Decision

Head of paid service directions to the council of the London borough of Tower Hamlets and related documents

Further directions issued (29 April 2015) to the council of the London borough of Tower Hamlets putting in place a statutory intervention by the Secretary of State in that council.

Documents

Letter to London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council explaining the revised fees for Sir Ken Knight and Max Caller CBE

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Revised appointment letter for Max Caller CBE

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Revised appointment letter for Sir Ken Knight

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Appointment Letter for Alan Wood

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Nomination letter for Alan Wood

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Appointment Letter for Chris Allison

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Nomination letter for Chris Allison

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Letter from DCLG to Tower Hamlets council dated 29 April 2015 on Head of Paid Service Direction

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Further Directions to the council of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets under section 15 of the Local Government Act 1999 issued 29 April 2015

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Representations from Tower Hamlets council: covering letter

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Representations from Tower Hamlets council: letter from Lutfur Rahman

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Representations from the Chair of the Human Resources Committee, Tower Hamlets council

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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 DCLG to Tower Hamlets council dated 25 March 2015 proposing further directions

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Detail

These further 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.

An accompanying covering letter sets out the circumstances in which the Secretary of State has made these further directions, his reasons for this exercise of his powers, and the implications of the further Directions for the Authority. Sir Ken Knight, Max Caller CBE, Chris Allison CBE and Alan Wood CBE have been appointed as commissioners for the purposes of these directions.

Also attached are the representations that the Secretary of State received from the council, and letters from the Labour Group at the council, and from Councillor Peter Golds. These are referenced in the covering letter.

Following the judgment of the Election Court on 23 April 2015, the Secretary of State has also, in a letter of 29 April 2015, proposed additional intervention powers for the Commissioners to order Tower Hamlets to take any actions needed to safeguard good governance throughout the council until a new mayor and top officer team are in place and fully bedded in.

Documents relating to the first intervention can be found here.