Government lifts restrictions on Tower Hamlets Council, crosses fingers and hopes for best

The directions imposed on Tower Hamlets Council by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) three years ago have been lifted.

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The government had removed fundamental council powers from the Lutfur Rahman administration such as grantmaking, procurement and the sale of property.

This was as a result of an independent investigation carried out by auditors Pricewaterhouse Coopers into activities at Mulberry Place found issues including malpractice and a failure to provide value for money.

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Four government commissioners were sent in to control the council until it could be trusted to fulfil its duties properly.

In March 2017 the government removed the commissioners from the council but Tower Hamlets still had to report its progress to the MHCLG every quarter until today’s announcement.

Tower Hamlets is the fastest growing borough in the UK and the third largest contributor to the UK economy, responsible for as much as £12 billion in tax revenue each year.

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