmar to take steps towards safe, voluntary and dignified return of the Rohingya to their place of origin in Rakhine State addressing the root causes of conflicts. “The new government must work to address the valid concerns of people across Rakhine,” Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth at ...

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Have your say on proposals to improve links to Brick Lane and refurbish the Banglatown Arch

Tower Hamlets Council have published proposals to improve signage, wayfinding and lighting around Brick Lane to increase footfall and support High Street businesses. As part of a public consultation, residents, community groups and businesses can have their say on public realm investment including the proposal to rename Osborn Street to Lower Brick Lane and the refurbishment of the Banglatown Arch. ...

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Give your views on the council budget

  Tower Hamlets Council is urging residents, businesses and organisations to take part in its budget consultation as ongoing financial pressures, including responding to Covid-19 means that despite saving £200million since 2020, it now has to save a further £30m by 2024. This year the council is spending £1.2 billion gross expenditure (£354.5 million net expenditure budget) on public services to support ...

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