One Barnet Mastermind

How much do you know about Barnet Council’s “One Barnet” outsourcing programme, and programmes like it? If only all Barnet residents knew as much as this person…


Open letter to all Barnet Councillors

Open Letter to all 63 Councillors in the London Borough of Barnet

Dear Councillors,

It must be a challenging task to make decisions on behalf of all the residents in the
London Borough of Barnet. These decisions involve so many areas of our lives –
education, social care, health, housing, the environment. It must be even more
difficult at a time of austerity when you are forced to make such difficult decisions
about how to spend our money wisely and to the benefit of all of us.

On 29 November 2010 those of you who were members of the Cabinet approved the
programme sponsored by the Chief Executive, the One Barnet programme of
privatisation, which will award two contracts worth more than one billion pounds to
private companies for a period of 10 years. In November 2012 all of you will be
asked to approve this programme of privatisation. What a heavy burden of
responsibility it must be to make such a huge financial commitment on our behalf.

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Friday 31st August Atos HQ: The closing ATOS ceremony

Friday 31st August, Atos HQ, Triton Square, London, 12:45pm
Map: Triton Square, London NW1

Don’t let Atos be a winner at the Paralympic Games – join us for The Closing Atos Ceremony, the grand finale to Disabled People Against Cuts’ week of Atos Games.

Atos are sponsoring the Paralympics, whilst wrecking disabled people’s lives. Chancellor George Osborne has vowed to slash £18 billion from the welfare budget, regardless of people’s needs and ignoring the alternatives. To help them do their dirty work, the Government are paying Atos £100 million a year to ‘test’ sick and disabled people and decide whether they’re ‘fit for work’. But Atos’ Work Capability Assessments are driving disabled people to suicide and over 1,000 people have died of their illnesses soon after being found ‘fit for work’.

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The nearest fully accessible British Rail station is King’s Cross. From there, catch Bus 30 towards Marble Arch or Bus 205 towards Paddington from stop R or A, and get off at Warren Street, bus stop V.

Please email or text to let us know about your travel and communication support needs, and we will try our best to meet them:, or text 07502 022 077.

Meeting place:
Triton Square, Atos HQ

Time to meet:
12:45 PM

Contact details:
UK Uncut:
DPAC:, or text 07502 022 077

100 reasons why “One Barnet” is high risk and bad for residents and services

100 days before the signing of the first “One Barnet” contract (£750 million), Barnet residents need to read this, a list of 100 reasons why “One Barnet” is high risk and bad for residents and services.

All of the reports presented here were offered to the Barnet Council Leader, to the Chief Executive and to senior officers, and were sent to all of the councillors over the past few years. Sadly, to date the council has refused to engage in a discussion about any of them.

Support Save Friern Barnet Library campaign this Sunday, 26 August

Save Friern Barnet Library campaign have organised some exciting activities this Sunday 26 August.

Join them on the green outside the library from 2-4pm for the pop-up library, raffle, music and children’s activities.

Observer Ethical awards “Local hero” for 2012, Dr Oliver Natelson is leading a tour of Friern Barnet for £2 (adults – children free). To book a place, email

And then at 4.30pm, campaigners will take to the top deck of the no. 43 bus, which is celebrating its centenary, for the journey to London Bridge. Join them for sight-seeing and a read-in!

More details:

Follow the campaign on Twitter: @savefriernbtlib

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 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

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