After youth service closures and a failing children’s service that left children and young people at risk, Tower Hamlets Labour again showed their disregard for our young people in the borough at July's Council meeting.
Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation provide the only opportunities in the borough for young people to participate in a range of structured/competitive sports, from basketball to tennis. Their combined community-school model has led to huge improvements in the numbers of young people in Tower Hamlets participating in sport and physical activity.
A reasonable request to the Council, asking them to investigate how this key service for young people in the borough could be saved was rejected outright by Mayor Biggs and Labour councillors. Along with the motion a letter from Baroness Oona King, former MP for Bethnal Green and Bow was presented, saying she “saw first hand the truly fantastic work THYSF does for our kids. To lose their services would be devastating for both Sport and children in Tower Hamlets.”
Councillor Andrew Cregan said “This service is incredibly important to local young people. Nearly 40% of Youth Sports’ work occurs on evenings, weekends and school holidays - a gap that schools simply cannot plug. After cuts to the youth service, this is yet another key service for young people that the borough is losing.”
Parliamentary spokesperson for Poplar & Limehouse Elaine Bagshaw said “Tower Hamlets has one of the highest levels of child poverty in the country. In the past 12 months we've seen cut after cut to services to our young people. The Youth Sport Foundation has made a huge contribution to the borough and it is shocking that Labour have so quickly and easily let it go.”