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Time to Act: Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission publish their report

Published: 30 Sep 2013


This morning, 30 September, Toynbee Hall's CEO Graham Fisher joined fellow Fairness Commissioners and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets at the launch of Time to Act.

The Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission was set up by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, to tackle inequality in the borough. Chaired by Dr Giles Fraser, the Commissioners have been gathering evidence since November 2012 from residents, businesses and voluntary groups on housing, jobs and money.

They have now published their findings and recommendations. Time to Act challenges the council, big business and government to adopt radical policies to stimulate housing, jobs and fair credit in Tower Hamlets.

Toynbee Hall is delighted to have been the Commission's research partner, and to have contributed to an important vision for the future of Tower Hamlets. We support the wide-ranging recommendations of the report, which include increasing access to jobs; greater collaboration between business and the community; viewing housing as homes rather than investments; and increasing availability of childcare.

Graham Fisher said: “Fairness and equality are important issues for everyone living and working in Tower Hamlets. The Commission’s enquiry has shown that we can reap big rewards from working in new partnerships across the community, third sector, government and business. 

“I am really excited about the Commission’s recommendations, in particular the chance to improve access to jobs through a ‘jobs exchange’ project; a strategic alliance that could open up significantly more jobs and opportunities to local people. 

“At Toynbee Hall we agree it’s time to act: and we are committed to leading activity with our partners that will make a tangible difference to people’s lives.”

You can download the report and summary document from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets website.

For more information about this story, please call Helen Dickens, Head of Communications, on 020 7392 2946.