With Labour in charge of Brent Council, we have made some landmark changes to improve services for disabled children becoming adults.
Under the Lib Dem Tory system, families told us that it was a shock to them when disabled children became adults as they had not been given any idea of what to expect.
Now because of changes we have made, our Transitions service which works with people transitioning from the childrens to the adult service works with people so they young disabled people can realise and reach their own ambitions. The video clip below has real life examples of people that are currently being helped by Brent Council and I had the pleasure of meeting them personally at the newly opened John Billam Resource Centre recently.
An article reporting the that Brent Liberal Democrat Councillor has been living in Brighton since December 2011 in the Argus local paper in Brighton has attracted a flurry of comments – LINK
Some of which include;
“Maybe he should change his name to the Rev Clueless”
“Party: Liberal Democrats”
“sadly these days its all at the end about snouts in the trough. its the claiming of allowances that give the game away, it would be intresting to hear what next sundays sermon is about, avarice or self delusion spring to mind”
“and we’re supposed to look up to religious leaders for setting high moral standards?”
A comment in his defence said,
“in the Despatches episode he made it clear that the allowance goes back to the Lib Dems – not to him personally.”
The Lib Dems have shown terrible leadership on this issue and have totally failed to grasp the seriousness of this omnishambles.
Over the last year and a half, our under-resourced Police have been working hard to with the local Council to tackle anti-social behaviour issues that take place at the Neasden Shopping Centre.
Misbehaviour of schoolchildren, street drinking and the more recent appearance of gangs in the area culminated in Labour Councillors, the police and residents coming together deciding to escalate the response to the situation.
Enforcement will run until the 1st of September 2013.
This to me also highlights the importance of Ward Panel meetings because the decision has been made in collaboration with local residents, the Police and the Council. The next Ward Panel meeting is on Wednesday 6th March 2013 and takes place at the College of North West London (Willesden Campus) at 7pm.
It surprises me that given the importance of this meeting, that in my time as Dudden Hill Councillor, ‘local’ Liberal Democrat Councillor David Clues has NEVER attended a Ward Panel meeting. In fact, I believe he has NEVER met a single member of the local police team.
It is a local scandal that he did not resign his seat in May 2012 so that a by-election could be held at the same time as the Mayoral vote to minimise taxpayer election costs after he moved to Brighton in December 2011.
The Willesden and Brent Times on their website are reporting that the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Hampstead and Kilburn seat has stepped down because she has accepted a politically restricted job – LINK
I think this is fair enough and it is a personal decision for her and I can imagine it was one that took lots of thought and consideration. However, I am somewhat puzzled by her resignation statement. The quote reads,
“This has come about because I have been offered a job in government in which I will be working to give the Liberal Democrats a stronger voice within the Coalition in key areas where I have expertise. However, as this job is politically restricted I will not be allowed to continue as a parliamentary candidate.”
How can you accept a politically restricted role and yet make a public statement that you will be using your new job to enhance your Party within Government through being appointed in a politically restricted job?
While Dudden Hill is covered in snow, I thought I would take this opportunity to remind Liberal Democrat Councillor for the ward about the area he ‘represents’.
Above is a picture of the beautiful Grange with St Catherine’s Church in the background covered in snow. David Clues has been living in Brighton since 8th December 2011, over a year now – LINK
Last night, the Liberal Democrat Councillor yet again failed to turn up to the Full Council meeting. However, I understand the difficulties in travelling to Brent from Brighton in this difficult weather. I suppose the Liberal Democrats aren’t the only fluffy substance around that cause the country to grind to a halt.
The Guardian is reporting that there is a drop of more than 6% in student applications to Universities with less than a month to go before the deadline for 2013 applications – LINK.
The tuition fee rise is a huge issue that is continually raised to me on the doorstep in Dudden Hill. It’s sad that less people are willing to go to University because of the long term life time debt that people will incur.
We’ve had consecutive weeks of people writing in the the local paper to express their dismay at the fact that Dudden Hill Liberal Democrat Councillor David Clues has been living in Brighton for over a year now. Last week’s letter in the local press poses some interesting questions over the Reverand’s move. He claimed that he was transferred by the Church but Helen Brown’s letter seems to suggest there there is a more competitive recruitment process and so the Lib Dem may have been more proactive in his move to Brighton and told a different story to people in Brent.