Results tagged “cuts”

By John Biggs

johnbiggs142WEBBY.jpgThe Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman has challenged me to oppose a "cap" on welfare spending.

My position is simple - the welfare state is a safety net for those in difficulty and I will always support that principle. However, it cannot be immune from all the pressures elsewhere in the economy.

By Lutfur Rahman

lutfurrahman.jpgChancellor George Osborne's Spending Review has shifted much of the burden for the national, economic black hole on to local government.

The cuts he announced last week are massive. They will require the average council to find a further £30million of savings in 2015.

By Lutfur Rahman

lutfurrahman.jpgApril 1 is traditionally the time for April Fool jokes. But for thousands of people in our borough experiencing life at the sharp end, the huge welfare changes announced by the Government on April 1 are no laughing matter. As Mayor, I am determined that my administration will do all it can to continue to protect the vulnerable in our borough.


Plans have been announced by London Fire Brigade to close 12 stations in the capital, including those at Silvertown, Bow and Woolwich.

The emergency service revealed the proposed measures on Thursday afternoon as it looks to cut costs in the face of a £45 million budget reduction over the next two years

East London to be hit by police station closures

By Rob Virtue on January 10, 2013 12:47 PM |


Drastic cuts to the Metropolitan Police budget could see victims forced to report crime in busy supermarkets, say police representatives.

East London faces a raft of front desk closures under enforced cuts of £500 million a year to the force's spending.