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An enterprise zone for artists and the creative industries is being set up at Hackney Wick as one of six schemes within the M25 unveiled today by the Mayor of London in the wake of the Brexit threat.

A new academy has been opened to recruit and train more desperately-needed social workers in child care to avoid Tower Hamlets Council having to take on agency staff to cope with overloaded casework.

A vital announcement has been shelved about more spending cuts that local authorities like Tower Hamlets Council are facing in the New Year because of what the mayor calls “the government’s Brexit mess”.

Schoolchildren have planted a cherry tree in Limehouse to create the East End’s first ‘school’ street to play in, safe from traffic.

Volunteers are out every evening in Shadwell guiding people through the blacked out St George’s Gardens in their campaign for public lighting to keep people safe in the dark.

The Duchess of Cornwall popped into an East End pensioners’ lunch club in Bethnal Green bearing a Christmas gift and tucking into a square meal.

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

Parents have called for Tower Hamlets children’s centres to become “family health hubs” with health checks and even help getting jobs.

A thousand council homes have been lost in the past eight years because of the government’s ‘right to buy’ scheme for sitting tenants in part of east London with 19,000 families on the housing waiting list, latest Tower Hamlets figures reveal.

The oldest family business in Spitalfields which fought off the big chain stores in a ‘David and Golliath’ struggle to survive has led the East End Trades Guild’s Saturday take-over of the Old Market.

Despite Mayor John Biggs claiming last year that he was “keen to reassure parents, carers and staff that there are no plans to close any nurseries in the borough”, he broke his promise.

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has been urged to step in to stop households being slapped with a £2.4 million bill to replace fire combustible cladding covering the New Providence Wharf complex.

A new £1.3 million community hub to rent space for meetings and activities has been opened in Bethnal Green at the converted Tramshed centre.

Council leaders have fired a warning shot at Downing Street over cuts to public service funding which they say is pushing local authorities to breaking point in areas like Tower Hamlets which has lost 64 per cent from its budget.

Fewer than half of people receiving the universal credit benefit have received the correct amount, a survey has shown.

A gang of balaclava youths attacked and robbed two men in the street and broke the arm of a Royal London Hospital surgeon while tormenting him with a knife and throwing him to the ground.

A new action plan is being put together to make children safer from street crime and lift families out of poverty in the East End, Tower Hamlets Council’s second youth summit heard.

Protesters disrupted last night’s Tower Hamlets Council meeting in a failed attempt to add Israel as “a racist state” to the international definition of antisemitism adopted unanimously by the local authority in September.

The councillor at the centre of the row over having shared antisemitic posts on social media was absent from last night’s Tower Hamlets Council meeting after circulating a full apology over his past views.

The mayor of Tower Hamlets has voluntarily had a blood test for HIV as part of a council campaign for public awareness for people to take part in Testing Week starting tomorrow.

Campaigners have called for support ahead of a national unity demonstration against racism and fascism.

Navy veterans, cadets and councillors fell silent for two minutes at Tower Hamlets Town Hall today (Friday) to commemorate a century since the end of the First World War.

Dance music pioneers The Chemical Brothers and Primal Scream will open All Points East when it returns to Victoria Park in May.

Tower Hamlets Council have pledged to tackle all gender based violence in a new charter.

The sports minister has resigned over delays to changes to Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

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