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Issue 143 Spring 2015


Correction in printed magazine

The article on primary school place notifications, should be Thursday 16 April, not Monday 16 April. We apologise for any confusion caused, and parents will be notified on the outcome of their child's primary school place on Thursday 16 April.

As the spring nights get lighter, people seem to take on a new lease of life with renewed energy and enthusiasm. The same can be said for the council.

We’ve been affected by reductions in central government funding – saving £54million over the next two years – but following one of the most comprehensive consultations ever in Brent we’re ready to face these challenges head-on.

Based on what you told us matters most to you, we now have a plan to make Brent an even better place to live and work despite significantly reduced central government funding.

We’ve managed to freeze the Brent element of Council Tax for the sixth year in a row. We’ve also become the first council in the country to offer local firms discounts of up to £5,000 on their business rates if they pay their employees the Living Wage. It’s a good start, but if we want to achieve everything in this plan, we’ll also need your help (see pages 9-12).

The way many local services are delivered will be changing so it’s more important than ever that we find new, low cost ways, of keeping residents up to date.

If you’re not already receiving our new weekly e-newsletter, I encourage you to sign up. ‘YourBrent’, will arrive straight into your inbox with the latest news about services in Brent. Using online services gives you the information you want and helps us to keep costs low to ensure every pound we spend is being stretched as far as possible.

You’re now also able to register to vote online. The new online registration process means it’s no more difficult to register to vote than to do your shopping online; it’s a secure and convenient way of registering and takes as little as three minutes (see page 23).

The deadline for registering to vote in the 2015 General Election is midnight on Monday 20 April.

Spring is a time for looking forward and I truly believe we can all work together to make our Brent even better.

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council