Subject tag: Council Services

09 May 2016

A book published by the Fabian Society with support from Groundwork, Keep Britain Tidy, the RSPB and the Woodland Trust addresses the challenge of maintaining the UK's parks and other green spaces in an age of Austerity. Ed Wallis, the author of Places to Be:  Green Spaces for Active Citizenship, sees green spaces as providing a "crucial community ballast".  He sees an "opportunity to manage our green space in such way that empowers citizens, bolsters people’s sense of place and.......

03 May 2016

Following our successful MPs event in December, EDA will host a local Councillors Question Time. Doug Taylor the Leader of the Council has confirmed his attendance. We’re still waiting for others to confirm. This is your opportunity to put your questions about the issues which affect your life including, cuts to local services, your experience of living and working in Enfield as deaf and disabled people, people who experience mental distress and those with long term health conditions.......

02 March 2016

The Friends of Broomfield Park have written to Enfield councillors to express serious concerns about the impact of budget cuts on the management and upkeep of parks in the borough and on Broomfield Park in particular - "one of the jewels in the borough's crown". The letter from the Friends, sent ahead of last week's full meeting of the Council, listed some of the impacts which the proposed cuts would have:  reductions in grass cutting in parks, use of volunteers to pick up litter after.......

28 February 2016

A charity which helps promote good practice among organisations involved in managing and supporting London's parks and other green spaces is calling on everyone who values them to lobby candidates for the upcoming Mayoral and Greater London Assembly elections. The London Parks and Green Spaces Forum has written to Friends of Parks groups throughout the capital suggesting points which should be made to candidates.  The Forum is particularly concerned about cuts in expenditure on parks by.......

27 February 2016

The budget approved by the full meeting of Enfield Council on 24th February includes an increase in Council Tax of 1.99 per cent.  However, because of a reduction in the contribution to the Greater London Authority the effective increase will be smaller - 1.78 per cent. The paperwork for the budget debate is available at this link.  This describes the background to the budget and medium-term financial plan and the cuts which will be made to various council services.  To access.......

17 February 2016

Date: 24 Feb 2016 - 10:00 to 12:00 Location: Main Hall, Park Avenue Disability Resource Centre, 65C Park Avenue, Enfield, EN1 2HL Enfield Council are currently developing their Health & Adult Social Care Market Position Statement. The production of a Market Position Statement (MPS) is a requirement of the Care Act. The purpose of the MPS is to: set out the Council’s direction of travel in relation to Health & Adult Social Care Services including strategic and legislative.......

06 February 2016

Documents published ahead of the meeting of Enfield's Cabinet contain a wealth of information about financial plans, the Cycle Enfield A105 scheme and other important business. The Cabinet meet on Wednesday 10th December at 8.15pm in the Civic Centre.  The Public Information Pack (522 pages!) includes detailed information about many topics, including the following; Budget 2016/17 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2016/17 to 2019/20.  A recommendation to raise Council Tax for.......

25 November 2015

Enfield Council has withdrawn its proposal to completely cease providing drop-in access to its Local Studies Centre at the Dugdale Centre and to drastically scale back the Enfield Museum, which is also located at the Dugdale Centre.  There will, however, still be cutbacks, though their scope is unclear. "Just Married" might have been the last special exhibition at the Enfield Museum under the original proposalsThis rethink, announced on the Council website earlier today, is a response to.......

03 November 2015

"Enfield 229" has issued a second bulletin with information about its campaign against drastic reductions in Enfield Council's Museums and Archives Service (see this earlier article).  The campaigners are now expecting a decision by the end of November, but say that there have been contradictory indications about the proposed scale of cuts to the service. Despite reassurances that "nothing has been finalised yet", the campaigners claim to have learnt that plans are in place to delete all.......

20 October 2015

The Care Act introduces the most significant changes over the last 60 years.  If you are a carer, receiving attendance allowance, disability allowance, personal payments then you really need to come along to the Ruth Winston Centre and listen to Michael Sprosson, Health Housing and Adult Social Care Team at Enfield Council to find out how it affects you.  There will be a Q&A session after his talk. The talk starts at 11am at the Ruth Winston Centre in the Davies Room on Friday.......

29 September 2015

A campaign has been launched in opposition to Enfield Council's plan to make money-saving changes to the operation of the Museum and Archive Services (see this earlier article).  'Enfield 229' or the "Unofficial Friends of Museum and Archive Services" have issued a four-page bulletin outlining their fears about the impact of the proposed changes.  They accuse the Council of a lack of frankness about the proposals, in particular the failure to mention that four and a half experienced.......

17 June 2015

Residents of Park Avenue (Palmers Green) and nearby streets are angry about the disgraceful and insanitary rubbish which has been left strewn on the ground in one of the mews alleys at the back of Green Lanes - the mews on the south side of Park Avenue.  Neither the landlord, residents or council have made any attempt to clear up the mess, which has now been there for about a fortnight. This alley and the one opposite are well known for their overflowing waste bins, but the problem now.......

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19 May 2015

In a letter published in last weekend's Observer, the Chairman of the Local Government Association makes a strong plea for the government to suspend its programme of reductions in funding of local government.  Councillor David Sparks writes that "Local authorities have made £20bn savings since 2010 following reductions in government funding of 40%. Councils have worked hard to shield residents from the impact. However, efficiencies cannot be remade or buildings resold. Further local.......

29 April 2015

Research carried out by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability shows that Enfield Council is failing to fulfil its obligation to provide timely help to disabled people who need to make adjustments to their flats or houses. Under a 1996 law all councils are obliged  to provide Disabled Facilities Grants to all people who apply and are are qualified within twelve months.  In Enfield there are currently 155 people who are waiting for a disabled-friendly home - which will either require.......

10 December 2014

Residents who want to dispose of unwanted electrical items or bulky furniture are being urged to take advantage for two free services Enfield Council is offering. The services are being offered to encourage recycling, reduce fly tipping and promote the reuse of perfectly good electrical items that have been replaced or which are no longer wanted. Enfield Council is also providing free compostable liners for food waste in council libraries for a limited time.Residents can arrange a free.......

30 November 2014

Keeping House' is Enfield Council's innovative scheme for property owners living in long term residential care. For people moving into long-term care the cost, time and effort needed to maintain an empty property can prove challenging. Properties often remain unoccupied for lengthy periods of time, falling into disrepair and can attract anti-social behaviour. Under this scheme homes can be leased to the Council for a fixed period of time (five years) and provide guaranteed rental income to.......

13 November 2014

Enfield Council is consulting residents about proposals for a radical restructuring of its current library service. The changes are designed to reduce the costs of library services -  Enfield is having to contend with a cut of £80 million in the amount of funding it receives from central government - through greater concentration of resources, while at the same time providing library services across the borough and modernising the types of service that are available. The consultation asks.......

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