A council worker ignored government guidelines to secure Home Office anti-terror funding for a friend, documents allege.

A series of fake and council-sponsored businesses were given taxpayers’ cash to “influence local community voters”, freshly revealed documents claim.

A Limehouse primary school has been blocked in its first attempt to become an academy after a Tower Hamlets Council investigation.

Families in new homes a stone’s throw from Canary Wharf are being forced out by heating charges that are four times the national average.

More than £1.3million of taxpayer cash was paid to organisations in Tower Hamlets that may never have existed, and to one whose office was a drug den, a cache of papers reveals.

The number of people stopped and searched by police in Tower Hamlets skyrocketed last year amid a London-wide surge in use of the controversial power.

Less than a fifth of shoplifting crimes in Tower Hamlets are being solved by police too stretched to work on “lower level” offences.

Sixty locations in Tower Hamlets consistently breached safe levels of air pollution last year - including two right next to a hospital.

More than 40 neighbourhoods in Tower Hamlets are among the 20pc most “deprived” in the country, according to government figures.

The headteacher of a primary school controversially poised to become an academy has quit - to take on a paid role at its would-be new owner.

An under-fire aid charity has accused the government of a “pattern of harassment” of Muslim organisations after a second inquiry was launched into its affairs.

Evidence of “serious mismanagement” has been found at an east London charity sending funds to Bangladesh.

Tower Hamlets Council spent more than £60million last year buying back old right-to-buy properties to house the homeless.

A Limehouse primary school could be about to switch to academy status despite objections and complaints the move was a “done deal”.

A former Met Police borough commander broke down in court while giving evidence about a corruption probe in the council service he used to oversee.

An ex-forensic investigator for Tower Hamlets Council has delivered a blistering account of how his work in the borough’s youth service was, he said, subject to a “cover up to avoid political embarrassment”.

A retired resident in a block of flats run by Eastend Homes is squaring up to the chance of being made homeless in a matter of weeks.

A 79-year-old woman has been told she could be sent to prison over a gate she has had in front of her property for 30 years.

A housing estate in Wapping is in limbo after its entire board of directors was unseated at a fiery emergency meeting.

A former youth worker at Tower Hamlets Council is among the people flagged up to City of London Police in connection with an alleged global marketing scam.

The mayor of Tower Hamlets has slammed government policy on right to buy as figures reveal ex-council homes in the borough have been re-sold to the tune of £631million.

Members of the Muslim community have spoken of their fraught experience with the global “investment” scheme called Leverage, which scores of households in North and East London paid into.

A global “investment” scheme that targeted the Muslim community over two years has left some people claiming to be thousands of pounds out of pocket.

London Fire Brigade is due to spend more than £860,000 on local fire stations over four years, including £200,000 for a new kitchen at Poplar.

Two councillors could be paid for their mayor-appointed roles on a housing association board, it has emerged.


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