One of the few perks of community journalism in this borough is publishing details of the new Cabinet every four years. It is not just an honour, it is a privilege. Or has Moley got this confused with something else?
The new Speaker of the Council is Whitechapel Cllr Shafi Ahmed.
|Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning(Statutory Deputy Mayor)||Cllr Maium Talukdar|
|Resources and the Cost of Living||Cllr Saied Ahmed|
|Regeneration, Inclusive Development and Housebuilding||Cllr Kabir Ahmed|
|Safer Communities||Cllr Ohid Ahmed|
|Environment and the Climate Emergency||Cllr Kabir Hussain|
|Health, Wellbeing and Social Care||Cllr Gulam Kibria Choudhury|
|Jobs, Skills and Growth||Cllr Abu Talha Choudhury|
|Equalities and Social Inclusion||Cllr Suluk Ahmed|
|Culture and Recreation||Cllr Iqbal Hossain|
You can see the meeting on the webcast library here but at the time of publication this was being archived. Whatever that means.
How to waste 30 minutes of your life
One of the most fundamental services a local authority is supposed to provide is providing residents with easy access to all information so that they can see what is going on.
Irrespective of the politicians in charge of Tower Hamlets Council it is virtually impossible to find information. Looking for a simple list of the new Cabinet members took us 30 minutes and we only managed that because Andrew Wood had tweeted the section title.
If you would like to find out how painful this experience is you can either try searching yourself or follow the instructions below.
First you have to go to this page then you have to scroll down and find this section 7. MAYOR’S CABINET AND EXECUTIVE ARRANGEMENTS and below that this link Appendix 1 for the Mayors Executive Scheme of Delegation and then within that document (still with us?) scroll down to this section 5. THE COMPOSITION OF THE EXECUTIVE and then look at 5.1 The Executive shall consist of ten (10) people, namely the Mayor and nine (9) Cabinet Members.
It took me at least 30 minutes to find this document because of all the junk on the Annual Meeting, Council – Wednesday, 25th May, 2022 7.00 p.m. page.
Burying information like this is wrong. No excuses.