Many point to the fact that some of these are paid higher than the Prime Minister and that pay for those in high positions at the Council should be reduced given the cuts that the Council has to make. I personally agree with this.
However, when people have signed contracts this is difficult to achieve. To make such changes, the Council would face legal costs which would end up costing the Council more.
Nonetheless, Brent Labour has made sure that newly appointed Director’s pay is more fairer. In addition, there is now a female Director in the Education brief which is one of the highest at the Council – thereby dampening the male dominance in the top roles at the Council.
The Brent Labour Party showed overwhelming support to the North West London light railway system. The scheme can be built on networks that already exist. Sadly, the Brent cross development put forward in Barnet would build over this potential network.
Read Cllr Shafique Choudhary’s take on it here – LINK - with more information on something that would be brilliant to have for Brent residents.
Figures on the cuts that Brent Council has to make are having to be revised and the number is only getting bigger each time. During the time of this post here (LINK), I mentioned that we would have to make cuts in the region of £98 million. Recent projections which have taken to account the current and also expected rise in inflation following the hike in petrol prices and VAT mean that this figure is now around £104 million.
I would like to encourage all to visit Brent and Harrow’s representative on the London Assembly Navin Shah’s new website – LINK
Navin has produced a very informative newsletter since he has been elected to the London Assembly. I would recommend all to click on the newsletter tab and click to email and request for yourselves to be added to the distribution list.
An excellent award winning game for11 to 16 year olds on what it is like to be a MP for a week. Have fun!
I’d like to recommend Lisa Nandy MP’s article which highlights that local authorities around the country – and may I add regardless of political affiliation – are being placed in great difficulty to meet the Government’s frontloaded cuts targets without affecting frontline services.
The Coalition Government’s cuts are just too deep and forcing the removal of vital frontline services such as libraries. In fact in Brent 6 are due to close, one of which, I am a regular user of, located within my Ward. It is unfortunate to have such a vital local service removed because of national decisions having local consequences.
I’m just making a plea to all Dudden Hill residents.. actually, in fact all residents. Whilst I was out and about in Brent meeting residents in the ward and also campaigning with the Party in Kenton Ward for the by-election, I couldn’t help but notice that it has gotten considerably colder again recently.
With this in mind, I am pleading with anyone who reads this to please check on neighbours who are elderly or vulnerable, just to see if they are ok.