June - July 2018
That picture (to the right) is of me, Cllr Joseph Ejiofor. Following May’s elections, I’m the new Leader of Haringey Council. It’s an honour and a privilege to have been elected to lead our council and deliver our vision of bringing all communities together to improve our collective future.
Haringey is our home and we’re proud of it. This is a borough that people from every ethnic and social background, people from all walks of life, have chosen to make their home too. We want to work hand-in-hand with all of you to build on Haringey’s strengths – its vibrancy, diversity, resilience and proud sense of community – to make this a place where even more people can settle and thrive.
A change of Leader is not just about personnel. It represents a change of direction, a change of emphasis, a change of priorities.
Our priority is to house Haringey’s people. Our residents live in social housing, in affordable housing, rent in the private sector and are home owners. We want to build our own housing on our own land. We want to deliver the new high quality, genuinely affordable homes that Haringey residents need. We want to protect the rights of tenants and create opportunities for local people to buy the homes that are being built in our borough.
We are committed to working in partnership with, and to listening to, the many diverse voices in our borough. That is why we will launch a Fairness Commission to help us understand what residents, community groups and businesses think we should be doing to address the challenges Haringey faces and make this a better and more equal borough.
We continue to face unprecedented cuts to our budgets from central government. We have been prudent and pragmatic, but we know there is only so much that can be cut from any service before there is no service left. We will always explore the best possible options for delivering council services – and we aim to deliver more services directly ourselves.
We will continue to champion the borough’s children and young people – maintaining our reputation for exceptional education; ensuring young people have the best opportunities in life, and working with the police and other partners to tackle gang violence.
Finally, we will continue to be a borough that welcomes people from all backgrounds, and that stands together against discrimination and in support of equality and diversity.
Haringey’s people are its greatest asset. Your knowledge, passion, pride and commitment are strengths that we hope we can harness as we seek to improve our borough and together create a Haringey that is cleaner, greener, safer and fairer.
I am looking forward to working with you all.
Leader, Haringey Council
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Councillor Ejiofor's ward surgery and contact details are shown on his councillor web page.
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