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Lutfur Rahman

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets

Budget 2012/13

My absolute priority as Mayor is to protect the most vulnerable in our community at a time of national austerity. At the same time, I will always strive to deliver value for money.

This year’s budget sets us apart from many other inner London boroughs. Where they are cutting services, I am doing my very best to maintain them. This year, I am continuing to protect frontline services. We will not be closing any libraries, children’s centres or leisure centres, nor will we be making any charges for home help care.

In addition to setting a budget which protects frontline services, my budget ensures that council tax is frozen for the third year running, making it one of the lowest in London; the council’s commitment to the London Living Wage is increased through contracts, the use of fair trade products and practices in the borough is extended and our relationship with the co-operative movement to look at setting up a energy co-operative is consolidated.

Following months of discussion and planning, my budget was approved at Full Council on February 22 2012, enabling us to continue with our work swiftly. Key elements include:

  • Council tax freeze for the third year running
  • All children’s centres, libraries, leisure centres and youth service provisions will remain open
  • Homecare provision will remain free for residents with care and support needs, making us the only borough not to charge for homecare
  • Frontline and lower paid council staff will be protected
  • Grant levels for voluntary and community organisations will be maintained
  • Funding for an additional 17 police officers to patrol the borough’s streets

A number of proposed amendments were accepted and include:

  • £50 council tax rebate for the over-60s
  • Provision of debt support for residents
  • £250 bonus for the very lowest paid council staff
  • Funding for a worker to support women and girls experiencing violence
  • Introduction of Tower Hamlets Aim Higher - a new programme to encourage young people into higher education

I am committed to ensuring that while we have fewer resources, we do everything in our power to help local people, particularly those who are vulnerable.

I am pleased that local councillors shared this commitment and helped make the budget setting process as straightforward as possible, so that we can focus on delivering the best services possible in 2012 and beyond.

You can contact Mayor Lutfur Rahman at:

Executive Support Office
Town Hall, Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
E14 2BG

Tel: 020 7364 4993