Mapledown cut referred back to Cabinet

Following last night's BMOSC decision to refer Labour's call-in of the cut to Mapledown School after school and respite provision back to Cabinet Resources Committee, Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Alison Moore said: "This cut to Mapledown was a heartless decision that needs to be reversed. I am glad that the scrutiny committee agreed with us, and we are calling for a special Cabinet Resources committee to deal with it immediately - if we are to secure support for these vulnerable pupils and their families during the summer holidays, this cannot wait until after the local elections."

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Barnet Labour calls for council debate on Mapledown Cuts

Barnet's Labour councillors have submitted a motion to next week's Full Council meeting as part of their guaranteed debate on 'Restoring Democracy and Fairness'. This is to ensure the cuts to disabled children's after-school clubs and holiday play schemes at Mapledown School are discussed by all councillors at the meeting.

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Barnet has highest number of pothole complaints in London

Research by ITV shows that Barnet has the highest number of complaints about potholes in London - 1,722 in 2013 - and has spent £88,491 on compensation claims - the second highest in London.

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Brunswick Park Tories in benchgate “cover-up”

The mystery surrounding the disappearing bench in Russell Lane has been solved!

Barnet Labour can today reveal the truth behind the mystery that has shrouded the missing park bench on Russell Lane in Brunswick Park. The bench’s removal was actually authorised by one of the Conservative councillors.

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Barnet Conservatives cutting funding for subsidised places for disabled children

Following news that Barnet's Conservative council is cutting the funding for subsidised places for disabled children at after school clubs and holiday schemes run by Mapledown School, Leader of the Barnet Labour Group, Cllr Alison Moore said: 

 

“This is a terribly hard-hearted decision, and the truth is that something could be done about it - Barnet’s Conservative councillors could reduce councillors allowances by £45k to pay for these after school clubs and holiday play schemes to continue if they thought it was a priority. We proposed a cut in councillors allowances of £200k during the budget debate, but the Tories voted against this.  Scrapping the council’s Barnet First magazine would save £75k – they could do that.  It really is a question of priorities, and the Tories don’t seem to have the right set of priorities.  We would be looking at every budget to try and protect frontline services like this and to find the money to keep these subsidised places going.”

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Tory councillor claims credit for saving Friern Barnet Library despite voting to close it!

Labour councillors have reacted angrily to a Conservative leaflet that claims Tory Coppetts councillor, Kate Salinger, "fought a fervent campaign within Barnet's Conservatives to save Friern Barnet Library and not sell its building."

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Bedroom Tax: 66% of council tenants in arrears, but assistance money not fully utilised

Mid-term analysis published by the government shows that Barnet council had only made 79 awards of Discretionary Housing Payment money to those struggling with the Bedroom Tax, despite there being 424 council tenants in arrears and unable to pay the Bedroom Tax by the second half of last year. The 424 council tenants in arrears is 66% of those required to pay it.

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Barnet Labour launch transport manifesto pledges

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Barnet's Labour councillors have announced their package of election pledges on transport this week.
 
Roads and Pavements

The transport pledges address the poor state of roads and pavements in Barnet which is the number 1 concern for local people according to the council's latest Residents' Perception Survey. Poorly maintained roads and pavements affect motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike, and the latest council data shows only 59% of unsafe or 'intervention level' potholes are made safe within 48 hours of being reported by members of the public - that's against a target of 100%. Labour would use the £7m sitting in council coffers specifically for road and pavement improvement to better effect, and would hold contractors to account for poor performance. 

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Barnet Labour launch housing manifesto pledges

Barnet's Labour councillors have announced their package of election pledges on housing this week.
 
The housing pledges address affordability of housing which is now one of the top 3 concerns for local people according to the council's latest Residents' Perception Survey. The average price of a house in Barnet is around £451,000, which is unaffordable for most people living in the Borough considering the average salary is £35,000 per annum and mortgage lenders generally only permit borrowing of up to 3 times salary.

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Residents and traders to be consulted on cash parking meters

A Labour initiated scrutiny Task and Finish Group investigating bringing back cash parking meters will be taking evidence from residents and traders at a public consultation and evidence meeting on Tuesday 11 February at Hendon Town Hall. The deadline for requesting to speak at the evidence meeting or to submit written evidence will be midday on the 11 February.

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