Sunday, 26 March 2017

TH INDEPENDENT GROUP AND OLIUR RAHMAN FAILED 249 TIMES IN 33 MONTHS | Citizens Inquiry Reveals



TOWER HAMLETS COUNCILLORS FAILED 18% COUNCIL MEETINGS
As promised, this is the first report revealing the outcome of the Citizen’s Inquiry. The first phase of this inquiry is focused on Councillors’ meeting attendance. In the period we have analysed, from June 2014 until March 2017, Tower Hamlets 45 councillors were absent in at least 18% of the total meetings. I wish I had the time and resources to do a benchmarking with other neighbouring councils. I think this is for someone at the Democratic Service of the council or some other part of the council to consider.

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INDEPENDENT GROUP COUNCILLORS FAILED 20% COUNCIL MEETINGS
Tower Hamlets Independent Group (THIG), led by Councillor Oliur Rahman, as per the data provided by the council, become the worst performing Group in the council.
The Group have been absent in 30% of their overall meetings. Every single councillor from THIG have been absent in 20% of total meetings they were due to attend.
Ten THIG councillors are being paid at least £100,000 every year from the public fund. They are supposed to ensure value for money on behalf of us all. In the last 33 months, as a group, they have missed at least 7 meetings every month. How much representation they have deprived their electors? Can it be measured? 


 


PATH  FAILED 19% COUNCIL MEETINGS
Labour party and the Conservative party are at the bottom of the list (means doing better than others), has best meeting attendee councillors, however, still missing a 15% of the total meetings they are expected to attend.
On the second position, People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets (PATH), absent in 53 of the meetings out of 284, 19% of total meetings.
What is striking is the difference between group one THIG and group two PATH in ranking. PATH is second in ranking and at least 11% better less bad than THIG. 



Councillor Oliur Rahman, Leader of the Opposition

Councillor Harun Miah

Councillor Maium Miah
Individual Ranking
Not only that THIG has become first in letting down the residents, in individual performance, they have secured first three places. Cllr Oliur Rahman, the Leader of the Opposition in TH Council & Former Deputy Mayor of Tower Hamlets leads by example.
Citizen’s Inquiry can reveal that out of all 45 councillors from all party, Oliur Rahman became first, absent in record 49% of the total meetings he was supposed to attend since he was elected this term in May 2014.
On the second position, not far from his leader, Cllr Harun Miah missing a striking 48% of the meetings he is supposed to attend.
On the third position, another THIG councillor, Maium Miah, missed 41% of total meetings he was supposed to represent the residents.



Value for Money
Scheme of Members’ Allowances stipulates basic allowance of £10,938 (as of 19th May 2016) and special responsibilities allowance (SRA) for the councillors. Follow the hyperlink if you want a detailed read:
The top three performing councillors, as per the scheme has been paid following compensation by the council to represent the residents.


Oliur Rahman
£10938+ £13,065= £24003
Basic Allowance +
SRA as Leader of the Opposition
Harun Miah
£10938 per year

Basic Allowance
Maium Miah
£10938 per year
Basic Allowance



Update:

Tower Hamlets Independent Group didn’t response at all to my last e-mail, collectively or individually. I have received replies from following councillors:

1.       Peter Golds,

2.       Rachel Saunders

3.       Khales Uddin

4.       Danny Hassel: Replied as the Chief Whip of the Labour Group and made a defence on behalf the LG councillors.  

5.       Andrew Wood: He gave me a long reply with some very useful points on this matter. I intend to write an entire blog post on that soon. As a councillor of this borough, he is, in terms of transparency at least, a role model. He made public all his expenses claim, and many other details on his website.

I had a chat with Councillor Maium Miah who has expressed his regrets for not being able to attend as many meetings as he should. This is due to his visits to Bangladesh and Saudi Arab to perform Umrah (lesser pilgrimage).