The council has just outlined its three-year financial plan. Rahman has pledged not to close libraries, children’s centres or leisure centres and will keep home care free for people with “critical” and “substantial” needs. Is it time that Tower Hamlets, a political morass and England’s third most deprived authority where half the 250,000 residents are from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds, mostly Bangladeshi, be looked at afresh? Rahman thinks so. “Judge what we are doing as an administration, as a council. Judge our community and our strength of community cohesion rather than what you hear or read,” he says.
My interview with the Guardian
January 22, 2013 by Lutfur