TH Council has more money from the government than it expected, see financial analysis sent to O&S C'tee
Has made a financial surplus on COVID of £7.5 million this financial yr + extra grants next year = £19.7 million
Has some additional costs as well but I think £20.8m extra
Calculation of £20.8 million = £7.5 million surplus 2020/21 + £19.7 million 2021/2 less £3.9 million collection fund deficit less £2.5 million Next Steps Accommodation as brings costs
What to spend this money on?
Can delay some of the savings programmes for this year until
financial future clearer e.g.
Lockdown easing announced yesterday
Vaccine success?
Government budget next Wednesday
Future of New Homes Bonus
Business rates changes
But to do so Council will need to confirm that government did after all meet the costs of COVID in 2020/21!

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10 Feb
Yesterday was 25th anniversary of the IRA bomb on South Quay, which killed & injured many people
This Wiki page detail all of the major terrorist incidents in London going back to 1867
The causes in which terrorists were willing to kill & maim Londoners…
cover a wide range of causes, movements & motivations, even if many were linked to Irish causes in some way
It is great to live in a free society but there will always be people wishing to harm us
Tower Hamlets as it grows in population & importance may become a greater focus
of attacks in the future
And there are things that could be done with relatively little intrusiveness or infringement of liberties to reduce the harm associated with some forms of attacks especially those related to the use of vehicles
But I get no sense that here in TH that
Read 6 tweets
8 Feb
How many residents died in Tower Hamlets care homes last year & why?
I had to produce this graph as O&S report tonight does not I think fully explain what happened & misses some key data
COVID deaths based on COVID being stated on the death certificate…
But as you can see from the graph non-COVID deaths also peaked April
& much higher than 5 year average of deaths in care homes 1.5 in TH 2015-19
So more people dying then normal it appears in March to early May
But report for tonight O&S Health & Adults Scrutiny Sub-C'tee only
looks at COVID deaths (where COVID stated on death certificate), reminder at this stage very few tests available to care homes
But report does raise a number of key Q
28th Feb 2020 TH CCG says well prepared
1st TH cases 9th March
1st COVID death in a TH care home 24th March
Read 12 tweets
7 Feb
Last year 16 Tower Hamlets elected politicians broke lockdown restrictions together, a day after their Council reminded them of the rules
4 at least wore masks, 1 later apologised & some had a work related argument to attend event
But what happened?…
In the two Standards Advisory Committees (last July & last Thursday) that the Mayor, Deputy Mayor & 14 Cllrs broke the rules to attend a party to celebrate the Milligan statue removal, crowding together, most not wearing masks on the evening that Health & Wellbeing Board was
discussing the impact of COVID on the BME community
The complaint I made was not even mentioned as a case worth discussing
Screenshots of summary
Outcome, was the party attendees got a letter
But no publicity, outcome buried in the detail of an appendix…
Read 7 tweets
5 Feb
5 Ballot papers on the 6th May 2021 elections & referendums
In Tower Hamlets there will 2 referendums taking place also on the same day as the Mayor of London & London Assembly elections (this is now confirmed as all happening on the 6th May)…
All registered voters in the borough will be able to take part in a referendum on the Executive Governance Model…
A smaller number of registered voters living in the Isle of Dogs will also be able to take part in a Local Neighbourhood Planning Referendum
on the @IsleofDogsForum plan, see map for those allowed to vote, more details to follow…
There will also be 3 ballot papers for:
- the Mayor of London
- the 14 Members of the London Assembly that represent London’s 14 Constituencies (Tower Hamlets is in
Read 4 tweets
3 Feb
Last week at the Audit C’tee the Head of Internal Audit at TH Council said “it is my opinion that I can provide Limited
assurance that the authority has adequate systems of governance, risk management and internal control”
This follows major problems with our financial
accounts, we have still not closed the 2018/19 & 2019/20 accounts due to a range of issues found with them
“as well as the breaches of law in relation to Pensions Administration”
But the most shocking (for me) was the new fact revealed that our circa £2.7 billion of assets
are only recorded in an Excel spreadsheet & not a dedicated system (my jaw dropped when I saw that)
We appointed new auditors for the 2018/19 accounts & they found a range of problems which also affected 2019/20 as well
The Council has brought in a number of excellent senior
Read 8 tweets
2 Feb
I had 2 different COVID tests today both negative although both results not conclusive:
- a walk in lateral flow test at Canary Wharf that was v quick & easy except for putting the swab up my noise 😝
- an anti-bodies test (via a pinprick of blood) that I paid for at @BupaUK
The Canary Wharf NHS free test was at level 2, Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5NY (the M&S side)
Currently a walk up rapid test site
Open 07.30am to 4.30pm daily
There was a short queue when I arrived but moved quickly
Having a smartphone with you made it very easy
When I
filled in the webform when there it asked various questions e.g. age, location, ethnicity, sex so that they could track nationally the results all done by bar code
I could not remember my NHS number but the system obviously matched my name, address, DoB to my NHS records later
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