October - November 2018
Every year, October is ‘Stoptober’, the month when health professionals seek to persuade smokers to drop the habit for at least a month. However, October is also Black History month, when the nation celebrates the visible and all too often invisible contribution our black and ethnic minority communities have made to our country and in Haringey. More than 65 per cent of Haringey’s residents come from a non-white ethnic group and so it’s particularly important that we as a council look back and reflect on how they’ve shaped our borough and our communities.
2018 also marks the 70th anniversary of the docking of the ship Empire Windrush, which marked the start of migration to the UK from Caribbean countries, now known as the Windrush generation. As you might have read, earlier this year there was a high profile scandal surrounding these people, after MPs such as David Lammy, discovered that a number of people had been wrongly deported as a result of the Government’s hostile environment policy towards migrants, despite having lived in the country for up to 70 years. This scandal is a national shame, and we feel it is particularly important to make even more of an effort to celebrate their work, which started with the post-war reconstruction of our country.
There’s a huge list of events going on here in Haringey – including a Black History Quiz night hosted by yours truly – as the borough marks the achievements, experiences, and contributions of our diverse black community. These are events designed to be accessible to people of all ethnicities, all heritages, and we hope that all Haringey residents will find an event to attend. Details of the programme can be found at www.haringey.gov.uk/bhm.
October is a busy time in the council, whilst for many residents, the end of the summer means thoughts turning to Halloween and Christmas, for Councillors autumn means our attention now turns to setting the budget for the year ahead.
This isn’t an easy task, for the past eight years as a result of an austerity agenda pursued by central government, we alongside other local authorities, have had our budgets slashed. Haringey has lost 46 per cent in council funding since 2010, or a £280 million reduction in overall government funding to the council.
This year we’re forced to spend another £15m less, at a time when many of our fixed costs continue to increase by at least inflation. Meanwhile, the call on the services we provide, especially for the poor and vulnerable, continues to increase.
We were well aware of the challenge at the election last May, and are committed to delivering the services that Haringey residents need, whilst also setting a balanced budget. We will begin the process of consultation on our proposals soon, and will appreciate the views and comments of all our residents.
Leader, Haringey Council
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