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Mayor John Biggs calls for the Government to think again on cuts

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 10:21 PM    |     Modified: Friday, August 18, 2017 10:21 PM


Recent statistics from the Greater London Authority show the population of Tower Hamlets broke through the 300,000 mark last year, and that it will be the third fastest growing Borough in the capital.

Despite the massive population growth with around 50,000 more people in the Borough in the last 6 years Government budget cuts mean that Tower Hamlets council has to save £58m in this and coming years – the equivalent of £1 in every £6 the council currently spends. The huge growth in population means local councils are facing a perfect storm of increasing demand on their services at a time when their budgets have been cut.

It is predicted there will be a further 87,400 people living in the Borough over the next 25 years. The figures predicted London will see its population grow by 1.98 million between 2016 and 2041.

Mayor John Biggs said:

“For years the Government has hammered Tower Hamlets council, cutting tens of millions of pounds from our budgets despite our rocketing population.

“It means the council facing the perfect storm of less funding at the same time as more people than ever relying on us for vital services.

“Even the Government must recognise that’s just not sustainable.

“Thousands of people are flocking to the East End because it is a great place to live; it’s time the Government recognised that and gave us the funding we need by ending the years of austerity which have done nothing but damage local communities like ours.”

–       The GLA intelligence report ‘2016-based Trend Projection Results’ can be found .

–       Despite Government cuts, and unlike in many councils, Mayor John Biggs has protected funding for all of the borough’s libraries, leisure centres, children’s centres and Idea Stores as well as for our award winning parks. At the same time he has invested in new anti-poverty initiatives, free public Wi-Fi, new council homes and a new programme to get 1,000 a year into work or training.


–       GLA figures showed Tower Hamlets had a population of 305,500 in 2016 and the projections to 2041 are below:


Borough 2011 2016 2021 2026 2031 2036 2041
Tower Hamlets 256,700 305,500 330,500 349,900 366,400 380,900 392,900



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