Members enquiries by Councillors

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Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

Please send details of the number of members enquiries each Councillor has submitted since the 2014 election, grouped by year.

Yours faithfully,

Elaine Bagshaw

London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

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Our reference: 7549765


Dear Ms Bagsaw
Freedom of Information Act 2000
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Please send details of the number of members enquiries each Councillor has
submitted since the 2014 election, grouped by year.
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London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

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Information request
Our reference: 7549765


Dear Ms Bagsaw
Your request for information has been considered under the requirements of
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Yours sincerely
Beverley McKenzie
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[email address]


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It is a shame we can't see what they were for.

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Elaine you might be interested in this. Tower Hamlets Labour don't want people to look at things like how many meetings members attend.

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Hi I am adding this in case he is forced to delete it from his blog.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Investigation on Hold
Dear Readers,

My apologies for not being able to respond to each of your enquiries into why I have taken down my last post titled " Labour Councillors Outperform Opposition Councillors ".

I have been written to in email by the Chair of Tower Hamlets Labour Party, Chris Weavers, raising concerns about the blog post. He has suggested that I apologise to the councillors that were highlighted to have a poor meeting attendance record. I was also asked to delete the relevant sections referring to these from the blog post itself. The Equalities Act 2010 was referenced in relation into possibly discrimination that I may have committed and I have been duly warned that I may have a formal complaint lodged against me. The email was copied to Cllr Danny Hassell as well as the London Region organiser Ali Craft.

Both Mayor John Biggs and Cllr Danny Hassell have also written to me expressing that a simplistic analysis of attendance doesn't warrant a fair observation on councillors commitments to residents.
In light of the above mentioned pressures, I am concerned about whether I have indeed broken the law in reporting on infromation that is already publicly available on the Council website at the following link:


It is for this reason, I have taken down my last post. l shall continue to further research councillor leave entitlements and how information provided by the Council, for reasons I'm sure are of accountability and transparency, can be analysed better to reflect a more true reality.
Please bear with me and do subscribe if you would like to be notified about future posts.

Ehtasham Haque

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FOI by Andy Erlam

Councillor attendance at committee and council meetings.

1. How many committee meetings did each councillor attend out of a total possible during 2016?

2. How many council meetings did each councillor attend out of a total possible number of attendances in 2016?

Andy Erlam.

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Email by Andy Erlam to ICO.

Subject: Thoughts by Ehtasham: Investigation on Hold

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

Dear Ms. Denham,

I am writing to complain about the alleged conduct of 2 individuals who seem to wish to inhibit the asking of FOIs.

As the attached shows, Ehtasham has asked about councillor attendance. He seems to have been pilloried by the elected mayor and the chair of the local Labour Party.

Whether some people like his questions is not the point. The fact is we should be able to ask any lawful question. If a question like this was designated vexatious you, as Information Commissioner would surely overturn it? ‎ What are the mayor and local Labour Party so frightened of?

It can not be lawful for an individual to be intimidated from exercising his human rights asking perfectly reasonable questions. ‎The fact that one is seeking re-election and the other should be encouraging transparency.

These people amaze me!

I would appreciate your comments. Please copy to all of the above.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Erlam.

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I have been sent a copy of the original post by the author which was removed.

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Here is a email which I got to show how democracy works in Tower Hamlets.

Subject: Your urgent support needed

Dear Friends, Supporters, Residents, Parents, future parents of Tower Hamlets
Although we handed in time over 2000 signatures, we are experiencing difficulty at present to secure rights to speak and trying to resolve this prior to upcoming Full Council Meeting as determined to represent your views. Currently they scutinising each signature and trying to discunt some of them. We are taking further advice on this, as their guidance clearly states that people who work, live or study here can sign, due to local connection to Borough.
Say No to Privatisation/ Outsourcing of Public nurseries in Tower Hamlets!! Mary Sambrook (Wapping/Watney), John Smith (Stepney/Whitechapel), Overland (Bow, Bethnal Green, Poplar)
Build on strengths of the public outstanding nurseries and together we can build a better Tower Hamlets for all. Advertise these settings we learnt that not many parents knew that they are open to all walks of society. We believe that public nurseries are able to deliver and lead, and had proven to do so for over 35 years. We hope that leaders of Tower Hamlets believe that our services are competitive and provide better care, if not you are welcome to talk to us, parents, residents; we are open to share our stories, defend our local services. STOP Privatisation
We are standing to represent all parents in public nurseries in Tower Hamlets. Nurseries under threat are: John Smith Day Nursery, Mary Sambrook, Overland. They are fabric of our communities, hub for parents. All support children from different background and provide excellent care. We believe that public is better than private, just reflect how privatization affected all parents grappling with very high bills for nurseries, often higher than their mortgage, yet care in some of these settings begs to question, where the money is spent.
Please support us and write to them. Some basic,ideas, instructions how to contact your Cllr are below
Ask your Cllr in your ward to support our publicly run nurseries, Save Our Public Nurseries campaign.
Why Council does not build on the strength of these nurseries?
Why they believe private providers would do it better?
What is the Cllr role and would he represent your view at the next Council meeting and would voice your concerns?
Share your concerns regarding the current child care provision, proposed cuts to nurseries, 30 % reduction in children centre’s sites, which you already using may close soon.
Ask your MP to get involved and support the local communities they serve.

You can go to their surgeries or write to them
Simply place your post code and this would identify Cllr for your ward. Follow instruction on the web and write to them how concerned you are about this privatisation of childcare settings.
Or if you rather speak to them directly, go to their Cllr’s surgeries, lobby your councillor and voice your concerns, so they are responded to and recorded.

Thank you for signing the petition Save Our Public Nurseries in Tower Hamlets, can you help spread the word by forwarding the link below to your friends?
Thank You

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Does anyone have details for any other local authority?

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Here is a update to the saga about accountability in Tower Hamlets.

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Here is his latest article on Tower Hamlets

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FOI by Andy Erlam

Allowances and duties undertaken by the mayor's "advisers".

1. What extra alliances are paid to labour councillors for extra duties including being 'advisers' to the mayor?

2. What duties did each councillor paid an extra allowance perform since the allowances were agreed and how many hours were involved?

3. ‎Under what legislative power were these allowances paid and when do they get reviewed?

Yours sincerely,

Andy Erlam.

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