February - March 2019
Firstly, let me welcome you to the first Haringey People of 2019.
February is LGBT History Month – a time to celebrate Haringey’s LGBT+ community and to challenge the prejudices and inequalities that still exist today.
I am very proud to be a Stonewall Champion and to be a driving force behind Haringey Council’s commitment to ensuring we are doing our very best to support our LGBT+ residents.
Haringey is a wonderfully diverse borough, and LGBT History Month is the perfect time for us to celebrate this diversity as one of our greatest strengths. Everyone should feel safe and welcome in Haringey.
During February we will be celebrating the brilliant work that has been going on in our community to promote LGBT+ rights in Haringey, acknowledging our proud history for doing so, including launching the council’s unit to promote Lesbian and Gay equality in 1986. Indeed, we were the first council to do so.
Our spotlight on equality will continue into March too as we celebrate women’s history. We will be hosting, supporting or taking part in a range of activities – from film screenings to discussions – aimed at celebrating the contribution of Haringey’s women. Bruce Castle Museum is also running an exhibition called ‘Inspiring Women of Haringey: A Suffragette in the Family’, running until the end of March, which explores the stories of local women in their fight for the vote, now over 100 years ago.
As we talk about the vast and varied contributions different groups in Haringey have made to our borough, I also want to talk about Brexit. There continues to be huge uncertainty but, whatever happens, as a council we have to prepare and ensure that anyone affected in our borough gets the support that they need. I’ve said before our 42,000 residents from other EU countries are our friends, our neighbours, our work colleagues and the people that we rely on to help deliver our public services.
We have recently appointed Councillor Adam Jogee as the Borough’s EU Citizen’s Ambassador. Over the coming weeks and months we will both be reaching out to residents and community groups, to ensure residents are aware of their rights, whatever the result of the Brexit negotiations.
We have also just finished our consultation with residents on our budget and Cabinet will be taking a decision on that. Since 2010 central government grant funding to Haringey has reduced by £122million, our workforce has been almost halved and demand for our services continues to rise. We have to save £19.6million next year, whilst still protecting vital services as best we can, and ensuring the right support is there for those who need it most.
Despite ongoing cuts from central government, this administration is still working to deliver on the manifesto commitments we made to you. We are working to deliver 1,000 additional council homes at council rents, we have already become a Living Wage Employer, and we have taken steps to provide full council tax relief for Haringey’s least well-off families. We are also planning to invest money in a free school meals pilot and are intent on delivering a substantial youth services programme.
In short, this council remains committed to delivering the services that we know our residents rely on.
Leader, Haringey Council
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Previous Leader's Columns
- Leaders Column - October-November 2018 (PDF, 31KB)
- Leaders Column - August-September 2018 (PDF, 55KB)
- Leaders Column - June-July 2018 (PDF, 29KB)
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