Housing scheme attracts criticism

Tower Hamlets Council has hit back at critics of its decision to
target a new extra care housing scheme at the Islamic

The London borough said the 40-bed home, catering for older people
from the Muslim community, was needed because a third of its
population was Bangladeshi, and could rise to 70 per cent in the

An advocacy worker from an older people’s charity in Tower Hamlets
who works with Islamic groups said that the money would have been
better spent improving culturally-sensitive domiciliary care

Conservative and Lib Dem politicians have argued that the scheme
does not promote integration.

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