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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.

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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.

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BARNET COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN
aims to maintain and improve Barnet citizens’ community and services,  is determined to put an end to the destruction of our community – to stop yet more public property falling into private hands  – to stop any more of our services from being cut. In particular it will fight to prevent the council from doing a ‘cut & run’: dropping its entire council service obligations and selling us out to profiteers [the notorious FUTURE SHAPE OF BARNET COUNCIL plan].

BARNET COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN
supports the actions taken by the council unions and by the Barnet Trades Council to defend jobs and services vital to our community.

BARNET COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN
will defend local victims of the incompetence and corruption of banks, finance companies and the corporate sector against further attacks, will help citizens of Barnet draw up an alternative plan calling upon the enterprise and imagination of the home-owners and homeless of Barnet, the local shopkeepers, the unemployed, the workers and housewives, the old and the young to SHAPE OUR OWN FUTURE and will fight to create a local administration which is able and willing to take the necessary measures to support and protect its citizens and rescue our community.

BARNET COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN
is aware that the crisis facing Barnet is the crisis facing the whole world and will play what part it can in becoming a small part of a big solution and ceasing to be part of the problem.

Membership is open to any Barnet resident who supports these aims. Contact BCC c/o 10 Fallow Court Avenue, London N12 0EB or email barnetcc@googlemail.com.

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