Monthly Archives: June 2012

Sign the petition to re-open Friern Barnet Library

Re-Open Friern Barnet Library The campaign to get Friern Barnet Library re-opened continues. Please sign the online petition if you haven't already done so, and forward to friends. Save Friern Barnet Library campaign is aiming for 7000 signatures. Seven thousands signatories will force the council to re-consider its decision.

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Barnet Council, not for sale! Public conference, Saturday 7 July

Barnet Council Not For Sale, Saturday 7 July, 12–3 pm Public conference Greek Cypriot Centre, 2 Britannia Road, North Finchley N12 UNISON and Barnet Alliance are hosting the ‘Barnet Council, Not for Sale’ Conference. Unison have been holding briefings for councillors about the likely dangerous impact of the One Barnet privatisation programme, but only one third of the councillors, a minority of them from the ruling Conservative party, have

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Barnet council residents’ forums, Tuesday 26 June - use them or lose them!

Next Council-run Residents Forums Your Money - Your Council: Are They Doing The Right Thing? Residents' forums: A chance to have your say! Use it or lose it! How To Ask Questions: The council wishes you to submit questions in advance. Questions should be emailed by 5pm on the day before the forum to the responsible officer of each forum, as indicated below. Hendon Residents Forum, Tuesday 26th June, 6pm Proposed venue: Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs,

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Our Barnet issue no.4 out now

Issue no.4 of the Barnet Alliance newspaper Our Barnet is out now! You can get paper copies by emailing [email protected] Or read it here online. Please share the links with friends and neighbours. This issue is full of detail about Barnet council's privatisation plan One Barnet. We will post the articles separately on the website in the coming days. Meantime, here are: Front page - click here Centre pages - click here Back

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The report every Barnet resident should read (and why you should say no to “One Barnet”)!

Every Barnet resident should read this shocking report. It is produced by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and examines Barnet council's record of procurement and contract management. It then considers the potential for disaster represented by the council's massive outsourcing plan "One Barnet", in the light of Barnet's very poor record at procurement. Some extracts from the executive summary are below.  Two tender exercises

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Brunswick Park by election: BAPS leaflet

On 31st May, Labour won a council seat in Brunswick Park ward from the Conservatives, who run Barnet council. In the days before the election, Barnet Alliance for Public Services leafleted every household in the ward with our “One Barnet” by election leaflet (below). In this leaflet we laid out our concerns about the council’s “One Barnet” privatisation plan. Although we did not call for a vote for any particular party, we believe that

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UPCOMING: AGM, 12 June; Barnet council not for sale, 7 July; Our Barnet torch relay, 21 July

BARNET ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC SERVICES Our libraries: our NHS: our schools: our homes: our wardens: our streets: our land: our old: our young: our past: our future HANDS OFF OUR BARNET! Barnet Council is under the hammer but not gone yet! Does it matter? It depends on whether • you want value for money and accountability for provision of services we all need • you are concerned about the loss of jobs for Barnet residents and the effect it will have

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Sunday 3 June, Save Friern Barnet Library jubilee party

Sunday 3rd of June: Save Friern Barnet Library Jubilee party: From 12:30 to 7pm, on the green next to the libraryWith: children’s activities, refreshments; bring flags, refreshments, sandwiches, cakes & drinks to share.Also featuring the Friern Barnet pop-up library.Don't forget to sign the petition to reopen our library!More details on their website: http://sites.google.com/site/savefriernbarnetlibrary/.

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Barnet’s alternative torch relay: planning meeting, Wed 7 June

"Our Barnet" Torch Relay, 21 or 22 July – organising meeting 7th June For those who would like to get into some hands-on organising venture, there is a plan in the pipelines to organise our own community torch relay, during the weekend of 21-22nd July, a few days before the Olympic torch passes through Barnet. This is an opportunity to bring the community together and highlight the issues we take with our council's damaging policies. We have a

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Public meeting: solidarity with Greece against austerity and privatisation! Weds 7 June

Wednesday 7th June, 7-10pm Public meeting: Solidarity with the Greek people Speakers include Harry Polycarpou [AKEL] Costas Douzinas [Syriza] Paul Mackney [Greece Solidarity Campaign] Greek Cypriot Centre, 2 Britannia Road, London N12 9RU Meeting sponsored by: Barnet Alliance for Public Services, Barnet trades council (TUC), AKEL "If they win, we all win!" --- The political philosopher Slavoj Žižek published a short article in the London Review

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