Audit Committee tonight includes some shocking findings from Internal Audit review of Housing
Allocations & Lettings system
19,000 households are on the housing waiting list but findings suggest that some of those may no longer be active
Oldest not checked in yrs
13 of 20 had
never bid for properties (although I know some people waiting for bidding numbers)
Some have been on the housing waiting list for 30-40 years & not been checked in years!
This all raises questions about how many of the 19,000 waiting list are real or do people give up?
of 20 checked, 2 were homeowners!
As a reminder, you cannot bid (normally) for social housing if a homeowner (two TH Cllrs have gone to jail for doing this)
But this might explain why this happened if homeowners are being allowed to join & explain why Cllrs doing this fraud as
so easy to join the housing waiting list as minimal checks i.e. 5 of 20 no evidence that checks had been done on whether TH residents or not
Of 20 in oldest age group 5 had left TH & 11 had died, but either never checked or last checked in 2014
No evidence of checks on income!
See Item 4.1 Appendix 1…
This is perhaps the most important database in the Council & I am surprised that it is so inaccurate
Although I know staff under pressure this data has to be accurate & checked as such an important area & subject to known fraud
@going4golds @EastEndEnquirer @RachaelBurford
Of interest to you as well & does perhaps explain some of the actual & alleged frauds
Tonight at Audit C’tee they confirmed will be trying to update the housing list using automated lists including of those who have died
They have been at the back of the list for IT upgrades so using old systems but that will change
The 2 homeowners on the list were elderly
But we just do not know how representative these 20 people they checked are, but that they had no records of why the 2 elderly homeowners were on the list is the concern
Like the 2 Cllrs jailed for fraud was that an isolated case or evidence of a wider problem?
But clear that
19,000 on the housing waiting list is an overstatement of true numbers of those in need (reminder lots of people cannot apply for housing waiting list)
But by how much? we do not know

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1 Apr
Leader or Mayor?
I wrote a 5 page summary of the key issues in the governance referendum
I have not decided which way to vote myself so I wrote the guide to help myself think through the issues & choices
I dislike both options & especially the method by which
the choice was made and I fear it will not solve any of the underlying problems in Tower Hamlets, why we continue to underperform on a range of issues
But there is little practical difference between systems except for how elected
Both strong leader models
But one of the key issues are the two different voting systems used;
Electing Mayors - supplementary vote or 2nd preferences included which gives outsiders more of a chance
Electing Councillors - first past the post - which is why Labour with 46% of vote = 93% of Councillors!
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28 Mar
This tweet is largely wrong and it is why I have real problems with the Leader and Cabinet model campaign and have not backed it
Some tweets challenging each point they make
Representative - local people lose their power to directly elect their leader in this model, that is the whole point of it
If you want empowered Cllrs TH Labour would have followed Newham Labour in offering the Committee system as an option
But a reminder that Cllrs are not
entirely representative
Labour got 46% of the vote in May 2018 but ended up with 42 of 45 Councillors or 93%
Thanks to First Past the Vote, the biggest party wins
+ 42% turnout as well so in reality = only 19% of voters voted Labour
So are Cllrs representative of local people?
Read 12 tweets
19 Mar
Following my tweet about future development in Tower Hamlets last night presentation using the @VUCITY_ 3D model was of the east of the Borough - Blackwall & Aberfeldy up to Stratford
Clearer now possible change north of Canary Wharf

Blue - consented & started work (even if some later stopped)
Yellow - consented but not started yet
Red - planning application in the system
Pink - a forecast of what might come but to also influence heights & massing of future applications
Some views from the same model from street level
Read 5 tweets
18 Mar
Liveable Streets in TH in order to solve one problem, we believe could or will cause problems elsewhere, so @RabinaKhan, @going4golds @th_puru, Cllr Harun Miah & I made 8 recommendations in a Call-In to improve Liveable Streets in TH
It has been rejected on technical grounds
The 1st problem is that by restricting access to certain areas most of that through traffic will simply move to other roads
Bow Cabinet report makes clear some of negative aspects of through traffic in Bow but says nothing about it going elsewhere so we made 2 recommendations
We only have 4 permanent online air quality monitoring stations in TH
2 by roads
2 in parks…
None where people live or work
None inside Bow or next to Bow area impacted by LTN
How will we monitor changes of pollution from introduction of bus gates etc?
Read 18 tweets
18 Mar
Opposition Motion - Regarding the impact of construction on the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar
Last night at the full Council meeting @going4golds and I raised a motion reminding the Council of the pain (& deaths) caused by construction and the need to manage it better
To also push the new team formed by the Council to deal with these issues (as a pilot)
As an opposition group, we get to choose one subject to debate at each Council meeting, the last one was on HMO's, it can be a difficult choice as so many issues to raise
But what normally happens is that the Labour group amends our motion, this can be a good thing as it means the amended motion has the support of all Councillors rather than just two of us
This is what happened last night.
In pictures is the amended motion
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17 Mar
Last night at 1st Tall Building workshop for the 1st time TH Council has used the @VUCITY_ 3D model to full effect, to model what the IoD MIGHT look like if development continues apace on the IoD
They added in pink what potential development sites could look like
Blue - consented & started work (even if some later stopped)
Yellow - consented but not started yet
Red - planning application in the system
Pink - a forecast of what might come
Views from Greenwich now versus forecast
The forecast sites are all in site allocations & tall building zones where TH Council want tall development
But the pink forecasts can also be a message to developers this is the height/scale we the Council are comfortable with
There will be a battle to come over the detail
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