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Better lives for children, families and workers

October has been a busy month. For three large communities we have in Brent, it’s been a time of celebration and new beginnings; the Jewish New Year was at the end of September and the Hindu New Year and Islamic New Year were both last week. ‘Happy New Year’ to all those who celebrated.

Black History Month runs throughout the month of October, with an enticing selection of events all over the borough and is an important fixture to celebrate the rich culture that our black communities bring to the UK. October also sees the start of  half term week and, like many families with school age children, my wife and I will be keen to get the kids out and about. There’s a brilliant range of sports and crafts activities to keep the children busy. You can see what’s on offer here.

The Borough Plan Consultation is also in full-swing and we’ve had a series successful sessions across different wards over the past few weeks. I can’t emphasis enough how important it is that you give us your views on what’s most important to you and your families. Given the scale of the challenges facing us, including a halving of the funding we receive from Government and rising demand for our services, we will need to change the way services are delivered in a number of areas. In this context we will need your help to build a better Brent together. Have your say now. It’s your Brent. Your Community. Your services.

A consultation is underway about the proposed expansion of Stonebridge School, the creation of new homes and the relocation of the playground. We know people feel strongly about the proposals so come along to one of the consultations and tell us what you think.

October also saw one of the Mayor of London’s Police roadshows at the civic centre. These are run all across the capital and give people the opportunity to talk directly to the Met and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime – Stephen Greenhalgh. It is good to hear that crime rates for robbery and burglary have fallen, but it is also clear that gang violence and domestic violence remain key issues in Brent.

Looking ahead, November is a busy month with Living Wage Week, from 2 – 8 November, where we are trying to get as many employers in Brent to be accredited as a ‘Living Wage Employer’ and ensure that every single person in Brent is paid the living wage of £8.80 per hour. We had a very successful job fair last week at the Civic Centre and are aim is to support as many people as possible from Brent into training and employment. 

Finally there is, of course, the family fireworks display on 5 November at Roundwood Park. Attendance is free and it’s a night that is guaranteed to go off with a bang. Join us at at Roundwood Park: the Gates open at 6pm.

Written by Cllr Muhammed Butt