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Saturday, 11 January, 1-3 pm Edgware

Celebrate your high street, come ready for fun!

A street event: Assemble 1pm outside Caffe Nero

Station Rd opposite Edgware Tube station


Celebrating local shops and their staff, and an opportunity to talk with other residents about what’s happening in Barnet – the privatisation, the cuts, what we value in Barnet, what needs guarding and what needs changing.
Bring a song, a poem or a tambourine, castanets or any other musical instrument if you are playing one, or just come and join the fun.
Bring a Christmas Bauble for our tree dressing.
Make some new year wishes, be they personal, local, national – we will hang them on our decorated tree.


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Monday 13 Jan, Hendon Town Hall, 7 pm

Contract Monitoring Overview & Scrutiny committee

Our chance to scrutinise and ask questions about the contracts of One Barnet. See how our councillors monitor these. The issues discussed and agenda reports can be viewed here. Quiet a few residents have submitted questions to the committee. Come to hear and support.


Wednesday, 15 January, Residents’ forums, 6.30pm

If you can’t come to the weekly BAPS meeting, you could go to your local forum:

  • Chipping Barnet, Barnet House, Whetstone High Road
  • Finchley and Golders Green, Crown Moran Hotel, Cricklewood Broadway
  • Hendon, Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs


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Thursday, 16 January, Greek Cypriot Centre, 6.30pm

An extra BAPS meeting to continue the policy discussion. Everyone welcome.


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Saturday, 18 January, 1-3 pm, Burnt Oak

Celebrate your high street, come ready for fun!

A street event: assemble 1pm @ the Crystal Grill 43, Watling Ave

2 minute walk up from Burnt Oak tube station


Another brilliant event, see 11 January in Edgware.


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Wednesday, 22 January, doors open 6.30, meeting 7–9pm

The Larches, 1 Rectory Lane, Edgware HA8 7LF

Question Time-style public meeting

The first of four Question Time-style public meetings around the borough where you can ask councillors and candidates for election to the council questions about their policies. Representatives from the four main parties will be joined on the panel by a local campaigner.

You can submit questions in advance to BAPS. Please include your name.


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Sign the petition:

Capita, Keep Jobs in Barnet

As Capita starting to move staff out of the borough or make them redundant, help us send a message to Mr Pindar: sign the petition here.


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Force the Government to independent inquiry into benefit sanctions


Grandad killed himself after having benefits stopped – the cruel facts.


A coroner has ruled that a Grandad had killed himself because he had his Employment Support Allowance stopped.

See The Huffington Post.


It has also been reported that in one week alone a DWP contractor Seetec attempted to sanction over 4,400 benefit claimants in just ONE week leaving people in destitution.


Also, it is reported that Hardship Payments are to be abolished from 2015.


We need to fight this cruel government. Leaving people with nothing to live on is cruel and inhumane.


Please sign here to support our campaign against benefit sanctions –

Follow us on Facebook – Smash Benefit Sanctions.

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Barnet Council consultations

As the council reduces our opportunities to interact at council committee meetings, it is more important than ever to utilise our democratic rights wherever we can.


Follow the links and have your say

Business Planning and Budget General Consultation 2014/15 – 2015/16, until 31 January 2014
OK, this is the big annual sham consultation that the council uses to announce that they are making more cuts: blanket statements you are asked to agree or disagree with, but without a single detail of how the ‘savings’ will be made, where the cuts will fall, who will be affected and how. There are separate surveys for adult services and children’s services. One option is to tick either ‘don’t know’ or ‘don’t agree or disagree’ and then use the boxes. provided to demand real information. Some questions ask you to rank goals, but it is impossible to choose between them. Often it is like asking ‘Which is more important: your health or your safety?’ You’re told to use each number only once, but don’t do it. If you think some of the ‘priorities’ are of the same importance, give them the same number. Make your voice heard here.


Consultation on Barnet’s new Charter with the local voluntary and community sector until 31 January. You know you really want to take part in this one.


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Community Offer

Barnet Council is now inviting responses to a consultation on its Community Offer, which sets out proposals on ways to support people in their own homes to live as independently as possible, using facilities in their local community. It wants to hear from as many people as possible to ensure it makes the

right decisions.


The consultation is open until 31 January 2014.

There will be two public meetings for Barnet residents to discuss the Community Offer. These will be held on Tuesday 7 January

10am – 12 noon at Barnet Council, North London Business Park and on

Thursday 16 January 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Hendon Town Hall.

To book your place, please email: tracey.kane@barnet.gov.uk

You can find the consultation document on the Council’s consultations website, Engage, at





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