Tower Hamlets Council goes public on its spending

TOWER Hamlets Council has published details of all payments over �500, allowing East Enders to scrutinise its spending.

Following pressure from the government and a deadline of January 30 to go public with the information, the council today opened the books on its �1billion budget.

Its website now shows details of chief executives’ pay and department costs.

The information shows that 33 chiefs on the council are earning more than �82,000.

Chief executive Kevan Collins is the highest paid exec with a salary just shy of �185,000.

That is line with most other London boroughs.

Energy costs, school catering and cash paid to contractors is also listed.

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Cllr Alibor Choudhury, cabinet member for resources, said the council is commited to being “transparent”.

He added: “Residents can see how the council is spending the money we receive from central government, council tax and other income.

“We have done our best to provide the information in a format that residents can use and understand.”

Details will be updated on a monthly basis with the first data from December.

Go to to see how your taxes are being spent.