Coronavirus update: For the latest updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the NHS website or view Brent-specific information.



Support local traders this winter

It’s that time of year again: the weather has turned cold, we’re wrapped up in scarves and gloves and wondering where the past year has gone.

In the past few weeks, our Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain communities have celebrated Diwali, our Jewish community is set to enjoy Hanukkah and our Christian community is looking forward to celebrating Christmas.

For all of us, regardless of faith, this is a time of year when we enjoy quality time with our families, friends and loved ones.

If, like me, you’ll be venturing out to stock up on food and presents for the festive season – why not visit one of our fantastic local high streets? You can enjoy free weekend parking at eight of our local carparks, making it cheaper and easier to get those last minute supplies while supporting our local businesses.

There are lots of benefits to shopping locally. Not only can you find a really unique gift for someone special, or capture that authentic food or flavour, but it also helps to protect and create local jobs for local people.

This is so important, especially in helping our young people find work. To help them into employment, we’ve recently launched our Brent Works apprenticeships service. As well as supporting the first step on the career ladder, the new service is offering jobs where young people can get practical experience while studying for a nationally recognised qualification.

These apprenticeships also help ensure that local businesses in Brent have the workforce they need, with the right skillset, right on their doorsteps. If you know someone who could benefit from our apprenticeship scheme, they can find out more on the Brent Council website at

From everyone at Brent Council, I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council

Written by Cllr Muhammed Butt