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2nd repatriation flight arranged by Bangladesh HC takes back home 153 stranded Bangladeshis from UK

A Biman Bangladesh Airlines special flight, BG 4106, arranged by the Bangladesh government at the initiative of Bangladesh High Commission, London, departed Heathrow for Dhaka today (Saturday) at 10:30 am local time, carrying 153 Bangladeshis who have been stranded in the United Kingdom due to the suspension of international flights between Dhaka and London in the wake of the coronavirus ...

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£7 MILLION FOR NEW COALITION OF VULNERABLE CHILDREN’S CHARITIES

£7.27m to provide digital and face-to-face support for Children  impacted by coronavirus Coal ition of charities to work across the country to identify Childre most at risk Chi ldren’s Minister: We must widen the safety net for vulnerable chi ldren A ‘coalition of charities’ will help vulnerable children most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic with online counselling, therapy and face-to-face ...

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Mayor Biggs calls for ‘Triple Lock’ protection for renters

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has welcomed the Government’s decision to extend the temporary evictions ban, but insists that the ban must continue until robust measures are in place to protect renters once the ban is eventually lifted. Mayor Biggs has called on ministers to follow proposals from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and introduce a ‘Triple Lock’ ...

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Mayor John Biggs announces new cabinet

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, today announced his new cabinet. The Mayor welcomed four new councillors to his cabinet in a shakeup of political responsibilities about who helps manage council services in a borough with over 300,000 residents. Councillor Asma Islam, Councillor Mufeedah Bustin, Councillor Eve Mc Quillan and Councillor Dan Tomlinson have been appointed to Cabinet. They were ...

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Government’s coronavirus support must not be based on immigration status

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has called on the Home Secretary to make an urgent change in immigration policy to protect lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) is a condition imposed on someone due to their immigration status and means that they are prevented from claiming most welfare benefits, tax credits or housing assistance. With ...

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Council forces government to concede illegality in making decision on controversial Westferry Printworks scheme

The government has accepted it acted unlawfully in a legal battle with Tower Hamlets Council over plans for the former Westferry Printworks on the Isle of Dogs. In January, plans to build 1,524 homes on the site were approved by Secretary of State Robert Jenrick despite a planning inspector recommending against granting permission. In March, the council initiated legal action ...

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Tower Hamlets tops the leaderboard for genuinely affordable home completions

New statistics released by City Hall last week (14th May) show that 1,562 affordable homes were completed in Tower Hamlets as part of GLA housing programmes in the year ending 31st March 2020, the highest level of any London borough. Throughout the same period, 758 new affordable homes were also started in the borough. The new figures also show that over 500 ...

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Tower Hamlets planners crowned best in the UK at RTPI Awards

  Planners from Tower Hamlets Council have been named as the local authority planning team of the year at a leading national awards contest. The council’s infrastructure planning team took the top prize at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence. Their colleagues in the plan making team were commended for excellence in plan making for their ...

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