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Council budget agreed
Friday March 4, 2016

After months of consultation with local residents across the borough, the council’s budget for 2016/17 was agreed last week. We have been able to freeze council tax bills for six years now while, at the same time, cutting council spending by £117 million as our government funding fell year after year.

Are the services you value worth an extra 45p per week?
Friday February 5, 2016

I would say yes. Looking after our most vulnerable children and elderly residents, making sure the bins are collected and maintaining our parks and roads are what we expect our council to deliver, along with many other important services.

Brent’s family of schools
Friday January 8, 2016

Unlike when I went to school in Brent, where you send your children might now be a community school, a voluntary aided faith school, a foundation school, an academy or a free school. The main thing most mums and dads are interested in is a high quality of learning – and no school type has a monopoly on delivering that.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year
Wednesday December 23, 2015

With Christmas almost upon us I have been reflecting on what the festive season actual means – it is easy to get caught up hauling the trolley around the supermarket or rushing to get the last gifts to put under the Christmas tree.

Our spending and savings proposals
Friday December 4, 2015

Here in Brent Council we are having to cope with a halving of central government funding. With my colleagues, we are working hard to keep the negative impact on the services you value the most to a minimum by squeezing the most out of every last penny of taxpayers’ money. However these tough times are forcing us to face some difficult choices.

Working together for a safer Brent
Thursday November 12, 2015

I am proud that Brent is a truly diverse and tolerant community where the vast majority of people share the same values and respect for one another regardless of age, gender, sexuality, background, race or religion.

Two events to enjoy and two ways you can do your bit
Friday October 30, 2015

Hot on the heels of welcoming record breaking crowds to Wembley as part of the Rugby World Cup, Brent is looking forward to more important visitors next month.

Wembley welcomes the world
Wednesday September 30, 2015

It’s a real honour to be able to host two Rugby World Cup games in Brent. The Ireland vs Romania game broke the record for the biggest ever crowd at a Rugby World Cup match with 89,267 fans enjoying the spectacle at Wembley Stadium.

Getting the best start in life
Thursday August 27, 2015

The future is bright for Brent’s young people. After an excellent set of GCSE and A-level results, the world is their oyster. The proportion of pupils in Brent achieving five GCSEs grades A*-C rose by 2 percentage points to 62 per cent this year and the A-level students maintained a pass rate of 97 per cent.

Improving accessibility to services and rewarding Community Champions
Wednesday July 29, 2015

I’m thrilled that the Community Champion Awards are back. These awards recognise and celebrate the people of Brent who go above and beyond, those who selflessly contribute so much for the benefit of our community.