Tower Hamlets Council announces investment plans following report

Mayor John Biggs

Mayor John Biggs - Credit: Archant

Tower Hamlets Council plans to invest millions of pounds into housing and education following a report which has highlighted the biggest issues in the borough.

The report, released today, showed that on average of 30 per cent of residents live in overcrowded accommodation and a fifth of people in the borough having no qualifications at all.

As part of the council’s plans to deal with these issues, Tower Hamlets plans to put £140million into better quality housing and over £31m into helping young people realise their potential in education.

The study carried out by the town hall dubbed the borough as ‘diverse, dynamic, modern and exciting’ but it is riddled with crime.

Half of residents surveyed said that people using or dealing drugs is a very or fairly big problem in the area with seven out of nine areas surveyed affected by a high number of crime incidents.

However the report also highlighted the council’s various achievements in the past year, including 1,073 new affordable homes and 994 sustainable jobs.

Mayor John Biggs said: “I want Tower Hamlets to be the most creative, vibrant and enterprising place in London where people have the opportunity to realise their ambition to improve and thrive.

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“We are ambitious for residents and want the council to play a bigger role in maximising access to jobs and training.”

The council have also placed a large focus on adult social care, forming “Tower Hamlets Together” in partnership with local NHS services to improve access to social care for residents.

Will Tuckley, chief executive, said: “We will invest in the right skills and develop a culture that puts people at the heart of everything we do and enable residents and communities to do things for themselves.”