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Barnet Labour Housing Commission Final Report Jan 2016

And here are our exclusive video recordings of the evidence sessions one, two, three, four, five, six and seven



Hadley Wood Synagogue Planning Appeal decision handed down

We covered the first half of this Planning Inquiry earlier in the year here, here and here. We were unable to make the resumed hearing in October. This afternoon the Inspector handed down her decision. She decided to allow the appeal but has used powers granted to her to modify the Certificate to grant the change of use to HWJC as mixed residential and D1 rather than the requested complete D1 use.

Also below is the covering letter and the costs decision.


Strikes hit patient care at Barnet's Hospitals

UPDATE: The following figures have been released regarding the (slight) impact of yesterday's strike across all the Hospitals in under the Royal Free Trust's care

Industrial action

Across our three hospitals and satellite sites, today:

  • 71 clinics are running with fewer appointments than normal.
  • 14 clinics have been cancelled due to industrial action.
  • 31 in-patient and day case operations have been cancelled due to industrial action.

Patients whose treatment is affected have been contacted and will be offered a new appointment at the next available date.  

Doctors taking part in industrial action 

We have 412 doctors on duty today at the RFL, 96 of whom are junior doctors.

This time last week, 475 doctors were on duty, of whom 244 were junior doctors.


The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, who are responsible for Barnet Hospital, have put out the following statement regarding the strike

Our junior doctors play a key role in helping us provide world class care to all our patients. Following the announcement by the British Medical Association, we have put a number of measures in place to ensure that patient safety is not compromised during the industrial action due to take place on Tuesday 12 January.
We are working hard to ensure that cancellations are kept to a minimum. Patients whose treatment is affected will be contacted by telephone to change their appointments and all patients will be offered a new date in due course.
We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. We have put plans in place to enable us to deliver safe services for patients during the strike action. All emergency services, including our A&E departments and urgent care centres, will run as normal.

Thomas accuses Dismore of being afraid to criticise Tube Unions over strikes

Conservative candidate for the Barnet and Camden GLA seat, Daniel Thomas, turned up the heat on his Labour opponent, Andrew Dismore. In a tweet this afternoon He accused the left winger of being afraid to criticise the Unions for "causing chaos" to "millions" over the proposed tube strikes as he would do if elected.

UPDATE: Thomas has twisted the knife further this evening.

 Mr Dismore has yet to respond or reply to our request for a comment.


Video: Boris to Dismore: You must be out of your mind! MQT 16 December 2015


Video: Full Council Tuesday 8th December, 2015 7.00 pm

Full Council Tuesday 8th December, 2015 7.00 pm. Papers for the meeting


Cllr Barry Rawlings elected Leader of the Barnet Labour Group

Barnet Labour have issued the following statement

Cllr Barry Rawlings was elected Leader of the Labour Group at last night’s Labour Group meeting following Cllr Alison Moore’s decision to stand down after being selected as a London Assembly list candidate.

Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Barry Rawlings said: "It is a real privilege to be elected to serve as Leader of the Barnet Labour Group – I am grateful to my colleagues for their confidence and support – and I look forward to working with them to build on our strong position as a group of 30 councillors – only one seat short of defeating the Conservatives.

“We are Labour councillors first and foremost to make a real difference to the lives of Barnet’s residents based on our values of fairness and social justice, and we will continue to take the fight to the Tories by working with and for the local community, and by being their voice in the Town Hall.

“The Conservative government’s programme of austerity, willingly supported by the Tories on Barnet Council, is reducing our ability to tackle poverty and disadvantage, and to ensure that we do achieve that fairness and social justice. I believe we need to build an alternative to the marketisation of public services which involves an enhanced idea of civic society –working closer with the community sector to instill a public service ethos, we need far more integrated local services with neighbouring authorities, health and the police, and we need to implement practical solutions to tackle the escalating problem of the lack of affordable housing – an issue that now affects middle as well as lower income families.

“I would like to thank Ross for the honourable way he conducted his campaign in this Leadership election, and for his on-going work on developing our very strong housing policy platform. We will continue to work together as friends and colleagues for the benefit of the people of Barnet.

“I would also like to pay tribute to Alison who, in her 10 years as Leader of the Labour Group, has led the Group from strength to strength – building our number from 20 to almost seizing control of the Council. Her commitment and dedication to public service, to the people of Barnet  and to the Labour Party has been phenomenal.”

Cllr Ross Houston, who also stood in the Leadership election, said: “I congratulate Barry on his successful election – he was a very comradely opponent, and we both share the same passions for social justice. The Labour Group is united behind him, and getting him elected Leader of the Council in 2018.”

Outgoing Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Alison Moore said: “We had two very able candidates in this leadership contest – which is a testament to the strength and talent within our Labour Group. They both fought a good-natured campaign on the issues that matter to the residents of Barnet: the cuts to our public services, including our valued libraries; the on-going challenge of providing care for our older residents; the chronic lack of affordable housing and the ideologically driven privatisation of council services by the Tory administration.

“I wholeheartedly congratulate Barry on being elected Leader. I know he will take the fight to the Tories and be a strong and passionate advocate for all residents and communities across Barnet. I wish him every success in taking the Barnet Labour Group forward to victory in the Local Elections in 2018.”


Video: Barnet Council's Head of Planning gives evidence to House of Lords Select Committee

Witness(es): Simon de Beer, Planning Policy & Environment Manager, Bath and North East Somerset Council; Joe Henry, Service Director, Development Management and Building Control, Barnet London Borough Council and Anneliese Hutchinson, Service Director, Development and Public Protection, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

3 December 2015

Courtesy of Parliament Live TV.