The Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission was set up by the Mayor of
Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, to tackle inequality in the
It’s a new way of thinking and working
together to consider the big issues facing the borough and its
residents in light of the country’s current social and economic
The Fairness Commission is an independent body
run by the Chair and Commissioners with
support provided by Tower Hamlets Council and its research partner,
Between November 2012 and March 2013 the Commissioners gathered evidence based
on research and conversations with residents, businesses and
voluntary and community groups.
Several public meetings were held focussing on
the themes of communities and housing; income and employment
inequalities; and safety nets and mutual responsibility.
The Fairness Commission launched its report on Monday September
30. It challenges the council, big business and government to adopt
radical policies to stimulate housing, jobs and fair credit in
boroughs like Tower Hamlets.
Read the full Fairness
Commission report here (PDF, 1.1mb).
booklet (PDF 554kb) for the report is also available
The following evidence packs provide
an introduction to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and to the
concept of fairness. They have been prepared for the
Commissioners as background reading to their discussions.
How can we
look out for each other? (PDF, 870kb)
and Housing (PDF, 557kb)
Is Tower Hamlets rich or poor? -
I - Poverty, debt, and unemployment (PDF, 960kb), Part II -
The economy, skills and opportunities (PDF, 650kb).
How you can get involved
You can follow the Commission
on Twitter @THfairness or
tell us what you think using #tellgiles.
Dr Giles Fraser, Chair of the Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission,
writes the Loose Canon column for the Guardian. His latest column,
which looks at social solidarity in Tower Hamlets, can be read