Whilst a week might be a long time in politics, a year is really a long time in lockdown, and it’s almost a year now since we first went into lockdown. We now know that the virus is even easier to spread and catch than before, and that people must be even more vigilant and diligent to ensure that the NHS can care for those getting seriously ill without being overwhelmed.
It is essential that we all have trust and confidence that guidance and rules on COVID-19 are in place for the right reasons and that science has been guiding the government’s imposition of tough national restrictions. Coronavirus is deadly – we must follow the rules.
As always, we will continue to support our community and our most vulnerable people through the everchanging landscape of the pandemic. We will amend our priorities to cover the inevitable rise in demand for services. We’ll be investing in our Adults and Children’s services to support our most vulnerable people and are ensuring school children in the borough have access to Free School Meals and equipment for remote learning.
We’ll also be investing in our volunteering and communities support services, helping our businesses, building our local economy, supporting our young people, creating new job opportunities, increasing housing provisions and ensuring our borough is fair and more inclusive.
Our Good Economy Recovery Plan sets out how we plan to support our businesses through COVID-19 recovery, and our Employment and Skills Recovery Action Plan sets out how we’ll drive up skills training and recruitment opportunities across the borough.
It is important that we all trust that the information we provide to public bodies is always used appropriately. Sunday 21 March is Census Day. The Census is a vital tool for making sure the right funding and services are made available to our local area. I know people have doubts about sharing their information these days, but please do trust that this is safe. Please fully complete the census form because this is a really important thing you can do for Haringey.
Equality and diversity are key qualities that we are proud of in Haringey. February is LGBT History Month, March is Women’s History Month, and also Gender Equality Month. It’s really important that, amid the challenges we are all continuing to face as communities today, we mark and reflect on the inspiring work done by those who have gone before us.
Finally, I am reminded that Haringey’s greatest strength is, and remains to be, its people. Please keep on looking out for one another, and remember, a little kindness can go a long way.
Take care, and all the best,
Leader, Haringey Council
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Previous Leader's Columns
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- Leader's Column - June-July 2020 (PDF, 29KB)
- Leader's Column - February-March 2020 (PDF, 30KB)
- Leader's Column - December 2019-January 2020 (PDF, 30KB)
- Leader's Column - October-November 2019 (PDF, 31KB)
- Leader's Column - August-September 2019 (PDF, 30KB)
- Leader's Column - June-July 2019 (PDF, 30KB)
- Leader's Column - April-May 2019 (PDF, 30KB)
- Leader's Column - February-March 2019 (PDF, 32KB)
- Leader's Column - October-November 2018 (PDF, 31KB)
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