Monthly Archive: September 2016

Sep 28 2016

FOI and Harrow Council: simply not good enough

The Freedom of Information Act is simple enough – it’s designed to force public authorities to reveal information to the public – ‘armchair auditors’ as I believe Eric Pickles once said. And the advise for those armchair auditors is simple: keep your requests short, clear and simple. So when a request was made to Harrow …

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Sep 28 2016

Nappies no longer considered ‘household waste’ muses Harrow Council

Harrow Council is looking at the implications of classifying nappies as ‘non-household waste’, according to a source within the council. The implications, if this turns our to be true, could be very similar to what’s being seen in Anglesey, where the council is refusing to collect used nappies unless (a) the child is under three years …

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Sep 26 2016

Vlog from @MPSHarrow: The Cells

Harrow Police Borough Commander Simon Ovens has clearly given a lot of thought to this week’s video blog. Recorded in the cells at Harrow Police Station, he reminds us that two of the attractions for burglars – dark evenings and unlit houses – are easy to combat with a little common sense. If you’ve not …

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Sep 26 2016

1st Roxeth Scout Auction – October 8, 2016

The 1st Roxeth Scouts are holding another of their auctions at the South Harrow Baptist Church on October 8th, 2016 from 11.00am. Viewing starts at 10.00am, the sale begins at 11.00am, and should wrap up mid-afternoon. This’ll be your chance to clear our some of your old items, or, indeed, to pick up some new ones! …

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Sep 26 2016

Susan Says: “Labour Dictators Refuse to Discuss their Own Policies: Why?”

At a meeting of the Full Council (22.09.16) Harrow Labour Group voted through their £356million regeneration program without any discussion or debate. The Labour councillors unanimously voted to stop the meeting at 22.30 before they had reached the main part of the agenda, despite the Conservatives pushing to stay however long it took to discuss …

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Sep 14 2016

Massive Overspend on Council Budget – Lockwood Digging Down Sofa for Spare Change

From the council papers for this month’s meeting: “The net forecast position at Quarter 1 on revenue is an estimated pressure of £6.334m on directorate budgets, after mitigating actions of £1.859m have been allowed for. This reduces to £3.793m after the assumed use of the central contingency budget £1.329m, use of Welfare reform reserve (£1m) and an unallocated inflation …

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Sep 14 2016

Council Celebrates IBM Big Brother Deal with Bubbly and Snacks

You could probably hear the champage corks popping at the Civic Centre last week, when the council announced it had a signed a ten-year deal with IBM to deliver something called Watson Health. Its certainly a major win for IBM, with the council being the first UK local authority to spend an undisclosed amount of …

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Sep 08 2016

Low Scores in Food Hygiene + @harrow_council Offers Training = Coincidence?

September 2, 2016: Harrow Council writes to local business to say “Harrow Council are launching a new Training Academy… …courses at various levels for Food safety/hygiene…” September 6, 2016: Harrow Times runs an article (sources not mentioned in it) which says: “Thirteen restaurants in Harrow have been handed zero hygiene ratings, according to the Food Standards …

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Sep 07 2016

Council Leader’s Blog: The one @sachrshah didn’t write

It’s been over two months since the Leader of Harrow Council, Cllr Sachin Shah, last put pen to paper to write his blog on the council’s web site. As an gesture of helpfulness, we offer this, a fictional account from a fictional leader of a fictional council, which might give Cllr Shah some ideas. I …

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Sep 07 2016

Harrow’s EIS Service Redesign – UNISON’s reponse

UNISON, the union for public sector workers, has spent a busy couple of weeks composing a response to the Council’s plan to axe 20 heads from it’s Early Intervention Service – something we’ve covered before on iharrow. The response pulls no punches, noting that “…restructures will accumulatively result in a potential head count loss of 35 jobs …

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