August - September 2020
The world has changed in the last few months, with the Covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement giving our society a real need for reflection, review and action.
As we ease out of lockdown, I’ve been reflecting on the past four months, where our main focus has been how we protect, house and shield our residents, keep our public spaces safe, and deliver essential services with reduced capacity.
I am pleased we managed to get our Summer Fun programme out with activities for young people over the summer, have re-opened ball courts and skateparks and have been gradually re-opening Libraries.
It’s amazing to see so many small businesses back on our high streets too. They are the lifeblood of our borough adapting through these challenging times.
As a council we’re adapting too, and it’s no secret that the pandemic has had a significant impact on our finances, and we’re continuing to call on the government to fund us appropriately.
I am really proud of the flexibility and the dedication of our staff, and the positive way that we have worked with partners.
Haringey’s people have always been our main focus, long before the pandemic, and we’ve been working hard to make sure it is our residents who benefit from our Borough Plan priorities.
We’d already taken big steps to support residents, such as making sure our least well-off families get a 100% Council Tax rebate, becoming a fully accredited London Living Wage employer, signing a Charter Against Modern Slavery, and launching our Welcome Strategy to support migrants.
We have announced that we’ve begun the delivery of 331 new council homes, and are formalising an ethical debt collection policy which has already resulted in a 60% reduction in the use of enforcement agents regarding those in receipt of benefits. Our commitment to a greener Haringey - from decarbonisation of our pension fund to investing in our parks - is also with the community in mind.
To address concerns that have been raised through the Black Lives Matter movement, we have also just launched a street and place naming review. A real discussion on the way in which we memorialise historical figures is long-overdue. There’s information in this magazine on how you can get involved.
Finally, all that is left to say is thank you. I have said repeatedly just how inspiring the community response during the pandemic has been. You are doing Haringey proud.
Please, take care and stay safe.
Leader, Haringey Council
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Previous Leader's Columns
- Leader's Column - August - September 2020 (PDF, 29KB)
- 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)
- Leader's Column - August-September 2018 (PDF, 32KB)
- Leader's Column - June-July 2018 (PDF, 29KB)
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