Responding to the Chancellor’s budget announcements yesterday (11th March), Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

“The Chancellor’s budget does not address the deep cuts we have faced following a decade of austerity. It failed to offer proper funding to address the social care crisis, increased demand in special educational needs and disabilities, or provide new council homes.

“I remain concerned that the government’s continued noises about levelling up will leave areas like Tower Hamlets behind. We will continue to campaign on behalf of our residents for policies and funding that protect local services which are a bedrock for our community.

“This is not a party political issue – the scale of spending cuts is causing real harm, particularly to the more vulnerable in our community.”


Ahead of the budget, Mayor Biggs wrote to the Chancellor to warn that ‘levelling up’ the UK shouldn’t mean raiding cash from London:

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