Tory plan will slash libraries' floor space by 93%

Labour councillors have calculated that the floor space at 10 libraries will be slashed by up to 93 per cent under the Conservative's plan to cut the libraries' budget by 60 per cent.

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Tory u-turn on domestic violence housing rights

Labour councillors last night successfully defeated a Conservative plan to force domestic violence victims to declare themselves homeless before they can be re-housed by stripping them of their Band 1 priority status on the housing waiting list and pushing them to the back of the queue. The plan was first uncovered in an article by the Barnet Press.

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6 libraries could close under new Tory plan

Barnet's Tory council has published options to cut £2.85 million from the library service, including closing Burnt Oak, Childs Hill, Mill Hill, East Finchley, Osidge and South Friern libraries and cutting staff so that libraries are unstaffed 50% of the time.

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Labour calls for update on Chesterfield Road safety measures

Underhill Labour councillor and Chipping Barnet Parliamentary Candidate, Amy Trevethan, has called for an update to be given on road safety measures on Chesterfield Road at next week’s Chipping Barnet Area Committee.

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Labour slam decision to hold no-confidence vote meeting late at night

Labour councillors have slammed today's decision by Mayor Rayner to hold the 'vote of no confidence' extra-ordinary council meeting late at night after the conclusion of the main Full Council meeting on 4 November.

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Labour refer external investigation to Full Council

Labour councillors have referred the external investigation into legal and governance failures up to Full Council after the Conservatives refused to accept their proposals to bring legal services back-in house and review all council decisions since Barnet ceased to have a legally qualified Monitoring Officer.

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Labour call for legal services to be brought back in-house

Labour councillors will propose bringing Barnet council’s legal services back in-house at tonight’s Policy & Resources Committee. The committee is due to discuss the findings of the damning External Investigation into legal and governance failures, but the committee report recommends keeping the HB Public Law arrangement in place and it also fails to recommend that the Monitoring Officer should be a legally qualified officer.

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Labour calls on Eric Pickles to intervene in Barnet

Following the damning report into Barnet Council's legal governance failings, leading Barnet Labour figures have written to the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government demanding that Barnet Council be subject to a best value inspection.

Letter below.

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Statement from Cllr Moore on Monitoring Officer

Following news published today that Barnet's Monitoring Officer has left the council's employ by mutual consent, Leader of the Barnet Labour Group Cllr Alison Moore said:

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Labour calls for no confidence vote in Council Leader after damning report on governance failures

Labour councillors have called for an Extraordinary Council meeting after a damning independent report was published yesterday into June's shambolic Annual Council Meeting and the constitutional crisis that followed where the decision-making process in Barnet ground to a halt because committees were not properly constituted at the Annual Meeting.

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