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Threat to PCSOs in London

by gwynethdeakins on 15 September, 2015

It has been reported in the news recently that the Metropolitan Police is considering abolishing or reducing the number of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in order to save money. The future of PCSOs is to be discussed at a Metropolitan Police Management Board meeting on 29 September, and an option to get rid of all […]

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Council Tax support – Labour Council backs cut

by gwynethdeakins on 22 January, 2016

At last night’s full Council meeting the Labour Group of Councillors voted to implement the cut to Council Tax support for the least well off people of working age in Redbridge. They ignored pleas from Liberal Democrat and Conservative Councillors to maintain the current amount of Council Tax support, and voted to treble the amount that […]

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Cut in Council Tax support – a cynical move

by gwynethdeakins on 11 December, 2015

This week Redbridge Council’s Labour Cabinet voted to cut the amount of financial support it gives to Council tax payers of working age who are on the lowest incomes.  This will mean that, if agreed by full Council on 21 January, the amount of Council Tax these people have to pay will treble. (See our […]

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Charlie Brown’s – Caroline sees for herself

by gwynethdeakins on 4 December, 2015

Lib Dem Mayoral candidate for London Caroline Pidgeon has visited Charlie Brown’s Roundabout and spoken to many local people about the problems they have in getting from one side of the Roundabout to the other. She also brought a device which measures the pollution in the area.  We await the results with interest! Caroline heard […]

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Join our Charlie Brown’s campaign!

by gwynethdeakins on 29 November, 2015

The Lib Dem Focus Team has launched a campaign to get Transport for London (TfL) to install pedestrian crossings and traffic signals at Charlie Brown’s Roundabout. Lib Dem councillors and local residents have been fighting for years to get pedestrian crossings. Several years ago we were promised that the work would be done but it […]

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Redbridge LibDem councillors are calling on the Labour Council to abandon its proposals to cut the amount of Council Tax support it gives to the least well off people in the Borough. When the last Government abolished Council Tax benefit, it gave Councils money to continue to provide some financial help to those on lowest […]

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‘Weed’ prefer to have flowers!

by gwynethdeakins on 30 October, 2015

Roding ward is looking a bit weedy! Since the Labour Council abolished Area Committees, funding has stopped for a number of local items. Some of them are small, but important – like the flower boxes at the end of Crescent Road.  These were asked for by local residents and helped to cheer up a dark […]

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Orchard tower block tenants still waiting for refunds

by gwynethdeakins on 6 October, 2015

Tenants of the tower blocks on Orchard Estate, where the new Eco-friendly heating and hot water system (right) was installed in 2013, have still not received refunds of the heating and hot water charges they paid in 2013-14 that were above their actual usage. Under the new system residents are paying less for heating and […]

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Black History Month

by gwynethdeakins on 5 October, 2015

October is Black History Month, an annual national celebration promoting Black contribution to British society and aiming to foster an understanding of Black history. There is a wide range of events taking place throughout London, details here.  Several events are taking place in Redbridge, of which details can be found here (look up under ‘Events and Activities’). […]

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Stop plans to scrap all London PCSOs says Pidgeon

by gwynethdeakins on 21 September, 2015

Caroline Pidgeon is leading the fight to save our neighbourhood police teams. As reported here last week, the Met Police are considering plans to axe all 1000 PCSOs in the capital. The Lib Dem Mayoral candidate has launched a campaign to stop this from happening.  ‘PCSOs are the eyes and ears of the police on […]

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Lib Dems announce candidate for London Mayor

by gwynethdeakins on 17 September, 2015

Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon said she would fight for a London which served the many, and not the few. The party today (Thursday) announced Caroline – who is a member of the London Assembly – as its candidate for next year’s London Mayoral election.  Caroline is well known to us in Redbridge as […]

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