Pat Berryman

Catherine_with_Pat.jpg"As a lifelong Fortis Green and Haringey resident, I stood for the council in the May elections to put something back into the area I benefitted from growing up in. Since being elected, I've learnt that being a local councillor means facing many difficult issues and decisions. However, I've been impressed by the commitment of my fellow councillors from all parties, and of many excellent, hard-working council officers.

But a few big issues have made me angry, in particular, the cuts - handed down in such an arbitrary manner from a government made up mainly of people of privilege.  

So why have Haringey's cuts been ten times more per head than in affluent areas such as Hampshire?

 Why are Haringey, and other local authorities, no longer able to build any new schools, instead only being able to add tiers and extensions to existing sites?

 Why are the people who care for our most vulnerable residents forced to work on zero-hours contracts at minimum wage, without pay for travel?

And don't even get me started on the broken housing market….40% of the ex-council homes in Haringey are now owned by 'buy-to-let' landlords - often to be rented straight back to the borough’s poorest residents.

But thankfully, on these big issues, I also see hope. And that's because of our candidate for Labour in Hornsey & Wood Green, Catherine West - a really good person who understands the big issues, and, as leader of Islington Council previously, showed herself capable of tackling many of them - inequality, low wages, youth unemployment and lack of affordable housing.

This constituency needs a representative in Parliament who actually votes to protect the issues we care about - as opposed to simply using them as a vehicle for self-publicity. I believe Catherine is the representative we have to elect next May."

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commented 2014-05-19 17:46:28 +0100
Dear Pat,
Prior to Thursday’s Poll I would be grateful if you could let me know if, if elected, you will be urging the Council to re-open the 6 drop-in centres for the elderly described as ‘essential’ and which Haringey Council closed in 2011 / 2012? I believe there is still a good deal of money left unused in the One Borough One Future fund. I have contacted Catherine West over this issue and raised it on a number of Labour Party platforms. I have not received a single reply to date. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours

Brian Bowles
Haringey Resident

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