August - September 2018
It’s been a busy couple of months, and this edition of Haringey People highlights many of the achievements of this fledgling administration.
Last month, the Cabinet decided to withdraw from the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) procurement. The final decision was taken after having weighed up the demerits and risks of progressing with the HDV, against the potential benefits of the project. Clearly the current administration takes a fundamentally different position from the previous one on this matter. We are confident that the decision not to proceed is the correct one taken at the correct time and we will now be seeking to draw a line under this chapter and proceed in earnest with our pledge to build social housing on our own land and deliver 1000 new council homes over the next 4 years.
We are also committed to ensuring that there are more affordable - genuinely affordable - homes built in our borough and we are working constructively with a number of partners to make this possible. We also joined the 100% club with all of our schools Ofsted rated as good or outstanding, agreed to set up a wholly owned development company, got funding for our Connected Communities project, and took decisions on both Broadwater Farm and Osborne Grove.
Furthermore, we are about to begin the consultation on a programme that enhances financial support for many of the poorest families in our borough by consulting on a revised council tax reduction scheme (CTRS).
I promised Haringey residents that we would make our borough cleaner, greener, safer and fairer. Another one of the key commitments we made to you, was that as a council we would listen more.
When we said it, we meant it, and our Fairness Commission went live on the 19th July to do exactly that. I have asked Cllr Zena Brabazon, Cabinet Member for Civic Services, to chair the Commission and she has co-opted Professor Paul Watt, a professor of Urban Studies at Birkbeck University to co-chair it with her. The commission also includes many local people and reflects the diversity of Haringey, bringing together a range of skills and areas of expertise from people who truly understand the area.
Over the coming months, you’ll have the chance to put your ideas forward on how we make our borough more equal. In fact, you can already share your views online on our website. Public engagement sessions will be held between October 2018 and March 2019, with a final report and practical recommendations expected to be put to Haringey Council in summer 2019. We’re going to be looking at areas such as jobs and employment, finance, communities and neighbourhoods, housing, health and wellbeing and children and education.
So I invite you to get involved over the forthcoming months. There is a genuine commitment here to make Haringey a fair and equal borough - but we need to do that in partnership with you. We are not just committed to working for you, we are equally committed to working with you.
Leader, Haringey Council
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