Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
Andy Donald is set to be appointed as Interim Chief Executive of Haringey Council, taking over from Zina Etheridge, who will be leaving her position in February 2022.
Andy was Chief Executive of nearby Redbridge Council until earlier this year and will take up his new position with Haringey in the New Year, subject to approval at Full Council.
During his five-and-a-half years with Redbridge, the east London authority was recognised for its outstanding children’s and adult services and shortlisted twice for the MJ Council of the Year award.
Andy led Redbridge’s Child Friendly Borough, Growth Commission and Community Hubs work, putting engagement and collaboration with the community at the heart of what the council does.
He was also the lead Chief Executive for housing and regeneration across the capital and the pandemic response in north-east London.
Andy, who lives with his family in Hackney, has spent the vast majority of his 30-year career working for London local authorities, including a long spell as the Director with responsibilities for housing, regeneration and major projects at the London Borough of Brent.
“It is a privilege to be offered the opportunity to take on the Chief Executive role at Haringey.
“I’m delighted to have the chance to build on Zina’s excellent work and I am really looking forward to working alongside the Leader, politicians, the staff, partners and local communities to both support Haringey through the coming months and make further progress on the Borough’s aspirations and priorities.”
Cllr Peray Ahmet, Leader of Haringey Council, said:
“Our key priority for Haringey is to put coproduction at the heart of everything we do.
“Andy Donald is a highly-experienced Chief Executive – with a background in collaborative change, housing and social care.
“He’s very well-placed to take on the interim role as we begin a full competitive recruitment for the permanent position of Chief Executive early next year.”
Andy replaces Haringey’s current Chief Executive, Zina Etheridge, who is leaving to become Chief Executive Officer Designate of north-east London’s health and care partnership.
There will be no new spending reductions proposed in Haringey Council’s 2022/23 budget in a significant shift after years of austerity-driven budget pressures.
Despite a difficult period due to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic and continued lack of adequate and sustainable funding from central government, the council is putting forward a budget that will see more invested in services that matter most to residents across the borough.
After government austerity has necessitated a decade of spending reductions and efficiency drives, the budget for 2022/23 is the first in a decade to make no new savings proposals. However, the council’s future financial position remains challenging due to ongoing pressure on services, with increased demand not being fully met by additional government funding in future years.
The budget will make an additional £113.8 million of new revenue and capital investments to address priority issues, including:
- Over £6 million to support our most vulnerable residents’ day to day needs, through increasing budgets for Children’s, Adults’ and Temporary Accommodation services
- Investment in long term assets to support our most vulnerable young people with £6.2m capital investment for residential care provision in Children’s Social care
- An additional £600K of council funding to enhance support for women and girls impacted by domestic abuse and other forms of violence
- An extra £500K towards tree maintenance, £500K for tree and wildflower meadow planting, and £300K towards improving highway drainage cleansing and maintenance, addressing the climate emergency and improving our physical environment for the benefit of all residents
- Over £10 million of investment to ensure the council remains able to deliver high-quality services, including via new digital technology.
- Significant ongoing investment in our public realm with over £3m investment in parks and park assets, £2.4m in the New River Sports Centre, £28m investment in roads and highways assets, and £30m investment to secure the future of the Civic Centre and bring this back into use as the council’s primary office location
- £100K to realise the council’s ambition of putting collaboration and co-production with residents and the heart of its work
In addition, an ambitious Housing Delivery Programme plans to deliver 3,000 new council homes over the next decade, as well as substantial improvements for existing council homes.
The budget will also help to ease the financial burden facing families in the borough through continuing the council’s extended free school meal entitlement to over 1,000 children and continuation of both the Haringey Support Fund and the council’s expanded Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
Consultation will open on 8 December, allowing residents to have their say on the plans.
Cllr Peray Ahmet, Leader of Haringey Council, said: “Over the last ten years, continual reductions in central government funding have meant our budget process has demanded that we make substantial savings year on year. I am proud that my first budget as Leader of the Council proposes no new spending reductions for the first time in a decade.
“Instead we’re putting more money into services in line with our values, including care for our most vulnerable residents and enhanced support for women and girls impacted by violence and abuse.
"As well as addressing the increased demand our services are seeing right now, this is a budget that looks to the future, investing to address the climate emergency and ensure that we remain a highly effective organisation in a fast-changing world.”
The Prime Minister announced yesterday (30 November) that all eligible adults in England aged 18 and over will be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of January.
Following advice from the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), everyone who is currently eligible – including those aged 40 and over, health and social care workers and those at increased risk from the virus due to health conditions – will be able to book their COVID-19 booster vaccine from three months after their second dose.
The government and the NHS are urging younger people to wait until they are called forward by the NHS – with the more vulnerable continuing to be prioritised for their booster. Younger age groups will be invited by the NHS in due course in order of age, grouped into five-year age bands.
The Prime Minister announced that to speed up the vaccination programme, around 400 military personnel will be drafted in to support deployment, with 1,500 community pharmacy sites, additional hospital hubs, and pop-up sites opening in convenient locations across the country.
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