Archive for November 17th, 2011

Blatter’s blather

This week Tower Hamlets has been taking part in the national ‘Youth Week’ initiative. It’s a great idea designed to promote the range of opportunities available to 13 to 19 year olds outside school. The theme of the event is ‘Bringing Communities Together’.

Fostering greater community cohesion is one of my top priorities. Imagine my despair then when I heard that football’s most senior figure has denied that racism is a problem in the game. When it does happen, Sepp Blatter says it’s really all part of on-field banter and should be resolved between players with a handshake.

Blatter’s message only encourages bigotry. Worse, one football expert says this was not a case of foot-in-mouth, but a quite a deliberate attempt to pander to racism in the football world for self serving reasons. His comments are disgrace and he should be forced to resign.

Football has made great strides in the last 30 years eradicating racism from the game. We can’t allow that work to be undone. In a week when the family of Stephen Lawrence once again seek justice, and on day when Duwayne Brooks, who was with Stephen on the night of his murder, gave evidence in court, we know only too well where racism can lead.

It is simply wrong for Blatter to remain as head of Fifa.


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Press Release

Tower Hamlets Council Tax to be frozen again says Mayor

Council Tax in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is to be frozen for the year 2012-13.

This will be the third year in a row that council tax has been frozen.

In proposals to be discussed over the coming months and verified at the February/March 2012 council meeting, council officers have been asked to prepare financial plans that do not include a council tax rise. This is in line with recent local practice and government policy.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman said, “”In these austere times our residents are finding it more and more difficult to pay basic household bills. We as a council must do every thing to help. Freezing Council Tax this year is one way we can leave more money in our residents’ pockets.

I have asked officers to prepare a budget to deliver improved services without increasing the financial burden on local people. My full budget proposals will be set out in a Cabinet paper for January 2012.”


For more information contact

Takki Sulaiman

Tower Hamlets Council

Phone: 020 7364 4396

Mobile: 07984 369 785

Email: takki.sulaiman@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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The redesign of Whitechapel’s Altab Ali Park achieves the amazing feat of merging unearthed archaeological foundations with the changing identity of the area.

Read the Evening Standard’s review here



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