Search

Viewpoint: Our budget and priorities must start putting communities first

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 December 2017

Archant

In 2018 we will need a local budget that puts our communities first.

For too long, Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs’ budgets have been a paler version of the austerity budgets of the Tory Government.

The government’s budget was a clear admission of failure - growth is down by 0.5 per cent, productivity is down by 0.7pc, and investment is down by 1.5pc.

The government’s hugely unpopular Universal Credit will be a triple whammy of hardship for people who have already been hit by the reduction in the Council Tax Support Scheme and the whopping 9pc council tax increase courtesy of John Biggs’ administration.

This will create misery condemning some vulnerable families to a Christmas holiday period relying on food parcels.

We need a mayor who - instead of indulging in local point scoring and what amounts to collusion with the Tories - is not afraid to stand up to them nationally and locally.

We need the kind of leadership that is proud and determined to stand up for what is right for our communities in tough times.

Latest East London News Stories

18:00

A teenager from east London has been charged with terrorism offences.

At a glimpse it looks like a normal mobile phone but this is actually a Taser gun in disguise.

13:32

Jim Fitzpatrick joined a children’s deaf charity at the Houses of Parliament to learn about how pre-school deaf children in east London can benefit from new ‘hearing’ technology.

These colourful displays are set to brighten up the dull January evenings in Canary Wharf.

07:00

Pearly kings and queens are laying on a right old cockney knees-up for London’s Chelsea pensioners at their favourite East End boozer.

07:00

The man who brought the 2012 Olympics to east London has railed against spending cuts to education and is calling for investment in our future generation.

Yesterday, 17:09

These four puppies were found dumped in a box and abandoned in Victoria Park, shivering from the cold.

Yesterday, 16:17

Tower Hamlets has one of the highest numbers of reported drink driving accidents in London, figures reveal.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now