[15 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Reporting back to you from City Hall: March – April 2014

My report from City Hall
No.19: 8th March to 11th April 2014
1 Introduction:
Firstly congratulations to Val Owen, who  has organised  Edgware Royal British  Legion’s  Poppy Appeal for 47  years, on her well-deserved Barnet Civic Award.
Thanks also to Saracens Rugby Club for stepping in to aid Barnet Deaf Football Club, when I asked them for help. BDFC had been using badly neglected but expensive Barnet council facilities in Montrose Park, with rubbish strewn pitches and changing rooms with no lighting or hot water.  Saracens immediately offered to let   them use their pitches for their matches from next season.
I …

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[15 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Reporting back to you from City Hall: March – April 2014

My report from City Hall
No.19: 8th March to 11th April 2014
1 Introduction:
Firstly congratulations to Val Owen, who  has organised  Edgware Royal British  Legion’s  Poppy Appeal for 47  years, on her well-deserved Barnet Civic Award.
Thanks also to Saracens Rugby Club for stepping in to aid Barnet Deaf Football Club, when I asked them for help. BDFC had been using badly neglected but expensive Barnet council facilities in Montrose Park, with rubbish strewn pitches and changing rooms with no lighting or hot water.  Saracens immediately offered to let   them use their pitches for their matches from next season.
I …

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Barnet A&E under strain following closures

 
New figures have revealed the increasing strain London’s Accident and Emergency departments are facing. The increased pressure on A&Es follows the closure of wards across the capital. In the past year 199,693 people were forced to wait more than four hours at A&E in London, this is an increase of 18% on the previous year when 168,604 people waited more than four hours. In Barnet the local A&E unit at Barnet General Hospital has seen 14,345 people wait more than four hours over the past year.
So far in London two A&E units have been closed, …

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Written response

Race claims against the police 
Question No: 2014/1261
Andrew Dismore
Further to your answer to  Question 2014/0280 and to Question 532 / 2013 on race claims against the police,  “how many  i) of the 34 internal cases  and ii) how many of 33 cases brought by members of the public referred to in the answer resulted in disciplinary action; iii) of those that resulted in  disciplinary action, how many led to the dismissal  of the officer or staff member concerned in each of the two types of case ; and iv) …

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Bedroom Tax batters Barnet tenants

Andrew Dismore, Labour parliamentary candidate for Hendon has today published new details on the impact of the Bedroom Tax in Barnet.
Mr Dismore said:
“After a year of the Bedroom Tax at the end of February 2014 Barnet had 618 households affected by the changes, 62% of whom were in arrears. Since implementation in April 2013 the average level of rent arrears which can be attributed to this change is an average of £60k. Approximately 143 of the 618 households include a working adult.
“But these statistics  hide real hardship. Take the typical …

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Dismore demands action over Barnet NHS finances

Andrew Dismore, Labour London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden,  has today written to the Secretary of State for Health, drawing attention to the deficit facing Barnet’s NHS and demanding action from the Department of Health to bridge the funding gap  until their recovery plan can be completed. (letter below)
Mr Dismore said:
“The Conservatives said the NHS was safe with them, but the opposite is the truth. Barnet Hospital struggles to meet even the less demanding A and E targets set by the Government. We have seen Chase Farm Hospital close …