Subject tag: Local democracy

01 July 2020

An investigation by two local journalists has revealed that, despite a pledge by health secretary Matt Hancock, care homes in Enfield were refused Covid-19 tests for symptomatic residents at the peak of the pandemic.

04 June 2020

The leading story in June's Enfield Dispatch is a warning about a crisis in the borough's care homes.

17 May 2020

Enfield Dispatch will be among the news providers to benefit from grants from the European Journalism Covid-19 Support Fund, which is being provided jointly by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) and Facebook Journalism Project. In contrast, the UK government has neglected the plight of the country's independent news outlets.

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05 May 2020

The May issue of Enfield Dispatch is now available in print or online. The prospects for the paper surviving the coronavirus pandemic are looking brighter.

01 May 2020

Hidden behind the front window blinds of a house in a Palmers Green street is the centre of a discussion network that is international in scope, but never forgets that global issues are always felt locally.

22 April 2020

Last week the government launched a public health campaign by taking out advertisements in hundreds of national and local news outlets, which will help them weather the financial storm caused by coronavirus - but they did not include the many small independent and non-commercial publications that fulfil a vital role in many parts of the country, including Enfield. One of the publications left in the lurch is Enfield Dispatch, which has lost at least half of its advertising revenue because of the vi

07 April 2020

The financial security of the borough's community newspaper, Enfield Dispatch, is being seriously undermined by the Covid crisis and, like independent news providers across the country, and the social enterprise (Socent) sector more generally, it is falling between the cracks in the government schemes designed to support business during the lockdown. Despite this, its publisher, Social Spider CIC, says it is committed to continuing to print 10,000 copies a month

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01 April 2020

'This is both the most important and most challenging edition we have published to date. Important because in a time of crisis local news plays a vital role in communicating how and where residents can get help - indeed, journalists reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic have been identified as key workers. Challenging because our editorial team was forced to work from home throughout the production process, while our regular distribution network of local businesses and charities is temporarily shutdown.'

04 March 2020

Issue 18 of the free community newspaper Enfield Dispatch is now being distributed across the borough, so go and pick up your copy. You can also get it delivered to your door by becoming a member. By doing so you'll be helping keep local journalism alive and kicking.

03 March 2020

The Local Government Boundaries Commission has issued its final recommendations for redrawing ward boundaries within the London Borough of Enfield. A radical redrawing of ward boundaries in our part of the borough will create a new Palmers Green ward shifted westwards compared with the present-day ward of that name, with Green Lanes and the Triangle as its centre of gravity and incorporating the whole of the Lakes Estate.

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05 February 2020

Good news for everyone keen to maintain genuine local press reporting in Enfield! The February 2020 edition of Enfield Dispatch, now in its 17th month, is now making enough money through its membership scheme and from advertising to allow it to expand the number of pages from 16 to 20. It's confirmation that the social enterprise model of newspaper publishing that publisher Social Spider has been pioneering can work.

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01 January 2020

The January 2020 issue of Enfield Dispatch is now available and includes a couple of features about our corner of the borough

15 December 2019

At last week's general election, Bambos Charalambous scored a second win over David Burrowes, meaning that both rivals have now won twice.

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04 December 2019

This month's Enfield Dispatch provides an opportunity to find out about all local election candidates. And also introduces new ways that businesses and community groups can support our fledgling community newspaper. It should also be easier to pick up a copy thanks to the addition of three new newsstands.

04 December 2019

Enfield Climate Action Forum has recorded audio interviews about tacking the climate crisis with candidates standing for election in the three Enfield constituencies.

07 November 2019

The November issue of Enfield's community newspaper is now available from several hundred locations across the borough

05 November 2019

Modified proposals for new wards are out for consultation. Compared with the proposals consulted on in May, they reallocate some streets in Palmers Green ward to Winchmore Hill ward and vice versa.

02 October 2019

The Enfield Dispatch is one year old this week! The 13th issue of the monthly community newspaper was published yesterday and is now being distributed to several hundred locations across the borough, so go and pick up your copy. You can also get it delivered to your door by becoming a member.

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06 September 2019

On Wednesday Enfield Council's councillor conduct committee dismissed council leader Nesil Caliskan's appeal against a ruling that she broke the council's code of conduct.

05 September 2019

September's Enfield Dispatch is now being distributed and can be downloaded.