An example of a recent prosecution:
Muciano Ltd & Tagdateli Ltd Trading as Mezzoroma
Location 36 High Road , Willesden & 66 Walm Lane
Pleaded guilty to three offences of fly-tipping under section 33 of the EPA and was Fined £800.00 and costs of £1700.00 totalling £2580.00 inclusive of victim surcharge.
A reminder of the transport problems under Boris Johnson:
· London fares have become the most expensive in the world
· The cost of a single bus journey has increased by 56%
· A Zone 1-6 travel card is now £440 a year more expensive
· Closing ticket offices and cutting staff will make commuting more difficult and will cost jobs
· A pledged to keep a ticket office open at every station. He is breaking that promise.
Appalled to hear of local estate agents prepared to follow landlord instructions to illegally discriminate against African-Caribbean people seeking flats to rent. The BBC undercover investigation found several incidents of discrimination, including a black researcher being denied viewings his white counterpart was welcomed. The lettings manager at A to Z Property Services, Willesden High Road, is quoted as saying: "We cannot be shown discriminating against a community, but obviously we've got our ways around that….99% of my landlords don't want African-Caribbean people or any troublesome people." The lettings manager at National Estate Agents, also in Willesden, had similar comments. Under the Equality Act 2010, it is illegal for businesses to refuse to provide a service based on ethnicity. There has to be further action on this flagrant breach of the 2010 Act.
For local authorities, charities, NGOs and community groups, the Bill is controversial: from May 2014, third party groups will be ‘gagged’ for a year before elections. By law, they will not be able to hold politicians or political parties to account. This will be disastrous for democracy, at both local and national level. For example, it’ll make it impossible for local authorities and community groups to protest on behalf of residents on local issues. Of particular concern for Brent’s community is the impact of pay day lenders, and councillors and residents alike are incensed that it will soon be illegal to challenge policy relating to these companies. Charities argue that everyone should be able to influence parliament and speak up; that politics should not be the preserve of wealthy professional politicians and full-time corporate bodies. They feel that the Bill silences opposing opinion and will distort politics further. The Bill is said to be a sinister gag which will make our broken politics not better, but worse.
A large number of people have been affected by the illicit theft and sale of scrap metal, whether it affected them by problems on rail lines or theft of lead from a roof – both dangerous activities. Local authorities will continue to act as the main regulator but the new Act gives Licensing Authorities more powers, including the power to refuse a license and powers to revoke licenses if the dealer is considered unsuitable. Both the Local Authority and the Police have been given powers to enter, inspect and close premises.
Brent has become one of Labour’s 25 “Whole Person Care Innovation” Councils. When Andy Burnham visited Brent, it was recognised that the council is working hard to deliver an integrated health and social care service to people in Brent. Labour is working on legislation from now having already committed to repeal the competition elements of the Tory and Lib Dem top down reorganisation of the NHS. An independent commission led by Sir John Oldham has been set up to work on the fine details of legislation and of course, cost. Brent will be a part of this process, sharing experiences on barriers to integration for us locally. We will be telling the commission what we need in order to integrate effectively.