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Taxpayers tell Town Hall what they can do with the budget

PUBLISHED: 19:52 16 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:11 05 October 2010

Public decide what to spend council tax on...

Public decide what to spend council tax on...

Carmen Valino

TACKLING yobs on the streets of London’s East End should be the Town Hall’s top priority, according to council taxpayers. The residents have been given the chance to tell Tower Hamlets council exactly what they can do with their £2.4 million budget for improving neighbourhoods, using electronic voting pads just like ITV’s Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?

By Maddalena Dottori

TACKLING yobs on the streets of London’s East End should be the Town Hall’s top priority, according to council taxpayers.

The residents have been given the chance to tell Tower Hamlets council exactly what they can do with their £2.4 million budget for improving neighbourhoods, using electronic voting pads just like ITV’s Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?

They voted first choice to spend £280,000 on the Youth Inclusion’ programme, aimed at preventing 13 to 17-year-olds entering the world of crime.

About 100 residents turned up to vote at Saturday’s peoples’ voice’ event at Kingsley Hall community centre in Bromley-by-Bow. Another five sessions take place across the East End up to the end of April.

Other services residents could choose from included resources to make streets safer places, extra neighbourhood policing, improving parks and green spaces and support services for kids taking their GCSEs.


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