On Friday I will be taking part in St Luke’s Hospice’s ‘Jail and Bail’ fundraiser. I am looking for bail money to help me get out! I am looking to raise £1,000 for the Hospice. To learn more about the work they do, visit here LINK
To donate money to the charity, visit my fundraising page here LINK
TfL are currently running a campaign called ‘Come on Board’ which targets older and disabled groups, providing them with information and support to aid travel across London’s public transport network.
If there are any local groups who they feel may benefit from a visit by TfL as part of this campaign email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the group which will be passed to TfL.
The Government’s announcement in yesterday’s Budget of ‘extra’ money for social care is complete smoke and mirrors and fails to address the issues of chronic underfunding of social care. In Brent, the Tories and Lib Dems have taken over £150 million from Brent Council, significantly reducing the money that we have available locally to pay for social care.
The announcement in yesterday’s Budget was for £2billion ‘extra’ funding over the next three years.
The Government has completely ignored the fact the the Conservatives and the Lib Dems have taken £5.5 billion out of social care in the last few years. In simple balance terms, the £2 billion puts social care in a net position of MINUS £2.5billion.
In addition, the Government has only committed this money for a three year period so as far as we can account for, in 2020, we will be back in the position of -£5.5 billion as the ‘extra’ £2 billion will no longer be there. In addition we have no information on how the money will be allocated.
Don’t be fooled by the Government saying they are putting more money into social care! They are merely applying a sticking plaster on an open headwound, having caused the injury themselves!
Are there any sites in your local area which are vacant, rundown or underused? Through redevelopment could they make a more positive contribution to your area?
To assist the development of local plans, the Council is carrying out a ‘call for sites’ exercise to identify sites within Brent that may have potential for development. The ‘call for sites’ is an early opportunity for individuals and organisations to suggest sites within the borough for development. This could be development for uses such as:
- Leisure/Sport/Recreation/Open Space
- Community uses including education/potential schools
- Art/cultural uses
- Mixed use development
- Strategic Infrastructure
You can submit sites online.
The deadline for submitting sites is 6th April 2017.
When developers receive planning permission for some larger, new developments, they’re required to make a payment to the council. This helps fund local infrastructure improvements. This payment is called Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Of this, between 15-25% of the funds has to be allocated by the Council as Neighbourhood CIL.
On the basis of feedback received from this consultation, the council will decide how to prioritise spending on particular Neighbourhood CIL funded projects. Too feed in, click on this LINK
New signs are proposed at three locations in Dudden Hill Ward that have been identified as accident hotspots. The signs will be on Dudden Hill Lane and Neasden Lane.
The signs will aim to slow down traffic and also encourage people to be more aware of motorbikes. Accidents involving mopeds and motorbikes have caused us concern and residents have been talking to us about their concerns and the lack of signage.
Labour Councillors have been successful in making the case and the signs are expected to be in place before summer.
Mobile phones, digital cameras, tablets, headphones, battery-operated toys – were all high on wish lists this past Christmas.
As a large proportion of those shiny, new gadgets will be replacing yesterday’s models, the question facing their owners is what to do with the old ones?
Local residents have opportunity to declutter their homes of broken or unwanted small electrical items such as alarm clocks, toys, kettles and hair dryers.
In February, Willesden Library will be hosting electrical recycling events, where residents can drop by and get rid of any unwanted electronic items, in a safe and environmentally friendly way on the following dates
- 6 February – 12 February
- 13 February – 19 February
By recycling their unwanted items the owners are helping to protect the environment as fewer raw materials need to be mined for use in the manufacture of new products.
Following the success of the ‘Please offer me a seat’ trial, Transport for London has announced the badge and card will be introduced on a permanent basis early next year.
The ‘Please offer me a seat’ badge and card were trialled to help customers who need a seat, but have difficulty getting one. The trial was a response to feedback from customers and research conducted last year, which found people with invisible impairments, conditions and injuries can often find it difficult to get a seat when they need one – particularly if their need is not obvious.
The trial was met with extremely positive reviews:
· Participants reported 72 per cent of journeys as being easier as a result of the badge;
· On 86 per cent of journeys participants reported feeling more confident when asking for a seat on public transport; and
· An overwhelming 98 per cent of participants said they would recommend the badge and card to somebody they think needs or would benefit from one.
TfL is planning to launch the badge and card to all customers who need one early next year. Many customers may of course not want to use the badge and card, and TfL has committed make sure people are supported too.
If you sign up to receive accessible travel updates by visiting www.tfl.gov.uk/emailupdates, TfL will let you know when our new badge and card is live.