June - July 2019
It’s now more than a year since I became Leader of Haringey Council - 'Rookie Year' over! I believe that it is already clear that we have achieved so much towards what we promised.
Every day it is an immense privilege to lead our borough, full of amazing residents, communities and businesses. That’s not to say this first year hasn’t been challenging - continued funding cuts from central government, ongoing youth violence and Brexit uncertainty are some of the things we’ve been working hard to mitigate against, and we, like all local authorities, are dealing with genuinely complex and heart wrenching issues every day.
Nevertheless, we’ve made great progress in making Haringey a fairer and more equal borough.
When my administration started, we said we wanted to make taxation fairer, and we’ve done that. We have offered 100% council tax relief for some of our least well-off families with children, through our Council Tax Reduction Scheme. And owners of long-term empty properties will now pay double the amount of council tax, as we look to free up empty homes and tackle the borough’s housing crisis.
We remain committed to delivering 1,000 additional council homes at council rent by 2022. We’ve already negotiated deals to deliver 203 of these new council homes, and by July we will start our first directly built council homes on Templeton Road.
We are investing more in our young people, launching the Haringey Community Gold scheme, which offers support and opportunities to young people at risk of getting caught up in violent crime.
But we have never forgotten that it’s you - the residents - who matter most and it’s been great to see residents getting involved with our Fairness Commission. More than 1,500 residents shared their experiences and ideas on how to make the borough more equal. Recommendations on this will be agreed at Cabinet later in the year.
Our residents must have confidence that their council is raising money fairly, and spending money prudently, that we balance the demands of tomorrow’s environment, with the needs of our local businesses today, and that we take on board the needs of the most vulnerable when we design the services that we deliver for all.
The best thing about Haringey remains our unique community and the unity I see here every day. We are proud to celebrate the diverse ethnic and social communities we have within our borough, and that is one of the reasons we will be marking Windrush Day on 22 June and the inspiring people from that generation of West Indian migrants.
This summer, we will work with Hackney and Islington to celebrate Finsbury Park’s 150th anniversary, and we are offering residents the chance to be part of that celebration.
Finally, the council has launched our Civic Pride campaign, which urges all of our residents, businesses and stakeholders to help the council keep our streets and public spaces clean, neat and tidy. We do not believe that we can do this alone, but will use education and enforcement to work with you all to make a visible difference to our surroundings. We know that you love Haringey. We love it too and want you to help us make it even better.
Leader, Haringey Council
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Previous Leader's Columns
- Leaders Column - June-July 2019 (PDF, 30KB)
- Leaders Column - February-March 2019 (PDF, 31KB)
- Leaders Column - October-November 2018 (PDF, 31KB)
- Leaders Column - August-September 2018 (PDF, 55KB)
- Leaders Column - June-July 2018 (PDF, 29KB)