It’s been a sad few days for London

We hoped that Brent would not fall victim to some of the scenes that we have seen on the news in other parts of London. But it is unfortunate that a few minority have been inspired by scenes in other parts of London, rather than appalled by what is happening and are carrying out criminal activity in Brent.

Brent residents had been offered tickets at a heavily discounted rate for the England vs Holland football friendly international game. The Football Association has now confirmed that the match has been called off.

Brent GP List Validation Excercise

NHS Brent were present at a Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting which I attended at Brent Town Hall last week. Many may have read in the local press about a recent process that NHS Brent undertook to validate the names which they deemed to be ‘inactive’ and take out names that did not respond to letters from them.

Brent has a fluid population and it may well be that the NHS is spending money on patients that no longer live in Brent. This is something the NHS cannot afford given the cuts that it is being forced to make by the Coalition Government.

I asked a question to NHS Brent on the practicals… ie. if I felt ill tomorrow and wanted to see my GP and found out my name had been struck off their list, what would happen. I was reassured that it will be extremely simple for me to simply get treated and re-register with my GP.

At the beginning of this meeting, the context of these changes was introduced where it was mentioned that the NHS in Brent has to carry out its duties with fewer resources. So secondly, I asked whether this context had changed given the Prime Minister’s announcement last week following the Government’s ‘listening excercise’, to which the answer was simply NO.

Parking restrictions today around the Wembley Stadium Event Day area

Brentford take on Carlisle at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 3 April 2011 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final. There will be parking restrictions in place throughout the day.

For more information, see the Brent Council website here LINK.

The picture above is of a road within the Wembley Stadium permit zone in Dudden Hill ward. On any other day, this space towards the end of a residential road is filled with vans that are just left parked occupying and annoyingly hogging parking space. Nice to see it clear once in a while.

Lisa Nandy MP’s article on library services

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.

Update on previous post

In addition to my post here on benefit cheats getting caught (LINK), I have another example of us cracking down on such activity from the Dollis Hill part of Dudden Hill Ward. My Safer Neighbourhood Team has informed me of a resident who lived in social housing was found to actually be working in a well paid job for a housing association.

Apply now for a Brent primary school places

I’d like to remind parents of children who are due to start at primary or junior school in September 2011 are being reminded that they are running out of time to get their applications in.

The deadline for applications for the thousands of children expected to start at a Brent primary next year is 15 January 2011.

Parents who are unsure about the process can put the dates of two public meetings in their diaries.

Council admissions officers will be able to answer questions and help families fill in application forms on:

  • 6 January 2011, between 5 and 7pm, at Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, London, NW10 2SF
  • 7 January 2011, between 5 and 7pm.  Brent Town Hall, Forty Lane, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 9HD.

All Brent families have to apply to Brent Council regardless of whether the school is in Brent or outside. Parents can apply quickly and easily online at www.brent.gov.uk/admissions

Councillor Mary Arnold, Brent Council’s lead member for Children and Families, said: “If you are parent of a child who is due to go to start at one of Brent’s excellent primary schools next year, I strongly advise you to complete an application within the next month, before the deadline.

“If you miss the deadline, your application will be considered after all the others so you will be at a disadvantage and are less likely to get the school you want.

“Families with children due to go to a primary school really need to act fast if they haven’t applied as there is only a month left. Our schools are very successful and very popular and you don’t want your child to miss out.”

Update on our Burnley GP practice campaign

Many may know the work that we have been doing to lobby the NHS Brent board to resurrect a GP Surgery Practice in the Burnley Road area. We have some great news on the campaign which will open up the chances of a new practice coming in.

After lobbying from patient groups, local beneficiaries, the Brent Labour Group on the Council with myself, Deputy Mayor Aslam Choudry, Councillor Leslie Jones and Councillors Hunter and Sneddon,  in August this year the executive management team of Brent PCT agreed a shortlist of options for the future of patients who are currently registered at the Willesden Centre for Health and Care.

Three options were outlined at the patient meeting on the 12th August.  The three options were:

  1. Transfer of the management of the Burnley Road practice via an open tender process
  2. Transfer of the management of the Burnley Road practice to a restricted list of existing practices within Brent
  3. To discontinue the Burnley Road practice and to transfer the patients to other GP practices in the area who have spare capacity.

After undertaking an in depth analysis of these options in September and October 2010 findings were reported to the Health Select Committee on the 14th October.  The recommendation of option 1 was then put forwad to the NHS Brent Board meeting on the 25th November 2010 and this is the option that is being pursued.

An open tender will increase the chances of attracting a GP Practice into the area. Well done and thank you to all that have been involved in the campaign -I cannot thank you enough. This has stopped the dispersal of 3,000 patients to surgeries around Brent which quite frankly would have been chaotic.

SCANDALOUS!!!

If anyone had any doubts that these cuts are ideological and out to hit areas most in need this article says it all.

LINK

While Brent is having to make cuts in the region of 27%, areas where deprivation is not prominent such as Tunbridge Wells and West Oxfordshire will see their budgets increase by similar levels. This is not fair. Why should Brent have to pay for Budget increases in richer areas.

Civil servants have realised this but there seems to be no desire from the Treasury to budge on this according to the report.

Parking restrictions in the Wembley Stadium Event Day Zone today

England play France at Wembley Stadium on 17 November 2010. The game starts at 8pm.

About the parking scheme:
Wembley Stadium Protective Parking Scheme Restrictions will apply throughout the Wembley Stadium Event Day Zone from 8am until midnight on main routes, and 10am until midnight in residential areas within the 1.5 mile radius of Wembley Stadium on 17 November 2010. Anyone who is parked illegally within the event day zone will be issued with a parking ticket and may have their vehicle towed away.

Residents, their visitors and businesses within this zone that have special event day permits will be able to park in these roads and are advised to display their permits on 17 November 2010.