Please join us on Tuesday 11 June 2019 at 6:30pm at Hendon Town Hall. We are holding a short protest prior to speaking at the Communities Leadership and Libraries (CLL) Committee meeting at 7pm. Please invite your friends and neighbours to come along too – children are welcome!
As you may have heard, the Minister for Culture recently refused our complaint about the Barnet Library Service. Unfortunately, his decision shows a blatant determination to ignore the evidence of Barnet residents and let the Council off the hook. You can read our response here.
spite of this, the Council wasn’t able to get away completely
unscathed: one important outcome of the complaint process is the
Council’s long-awaited “Library Review”. In this, the Council must
explore the impact of the library cuts on groups protected by the
Equalities Acts – including children, older people, and those with
disabilities. Not suprisingly, these are the groups most affected by
unstaffed libraries, reduced facilities and locked toilets.
The process for the review is due to be announced at the CLL meeting. We
need your support to put pressure on the committee to carry out a
meaningful review that listens to residents’ views and really looks at
the impact of the cuts. Please help us to get all our voices heard.
The review is timely: you may have read about the recent report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty which finds “unheard-of levels of loneliness and isolation” and links this to austerity policies, including shrinking library services.
We will be organising speakers for the meeting – reply to this email by
Monday 3 June if you want to participate. We are also collecting your
stories about the library service – email us or share them via our
facebook page or website.
URGENT ….. LOBBY AGAINST CUTS TO INDEPENDENT LIVINGWEDNESDAY 5 JUNE, 6.30pm. Hendon Town Hall
50 people attended a meeting on Tuesday organised by BAPS and UNISON to
hear about the latest callous attack on those most in need in Barnet.
Local disabled residents explained at the meeting the devastating impact
this will have on their lives.
Even though the council social services budget is underspent, Barnet
Tories want to make a saving. Rather than using the underspend to fill
the 50-odd vacant social worker posts, the tories wants cut the budget.
Is that because it will use the underspend to finance the overspend in
the contract with Capita?
meeting agreed to lobby and protest at the Council Adult &
Safeguarding Committee on Wednesday 5 June. Meet at 6.30pm outside the
Town Hall, The Burroughs, Hendon.
How does Barnet Council wants to save £424,000?
Disabled resident may be forced to move into residential care against their wishes rather than being supported in their community near family and friends, if Barnet Council thinks residential care is a cheaper option. Barnet Council recognises that disabled residents, their families and carers may not like this.
Barnet Council recognises that forcing a disabled resident to move into residential care might be bad for their well-being. Inclusion Barnet, an organisation led by and for people who are disabled, has written to Barnet Council in January 2019. They are still waiting for a reply, yet they represent Barnet disabled residents.
“Michael Nolan, a trustee of the disabled people’s organisation Inclusion Barnet, told Disability News Service: “The Inclusion Barnet board are extremely concerned about these proposals, which we fear could leave some disabled people confined to residential care when they might otherwise have been able to live independently. We believe that this could impact people least able to self-advocate, and is also against the spirit of the Care Act.”
Together for education
by National Education Union
A day of celebration, planning and rallying for education
Saturday 22 June 2019
10:30 – 15:00
Central Hall Westminster
London SW1H 9NH
Full event details:
In early June, Stand Up To Racism along with others are preparing to protest Donald Trump’s planned visit to Britain.
Last year, a quarter of a million mobilised to say no to Trump’s
politics of hate and division. This time, we will take to the streets in
even bigger numbers!
Trump is a symbol of the new far right. This is when we take stand together against the Tories’ “hostile environment” here too.
Read article where Stand Up To Racism co convenor Sabby Dhalu explains the importance of the march HERE
Join & share the Facebook event for 4 June demoHERE
Facebook event here.
1. Meet 11.00 on platform at East Finchley . Depart 11.15 – change Tottenham Court Road onto Central Line – to either Bond Street or Marble Arch.
2. Meet 11.00 on platform at Finchley Central. Depart 11.15 – change Tottenham Court Road onto Central Line – to either Bond Street or Marble Arch.
Then 12.15 – 12.30 go to Barnet meeting point at top of Park Lane in front of Marriott Hotel
Support the No Cuts Rally
27th February, 5:30pm
Outside the Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3XA
Enfield North Labour Party passed a “No cuts budget” resolution on 17th January. Members are urging the Labour council to refuse to pass the catastrophic Tory cuts that are slashing public services, making an irreparable damage to our community.
The council is preparing to implement further £18 million-worth of Tory cuts, even though it has already cut £178 million since 2010. More vital services will be cut which will affect the poorest and most vulnerable people in Enfield. Already 39% children in our borough live in poverty, according to End Child Poverty coalition – how many more after the newest cuts?
The resolution calls for the council to use all the legal means at their disposal. This includes use of the financial reserves and borrowing powers as well as the demand on the central government to immediately grant funding back to pre-austerity 2010 levels.
The resolution calls for building a local and national campaign of resistance to austerity that should include trade unions, community groups and ordinary residents.
Members are planning a lobby of the council on the budget setting date on 27th February. They are inviting all community groups and residents affected by cuts to join. Austerity is a choice, and it has to stop.
Join Tariq Ali & other special guests at this protest against Trump’s threats of war on Venezuela – come & loudly say #NoBloodForOil !
Called by Venezuela Solidarity Campaign – Supported by Stop the War Coalition.
This is part of an international series of events against war on Venezuela. VSC is calling this protest at the Bank of England as the Bank is holding $1.3 billion worth of Venezuelan gold (31 tonnes) and is refusing to release it to Venezuela.
Solidarity with our Tube Cleaners
RMT Parliamentary demonstration & rally
Tuesday 29th January 2019
5.00pm: (sharp) Demonstration opposite Parliament (Old Palace Yard, SW1P 3JY)
6.30pm: Rally in the Houses of Parliament
London Underground’s 3000 cleaners have been outsourced to global contractor ABM.
Despite working unsocial hours, in dirty and hazardous conditions, our cleaners are being treated less favourably compared to other workers directly employed by Underground.
That means inferior sick pay, holidays, pensions and travel facilities.
On top of this the cleaning workforce is set to be cut by a third from 3000 to 2000, piling the pressure on these hard-pressed workers.
RMT is holding a demo and rally at Parliament to demand:
- No Cleaning Job Cuts
- Equal Conditions with London Underground workers
- Bring all cleaning work in-house.