48 schools in Tower Hamlets don't have enough money

One third of state schools are in deficit, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed - including 48 in Tower Hamlets.

Figures provided in response to a written parliamentary question show that over 9,438 schools were in deficit in 2015-16, over a third of the total.

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2 in 3 secondary schools in Tower Hamlets full or over capacity

2 in 3 secondary schools in Tower Hamlets are full or oversubscribed in Year 7 this term, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

In total 12 secondary schools in the area are either full or over capacity in Year 7 - an increase from 9 the previous year.

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Lib Dems will invest £69m to protect school funding in Tower Hamlets

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £69,070,147 more in schools and colleges in Tower Hamlets over the next parliament.


The funding for Tower Hamlets would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.


£4.3m of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.


Elaine Bagshaw, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Poplar & Limehouse said:


"Children in Tower Hamlets are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't care.


"Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, while billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools. Local schools are set to lose hundreds of pounds per pupil, and that will mean staff cuts and less support for our children.


"This extra £69m of funding would ensure no school and no child loses out.


"We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed."


Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:


"A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone.


"Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for Tower Hamlets.


"Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain’s future."

Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats condemn recent rise in hate speech in wake of tragic mosque attack

Representatives of Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats have expressed their sincere condolences with worshippers affected by the attack at the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park and condemned the normalisation of Islamophobic and xenophobic rhetoric in public discourse in recent years.

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Standing Up for Residents on the Wapping Lock-In Saga

TfL have made a number of commitments to address the “Wapping Lock-In” phenomenon, after local Liberal Democrats raised concerns alongside residents.

Wapping has suffered three consecutive lock-ins this Summer due to sporting events. All sides agree that these events are great for London, but Wapping residents have felt increasingly angry at being cut off from the city and “locked in” for large chunks of time.

Liberal Democrat Assembly Member and Deputy Chair of the Transport Committee, Caroline Pidgeon, facilitated the meeting. The team secured commitments from TfL to:

  • Examine whether a sporting event can be moved away from the Highway if it would otherwise be closed on consecutive weekends

  • Modelling what the impact would be if certain events were moved away from The Highway

  • Reviewing what happened with the IAAF communications that led to huge confusion amongst residents and businesses about whether the Highway was open or not

  • Ensuring communications are clear about what event is causing the closure on what date

  • Review whether the Local Access Points put along the route so that emergency services vehicles can gain access, could be opened up to allow residents to use their vehicles


Caroline Pidgeon will also submit a question to London Mayor Sadiq Khan about whether the impact on areas such as Wapping and the Isle of Dogs that end up “locked in” with these events, is taken into consideration when deciding which events to host and bid for.

Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Stephen O’Shea, said: “After a great deal of frustration by local residents, it’s great that we now have commitments to action. The key test will be whether this turns into a joined-up approach from next year. We will be watching this very closely and holding TfL to account.”

Elaine Bagshaw, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Poplar & Limehouse, said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to make progress on this with TfL, and that local residents had the opportunity to raise their issues directly with the people responsible for these events. This meeting only took an hour to hold and a few emails to arrange. How is it I can do this around a full-time job, yet our local Assembly member, Unmesh Desai, can’t? This is another example of local Labour representatives letting us down.”

Labour Council once again lets down borough's young people

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.”

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