Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has said that progress has been made at Tower Hamlets council. The council had been placed in the hands of commissioners in December 2014 following serious allegations of mismanagement.
Clark said in a statement:
“In Tower Hamlets independent inspectors found a worrying pattern of divisive community politics and serious mismanagement of taxpayers’ money.
Intervention is never a decision taken lightly but it was essential that we took action to make sure public confidence in the council is restored.
Under the careful watch of the commissioners the Mayor is making progress but there must be sufficient evidence of real organisational change before I will consider handing any powers back”.