Chief Executive of Public Health England reacts with disappointment to the Governments sudden change of mind on alcohol and tobacco

In a letter addressed to everyone, Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England has vented his disappointment in the Government’s decision last week to take no immediate action on tobacco and alcohol death prevention. The opening extract of his letter reads;

Dear everyone,

We share and understand the disappointment across the public health family that neither standardised packaging nor minimum unit pricing are to be taken forward for the moment by Government. With tobacco and alcohol being among the nation’s top killers this is, however, hopefully a case of not now, rather than never. Both the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State have made clear that they are open to further evidence emerging. Lest we forget, nine out of ten smokers begin as children and helping them make better choices is a child protection concern. Likewise, the evidence tells us that doing all we can to reduce the ready availability of cheap, higher strength alcohol helps the youngest and the heaviest drinkers most.

(Extract from Duncan Selbie letter)

The full letter can be found here – LINK.

There comes a cros by which you wonder why the Government felt the need to totally flip their position on these issues and create disappointment to their own professional most senior Public Health Chief Executive.

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Neasden Clean Up Day – Saturday 23rd February 2013 – Time: 10am to 1pm

Neasden Parage signI am working with ABi Associates to organise a Clean Up Day in Neasden.

The meeting place is 10am at the Grange, Neasden Lane NW10 1QB (on the Neasden Roundabout).

Join local business owners, residents and Brent Councillors and help us clean up Neasden. Refreshments will be offered and all tools and equipment will be provided.

For more information please contact: Vijay Amin on 020 8438 4550 and / or email him on info@abi.co.uk

Please wear warm clothes and note that under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Wembley Stadium Event Day restrictions apply today (6th Feb 2013) as England play Brazil

Wembley Event Day Parking restrictions are in force today as England play Brazil in an International friendly.

More details on restrictions are on the Council website here – LINK

I will end up missing most of the game but look forward to seeing glimpses of Ronaldinho who has been recalled to the Brazil squad. Thought I’d leave a YouTube clip for all to enjoy!

 

 

Council funding redistribution

Spending power distribution

The graph above published in the Guardian shows the change in spending power in pounds per person, compared to the England average. It shows a redistribution in resources from Labour areas to Tory Councils. It is no surprise that Newcastle City Council has called for an independent method of funding allocation to local Councils to end political bias in Council funding from central Government.

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations at the Willesden Swaminarayan Temple

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English: Shree Swaminarayan Temple This Hindu Temple is on Willesden Lane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday, I was delighted to attend the Diamond Jubilee celebration at the Willesden Swaminarayan Temple.

It was great to see members of the Gujarati community which I am a part of celebrate along side local residents and Brent’s elected representatives, including Councillors and our local Brent and Harrow London Assembly Member Navin Shah.

Photos of the event can be viewed here – LINK

London Needs Ken

Compare Ken’s response to the 7/7 bombings to the Boris response to the London riots.

London needs a serious Mayor for serious times who can provide leadership. Not Boris, who is too preoccupied with his main job as a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and has no time to be an effective Mayor for London – and does not care enough to cut his luxury holiday short to fulfil his duty as Mayor of London to provide assurance to the City after major events such as the riots last summer.

Vote Ken Livingstone for a real leader for London!

Wembley Stadium Event Day parking restrictions in Brent today

Stuart Pearce, manager of Manchester City F.C.
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Brent boy Stuart Pearce who once worked as an electrician for Brent Council will manage England today at the Wembley National Stadium as England take on Holland in an International Football Friendly.

Parking restrictions apply around the Wembley Stadium Event Day Zone from 8am to Midnight. For more information visit here LINK.

 

Worrying prospects for large newbuild properties in London

At the previous Partnership and Place Committee meeting at Brent Town Hall, I probed and uncovered a worrying trend for London. The Government’s Housing policy has made it unfavourable for developers to build 3 bedroom and above newbuild properties.

The right of every English man and woman that their chicken tikka masala, the nation’s favourite dish, the remnants can be put in the bin without the worry that a fortnight later it is rotting and making life unpleasant.

Eric Pickles, British politician and Chairman ...
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More than half of all councils have switched to fortnightly collections over the past few years. Eric Pickles has pledged £250million fund to help local Councils switch to weekly collections.

Eric Pickles has justified this as a Government priority by saying that  “I firmly believe that it is the right of every English man and woman that there chicken tikka masala, the nation’s favourite dish, the remnants can be put in the bin without the worry that a fortnight later it is rotting and making life unpleasant.”

At the same time, other rights such as the right to vote is being attacked by the Conservative and Lib Dem Coalition Government.

However Eric Pickles will be delighted that under Brent’s Waste Strategy, he can enjoy his chicken tikka masala on a Friday night, put any leftover waste in his food waste bin and have it collected weekly. His food waste under Brent’s system will be recycled as organic waste weekly. If he wishes to put it in his grey bin which is for non-recyclable material however, it will be collected fortnightly.

But it makes no sense for him to do that as he has the option to put it in his green bin and have it collected weekly.

Hope that makes sense.