Domestic violence campaign: Key points for the council’s consultation on changes to housing allocations policy

Once again, Barnet Council is targeting the most vulnerable adults and children in our community in its ideological drive to withdraw from providing public services for those in need.

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Premier House: stop new planning rules that damage local business

Barnet’s Labour Councillors have called for a council meeting debate against permitted development rights that allow office blocks to be turned into residential flats without any planning permission, and consequently without any protection or wider benefits to the local community.

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Barnet Labour call on Council Leader to meet domestic violence organisations

Barnet Labour have written an open letter to Council Leader, Richard Cornelius, calling on him to meet with local domestic violence organisations following news revealed by the Barnet Press of LB Barnet’s plan to strip victims of domestic violence of their priority status on the housing waiting list.

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Campaign to stop domestic violence victims being stripped of housing rights

Barnet's Labour councillors are calling for Conservative Barnet Council to drop plans to force victims of domestic violence to declare themselves homeless in order to be re-housed away from their abusers. The issued was first raised by the Barnet Press in last week's local paper. The council's plan will effectively strip domestic violence victims of their right to be prioritised for permanent re-housing in the top band on the housing register, and will also strip them of any permanent tenancy and succession rights if they are already in council accommodation.

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Leaders’ Panel: Rayner case – Tories’ whitewash shows political bias in complaints process

Following Wednesday night’s Leaders’ Panel where a politically weighted committee with a Conservative majority voted to clear the Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Hugh Rayner, of any wrongdoing in serious allegations made against him, Labour Councillors have slammed the process as being politically biased.

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Message of support for Your Choice Barnet care workers

Following the collapse of talks between staff and Your Choice Barnet over the summer, and the announcement that staff will be taking strike action on 8 and 9 September over pay cuts of 9.5% to care workers, Leader of the Barnet Labour Group, Cllr Alison Moore said:

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Tories offer Barratts "blank cheque" on Stonegrove repayments

Last night's Assets, Regeneration and Growth Committee were forced to agree a motion allowing officers to negotiate a settlement with Stonegrove and West Hendon regeneration developers Barratts to cover outstanding historic costs incurred by the Council, because the Council failed to keep accurate records of the costs incurred.

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Tory Leader reneges on promise to change council meeting date

This month's Full Council meeting agenda has been published, but there is still no sign that the Barnet Tories will reverse their high handed decision to deliberately reschedule the September Full Council meeting during Labour Party Conference week despite a promise from Council Leader Cornelius at a public meeting that he would. Changes to other meeting dates in the council calendar have been put on the agenda of next weeks council meeting
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Tories attempt to stifle debate on care

Last week the Barnet Tories attempted to stifle debate on care by effectively asking Labour councillor Reema Patel to choose between helping dementia sufferers and introducing Unison's Ethical Care Charter.
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Tories out of ideas on housing… at the first meeting!

Conservative councillors failed to table one member’s item at last night’s Housing Committee whilst Labour councillors raised five important housing issues for the people of Barnet. Throughout the entire meeting only one Conservative member other than the Chair even said one word.

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