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

Yesterday, 18:07

“We’re killing ourselves to earn a living.”

Yesterday, 17:00

John Biggs wants to ban new vehicles with petrol or diesel engines in the next 12 years.

Yesterday, 15:47

The jury went out today in the murder trial of the alleged killers of Luther Edwards, who was fatally stabbed in Bethnal Green.

Yesterday, 14:00

Kate Hatcher likes company when she cycles down to the south coast—so the 30-year-old from Millwall, on the Isle of Dogs, joined 16,000 others who saddled up to ride with her on Sunday.

Yesterday, 11:00

A heritage walk to commemorate 130 years since the famous east London matchgirls strike at Bow is planned next month by historians and a descendant of one of the women.

Yesterday, 09:00

The controversial planning framework for the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar setting out the Mayor of London’s vision to 2041 are up for public consultation.

Yesterday, 07:00

There has been a drop in the number of women in Tower Hamlets being screened for cervical cancer, according to NHS data.

Mon, 17:48

An “extremely violent” man who stabbed a fellow party-goer to death has been found guilty of murder.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

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