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Enfield Council are currently consulting on their Safeguarding Adults Strategy (2018 – 2023).

They are asking people who live and work in Enfield for their views on their next Safeguarding Adults Strategy, which will run until 2023. A Safeguarding Adults Strategy is a plan to keep adults safe from abuse and harm.

You can view the draft strategy on the Enfield Council website and you can share your views by completing the online survey.

The closing date for responses is 31st August 2018.

If you have any questions about this consultation, or require assistance in participating, please email .

You can find out more information on the Enfield Council website.

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friendship matters jun 2018

Friendship and engagement with others is important in keeping older people active. Friendships help to reduce demands and support from health and social care services. Together we have the opportunity to play a key role in helping Enfield become a more friendly society.

On Friday, 22 June an event is being arranged especially focused on older people living in Enfield. This Friendship Matters event is aimed at attracting those who may be experiencing loneliness and isolation to attend and become engaged by meeting with individuals and groups and thereby improve their quality of life.

We need your help in identifying and inviting those individuals who would benefit from popping in on the day. Your input is vital if we are to tackle the effects of loneliness. It is recognised that not all older people living alone are necessarily lonely hence the programme is being developed to help those older people who are isolated and would benefit from support. This is not a one-off event, but the beginning of a journey to enjoying a friendlier and healthier lifestyle.

If you know of someone who might benefit, please invite them, remind them of the date nearer
the time and if necessary, arrange to meet them and bring them along. Transport can be arranged for our ‘Friends’ to attend at our designated pick up points. A British Sign Language interpreter and Befrienders will be on hand throughout the day. Free refreshments will be available, so encourage them to pop in to enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, a cake and a chat with us and other friends.

Our free informal Friendship Matters launch event will be on Friday 22 June 2018. Pop-in between 10am to 3pm at the Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS.

For more information, and details about arranging transport please contact Nancie on 07773 180337.

Friendship Matters

We can help you to:

  • Be independent
  • Live healthily
  • Make friends

Join us at our free event.

There will be information and advice available, or just pop in to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, a cake and a chat.

If you or anyone you know, a relative/friend/neighbour would benefit from this event, please let them know.

Free refreshments


Programme of presentations and activities

10:15am to 10:35am
Homeshare Presentation
Sharing accommodation for help in the home

10:45am to 11:05am
Chair based Yoga Exercise
A gentle form of Yoga

11:15am to 11:35am
Community Safety, Home Security, Scams Awareness Presentation
How to stay safe and secure at home

11:45am to 12.05pm
Movement to Music
Exercise to improve your balance, coordination and overall health

12:15pm to 12:35pm
Home Fire Safety Presentation
Advice on how to keep safe from fire

12:45pm to 1:05pm
Tai-Chi
A gentle health-promoting exercise

1:15pm to 1:35pm
Health Presentation
An overview of what NHS services are available and advice on how to stay healthy

1:45pm to 2:05pm
Movement to Music
Exercise to improve your balance, coordination and overall health

2:15pm to 2:35pm
Community Safety, Home Security, Scams Awareness Presentation
How to stay safe and secure at home

2:45pm to 3pm
Tai-Chi
A gentle health-promoting exercise


Stalls

  • Age UK Enfield
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • CommUNITY Barnet
  • Contact the Elderly
  • Enfield Asian Welfare Association
  • Enfield Borough Over 50s Forum
  • Enfield COPD Support Group
  • Enfield Disability Action
  • Enfield LGBT Network
  • Enfield Saheli
  • Enfield Women’s Centre
  • Greek & Greek Cypriot Community of Enfield
  • Healthwatch Enfield
  • Homeshare
  • Independence and Well-being Enfield
  • Lea Valley Park
  • Metropolitan Police Service Enfield – Safer Neighbourhoods Team
  • North London Hospice Compassionate Neighbours Team
  • Public Health
  • Royal Voluntary Service
  • Ruth Winston Centre
  • Safe and Connected - supporting people to live independently
  • Social care and assessment of care needs
  • University of the Third Age
  • Victim Support
  • Volunteer Centre Enfield
  • And more...

There will also be cards, dominos, and other games over a cup of tea with friends.

Pop in to have a look around. We look forward to seeing you.

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An Open Letter to Enfield Council

As a deaf journalist (Stephen) and a deaf counsellor (Pauline) living in Enfield, we write urgently to ask you as council leader to reconsider your imminent funding cut to a lifeline for some of the borough's most vulnerable people.

At last week's Deaf Forum meeting at Community House, attended by several of your fellow councillors, the local deaf community was caught unawares by the decision to cease funding - in just three weeks' time - of the Deaf Project's information and advice work.

When questioned at the Deaf Forum, each and every one of your six councillors present conceded that they were unaware of this decision's potentially devastating impact on local deaf British Sign Language users. Many deaf people who use British Sign Language as their first or preferred language also lack sufficient fluency in English as a second language to engage non-specialist information and advice services.

In this context, your Head of Strategy Performance and Policy Doug Wilson's proposal to outsource the service to Community Barnet is a grave risk. Community Barnet is a generic service provider that does not have specialist staff with deaf awareness or British Sign Language skills. It does not provide an equivalent service to Enfield's Deaf Project and merely signposts enquirers to other information services (who in turn also lack these specialist skills).

Neither do the Council's website or telephone services address the issue. These are English language-based and inaccessible to those reliant on British Sign Language. Last night, many of Enfield's Deaf Project users testified to the positive impact of the information and advice service. From health to social care, financial to legal matters, the service plays a generally unacknowledged role in pre-empting individual client situations from deteriorating to crisis stage. In doing so, it effectively reduces workload on other already hard-pressed borough services.

We do empathise with the predicament that the council faces, due to central government funding cuts, and the dilemma that you face of prioritising services within a shrinking annual budget.

However, we fear that on this occasion councillors have been poorly advised. The proposed cuts will represent a false economy due to worsening of local deaf people's health and social outcomes and the resultant increased pressure on other borough services.

Indeed, Mr Wilson's proposal will potentially increase costs within the borough. If and when deaf people present to Community Barnet, or to other information and advice providers, they will only be able to access such services through the provision of sign language interpreters, working on fee-basis. And under the Equality Act, you will be legally bound to provide dramatically increased fees paid to enable sign language interpreter access - or face potential legal action for failure to do so.

In the final analysis, we fear Mr Wilson has overlooked that it is far more cost effective to maintain a specialist information and advice hub, even on a modest scale as currently provided by Enfield's Deaf Project, than to offload hidden costs onto other borough services.

We now have just three weeks before the Deaf Project's information and advice service closes. Over a decade of accumulated deaf-specific relationships and insight will be lost. May we urge you, Doug, to intervene and halt this funding cut before it is too late?

Stephen Iliffe and Pauline Latchem

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Neil Littman posted a reply #3730 22 Mar 2018 07:49
Dear Stephen and Pauline,

I wondered if I might make some comments on your article from a personal perspective. My mother who passed away last December age 97 was profoundly deaf most of her life and a member of the Jewish Deaf Association in North Finchley, in the borough of Barnet. She was also a lipreader rather than a signer which is how most of the other members communicate. This organisation is completely independent and self-funding and not linked to any council. They have been going for over 40 years and provide support and guidance for the Jewish deaf community. They were set up because even back then, there was a lack of funding and support for the deaf.

After my mother passed away, we had a life celebration at the JDA centre and I asked them a few questions about their history and current situation. They are unique in being the only Jewish deaf association in the UK and they told me there are very few equivalent organisations in the community as a whole both locally and nationwide.

They also told me something that might cause you concern regarding the local funding cuts. This was that Barnet Council are in financial difficulties and as a result want to refer all of their deaf community who need support to the JDA. Has this been mentioned to you?

JDA have agreed to help some of these people on a specific basis but they do not have the capacity or funding to take on all the local council needs and it would seem unlikely they would be involved with other councils.

This may have implications for your situation as it may have been an assumption by Enfield Council that another council would simply be able to take over their responsibilities.

Am happy to discuss this further with you if you want to contact me via email at

Kind regards,

Neil
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PGC Webmaster posted a reply #3745 29 Mar 2018 00:44
At last week's meeting of Enfield's Cabinet a deputation from Enfield Disability Action was permitted to present their concerns about the discontinuation of funding for the Deaf Project. The following is an excerpt from the minutes of the Cabinet meeting

In response to a request from members of the deaf community in attendance, the Leader agreed to listen to concerns in respect of the Enfield Disability Association (EDA) – Deaf Project.

3. Spokesperson for members of the deaf community Laurence Banks presented the deputation to Cabinet, including the following points:

He was involved in the Enfield Deaf Image Group (ENDIG) which had been campaigning to save the Deaf Project for about three years.

He thanked the Cabinet for permitting this opportunity to share the deaf community’s feelings and concerns.

The Deaf Project was very valuable to the deaf community and had helped so many people to be supported in calls, emails, etc which could not be done by themselves because of a lack of access. Face to face contact with real people was a necessity, and professional explanation in language which could be understood.

It was a problem that different services did not offer the same access.

When the community heard that the Council was cutting funding for the Deaf Project it was such a loss. People were anxious and did not know where they would find support.

Cabinet was asked to recognise the strength of feeling and that the deaf community were trying to save a service which was of high value to them and to the Council. Cabinet were asked to reconsider the decision, to recognise the need, and to provide funding and support for the Deaf Project to continue.

4. Councillor Alev Cazimoglu, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, was invited to speak in response and advised:

She had met the members of the deaf community in attendance many times previously and had worked closely with them and would continue to do so, and gave assurance that no-one was going to be forgotten about.

The present situation was confirmed. On 18/10/17 Cabinet had approved the Prevention and Early Intervention funding tender award. Outcomes Three and Six were deferred and referred back to Cabinet on 24/1/18. Given the delays in confirming the transition, funding had been given until 31/3/18. Procurement of voluntary service contracts were long overdue, but now there would be sustainable arrangements in place.

The voluntary and community sector would now be able to provide longer term services.

This had been challenging to organisations and there had been changes to what they were doing, and bringing in of new organisations and Council partnerships.

The anxieties of users was recognised and that was why things were being taken slowly and the new contracts were being worked through to ensure users’ needs were going to be met.

There were ongoing meetings between partners. The lead organisations had funds to allow start up. The new model aimed to continue provision of a wide range of support and services as had previously been provided, but there may be different providers in the current constrained financial environment. No services would be taken away. Work would continue to ensure a sustainable voluntary sector community service.

5. Further information in response was provided by Bindi Nagra, Director of Adult Social Care, including:

The final decision on award of contracts to voluntary sector organisations was made in January.

Transitional funding was made available to provide services up to the end of March.

New organisations were working hard to make sure that new services were put in place as quickly as possible.

The new arrangements would respond to people with sensory impairments including deaf people, and officers were having talks about needs being met going forward.

He offered his personal assurance that the issues for the deaf community had not been forgotten and work was going on to bring in new arrangements as quickly as possible.

He was aware of the forthcoming closure of the Deaf Project office, and acknowledged users’ anxiety during the transition, but it had to be understood that existing services were stopping and new services that responded to the needs of all the community within the budget envelope of the Council were going to be provided, and that did mean change.

6. Councillor Taylor stressed the need for a seamless transition, and ensuring that the transition was monitored. Bindi Nagra confirmed that there were regular meetings with the new providers, and that conversations continued with Enfield Disability Association. Once the final agreements were signed and it was proper to give the information, the details of the new arrangements would be provided. Councillor Cazimoglu and Councillor Brett were also monitoring closely to ensure that the transition happened as seamlessly as possible.

7. Councillor Alessandro Georgiou on behalf of the deaf community thanked Councillor Taylor for permitting the deputation and for his and Councillor Cazimoglu’s response this evening.

8. Councillor Taylor thanked the deputees and recognised the passion and concern among the deaf community. It was important to get services right for people, and good to know that Councillors Cazimoglu and Brett would be keeping a close eye on the issue and would want to maintain dialogue about the situation. He thanked the members of the deaf community for attending and for powerfully raising their cause.

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leap local energy advice programmeLEAP (Local Energy Advice Partnership) is Enfield Council's FREE service aimed at fighting fuel poverty and providing affordable warmth.

We are offering local residents a completely FREE OF CHARGE service called LEAP (Local Energy Advice Programme). LEAP can help you to save money and keep your home warm and cosy.

How it works:

If you’re eligible, you will get a FREE home visit from a friendly, qualified Home Energy Advisor. LEAP can:

  • Install FREE, simple energy saving measures which can save the average household £30 on their energy bills a year.
  • Give you day-to-day energy efficiency hints and tips and ensure your heating system is set up to keep you warm and save money.
  • Help check if you are on the cheapest energy tariffs - could save you over £280 a year.
  • Arrange a FREE telephone advice service to help with benefits, debt and other money problems.
  • Refer you for further energy efficiency improvements, such as loft insulation or a new boiler.

Are you eligible?

You may be eligible for the LEAP service if you:

  • have a low income
  • receive tax credits
  • receive Housing Benefit
  • receive an income or disability related benefit
  • have a long term illness or disability

Call us now on 0800 060 7567* (Freephone) to book your free home visit, or apply online: www.applyforleap.org.uk 
*(from 8.45am till 5.30pm, Monday to Friday)

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Winchmore Hill ward forumLast  night's Winchmore Hill Ward Forum at the Orange Tree was by all accounts very informative and a success - apart from disruption from someone who will be standing in the council elections for one of the councillor seats in the same ward.  It seems that the police even had to intervene.  Probably no coincidence that the same man is the only person I've ever had to ban from the PGC forums because he persisted in attacking "the man, not the ball" and for unacceptable language.

Subjects covered included the cycle lanes, quieter neighbourhoods, a presentation by Guide Dogs for the Blind and further projects at Firs Farm.  I'm pleased to see that the council are looking at the possibility of including a pedestrian phase at the Green Lanes end of Fords Grove.  Generally speaking, Cycle Enfield has been good news for pedestrians, but not at this particular place (having said that, it was just as bad, or possibly worse, before the remodelling).

I know all this because of the messages that some attendees have posted to the Enfield Voices Facebook page.  With their permission I've copied the posts - see below.

Post by Sarah Dodgson

Winchmore Ward residents had a good opportunity to hear from their Councillor and speakers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Firs Lane Wetlands, the local police and the Quieter Neighbourhoods scheme.

Residents will be interested to hear that the police will now be available to be spoken with in Hopper and Bean near the station as well as Grovelands Park.
@MPSWinchmoreH

I for one was glad that questions from politicians wishing to make a noise were discouraged. Although I don’t live in the area, my daughter daily walks through the new road layouts under discussion, to school, so I was glad to hear a detailed discussion of ongoing road design plans without acrimony.

This area has borne some of the brunt of displacement traffic and rat running so it was interesting to hear first hand the measured and careful discussion of the implementation of calming schemes, with some really positive feedback about the 20 mph scheme along Hoppers Road. The sad observation is that displacement rat running was still happening from Green Lanes and bad drivers are still bad drivers.

The problems with the pedestrian lights on the intersection of Station Road, Fords Grove and Green Lanes are now to be looked at again by the Council. “Good” say all the parents of children trying to catch the buses outside Capital House.

Without being parti pris (I am neither Labour or Conservative) keeping our ward forums informative and calm, discouraging bullying and harsh words, is an important part of keeping our civil society civil.

A lively discussion about which trees absorbed the most pollution and how to keep Thames Water on the ball about maintaining the New River, rounded out a really interesting evening
 
Guide Dogs for the Blind
- please tuck your car in if parking in your front garden
- Don’t leave your rubbish or bins where Blind folk walk
- If you notice the rotating feel-to-find-out-if-green-man-showing gizmo for the deaf blind on pelican crossings is broken - report it please

Firs Lane Wetlands
- 8500 crocus bulbs planted so worth a visit in the Spring
- Still fundraising for the community centre
- Mile loop path now complete for runners joggers and walkers

Metropolitan Police
- Crime prevention tips and where to find your community police
- Put your keys into a tin box if they open your car with a signal that can be stolen
- Crime is down but burglaries still happens
- Sign up to their newsletter


Post by Ian Barnes

Really excellent report Sarah.

It was a really useful forum marred only by the unedifying event of a waiting Police officer having to intervene with an abusive audience member, the Conservative candidate Paul Mandel. I've never seen anything like it in all the years I've been attending the forum. The great irony is of course that Mandel does not even live in Winchmore Hill ward and yet tries to attend Winchmore Hill events without invitation in an attempt to politicise them.

Anyhow, some challenging questions to the Quieter Neighbourhoods officer really offered some insight into the way our roads are changing. The Sainsburys junction proved to be a real bone of contention which I hope will be taken further.

I have to say that I disagree with the rat-running observation though. I live on a road off Green Lanes and the traffic flow is pretty much the same as it was before the cycle lanes. The main issue we have is the road has always been a magnet for speeding drivers hence we hope to have traffic calming measures in place very soon.


Post by Sarah Dodgson

Thank you Ian Barnes

I think Winchmore Hill ward residents are doing a service for people living around this area, in keeping the Quieter Neighbourhoods team up to the mark, as so many of us travel through their area to Sainsburys, schools, faith venues etc and just coming and going. 

Keep going on these intersection design and road planning stuff, because it's all work in progress. For example even if you choose a "no change" option for your road in a consultation, neighbouring roads choosing to be "calmed" will make your road the rat run of choice, so everything should be re-visit-able.


Post by Ian Barnes

Absolutely. I think the cycle lane team know there are snags to address - it's such a big project. Community feedback is invaluable when they can't monitor everything 24 hours a day.

It was also good to hear that there will be a statutory consultation about the Quieter Neighbourhoods down the line.


Post by Michael Joseph Cole

Yes, a very good report of an interesting meeting. I thought the talk given by the chap from Guide Dogs for the Blind. Also the Quieter Neighbourhoods discussion was very informative.

I’m not sure of the rules regarding who should be able to attend these meetings but I would have thought that they would be solely for residents within that ward.

It was a shame that Paul felt the need to interject even though he is not a resident of Winchmore Hill. This did create an unpleasant atmosphere which was unnecessary and does reflect poorly on the person concerned.


Post by Sarah Dodgson

I didn't intend to tread on toes of anyone else (incl. those in the citizen journalism proposal) who is in Winchmore Hill Ward so anyone who wants to do a report like this going forward, please do.

Non-residents can attend any of them I think, but in an observing/reporting capacity only maybe?

That was the spirit I went in, there has been confused reporting about some of the traffic intersection designs on the agenda, and both as a Winchmore School parent and a Winchmore Hill faith community rep. I was interested. But I think it is right to keep Ward Forums (fora?) for residents' issues.

This is where the discussion had reached at 3pm on Wednesday, but I expect there will be more contributions.  If you want to keep following it, visit www.facebook.com/groups/763895757039726/permalink/1501295526633075/.

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If you receive a garden recycling collection, your tree should be put out for collection with your garden waste on your usual collection day.

All decorations, pots and turf must be removed from your tree, as these can’t be recycled. If your tree is taller than 6ft, you will need to cut it into smaller pieces for collection. Until Sunday 7 January 2018, tall trees can also be taken to:

Albany Park
Arnos Park
Broomfield Park
Bury Lodge Gardens
Bush Hill Park
Durants Park
Grovelands Park
Jubilee Park
Oakwood Park
Pymmes Park
Tottenhall Sports Ground
Town Park
Trent Park

Trees must be left inside the park gate for collection by staff. After the above date, trees can be taken to Barrowell Green Recycling Centre.

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enfield high rise buildingsWork on installing sprinklers in the 54 high rise tower blocks managed by Enfield Council will start in the new year.
 
The project, expected to cost in the region of £8 million, or £3,000 per property, will be paid for by Enfield Council, but the authority is lobbying the government to fund the scheme which has been introduced in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire in Kensington and Chelsea, which claimed the lives of 71 people.
 
Although Enfield Council managed blocks are fire resistant and comply with all relevant safety regulations the scheme is designed to increase the speed at which fires can be dealt with in high rise blocks and reassure residents that the Council is doing everything it can to keep their families as safe as possible. 
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing & Housing Regeneration, Cllr Ahmet Oykener, said: “We take the safety of all of our residents extremely seriously and although our high rise blocks are extremely safe, we think it is sensible and proportionate to install sprinkler systems in them to further reduce the likelihood of a serious fire breaking out.
 
“The Grenfell Tower fire shocked the nation and it wold be a complete dereliction of duty for us to do nothing in the aftermath of that terrible tragedy. We have already reviewed fire safety in every single one of our high rise blocks and even though they are fully compliant with existing fire regulations we feel it is right and proper to install sprinkler systems to enable more effective fire fighting in these blocks and to reassure residents that we take their safety extremely seriously.
 
”We’re building strong communities and we are demonstrating to residents that we’ve got their backs and we’ll do what needs to be done to keep them safe.”
 
Work on installing sprinklers in the first two blocks will start in January.
 
Enfield Council unanimously passed a motion at its Council meeting last month  (Wednesday 22 November) calling on the Government to fund the works.

Source: new.enfield.gov.uk/news-and-events/enfield-council-to-fit-sprinklers-in-its-high-rise

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David Eden posted a reply #3428 13 Dec 2017 10:36
Great news, but do we know why leaseholder owners aren't being called upon to fund or sinking funds being raided? Or are these all blocks in the exclusive ownership and management of EBC and only occupied on short term bases (largely by social housing tenants)?

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The following figures are taken from a press release regarding London Councils' pre-budget submission

London has experienced significant funding cuts

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  • The 2017-18 local government finance settlement confirmed cuts to core funding of 26% in real terms over 3 years. This comes on top of a cumulative cut to core funding of over 50% in real terms since 2010-11, meaning core funding from central government to councils will have fallen by 63% in real terms over the decade to 2019-20.
  • London boroughs face a total funding shortfall of at least £1.6 billion per year by 2020.

Adult social care is in crisis

  • Despite additional funding provided by Government, London Councils estimates that between now and 2020 the estimated cumulative funding gap in adult social care in London is between £300-400 million.
  • The cost per home care placement in the capital is set to increase by an average of 7.5% and the cost of home care provision for over-65s by an average of 3.1% over the year to 2017-18.

Housing services are in crisis

  • London has more than 50,000 households in temporary accommodation, three-quarters of the national total, and we estimate that London boroughs are already spending an additional £170 million to meet the existing shortfall.
  • The Homelessness Reduction Act will come into force in April 2018. It will require boroughs to provide more services to more people. We estimate that this will cost £77 million per year in London alone and could rise to £132.7 million. The government has only allocated £72.7 million over the course of the Spending Review for implementation of the Act across the whole of England. Note: An additional £11.7 million in new burdens funding was announced on 16 October. This increased the total amount of new burdens funding from the £61 million cited in our September submission, to the £72.7 million mentioned above.
  • London boroughs are actively responding to the Grenfell Tower fire by reviewing the fire safety of accommodation they own. Early estimates based on information from the 21 boroughs that have responded to date suggests that the combined total cost of remedial work has already reached approximately £402 million. Note: This figure has risen since London Councils’ original Budget submission due to receipt of additional information from boroughs. It is likely to rise as further estimates are received.
  • According to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s new methodology for calculating local housing need, London will require 72,000 new homes a year to keep pace with demand from residents. Extensive planning will be required to plan for and deliver these new homes and associated infrastructure.

Children’s services will be in crisis soon

  • Children’s services funding is an urgent priority for London and will only continue to rise up the national agenda as demand pressures grow.
  • Between 2013/14 and 2016/17, the number of pupils with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans in London increased by 10%. Having such a plan is an indicator that a child has special educational needs.
  • Council spending on these pupils in 2016/17 was greater than the amount allocated by Government in 26 out of 31 boroughs, with a combined funding shortfall among overspending boroughs of £100 million.
  • A recent survey of boroughs found that 27 out of 30 boroughs reported overspending in children’s social care budgets in 2016/17, averaging £3.5 million per borough.

Source: www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/node/32931

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Palmers Green Police (@MPSPalmersGreen) have reported anti-littering action by the council via Twitter:

This morning @EnfieldCouncil have been out issuing enforcing notices and warning letters to offenders that litter the streets of #palmersgreen

accompanied by photographs of the letters

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What's unclear is whether these letters have gone to all neighbouring addresses or have only been sent to known offenders.

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Following a public consultation earlier this year about proposals to change the charging formula for providing adult social care, Enfield Council has decided not to implement any changes at present.  Instead it will  "take a longer and more in depth look at how best to ensure fairness in our charging policy and use of resources".

The changes that the council was consulting on would have affected people who require overnight care, for some of whom the charges made by the council would have increased by £27.50 a week. Presumably, the council will now seek to find ways of saving money the effects of which will be more evenly spread.

The next meeting of the Cabinet, on 15 November, will note the following statement by the Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care:

I want to thank all of the local people and representatives who have engaged with and responded to the recent consultation on potential changes to the Council’s Charging Policy for Adult Social Care Services. Having listened to and considered the strength and breadth of views expressed I will not be bringing forward any recommendations for decision at this meeting.

The Council is required to meet growing demand for the care and support of older and disabled people locally with insufficient funding from Central government, this has and will continue to necessitate a number of difficult decisions. In that context it is important to take a longer and more in depth look at how best to ensure fairness in our charging policy and use of resources in future years.

Cllr Alev Cazimoglu

For more information, see this earlier report and the sources to which it links.

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Enfield Council is consulting about residents' views on how to prioritise its budget spending in 2018/19.  The deadline for responding is 8 January 2018.

council logoBudget consultation 2018/19

We are launching the Budget Consultation for 2018/19 and we want to hear your views and priorities.

Since 2010 we have saved £161m. We need to make further £35m of savings by 2018/19.

This year, we will spend around £1bn on public services. Much of this amount is ring-fenced for spend on specific services such as schooling and housing benefit payments. As a result, we are limited as to where it can make savings; the ring-fenced budgets, accounting for over 50% of our income, cannot be touched.

In addition, an increasing population puts more strain on our services. It is estimated that Enfield’s population now stands at 330,000 and it could grow to as much as 354,300 by 2021.

While we remain committed to finding new and innovative ways of providing services to minimise the cost burden on residents, the scale of the financial challenges we face mean efficiencies are no longer enough. We want to hear your views not only on your priorities for investment and reduction but your suggestions for raising income to try and mitigate the worst impact of funding cuts and increased pressures.

Before you tell us your views, please read our leaflet Money Matters leaflet. This will help you further understand what we spent money on in 2017/18 and further details of the challenges we face.

How you can tell us your views

Please let us know your views by completing our survey.

Or if you prefer, please click here for our accessible survey.

We are planning on organising some open events should you wish to come along and tell us your views. Further details about this will be available on this webpage once the details have been finalised.

Closing date

To tell us your views, you will need to have completed our online survey no later than 11.59pm on Monday 8 January 2018, or have returned a printed easy read version no later than 8 January 2018.

Further information

If you have any queries or require assistance with participating in this consultation, please let us know. You can email us at .

Source: www.enfield.gov.uk/info/867/current_consultations/3999/budget_consultation_201819

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Enfield Council have developed a draft Intermediate Housing Policy that sets out proposals for the eligibility criteria for Intermediate Housing in Enfield, and the mechanism for prioritising applicants for Intermediate Housing.

"Intermediate Housing" refers to homes for sale and rental homes provided at a cost above social rent, but below market levels. These can include shared equity (shared ownership and equity loans), other low cost homes for sale and intermediate rent, but not affordable rented housing.

Have your say on the draft Policy on Enfield Council's website. Closing date 22nd November 2017.

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David Eden posted a reply #3259 19 Oct 2017 09:33
This is the housing delivery London needs - bring it on!!

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london councils logoThe umbrella body London Councils is warning that an increasing number of local services are on the critical list due to growing demand from residents and inadequate funding from central Government.

In a submission to Government ahead of the Autumn Budget, London Councils has highlighted the threat that lack of investment poses to under-pressure teams working in housing and children’s services, on top of the risks already exposed in adult social care.

London’s population will swell to 9.1 million by 2020, having grown at ten times the rate of the rest of England. Yet by 2020 London boroughs will have experienced a 63% funding reduction since 2010.

London Councils’ research shows that that there will be a cumulative £1.5 billion funding black hole in borough finances by the end of the decade.

Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council and Chair of London Councils, outlined the problem:

“London boroughs are facing a 63% budget cut during this decade despite having a duty to provide a broader range of services to a growing number of people. We operate in a thriving global city and have the expertise to get things done, but frustratingly, we do not have the powers to ensure that our residents’ needs are met.

“The impact of such a significant drop in funding on services such as housing, children’s services and adult social care cannot be underestimated. Residents are already being affected and our capital’s reputation as a great place to live and work will be damaged unless things change.

“In the short term we are urging Government to recognise the £1.5 billion shortfall that London boroughs are facing. However it is clear that the local government funding system is broken and we need a more sustainable solution. Therefore we pledge to continue working with Government to reform public services and seek new opportunities for devolution.”

Source: www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/node/32648

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social care charges consultationEnfield Carers Centre (ECC) has expressed serious concerns about Enfield Council's proposals to change the formula for calculating how much to charge for social care.  Specifically, the proposals would affect people who require night-time care, some of whom stand to see the amount charged rising by £27.45 per week while their income has not increased.

ECC is asking all Enfield residents, including those not personally affected, to respond to the consultation which is currently in progress - the deadline for responses is 10th October.

To explain in greatly simplified terms:  Assessment of the amount to charge for council-funded social care takes into account the recipient's ability to pay.  The calculations take into account a person's incomes from various sources, but particular types of income are disregarded.  Such disregarded income includes disability benefits paid by the Department of Work and Pensions.  However, Enfield Council is now proposing to save money by starting to count some particular DWP benefits as "income", specifically the additional benefits payable to people who require night-time care.

The implications of the proposals are set out in more detail in the linked documents below.

This article was edited on 24th August to correct a factual error pointed out by Enfield Carers Centre.

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Enfield Carers Centre posted a reply #3171 24 Aug 2017 11:24
Please can Enfield Carers Centre clarify some information contained in this article. As a centre we would encourage carers, and other Enfield residences to feed into this consultation and the centre has created a webpage that provides carers with information, that we hope will be useful for them when considering their views.
Although we did arrange for a legal opinion and there was some legal precedent, which predates the Care Act 2014, that might be relevant to this consultation, at no time did this professional definitively say that this made these purposed changes unlawful or illegal; Enfield Carers Centre therefore cannot assume this to be the case.
Representatives of Carers And Parents in Enfield (CAPE) have requested feedback from Enfield Council regarding how the Care Act 2014 legally allows them to make these changes; considering that this appears to contradict historic precedent. This was last requested at the Learning Disability Partnership Board on the 21st August 2017. The article appears to state that ECC is contesting these changes legally, which we simply do not have the expertise to be able to do.
We support carers and hope that many will give their voice towards this consultation and we have provided all the information we can to help them do so; www.enfieldcare...sultation/
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PGC Webmaster posted a reply #3172 24 Aug 2017 13:20
Thanks for the clarification and please accept my apologies for the misleading text. I've now deleted the paragraph referring to legal opinions. In another article I incorrectly wrote that Wendy Berry was speaking on behalf of ECC at last week's Over 50s Forum meeting. I have now corrected this - she works for Carers and Parents in Enfield (CAPE).

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abuse and neglectEnfield Council has released two short films aimed at making people aware of the various ways in which vulnerable adults can be abused.

The first film, Warning Signs, highlights the many different kinds of abuse that exist, and asks the person themselves, residents, carers and friends to report it if they believe a vulnerable person may be in danger.

If you know someone who is being abused, or if you are that person, then please come forward and call the Enfield Adults Abuse Line on 020 8379 5212.

Abuse can also be reported online: www.enfield.gov.uk/safeguardingadults

The second film is aimed at professionals, and reminds them of the Making Safeguarding Personal principles – Empowerment, Prevention, Protection, Partnership, Proportionality and Accountability – and how we might use these principles in keeping people safe.

The most commonly reported abuse is neglect, while many may experience multiple forms of abuse at the same time. Abuse can take many other forms, including financial, physical, psychological, sexual, discriminatory, domestic and organisational.

Further information on the Enfield Council website

 

 

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