Waste service strike

A number of Tower Hamlets Council frontline waste service workers and street cleansers will be going on strike from 18 September to 1 October due to a national pay dispute.  

Despite the council working to maintain services for residents, the strike will impact collections and cleansing across the borough. We apologise in advance for the disruption this will cause. 

Find out more about the strike.


Key worker scheme

If you are a ‘selected public sector worker’, sometimes called a ‘key worker’, and you do not have a social tenancy and/or do not live within a reasonable distance of your workplace, the council may give you additional housing priority.

You may be considered for additional housing priority as a key worker if you are employed full or part time on a permanent contract (i.e. not agency staff) within the borough as one of the following:

  • ambulance staff who is also a paramedic
  • a fully qualified nurse working in one of the borough’s NHS hospitals
  • a fire fighter or police officer stationed in the borough
  • a teacher working in one of the borough’s Local Education Authority (LEA) maintained schools.

However, if your household needs accommodation with four or more bedrooms, you will not be considered for key worker priority due to the shortage of accommodation this size.