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BBC’s Daily Politics Show host Jo Coburn to chair special budget meetings in Brent

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 January 2015

Brent Council are consulting the public over cuts in the borough

Brent Council are consulting the public over cuts in the borough

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Brent residents and community groups are being encouraged to attend one of the seven consultation events happening this month to have their say on where the council’s cuts should be made.

Jo Coburn, host of the BBC’s Daily Politics Show, is coming to the Brent Civic Centre on Engineers Way, Wembley, to chair two special budget consultation events.

The council revealed last month that savings options worth £60million and councillors need to decide which options – totalling £54million – to agree at a Budget Council meeting in March.

Measures included in the budget options paper include the ending of funding for all youth services in the borough, the closure of one out of the three council run leisure centres, the possible axing of a day care centre for disabled residents, and a reduction in children’s centres and respite care.

According to the council they will have lost half their funding from central government by 2018.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council said: “These consultation events are an extremely important part of the decision making process for the council and I would encourage residents, service users and community groups to come along and have their say.

“Given the pace and scale of the cuts imposed upon us we need to radically rethink the way public services are delivered, which will mean building on our work with communities and voluntary groups to deliver services together where we can. We also need to ensure that our limited resources are spent on those things that matter most to residents and that the most vulnerable are protected.”

To register attendance or leave feedback email consultation@brent.gov.uk.

The deadline to receive responses February 4.

Special budget consultation event

13 January 2015, 2pm and 7pm at Brent Civic Centre

Brent Connects Forums all start at 7pm:

Wembley – January 20 at Alperton Community School, Lower School Site Hall, Ealing Road.

Kilburn and Kensal - January 21 at Queens Park Community School, Aylestone Avenue.

Willesden – January 26 at Dudden Hill Community Centre, 19 Dudden Hill Lane.

Harlesden – January 28 at The Unity Centre, 103 Church Road.

Kingsbury and Kenton – February 3 at Kingsbury High School, Princes Avenue.


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