A budget for a cleaner, safer, fairer Tower Hamlets
Our Labour budget will make Tower Hamlets a safer, fairer and cleaner borough. We’re investing in new homes, schools, jobs, tackling poverty and cleaning up our environment. John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets
This budget delivers on the manifesto commitments the Mayor and Labour councillors were elected on and sets out an ambitious vision for the borough. It’s focused on providing first class public services and investing to make the borough cleaner, safer and fairer.
Among the proposals there is extra cash for a new dedicated Anti-Social Behaviour team with a £1.7m funding boost. This is on top of the £3m investment in additional police officers the Mayor announced to protect residents following the Tory Government cutting over 200 police officers in the borough since 2010.
The budget includes £332m investment for new council housing schemes and temporary accommodation which will enable the Mayor to deliver on his 2,000 council homes pledge. It also invests £4.9m in early years and additional support for our schools to ensure the best start in life for our young people.
The council has faced nearly a decade of austerity since the Tory-Lib Dem Government took office in 2010 and over the next 3 years the council will have to save a further £44m.
Despite this the budget also protects the crown jewels of Ideas Stores, Libraries, Gyms, Parks and Leisure Centres. The Mayor has also expanded his Tackling Poverty Fund to protect the most vulnerable against the government’s disastrous Universal Credit roll out and welfare cap.
The budget means that Tower Hamlets will still have the 7th lowest council tax in London and retains the generous Council Tax Reduction Scheme so those on the lowest incomes will be protected.
Some budget highlights:
- £1.7m for a new team of ASB enforcement officers to keep our streets safe on top of the additional police officers already funded by the council.
- £2.5m funding to improve our waste and cleansing service and a new team to remove graffiti and clean up our borough
- £332m for new council housing schemes and temporary accommodation (£217m new build, £115m temporary accommodation)
- £4.9m investment in Early Years and high quality childcare and additional support for our schools
- £2.7m to protect Free School Meals and expand our Tackling Poverty Fund
- Funding for two new secondary schools and a new bridge across South Dock on the Isle of Dogs
- A major expansion of our flagship ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ scheme to refresh our streets and improve our street scene.
- Scrapping the charge for street parties to make community gatherings easier
- New measures to incentivise cleaner cars and reduce air pollution