The East End Community Foundation has been working for 30 years to tackle inequality in the London boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and the City of London.
They have just launched a new Vital Signs survey in the East End to to find out which social issues concern you. As well as helping the EECF to target resources from themselves and local partner organisations, their statistics and report will be used to lobby for both local and national change.
You can read the last Vital Signs report here. This was completed before the Covid-19 pandemic – normal times – and makes for fascinating reading. It compared Tower Hamlets performance to national averages. We got an A for the local economy, however 75% of the jobs were in Canary Wharf and the edge of the City. We also got an A for Arts, Culture and Heritage. We only got a C for Education and Leaning. In all seven of the other categories Tower Hamlets was doing badly and only scored an E. They covered depravation and the living environment, healthy living, housing and homelessness, crime and unemployment.
Have your say and complete the Vital Signs survey here. There are lots of boxes in it for you to write your own thoughts.