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One Barnet privatisation programme – how will it affect you? PUBLIC MEETING

A discussion between residents, councillors of all parties and experts in public administration.

7-9pm, Thursday 8th November at the Greek Cypriot Centre, Britannia Road, London N12 9RU

A Question Time-type meeting, in order to give the council’s leaders, councillors and the public an opportunity to meet with each other and have a  genuine discussion about the One Barnet programme.

One Barnet will determine our future in this borough for the next 10-15 years, yet the council have never facilitated such a discussion. On the contrary, they have been doing their best to conceal it from residents.

We want to give councillors an opportunity to explain to their electorate directly the considerations and reasons that drive them to support this extreme privatisation, and to hear first-hand from their constituents the anxieties, fears and concerns the notion of One Barnet raises with residents.

At the same time we want to provide an opportunity for the public to hear from experts what exactly is One Barnet, and what risks this programme entails for us.

Free entry; open to all.

More details: barnetalliance4publicservices@gmail.com

Barnet Alliance autumn-winter 2012 calendar

Find here the dates and places of activities and meetings we plan for the next few months. Click on the month for a downloadable calendar.

  October November * December

To join us at any of these events email barnetalliance4publicservices@gmail.com for more details or just come along on the day.

What does your councillor think of the One Barnet programme?

We are asking Barnet residents to contact their councillors about the One Barnet programme.

* What does your councillor think of the One Barnet programme?

* Will your councillor help you to defeat it? (That is assuming that you have made up your mind yourself!)

* Will your councillor support a debate in the council chamber on the issue (no, there hasn’t been one yet)?

Go to meet your councillor and find out.

Don’t know which ward you belong to or who are your councillors?
You can find this out by searching for your post code in the wards listed here.

Then you can find when and where their ward surgery takes place on LBB list of councillors’ surgeries.

If you want to take part in this campaign, you can read about One Barnet in this leaflet. It includes questions to ask councillors.

You can also sign and collect signatures on a petition calling for the One Barnet programme to be put to a referendum of all Barnet residents. We will have to live with the consequences: let us decide whether we want the One Barnet programme! Download the One Barnet petition here.

A list of councillors’ contact details is on the back of the petition.

Please let us know how you get on. Email barnetalliance4publicservices@gmail.com.

‘Barnet – the Billion Pound Gamble’ – local screenings

‘Barnet – the billion pound gamble’

Barnet Council’s One Barnet programme gives us the title of this film by– a Billion Pound Gamble, as Barnet Council prepares to award two contracts worth more than £1billion to run 70% of council services for 10 years. Under the One Barnet programme, private companies will pick up fat cheques, local residents will get shoddy services, and local taxpayers will foot the bill.

The film also features shocking scenes from inside inside the Town Hall as uncaring councillors dismiss the concerns of residents and laugh as important decisions, which will cause misery for thousands, are passed without proper debate.

The official trailer for the film can be viewed on the website – http://www.billionpoundgamble.co.uk/

 

Community Screenings of the film (free entry)

Tuesday 23rd October– 7pm—9pm

Wyburn Room at Wesley Hall, Stapylton Road, High Barnet, EN5 4JJ

Thursday 25th October – 6pm—8pm

Larches House, 1 Rectory Lane, Edgware HA8 7LF

Saturday 27th October—2:15pm—4pm

New Barnet Community Centre, Victoria Road, New Barnet, EN4

Thursday 1st November 6:30pm

Cafe Buzz, High Road, North Finchley, N12

Tuesday 6th November 8-9pm

North Road Community Centre, 230 Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgeware, HA8 0AP

Tuesday 13th November 6:30pm

Blue Beetle, St.Mary at Finchley, Hendon Lane, N3

Watch this space for further screenings, or contact us if you wish to organise one. barnetalliance4publicservices@gmail.com

BAPS petition handover 24/10/2012

Date & time: Wednesday 24 October 2012, gathering at 6:30pm for a 7pm meeting

Location: Hendon Town Hall

BAPS will be submitting the first batch of petition signatures to the council in the Business Management Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

JOIN US IN THE PUBLIC GALLERY

TUC march, Saturday 20 October

Marching Together as a Community

For a Future That Works

on the TUC’s march, Saturday 20 October

Join us on Saturday 20 October to say NO to Austerity, privatisation, pay freezes for workers and unnecessary spending cuts!

Meeting places in Barnet:

Finchley Central Tube station: 9am – 9:15am (sharp) Contact: Kieran 07734 349732 or Donald 07727  748209

Colindale Tube station: 9am – 9:15am (sharp) Contact: Louis 07909 156552 or Vicki 07446 292994

Final meeting place is outside the Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2R 0EU from 9:30am till 11am; nearest Tube station: Leicester Square.

Contact: John 07738 389569 or Helen 07940 189807

March starts around 11am from the Embankment

The march will demonstrate the depth and breadth of opposition to the Government’s deep and rapid spending cuts, pay freezes and programme of privatisation of public services.

Barnet Council is well on the way to handing over £1 billion worth of contracts to the private sector to deliver its services over the next 10-15 years. The failure of the contract for G4S Olympics was a quarter of that size.

This demonstration will bring together all those who deliver public services, use public services, those working in the private sector, and those who are simply angry at austerity measures making us pay for a crisis we did not create.

Please come and join us!

“BARNET – THE BILLION POUND GAMBLE” Film premiere, Monday 22 October

On Monday 22 October at 6.30pm, the world premiere of a new film, “Barnet – The Billion Pound Gamble”, will be shown at the iconic Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley.

(Doors open 6pm; film shown at 6.30pm, programme ends 8pm. Entry by suggested donation of £1.)

The film has been made by US film director Charles Honderick and exposes the chaos being wrought by the policies of Barnet Council.

In interviews local residents explain how difficult life has become in the London borough.

  • A family with a child suffering severe disability tells how no appropriate accommodation has been provided for 11 years.
  • Users of day centres explain how cuts to transport have affected them and how they are being charged £1.20 for a cup of instant coffee.
  • Local traders tell how Barnet’s parking policies have forced them to the brink of economic ruin.
  • Award-winning film director Ken Loach explains how outsourcing destroys local economies.
  • And a host of experts explain how the Council’s One Barnet privatisation programme is doomed to failure.

The billion pound gamble

Barnet Council’s One Barnet programme gives us the title of the film – a Billion Pound Gamble, as Barnet Council prepares to award two contracts worth more than £1billion to run 70% of council services for 10 years. Under the One Barnet programme, private companies will pick up fat cheques, local residents will get shoddy services, and local taxpayers will foot the bill.

The film also features shocking scenes from inside inside the Town Hall as uncaring councillors dismiss the concerns of residents and laugh as important decisions, which will cause misery for thousands, are passed without proper debate.

The official trailer for the film can be viewed on the website – http://www.billionpoundgamble.co.uk/

Come and join us for the first screening of the film and for a special panel discussion.

Community Screenings of the film (free entry)

Saturday 27th October—2:15pm—4pm

New Barnet Community Centre, Victoria Road, New Barnet, EN4

Thursday 1st November 6:30pm

Cafe Buzz, High Road, North Finchley, N12

Tuesday 6th November 8-9pm

North Road Community Centre, 230 Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgeware, HA8 0AP

Tuesday 13th November 6:30pm

Blue Beetle, St.Mary at Finchley, Hendon Lane, N3

Watch this space for further screenings, or contact us if you wish to organise one. barnetalliance4publicservices@gmail.com

Barnet CEO resignation: Barnet Alliance calls for new elections

At a crowded meeting on Wednesday 10 October, the Barnet Alliance for Public Services enthusiastically passed the following emergency resolution:

In view of the sudden impending departure of the Chief Executive Officer of the council, Nick Walkley, and the likely collapse of the ONE BARNET privatisation programme, we demand that the cabinet resign forthwith to enable fresh local elections.
 

Comment

We felt that the borough was now left without an effective programme or political leadership and that, on behalf of the whole community, we had to call for drastic action without delay: for new elections and a new relationship between council and citizens. To help achieve these aims we are calling upon the Labour Group on Barnet Council, and all councillors who oppose the ONE BARNET programme to come together to move a vote of no confidence in the present administration.

Nick Walkley, the overpaid, unelected master of the Barnet cabinet, has suddenly decided to walk out of his job and into a lower-paid one in Haringey. This is just weeks before his grand scheme to auction our public services to the highest bidder, the One Barnet programme, is due for signing. He cannot be allowed to leave without an explanation. What became of the £9 million that went on consultants’ fees for a shabby sell-off which should be ditched? For decades local councils have been starved of funds and powers and their role reduced to little more than procurement agents for multinational corporations.

ONE BARNET would eventually have handed over 90% to one or two of them. As such it was it was a conspiracy against democracy: against both the citizens of Barnet and against their representatives: the elected councillors.

Without Walkley and without ONE BARNET what is the Tory administration going to do? For four years they have been telling us that they cannot cope: that they are incapable of running council services, that if one or two big firms don’t take over they will have no choice but to extend and increase to breaking point their present savage policy of cut, charge and privatise. They say there is no alternative.

We believe there is an alternative: public services should and can remain public.

There is no general shortage of funds. The top super-rich 1000 wake up £50 million wealthier every morning. There are plenty of services [e.g. water, electricity, gas, broadband, banking, etc.] which are making good money for private profiteers. We believe they could be working for us. Our aim is a council run for and by its citizens – which will preserve, restore and extend the range of public services in a cooperative partnership with the people who use them and the people who work at providing them.

Julian Silverman

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