Anger over Tower Hamlets' budget cut - while David Cameron's council gets an increase

By Rob Virtue on February 19, 2014 8:30 AM |

towerhamlets2.jpgEast London politicians have hit out at Government cuts after it was revealed Tower Hamlets Council has lost a quarter of its funding in five years while Prime Minister David Cameron's local authority has seen its budget increased.

The figures were highlighted during a Parliamentary debate this week.

The Labour Party claimed the Government was unfairly attacking the UK's seventh most deprived borough.

Tower Hamlets will see a 24.9% reduction in its spending powers between 2010/11 and 2015/16.

Meanwhile, West Oxfordshire - which is home to the Prime Minister's constituency and is one of the least deprived local authorities in the country - has seen an increase of 3.1%.

The Labour group in Tower Hamlets called it "an unforgivable assault on the country's poorest communities".

It also rounded on the borough's mayor Lutfur Rahman, criticising his record in dealing with the enforced cuts.

Labour's candidate for this year's mayoral elections, John Biggs, said: "There is no escaping the severity of the Government's cuts, about which Lutfur Rahman is clearly in denial.

"One of my highest priorities will be to open the books and set to work to see just how we can protect the vital work of the council and support hard-pressed local people."


LBTH resident said:

If Mayor Rahman is in charge of the books, forget it. Once he has embezzled all the cash for himself and his friend. Sold off all the council buildings to his friends for a song. Spend what is left on tarting up the Mosques, to please his friends, there won't be a penny in the pots to squander on silly things like schools and housing.

If the denizens of Tower Hamlets do not vote this crook out of office for good, this borough is going to sink to untold lows. It is appalling that these cuts are occurring in one of the poorest boroughs in the land, but so long as Rahman is squandering and pocketing what cash there is for himself and his cronies, things will never improve.

Sadly, he believes he is still in Bangladesh and can buy votes and use public funds to feather his own nest. Rahman, this is not the third world (yet !)

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