Sheltered housing campaign dates coming up…

Sheltered housing residents from Barnet protesting against Barnet council’s plan to remove wardens from their schemes have a number of important dates coming up. Please get along and support them if you can:

Monday 30 November: demonstrate at 11am outside Conservative party HQ at 30 Millbank; demonstrate 12.15pm outside 10 Downing Street. Supported by GMB and Unison trade unions. Transport is available from Barnet, email wardens@barnettuc.org.uk for details. David Young, Barnet resident and a key organiser of the demonstrations says:

We have got to save our Wardens and sheltered housing for the elderly now, and for our children in the future. The alternative will be to stay at home with your family if you have one, or move into a care home. The party leaders must give us a yes or no answer. In fact, while I am in the area I am also going to drop a letter into Nick Clegg. I’m sure he will be interested in our votes. To all political parties, we say: No Wardens, No Votes!

Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 December: demonstrate outside the Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand, when Barnet sheltered housing residents have their case against Barnet council heard. Demonstration at 10am each morning.

Monday 7 December: national protest for sheltered housing. Assemble: 3pm, Trafalgar Square, march to Downing Street to hand in the national petition at 4pm. Organised by Sheltered Housing UK.


Barnet council has agreed to hold a two night hearing on the redevelopment scheme for Brent Cross-Cricklewood. The dates are Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th November. Official papers for the special Planning and Environment Committee are available here.

The Coalition for a Sustainable Brent Cross Cricklewood Redevelopment (aka Brent Cross Coalition) will be present at the meeting and will hold a demonstration on the 18th before the meeting begins at 6.30pm at Hendon Town Hall, the Burroughs, Hendon NW4 4BG. Their website is http://brentcrosscoalition.blogspot.com/.

With politicians of almost every party telling us that the public services will have to be cut in order to restore the national finances, a number of organisations in Barnet have got together to discuss our response. We have drawn up this draft manifesto for the public services. It sets out an alternative vision saying what we think should happen – public services should be defended and extended. Ordinary people should not have to pay for a crisis they have not caused.

The manifesto is only a draft though. We are inviting interested organisations and individuals in Barnet to discuss it and come up with proposals for improvements: additions, deletions, clarifications. We will finalise the document in the spring and at that point people and groups can decide whether they want to endorse the final document.

You can download the document here. The draft was approved at a meeting representing Barnet council trade unions, Barnet trades council, and a good proportion of the people who have been active with Barnet Community Campaign up till now.

Barnet Council’s cabinet meeting on 21 October passed the next phase of the Future Shape plans, complete with the idea of easyCouncil queuejumping (for example, for people wishing to use the planning system) for those who can pay extra.

The official documents on this are available here.

Join the lobby of Barnet council cabinet against ‘Future Shape’ privatisation plans: 6-9pm, Monday 6 July, Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone N20 0EJ. Nearest tube: Totteridge & Whetstone, Northern Line (High Barnet branch)
Read the council’s latest ‘Future Shape’ report here.

Join the lobby against Barnet council’s proposed axing of sheltered housing wardens and the Welfare Rights Unit. Monday 8 June, 6pm-7pm, Barnet House, Whetstone (for directions click here). At 7pm we will go into the public gallery to watch the Cabinet meeting that will take the decision on whether or not to cut £950,000 from the sheltered housing wardens budget and £180,000 the council spends on the Welfare Rights Unit.

More details: wardens@barnettuc.org.uk.

Protest against sheltered housing warden cuts, 19 May, Hendon Town Hall

Protest against sheltered housing warden cuts, 19 May, Hendon Town Hall

Here are a couple of pictures of the lively lobby of the annual council meeting on Tuesday 19 May. More than 60 residents and supporters protested against proposed sheltered housing warden cuts; six residents presented a petition with 1,600 signatures to the outgoing mayor John Marshall, who promised to look again at the proposals and discuss them with his fellow Conservative councillors.

The decision on the proposal will be announced at the Cabinet meeting on Monday 8 June. We are organising a lobby from 6pm. The venue is likely to be Barnet House in Whetstone. If anyone would like to put  a question to the Cabinet there is provision for this in the agenda. You need to email your question before 10am on Wednesday 27 May to david.seabrooke@barnet.gov.uk [we undersatnd Mr Seabrooke is no longer working for the council. Send emails to nick.musgrove@barnet.gov.uk]. For more details of the lobby please email wardens@barnettuc.org.uk.

You can read press coverage of the 19 May protest at Hendon Times and Barnet Press. The Barnet Press editorial comment came out against the proposed cuts.

Kingsley Court residents protest against proposed sheltered housing warden cuts

Kingsley Court residents protest against proposed sheltered housing warden cuts