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Councillor Abjol Miah attacks training spending cuts

November 11, 2009

“These cuts are going to have a devastating effect on the prospects of young people in Tower Hamlets who already suffer very high levels of unemployment,” said Councillor Abjol Miah, Respect prospective parliamentary candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow. “Documents leaked to the Observer newspaper from Lord Mandelson’s Department for Business clearly show frontline training opportunities and apprenticeships for young people are going to be cut by £350 million as the government desperately tries to cut the budget deficit.

“This is a disaster,” continued Councillor Miah. “Already the jobs promised by the massive Olympic investment have failed to materialise for residents of Tower Hamlets. Just a miserable 3% of the jobs on the site at the moment have gone to residents of Tower Hamlets and some of them are only resident here for the duration of their contracts. There are very few apprenticeships so young people in Tower Hamlets are effectively being excluded from Olympics jobs. The situation is no better at Canary Wharf where less than 8% of the tens of thousands of people employed there live in the borough and few of them are from less well off backgrounds with long-term residence in the borough.

“The levels of deprivation, low incomes, benefit dependency and poor housing and a terrible indictment of some twelve years of Labour government and 15 years of Labour running the council. Over this period the gap between rich and poor has increased not declined. No wonder the statue of Clement Attlee has been boxed up by the council. Clement Attlee who was such a giant of the Labour Party and who did so much to establish a welfare state and fight to overcome poverty and deprivation would not want to look out on Tower Hamlets today controlled by a Labour Party not fit to clean his boots.”

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