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Tower Hamlets council staff warned of job cuts

16:12 24 November 2010

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Council workers in Tower Hamlets are being warned to brace themselves for job cuts.

Tower Hamlets chief executive Kevan Collins wrote to all council employees today about cuts explaining they are needed to cope “with the unpredecented financial challenge” facing the country.

The council is believed to be looking at cutting 500 jobs as it saves £70 million from its budget.

Mr Collins has said that around 500 jobs will need to be axed in 2011/2012 and he has asked managers to draw up restructuring plans.

He said the staff budget has to be cut by 23 per cent to save £29 million.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman has asked department heads to present their budget suggestions to next month’s cabinet meeting.

The mayor and chief executive will be holding a series of roadshows for staff to explain what is happening and the council is consulting with the unions.

Mr Collins told staff: “It is with regret that I am writing to inform you that today I have written to the trade unions outlining the potential impact on jobs of the government’s cuts. Our approach to this unprecedented financial challenge is to try to minimise the impact on staff and the community in Tower Hamlets. We will do our utmost to minimise job losses and redundancies by reducing spend on agency staff and deleting vacant posts.”

Conservative leader on the council Peter Golds: “I find it absolutely ridiculous that at a time staff are hearing this job adverts are going out for the head of the mayor’s office at between £57,000 and £59,000.”

Poplar and Limehouse Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick said: “The coalition are cutting too deeply too quickly and we could end up with the situation Ireland is in.”

He added: “We will be working to defend front line services as best as we can. In Tower Hamlets it is clear that things are going to be difficult for many people.”

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  • Our campaign against an elected executive mayor in Tower Hamlets notes the part of your report in which you mention Peter Golds as follows: We quote Conservative leader on the council Peter Golds: “I find it absolutely ridiculous that at a time staff are hearing this job adverts are going out for the head of the mayor’s office at between £57,000 and £59,000.” Unquote Given that he is reported as expressing that view, will Peter Golds now join the democratising campaign to have the overdue investigation into the role the town Clerk [‘chief executive’] has been allowed to play in fixing things that ought to be conducted in public and by the elected councillors? Will Peter Golds also show the community in Tower Hamlets the full facts of what he has been spending his councillor time on? Why won’t he issue statements in Tower Hamlets condemning the CONDEM assaults of destruction on the already low standard service operations controlled by ‘Tower Hamlets Council’? Will Peter Golds join us in demanding that the ‘chief executive’ publish reports to the Borough showing what deals he is currently negotiating? And in backing our call that “Dr” Kevan Collins publish the full facts about his role in the promotion of the ‘referendum’ on the undermining of the already fragile democratic structure of Tower Hamlets Council? There are hundreds of unanswered questions that actually concern the mythology that Kevan Collins has been being allowed to create to justify HIS programme of cuts while the likes of Jim Fitzpatrick blame ONLY the CONDEM. Why did neither Peter Golds nor Jim Fitzpatrick make any comments about Kevan Collins’ assertion on his ‘famous’ ‘Undercover Boss’ programme [shown on Channel 4] MONTHS ago that he was in effect positively working to make cuts in Tower Hamlets worth £Millions 2100 Hrs Thursday 25 November 2010 BHANGEELAAR! CAMPAIGN AGAINST AN ELECTED EXECUTIVE MAYOR IN TOWER HAMLETS

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