My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the crane collapse at the beginning of July - especially with the family and loved ones of June Harvey, who tragically lost her life.

The current strike action by Unison is in response to the threat by Mayor John Biggs to sack 4,000 council workers if they do not sign up to the new terms of service known as Tower Rewards.

In recent weeks, Robert Jenrick’s capitulation on the Westferry Printworks planning application has been widely reported.

As we are all now too aware, black people are four times more likely to die from Covid-19 than white people, and people from BAME communities are around twice as likely to die than white people.

The coronavirus pandemic is the biggest public health emergency of our time. It has caused hardship and great uncertainty for us all.

As the government has set out a plan to how the lockdown might be eased it’s vital that we all keep on top of the changing advice and as a council we’ll continue to adapt our services in line with this.

Mayor John Biggs has agreed that the first Neighbourhood Plan in Tower Hamlets will go to referendum next May (delayed by Covid-19).

Coronavirus has affected people locally in different ways and I have been raising their plight in parliament – from supporting constituents stranded abroad to campaigning for PPE, from championing migrant rights to advocating that incomes and businesses are protected.

Tower Hamlets is home to The Royal London Hospital, which has stated that its top priority in the Covid-19 pandemic is to protect its patients and the staff who are caring for them.

During this public health emergency, it is vital that we remain united and determined to overcome this difficult period.

The impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) has touched every aspect of our lives.

While we may be at the early stages of the coronavirus lockdown it is becoming clear that it will end eventually even if we are not sure when yet.

Social housing is the bedrock of many successful communities, in Tower Hamlets and in many other places around the UK. It provides safe, stable, affordable homes for those who need support.

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For the past six months, employers and employees have been adapting to ways of working from home. The green light has now been given to many people to go back to offices safely. From flexible hours and staggered starting times to deep cleaning, we’re getting ready for new ways of working.

School’s in for summer – and beyond – with health experts agreeing that pupils safely returning to their studies is “positively” the right thing to do. It’s vital for all children’s welfare, not just in terms of students’ future education but also mental and physical well-being, as well as social interaction of classmates.

The NHS Test and Trace system provides protection for family, friends, colleagues and the community, and is here to keep all of us safe and allow us to enjoy summer safely. We take a look at how the system is working and talk to one member of the thousands of team members about her experiences.

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