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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Crisis in GP numbers prompts call for local scrutiny

Labour councillors are calling for local data on GP numbers to be discussed at the next Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) following news last week from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) that 500 GP surgeries across England could close next year.

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Crime fears over plan to switch street lights off and leave parks unlocked

Labour councillors have slammed budget cut proposals to turn street lights off after 11pm in order to save £125,000 citing concerns over crime and safety.

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