Javid confirms return of full powers to Tower Hamlets

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that full democratic accountability will be returned to Tower Hamlets Council.

This follows a two-year intervention by central government after an independent inspection identified a string of issues at the authority.

While the team of commissioners will leave, new directions will be put in place for 18 months that require the council to report progress to Javid every quarter.

Javid commented: “I’m confident that Tower Hamlets council is on the right track to provide the services their residents deserve and rightly expect. That’s why I have decided to return all powers to the council.

“I want to make sure that taxpayers’ money is put to the best use, in an open and transparent way. So I will want to hear from Tower Hamlets every three months on the progress they’re making.”