We very much welcomed your call for councils to fight back against the government’s austerity agenda. As a result we have organised a campaign in Tower Hamlets to oppose the £15m cuts that are being proposed by Mayor John Biggs. We have examined the council finances very closely and have shown how the council could set a legal, balanced budget which could also avoid the proposed cuts and avoid putting an extra burden on the poorest in Tower Hamlets by increasing the council tax by 4%.
Consequently, at the budget setting meeting on 24th February we will be moving an amendment and petitions to cancel the proposed axing of the incontinence laundry service, free homecare for the elderly, cuts to children’s and youth services and against the proposed 4% increase in the council tax.
We would welcome your support for our position and invite you to support our lobby of the council budget setting meeting at 6pm on 24th February at the LBTH Town Hall Mulberry Place, London E14 2BG, and come to a future meeting in the borough as well, organised with TH Momentum.
Cllr Oli Rahman, leader of Tower Hamlets Independent Group of councillors
Cllr Mahbub Alam, Tower Hamlets independent group
Hugo Pierre, Unison NEC Mohshin Ahmed, Unite branch secretary
Naomi Byron, Unite Equalities Rep Neil Cafferky, Unite
Michael Wrack, Unison Pete Dickenson, UCU
Rob Williams, Unite LE1228 branch May Ayres, local resident
Catherine Byron, local resident Jane Gwynn, RMT Jubilee South
(all trade unionists are in personal capacity)