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Public Consultations - Have Your Say

Re-Organisation of SLS & SEND Service

We are now consulting on proposed changes to the Support for Learning Service (SLS) and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Service.  Take a look at our online consultation page for further information on proposals, meetings and how to respond.  The consultation will close at 5pm on Wednesday 6th January 2021.  If you would like to take part in the consultationthen please look at the website.

As part of the consultation events are being organised and meetings will be led by Christine McInnes, Divisional Director for Education and Partnerships and Cllr Danny Hassell, Cabinet Member for Children and SChools.  To attend on of the online consultation meetings please email Farhad Ahmed and say which meeting you want to attend.  You will then be sent information to join using Microsoft Teams.

The online events will run:

  • Monday 23rd November at 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 24th November at 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 25th November at 09:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday 16th December 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Youth Service, Youth Justice, Early Help and Integrated Early Year's Services

The council is making changes to improve the Youth Service, Youth Justice, Early Help and Integrated Early Years' Services by creating a joint 'Birth to 19' workforce.  We are also moving to a new model of Youth Service provision.  Some Youth Service activities will be commissioned.  These services will be delivered in partnership with Voluntary and Community sector organisations.

On Friday 4th December we launched a public consultation for service users, families and partners to understand the proposed changes and share their views, this consultation will close on the 11th January 2021.  The two new services delivering Birth to 19 Services offer will be:

  • Youth Justice and Young People's Service: Combining the Youth Service with the Youth Justice Service
  • Early Help and Chidlren and Families Service: Combining the Integrated Early Years' Service with Early Help 

We will use the strengths from all four services to provide better value-for-money and the best service offering within the financial envelope,

You can read the proposed changes and share your views through this link https://talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/birth-to-19

Proposed closure of Cherry Trees and St Matthias schools

Consultations are now live on the Council's website and will run until Thursday 7th January 2021, regarding the proposed closure of Cherry Trees Special School, with effect from 31st August 2021 and the closure of St Matthias Primary School, with effect from 31st August 2021.

The link provides access to a detailed consultation document, please take the time to read through this document before submitting your comments.  You can submit your comments by email, alternatively you may submit your comments to the address below:

School Organisation and Place Planning Manager
Pupil Services and School Sufficiency
Tower Hamlets Children and Culture
Town Hall
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
E14 5BG

Closing date for responses is 5pm, Thursday 7th January 2021.

All responses received during the representation period will be published on the Councils website in late January 2021

Have your say on the future of Tower Hamlets library service

Residents have the chance to shape the future of the borough’s library service by taking part in a consultation. 

Continued government changes to council funding and the Covid-19 crisis mean the council has to save £30m by 2024. This is on top of £200m already saved since 2010 because of government austerity. To do this, savings have to be made across the council including reducing the cost of the library service, which is £4.4 million a year. The savings proposed will deliver savings of £1.6 million.

Digital innovations introduced in recent years including online services mean that £600,000 of the savings can be made without reducing services. However, a further £1m needs to be found and the council is consulting on options to achieve this. The options are based on analysing data showing the usage of two libraries and five Idea Stores.

Please get involved and help shape the future of our libraries by responding to our online survey.

If you do not have access to a computer or WiFi, you can book a session at Idea Store Bow, Idea Store Chrisp Street or Idea Store Whitechapel

If you require help with filling in an online survey you can call 020 7364 0237.

The survey runs until Friday 29 January 2021.