Policy paper

Directions to the council of the London borough of Tower Hamlets and related documents

Directions issued (17 December 2014) to the council of the London borough of Tower Hamlets putting in place a statutory intervention by the Secretary of State in that council.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Documents

Original appointment letter for Sir Ken Knight

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Original appointment letter for Max Caller CBE

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Directions to the council of the London borough of Tower Hamlets under section 15 of the Local Government Act 1999

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Explanatory memorandum accompanying directions to the council of the London borough of Tower Hamlets

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Commissioner nomination: Sir Ken Knight

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Commissioner nomination: Max Caller CBE

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Representations from Tower Hamlets council: covering letter

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Representations from Tower Hamlets council: letter from Chairs of the HR and General Purposes Committees

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Representations from Tower Hamlets council: executive response from the Mayor

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Representations from Tower Hamlets council: critique of the PwC report

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Representations from Tower Hamlets council: critique of the PwC report: appendix 1

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Representations from Tower Hamlets council: critique of the PwC report: appendix 2

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Representations from Tower Hamlets council: critique of the PwC report: appendix 3

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Representations from Tower Hamlets council: critique of the PwC report: appendix 4

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PwC commentary on Tower Hamlets critique of the PwC report

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Letter from Mayor of Tower Hamlets with comments on PwC commentary

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Letter from Mayor of Tower Hamlets with comments on PwC commentary: annex A

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Representations from the Labour Group at Tower Hamlets council

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Representations from Councillor Peter Golds

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Letter from the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee

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Details

These Directions have been made by the Secretary of State in accordance with his powers under section 15 of the Local Government Act 1999 to address failures by the council to comply with its best value duty.

This follows an independent inspection report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP which raised concerns about the governance of the council.

An accompanying explanatory memorandum sets out the circumstances in which the Secretary of State has made these directions, his reasons for this exercise of his powers, and the implications of the directions for the authority. Sir Ken Knight and Max Caller CBE have been nominated as commissioners for the purposes of these directions through the nominations attached above.

Also attached are the representations that the Secretary of State received from the council, from the Labour Group at the council, and from Councillor Peter Golds, and a commentary prepared by PwC on the council’s critique of its inspection report. These are referenced in the explanatory memorandum.

Further Directions were issued to the council of the London borough of Tower Hamlets on 29 April 2015.

Published 17 December 2014
Last updated 16 June 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added original appointment letters for Sir Ken Knight and Max Caller CBE.
  2. Added letter from DCLG to Tower Hamlets council dated 25 March 2015 proposing further directions.
  3. Added additional related documents.
  4. First published.