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The Mayor and Cabinet have welcomed the latest update on how the council is supporting the borough’s covid recovery and investing in new services.
The update on the council’s strategic plan was discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 24 November, highlighting the council’s performance in a number of key areas. It covers the post-lockdown period where more services are opening up, at the same time that ongoing pandemic related health, social and economic pressures remain.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said:
“The pandemic is still with us and supporting our borough and its recovery is a top priority for the council. It’s encouraging to see how new funding and policies are providing a crucial boost to our economy and ensuring that local families get access to the high-quality services and support they need during these difficult times.
“The council will continue its focus on supporting our residents, businesses and local organisations through the pandemic, and re-double its efforts to deliver improved services and also secure crucial new investment in the future.”
The report includes updates across a wide number of key areas and shows that within past two quarters of the financial year (April – September) the council has:
- supported 588 residents into work through the WorkPath scheme and working with partners
- provided specialist support for 373 small, medium and new enterprises
- expanded our cleaner, safer more pleasant environment School Streets scheme to 10,844 children in 22 schools
- helped 578 residents to improve their health and income by quitting smoking
- published our Poverty Review with millions being invested for a fairer, stronger borough
- launched the Mayor’s £3million Covid Recovery Fund to kickstart the borough’s path out of the pandemic
- welcomed 115 new council homes (including 10 wheelchair accessible properties) for social rent in Barchester Street, Poplar
- achieved an extra £2million to tackle substance misuse and related crime in the borough.
The report also outlines how the council continues to support the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme. By the end of the current quarter, 209,000 residents had had their first dose of the vaccine, and 178,000 residents were fully vaccinated.
The booster and winter flu programmes are also being heavily supported to ensure that residents and the NHS are protected in the months ahead.
Click for the full Cabinet report
Posted on Tuesday 30th November 2021