Long gaps between inspections are threatening standards in Haringey schools, warn Liberal Democrat councillors. They have blamed the government policy of exempting schools that were rated 'outstanding' in their last inspection from routine inspections.
Muswell Hill Primary School was last inspected in December 2006, almost thirteen years ago. Rhodes Avenue, St James and Belmont were also last inspected over a decade ago. Whilst, Alexandra Park and Fortismere have not been inspected since 2011.
Responding to the motion on climate change passed by Labour conference on Tuesday 24th September, Tammy Palmer, councillor and Lib Dem campaigner for Tottenham, said that:
“Here in Haringey, we have seen how Labour deals with the environment. They prefer making bold sounding statements to taking action. In March, at the same meeting where Haringey’s Labour councillors voted to declare climate change was an emergency, they also voted down Lib Dem proposals to roll out School Streets and force developers to produce more renewable energy locally. They want the credit for saying the right things. But they won’t pay the political price for actually making the changes necessary to fight Climate Change”.
In response to news that delegates at Labour conference have sided with Jeremy Corbyn and refused to back staying in the EU, Dawn Barnes, Councillor and Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Hornsey & Wood Green, said that:
“We know that after all the uncertainty Brexit has created, people want clarity. Yet this week definitively proves all Labour will offer is more confusion.
“Corbyn has happily taken the votes of remainers, but he is desperate not to give us a voice. Only the Liberal Democrats have a clear commitment to Stop Brexit by revoking Article 50 if we win an election.”
Haringey Council needs to be more open about how it spends taxpayers' money says Dawn Barnes, councillor and Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Hornsey & Wood Green.
The call comes after a recent investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that Haringey Council has been removing key information from documents designed by law to give public transparency about how taxpayers' money is spent. When the journalists used the law to request a copy of a contract with a property developer, the council blanked out entire pages.
Haringey Council has been forced to admit that Labour’s decision to charge residents to dispose of Green Waste is failing to raise the money they had anticipated.
A report presented at a meeting of the Council’s September Cabinet, showed that the revenue from Green Waste charges has fallen £200,000 short of the levels projected prompting fresh calls from Liberal Democrats for the charge to be scrapped.