Our Safeguarding service at Brent Council is one of the hidden gems in our service portfolio. Not quite as obvious as the bin in front of your house or the streetlights on your road, but Safeguarding in Brent is widely respected as one of the best in the country.
Abuse is not just physical, but also emotional and financial. It is everyone’s responsibility to do what they can to stop it.
The number of reported cases of abuse of adults in Brent has risen from 435 in 2011-12 to 664 at the start of 2013, we fear the real figure may be far higher. Even with the increase in reporting of incidents, inevitably, abuse of adults in all categories is still largely unnoticed and under-reported.
That is why we are promoting our Safeguarding service through a Borough-wide poster campaign. You may have seen images like the one below advertised near you.
Our service campaign has also picked up attention nationally and has been covered in the Guardian here – LINK
Data compiled by the Guardian has exposed the Tory Liberal cuts to Councils – LINK
It shows that Brent people have been disproportionately affected by the cuts to local Councils.
New data reveals that Brent’s budget has been cut at £120.21 per resident whereas the national average is £60.90 per person. Extraordinarily, North Dorset, a Tory controlled Local Authority has had its Budget cut by £2.70 per person. This is absolutely outrageous.
Why have Sarah Teather and her pals forced Brent to have to cut more than others? If Brent Tory Liberal Councillors do blame Labour for creating the deficit as they have done at Council meetings and the Coalition Government are holier than thou, are they still defending the level of cuts to Brent compared to others and supporting the damage made to Brent while other Councils are being given much more generous settlements?
Is it right that Brent residents have to pay more for paying back the budget deficit? Did they create the crisis? Was it Gordon Brown who created deficits in nearly every major country in the Western world by building and refurbishing schools and hospitals? or was there a global economic crisis?
Sarah Teather must explain why she chose to cut money away from Brent services more than services in other areas. Why does she feel it is right to make cuts to Brent Council of £120 per person and to North Dorset a measly £2.70 per person.
These are questions that all the Brent Tory Liberals are yet to answer.
“Britain’s banks, bailed out by the British people, have just as much responsibility as everyone else, arguably more responsibility, to help Britain build a strong and dynamic economy. Unleashing black and ethnic minority talent is their duty too.”
“If you are a white player you have a one in 50 chance of moving into management. If you are a black player? One in 500.”
Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP
What a load of hypocrisy from Nick Clegg.
It is absolutely hypocritical of Nick Clegg to talk of a duty to unleash ethnic minority talent while in the House of Commons, the Lib Dems have ZERO ethnic minority MPs in Parliament.
Despite the activities of some members of their Party (LINK), I think the Tories are actually doing well in producing ethnic minority MPs and I have congratulated them on this in the past LINK.
Nick Clegg is right to raise the issue of pay discrimination to ethnic minorities in the private sector and the lack of Management and Executive positions given to ethnic minorities in the sports industry. But, if the Liberal Democrats are to lecture others with any ounce of credibility, they must sort out their own house first.
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.
Polly Toynbee of the Guardian rips into Nick Clegg saying that his messages to his party’s conference simply are not true. In particular she digs deep into Nick Clegg’s claim that Gordon Brown made up statistics and suited those that he could use to show that he was successful in combating child poverty. However, these were internationally recognised measures of child poverty.