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Archive for December, 2012

It’s official! Tower Hamlets is to receive the highest allocation of funding under the government’s New Homes Bonus scheme in 2013/14. This is because we are building more homes than any other authority. This great news for our borough comes in figures just released by the Department for Communities and Local Government. It proves that in spite of all the claims from Tower Hamlets Labour Party to the contrary, my promise to build more homes has, and is, being delivered – and that reality is now recognised by central Government.

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 A new cross party report has found that unemployment among minority ethnic women is considerably greater than among their white counterparts.

 It found that women from Pakistani, Bangladeshi and black communities were facing particular problems of discrimination in the jobs market. In response, some Muslim women were anglicising their names, removing their hijabs and being increasingly discouraged from applying for jobs they are well qualified for.

 Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman said:

 “These findings are very worrying. They illustrate the reality of racism and the damage it causes to the economy by making it more difficult for Black and Asian women to get work.

 This government spends a lot of time attacking people on benefits. It would do better to focus on tightening employment law, improving recruitment practices and giving Black and Asian women greater confidence they will not endure discrimination in the jobs market.”

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Whitechapel fire crew

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Mayor Rahman joins Fire Brigade Union’s fight against Boris’ fire cuts

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, today joined members of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) to protest against the proposed cuts to the borough’s fire stations. Mayor Rahman was joined by Paul Embery, regional secretary of the FBU and local fire crews.

 Speaking at the event Mayor Rahman said:

 ‘I am very concerned about plans to close Bow and Whitechapel fire stations. I fear that these proposals from Boris Johnson will cost lives.  That is why I have joined a public show of solidarity with the FBU to fight Boris’ proposed fire cuts’.

Ohid Ahmed, deputy mayor and cabinet member for community safety said: ‘Tower Hamlets has more fires than any other London borough and we need greater fire provision, not less as what Boris is proposing. We are committed to doing everything we can to stop these proposed cuts.’

Paul Embery of the FBU said: “We appreciate Mayor Rahman’s support for our campaign to save fire stations in Tower Hamlets. This is the biggest threat to the fire service since the Second World War. We are asking people to join with us against these fire cuts. There is a huge rally in central London on January 21st and I urge everyone to join us and sign our e-petition.”

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Massive boost for 3rd Sector- Mayor pours £8.022m into community organisations to combat Tory-led cuts

Independent Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman today announced an £8.022m investment in the borough’s 3rd Sector, saying “at a time when Councils up and down the country see community groups as an easy target for savings, this administration is doing more than ever to invest in the small organisations that are the backbone of Tower Hamlets.”

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Save our fire stations

Listeners to yesterday’s BBC Radio 4 Today Programme may have heard the leader of Britain’s fire-fighters, Matt Wrack, say that the Government’s proposed cuts to London’s fire service will put public safety at risk. He is absolutely right. With seventeen stations and crews facing the axe across the capital, I fear that these proposals from Boris Johnson may yet cost lives.

I am particularly concerned about plans to close Bow and Whitechapel fire stations. Tower Hamlets needs greater provision from the Fire Authority, not less. During 2011/12 we had 1,523 fires. That is more than any other borough. Some 308 of these fires took place within the home.  Tower Hamlets also had the fourth highest number of “special service” incidents – road accidents, people stuck in lifts and floods etc – during the same year.

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