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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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Council delivers more than 150,000 PPE items to keep residents safe

  Tower Hamlets Council has delivered more than 150,000 items of personal protective equipment (PPE) to safeguard residents, frontline staff such as care workers, and maintain essential services. Yesterday (Thursday 7 May) Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, visited the council’s PPE distribution unit to help supply PPE to frontline council staff, external service providers and individuals with caring responsibilities. ...

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114 stranded Bangladeshis return home from UK

Bangladesh envoy Tasneem sees them off at Heathrow Airport A total of 114 Bangladesh citizens, mostly students, arrived here on Monday morning from London, the United Kingdom (UK). They were stranded in the UK since suspension of international flights between Dhaka and London in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. A Biman Bangladesh Airlines special chartered flight – BG 4041 – ...

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Mayor urges Iceland supermarket to join voucher scheme

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has called on the supermarket chain Iceland to join the Government’s Free School Meal voucher scheme, which supports low-income families during the pandemic whilst schools are closed. The Mayor is backing a campaign from ‘Shadwell Responds’, a non-party political community-led response group to the Coronavirus crisis working on behalf of community organisations across ...

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On Altab Ali Day heritage project searches for 1978 memories

4th May 2020 marks the 42nd anniversary of Altab Ali Day, held to commemorate the racist murder of Altab Ali, a 25-year-old Bengali leather garments worker, in East London.  It recalls the transformative year of 1978, when the local Bengali community mobilised in an unprecedented, anti-racist uprising. Their actions represented a turning point in local and national resistance against racial harassment and ...

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Dabirul Choudhury – the true warrior raising funds for COVID-19 victims

        100 years old Dabirul Choudhury has raised funds more than 4 times for coronavirus victims. 100 years old Dabirul Choudhury will continue to walk to raise funds for coronavirus victims. 100 Years Old Dabirul Choudhury will not give up on humanity and will walk to raise funds for coronavirus victims. Mr Dabirul Islam Choudhury, a 100 years old London resident, made a pledge to raise £1,000 on Sunday ...

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