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Feb 20 2013

Great Leader’s Blog – February 19, 2013

thaya_idaikkadarAn occasional blog posting from Cllr Thaya Idaikkadar, Leader of Harrow Council.

Following on from my last update to you, I have now added my name to the Campaign for a Fair Grant online petition.

The Campaign has started positively and so far over 800 residents have thrown their weight behind Harrow’s Campaign for a Fair Grant, which Harrow Council has launched in partnership with the Harrow Observer. The Campaign urges the Government to improve Harrow’s share of grant funding which is allocated to local authorities each year.

As you know, the campaign has been launched because the financial situation is worse in Harrow than in most other authorities as we have one of the lowest Government grants in London. We receive £1,608 per resident whereas our neighbouring borough gets £3,317 – if we got the same as our neighbouring council we would be £420m per year better off.

I believe that we are in this campaign together and it is up to us as a community to fight for a fair grant for Harrow. I’m delighted with the response we’ve had so far and the petition is growing on a daily basis.

But we want more residents to sign up to it. We want to go to Downing Street with a petition that shows the community is behind us. We want to show the Government that the people of Harrow understand we set the budget with our hands tied – that we could do so much more to save services from cuts, cuts, cuts, if we were given a similar amount as our neighbouring North West London boroughs.

Our residents deserve better and I urge everyone in the borough, including our local MPs, to sign up to this petition today and encourage their friends, relatives, and neighbours to do so as well.

Harrow has been viewed in the past as a suburban borough, but it has inner London problems and our share of Government grant funding should reflect that. Latest census data revealed the population of Harrow has grown from 206,814 residents in 2001 to 239,056 in 2011 – an increase of 15 per cent over ten years. The council must also invest in services to support a 33 per cent rise in the number of children up to the age of four – a rise from 12,019 to 15,916, and 1,000 more people over the age of 80 – an increase of 11 per cent.

This is why we are proposing to raise council tax from April 1 to the tune of 46p per week because we want to protect the services that we know you value most.

If we received a fair grant we would be able to freeze council tax for the fourth successive year or even reduce it.

Along with the Harrow Observer we will fight for a fair share for Harrow. This is why we need your help. This is why you should sign our petition today.

To sign the petition visit www.harrow.gov.uk/fairgrant

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2 comments

  1. Melanie

    Please can someone explain to Councillor Idai(t)kaddar that if the Government offers you ONE MILLION pounds than you take it and then you don’t need to put council tax up. The sheer stupidity of him and his administration is frightening. But don’t worry, Hugh Peart, head of legal services would never let Labour perpetuate such a huge lie. But today I received my letter from the council about the rise. Next week ‘The Moon is made of Green Cheese’, proposed by Labour and signed off by Hugh Peart-Head of Legal Services!
    You really can buy anything on ebay!

    1. hooray henry

      the rise is worth double the governments offer-ask the harrow youth orchestra whom labour were able to save by raising extra money whether the moon is made of green cheese…

      and next time ur down the shops-if they have any left get urself a life!

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