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16:10 08 November 2012

Pensioners picketing Tower Hamlets mayor over cuts to their day centre

Pensioners picketing Tower Hamlets mayor over cuts to their day centre

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Angry pensioners in London’s East End picketed their Town Hall last night and tried to block the mayor’s car when he arrived for his cabinet meeting.

They were protesting over funding cuts to their day centre which they say is their lifeline which could soon face closure.

But Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman slipped into the building through a side door.

Instead, his deputy mayor Ohid Ahmed ended up in a confrontation with the octogenarians over cuts to funding for Bow’s Appian Court day-centre.

“We came here in the cold to confront the Mayor and ask why he won’t listen to the people,” said a furious 85-year-old Rose Rawlins. “Only two of our members are being allowed into the cabinet meeting—we all want to say our piece.”

Rose’s daughter Joanne Green, 47, said: “I was in tears when we heard the centre is losing £37,000 from its grant.

“We’ve got old soldiers who fought for their country who are too old to cook their own meals. The mayor has no right to take away their dinner club.”

Ted Lewis, 83, was one of only three of the 40 protesting pensioners allowed in to address the cabinet meeting.

He told the Mayor: “Appian Court isn’t just a luncheon club—it’s a social lifeline for us.

“People talk about ‘the Big Society’—we are ‘the Big Society’ in Bow. We don’t know where we’ll go if you stop our funding.”

But in the event, the mayor had dropped the item from the agenda and will make a decision about funding at another time.

The pensioners still turned up to protest. They were supported by Labour’s Joshua Peck who told the Advertiser: “The Mayor has backed down on taking a decision in public because of the pensioners’ campaign.

“Our worry is that he’ll go ahead with the cuts behind closed doors, with the stroke of a pen—it’s a cowardly move.”

The centre runs on £50,000 a year, hosting the Geezers’ Club for pensioners to get involved in community volunteering like they did at the summer Olympics and the Bow Belles women’s group. The mayor is planning to cut £37,000 from its grant.

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