115 things your council has done in the past 115 weeks
With our focus surrounding the coronavirus pandemic it is easy to forget all the achievements of the council in the last two years.
We take a look back at some of the major initiatives that have taken place.
During the Coronavirus Pandemic:
1: Over 10,000 people helped by the new Connected Communities helpline.
2: Delivered over 20,000 emergency food parcels to more than 3,000 households.
3: Recruited more than 80 new Care Workers in Haringey.
4: Set up a pan-London procurement agreement for Personal Protective Equipment.
5: Provided emergency accommodation and support to more than 500 single homeless people.
6: Had 1,000+ phone calls with carers providing information and support.
7: Made daily phone calls to care homes in the borough and offered practical support with PPE and infection control.
8: Wrote to every household to ensure they had the information they needed about where and how to get help.
9: Purchased more than 200 IT devices to support vulnerable residents, families, young people and carers with connectivity and access to the internet.
10: Over 50 mobile phones have been distributed to residents without access to technology.
11: Worked with schools to support them in providing ongoing in-school provision for over 850 vulnerable and key worker children throughout lockdown.
12: Supported the teaching unions call for 5 key tests to be met before the arbitrary June date set for re-opening of schools.
13: Took a proactive approach to supporting the enforcement of lockdown.
14: Mobilised a parks engagement team with contributions from our car parking enforcement officers, Haringey Gold, and our enforcement teams, to keep all Haringey parks open during the lockdown, as a health, wellbeing, and recreational support to Haringey residents.
15: Provided practical and financial support exceeding £700k to the voluntary sector during lockdown and the recovery period.
16: Continued to make 311,000 household waste collections per week from 120,000 properties.
17: Responded to more than 1,500 noise complaints during lockdown.
18: Our Health and Wellbeing Board adopted in full the recommendations of the local BAME Community Forum on differential impacts of Covid-19.
19: Remodelled hospital discharge so that there have been no delays in transfers from hospital.
20: Increased capacity of reablement teams threefold so that our Reablement Service (CRS) led the way in providing short term care for patients who had recovered from Covid-19.
21: Set up a new intermediate care capacity at Osborne Grove & Protheroe House to support the surge in poorly people leaving hospital admission.
22: Implemented a COVID response Economic Development (ED) team structure to support businesses during COVID-19 and introduced a range of business support measures – over 1,200 business have had direct contact with an ED officer.
23: We facilitated the administration of the government grant programmes.
24: We have paid £48.8m to 3,430 business across the borough, erring on the side of payment where there was uncertainty.
25: Supported businesses by agreeing to deferral/flexibility on payments to the council including commercial rents, business rates and loan repayments.
26: Supported the traders at Seven Sisters Market ensuring that they received their COVID-19 rate relief from their landlord.
27: Established a business bulletin with over 900 businesses subscribed and published a practical guide to help and support businesses to re-open safely.
28: Engaged with over 5,000 members of the public during lockdown.
29: Transformed our Haringey Adult Learning Service (HALS) into a fully accessible online service.
30: Instigated Covid-19 Contingency Plan and created a temporary mortuary within the borough.
31: Launched ‘Haringey Heroes Awards’ to celebrate Haringey’s unsung heroes who have gone the extra mile during the pandemic.
Putting our values into practice
32: Cancelled the Haringey Development Vehicle.
33: Invested an additional £1.4m into our Council Tax Reduction Scheme to expand the eligibility of the poorest families in our community to get a 100% rebate.
34: Haringey Council became a fully accredited London Living Wage borough, and introduced the London Living Wage for council contracted care workers.
35: Construction work has begun on the first 331 council homes across seven sites in our borough, and we have already got planning permission for 357 more.
36: In Spring 2019, we began a flagship regeneration partnership with the Selby Centre. The Selby Urban Village project will re-provide a new Selby Centre, along with at least 200 new homes (at least half of which will be council homes) and rejuvenated playing fields and sports facilities at Bull Lane.
37: Decarbonisation of our Pension fund.
38: Haringey Council signed the Co-op Charter Against Modern Slavery and appointed a modern slavery officer.
39: Haringey protected the human rights of rough sleepers by standing up to the Home Office and refusing to share the personal data of rough sleepers without informed consent. This led to other Labour authorities across the country following our lead.
40: We are formalising an ethical debt collection policy which has already resulted in a 60% reduction in the use of bailiffs over the past two years.
41: Increased to 27% (£115m) of Haringey commercial spend now with local suppliers, with an additional 42% (£180.4m) with companies based elsewhere in London.
42: Haringey scored highest in the Healthy Street Scorecard for outer London Boroughs in 2020.
43: Investment of £7m in children’s service to address structural budget pressures and a strong’ front door’, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) that responds to safeguarding matters well as reported by Ofsted in 2019.
44: Erected a statue commemorating anti-apartheid campaigner and Haringey resident Oliver Tambo in Albert Road Rec.
45: Haringey Council has committed to cover the costs of EU staff’s settled status applications after Brexit.
46: Installed two rainbow crossings to send a clear signal that LGBT+ residents are part of our community.
47: Launched a review of Haringey’s buildings, street, and place names, to ensure that how we memorialise people still meets with the values within our community.
48: Haringey Council was the only local authority to support the Black Pound Day initiative.
49: Worked with the community and partners and signed: A Residents pledge, A Business Pledge, and A Voluntary Sector Pledge.
50: Increased the rate of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) raised on developments in the east of the borough, by more than 300% (£15 to £55) and instigated a fairer distribution of these development funds.
Delivering on our Manifesto
51: Your council is cracking down on rogue landlords and over 1000 households in the private sector now live in improved conditions following the designation of the Additional Houses of Multiple Occupancy Licensing scheme since April 2019.
52: We have secured £62.8 million from the Mayors Building Homes for Londoners programme to build council homes at council rents.
53: We will be building council homes in every ward having identified 71 sites suitable for council homes across our borough and have committed nearly £250million to improve council homes over the next five years.
54: Establishment of the Haringey Education Partnership that supports our schools with school improvement.
55: Commenced building of a new NHS primary care facility catering for 30,000 Tottenham residents.
56: Secured £800,000 in vital long-term funding to help rough sleepers, working with Homes for Haringey and St Mungo’s to set up The Haringey Crash Pad in Tottenham which provides immediate emergency accommodation for people directly from the streets.
57: Delivering a dedicated mental health service to support rough sleepers
58: Launched new housing support services such as the Mulberry Junction Resource Centre and Reach and Connect to help rough sleepers transition to more settled lives.
59: Invested in the purchasing of temporary accommodation to improve quality, reduce costs and help to stabilise communities.
60: Our Council was highly commended in the 2019 London Homelessness Awards.
61: We have reiterated our commitment to insourcing by moving to the direct delivery of two supported housing services.
62: Joined the ‘Capital Letters’ programme to ease the growing homelessness crisis and reduce competition between boroughs.
63: We raised rates of subsistence paid to residents with no recourse to public funds when we launched the Welcome Strategy that provides support for our migrant communities.
64: Launched Connected Communities programme to help migrants to settle more quickly and successfully into life in the borough, offering the right support for people to handle a range of challenges. This project was shortlisted for 2020 Pan-European Innovations in Politics prize.
65: Hosted over 100 events to celebrate Black History Month in each of the last 2 years.
66: Inaugurated (2019) and supported (2020) Women’s History Month.
67: Listened to our disabled residents and implemented a new dedicated disabled bay policy with the first 20 installed this month.
68: Launched Haringey Accessibility Guide, providing disabled residents and visitors across Haringey with their own online access guide which provides detailed information to over 90 venues in the borough.
69: Haringey Council become one of the first local authorities in England to ban high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) products from being advertised on council-owned media channels.
70: Started new day centre provision for people with autism and learning difficulties, a new autism hub to be run by people with autism and a new supported living for people with autism.
71: Supported teenagers in Northumberland Park and Broadwater Farm to set up a youth led bike project.
72: Funded, facilitated and supported Haringey’s young people to star in and help produce an award nominated anti-gang violence short film, “I’m Out”.
73: Organised Tottenham Charter event, showcasing and celebrating partnership and diversity in Tottenham in October 2019. Event was attended by over 120 delegates (local businesses, community and voluntary sector partners, schools, young people).
74: We have set up a new customer service social media account to be more responsive to our residents’ needs following feedback from residents.
75: Purchased Canning Crescent Health Centre in Wood Green to repurpose the building into a multi-use mental health hub, with 21 sheltered housing units.
76: Made a successful bid to the Government’s Innovation Fund for Children of Alcohol Dependent Parents for over £600,000 over three years to deliver a system-wide approach.
77: Partnered with the health service to build a new domestic violence provision in central Haringey
78: Approved the development and building of a new residential nursing home at Osbourne Grove
79: Declared a climate emergency and set out bold plans to create a healthier environment for our children and communities.
80: Reviewed, updated and published our Annual Climate Change and Air Quality Action Plans.
81: Published our commitment in our Affordable Energy Strategy of our vision “To reduce the number of households struggling to afford to adequately power their homes and improve the health and wellbeing of residents”.
82: Moved all of Haringey Council’s principle buildings onto a 100% renewable electricity supplier.
83: Took part in the ‘Solar Together London’ scheme. The scheme gave residents the opportunity to buy high quality solar panels at a competitive price. In total 82 solar installations took place, providing over 77.8 kw of electricity and saving over 50 ton of CO2.
84: Investment of £1.2m through invest to save initiatives in children’s social care that include additional support to our foster carers.
85: Launched the “Wall of Shame”, where we ask residents to work with us to help us to prosecute fly-tippers and dumpers – over 500 fines have been issued.
86: Secured £1.4m of Street Space funding to make immediate improvements on our cycling and walking infrastructure, and secured funding for a new cycle route to link between Tottenham and Enfield.
87: Invested in Haringey’s parks, to retain all 25 Green Flag Parks in our borough.
88: Successfully secured £2m Historic England Heritage Action Zone funding to deliver an improved Bruce Grove town centre and we are empowering the local community in decision making.
89: Commenced street lighting improvement programme which will replace over 5,000 streetlights across the borough.
90: Completed a new linear park based on the concept of Healthy Streets on Chestnut Road. It includes informal play features, sculptures, an outdoor gym, resurfacing, landscaping and new lighting.
91: Helped raise more than £100,000 through Haringey Giving.
92: Launched the Young People at Risk Strategy making Haringey the first borough in London to set out a long-term, public health approach to tackling the root causes of serious youth violence.
93: Secured £1.5m from the GLA for youth activities, projects and outreach.
94: Opened a new state of the art over 8s playground in Finsbury Park, and the new plinth and arch in McKenzie Garden.
95: Listened to residents and supported the police as they launched ‘Operation Marlin’ which reduced the crimes most affecting residents in Northumberland Park.
96: Reviewed our strategy for Alternative Provision for those young people either excluded from school or not in mainstream education and we have decided to bring the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) back in house.
97: Launched the Haringey Construction Partnership, which connects local residents to employment and training opportunities in the construction sector.
98: Launched our Opportunity Investment Fund (a loan fund that support SMEs to either expand or relocate to Tottenham) that has facilitated the creation of 119 jobs lasting a minimum of 26 weeks.
99: Secured £800k funding towards superfast broadband infrastructure for North Tottenham.
100: Launched Wood Green Works, a business hub for entrepreneurs, creative makers and small enterprises.
101: South Tottenham becomes one of six London areas to be designated a Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ). Providing new training, skills development and job opportunities for local residents, as well as provide business support and networking for local creative businesses.
102: Supported Fashion-Enter Ltd to begin delivery of a new project called ‘N17 Creative Callings’ works with Londoners and small businesses within the Tottenham Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ) to boost Haringey’s Creative Industries through training and business support and help create good quality employment.
103: Launched the Tailoring Academy, a state-of-the-art clothing manufacturing and training facility which will create 50 new jobs and provide 100 apprentice places and attract £600,000 investment from retailers and fashion brands, including ASOS, M&S and Savile Row companies.
104: Launched 'Work in Health' programme - a five-year programme that supports residents who are long-term unemployed (recipient of JSA) or those on other out-of-work benefits for health condition and/or disability.
105: Investment of £1m over two years to improve the offer at Bruce Grove Youth Space, a youth centre highly regarded by our young people and Ofsted in the 2018 Ofsted inspection.
106: Launched both the Productive Valley Fund (a £2.7m loan fund for industrial estate businesses in the Upper Lee Valley) and the Wayra Tech Hub (a new Tech Accelerator space that will nurture and attract digital businesses and jobs into Tottenham).
107: Successfully secured £2.7m of GLA Good Growth funding for ‘Adapting Wood Green’ to deliver: Air quality and school streets projects, improvement and revitalisation of Wood Green Town Centre, community projects, and a business support package.
108: Haringey Council was the 2019 winner of the Federation of Small Business Best Small Business Friendly Procurement Department.
109: Implementing our Community Wealth Building agenda we now have the largest portfolio of Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS) in local government, covering over 50 categories with 92% of spend via the DPS is with SMEs (£82m).
110: The Council is leading from the front in the recruitment of apprentices, with an apprentice recruited into the Chief Executive’s team, the Leader’s Office, the Press & Media team and the Policy Development team amongst others.
111: Promoting all sectors of Haringey’s business community with activities, events, publicity and communications, such as Small Business Saturday, Black Pound Day, Independents’ Day and Global Entrepreneurship Week.
112: Supported Project SEARCH - a business-led internship programme for young people aged 16-24 with learning difficulties and who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The young people have started a 12-month internship at North Middlesex Hospital.
113: Launched the Clarendon Yards project at Olympia Trading Estate. It is home to Wood Green’s only micro-brewery, Artspace 5, local sign writers Goodwin and Goodwin and more. This project is part of ‘Connecting Wood Green’ initiative.
114: Women in Social Tech project completed June 2020, with 62 businesses and 68 women entrepreneurs, participating, which also provided coaching for Women in Tech on how to submit public sector tenders.
115: Set up the Haringey Fairness Commission, to improve fairness for all residents. The published report outlines 32 recommendations for how the council - working with others - can tackle inequality and promote fairness in the borough.
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