Too often we are reminded of how fragile life can be. And too often we see lives ruined or lost to the tragedy of senseless violence. Indeed, I’m sure each of us offered thoughts and prayers to those caught up in the recent horrific attacks in Manchester and London Bridge.
It's getting harder to meet demand for public services. More people need more help and in many cases, their needs are more complex than they've ever been. At the same time, the Government has cut our funding in half which means that there simply isn't enough money to properly meet everyone's needs. Nowhere is this more acutely felt than in adult social care. Indeed, many councils are starting to worry that these services could become unsustainable.
By the time you’re reading this 2017 will be well underway. Nevertheless, Happy New Year!
Whether your 2016 was a good one or not, there will have been many valuable lessons that we should all try to learn from. Among my many resolutions, I’m going to work harder at keeping things in perspective. I’ll remember to make gratitude and humility a far bigger part of each day. And, instead of dwelling on past events, I’ll ask myself what I did to make something better or worse, and what I could have done differently. I’m doing this not to churn things over, but to ensure that I learn from each experience and do better next time around.
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.
In Brent, our comprehensive schools draw in pupils from one of the most diverse boroughs in the country. Their achievements are not the result of selective recruitment, or segregating pupils based on attainment. Pupils from different backgrounds, ethnicities and abilities work and socialise together, supporting and encouraging one another.