Passing on the baton as Leader of Haringey Lib Dems . A statement from Cllr Liz Morris

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After two years as Leader of the Haringey Lib Dem Council Group, and three years as the Group’s Deputy Leader before that, next month I will be stepping down as Leader of the Opposition in Haringey. I have made this decision now as family reasons have made it increasingly difficult for me to balance the additional responsibilities being Group Leader brings.

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Haringey to miss homebuilding target

Labour councillors in Haringey have admitted they will not achieve their flagship housing goal. They had committed to delivering 1000 extra council houses by the local elections in May 2022. However, figures presented to a Cabinet meeting on the 16th June suggested it is likely they will only have managed 200 by then. The Cabinet Member responsible presented this shortfall as a result of the disruption of the construction sector by Covid-19 and downplayed signficance of the target by claiming that "all dates are arbitary".

However, this coronavirus link has been called into doubt by Liberal Democrat councillors. At the Cabinet meeting, Cllr Pippa Connor (LD – Muswell Hill) drew attention to Council papers claiming on the one hand that the lockdown would create delays of “six months or more” but also that the target would still not have been met by May 2023, a full year after the original deadline.

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Coronavirus Update (19th June 2020)

Our fortnightly update for the 19th June includes:

  1. Our Haringey Giving appeal
  2. Haringey & London Response Update
    1. Parking enforcement set to resume imminently
    2. Haringey's Discretionary Grant Fund
    3. Safer Streets for walking and cycling, and supporting local businesses
    4. Staying safe during Black Lives Matter protests
    5. Haringey Council's guide for safely reopening businesses
    6. Shop safely, shop locally
    7. Help keep our streets clean during COVID-19
    8. A new FREE Mental Health Crisis Helpline 0300 0200 500
    9. Celebrating Haringey's unsung Heroes
    10. Local Food Banks still require urgent donations
    11. Volunteering opportunities for local residents
    12. Telephone befriending service
  3. How you can contact us
  4. National Response Update
    1. Single adult households can now form a 'support bubble'
    2. Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport
    3. NHS Test and Trace
    4. NHS Test and Trace - how to report a scam
    5. Flexible Furloughing from 1 July
    6. Self-Employment Income Support Scheme - new guidance
    7. Help for parents
    8. Ban on evictions extended
    9. Fire safety advice for businesses
    10. Places of worship
    11. Support for the bereaved
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To rebuild trust the Met must respect protestors

The Metropolitan Police Service must avoid cracking down on overwhelmingly peaceful Black Lives Matter protests and address other concerns black Londoners have with policing in the capital, Liberal Democrat councillors in Haringey have told Met Commissioner Cressida Dick in an open letter.

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Environment Day is a chance for Haringey to commit to real green action

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It has been 15 months since Haringey declared a Climate Emergency and yet the Labour group running the Council has made few changes.  Local Lib Dem councillors have warned that warm words and a letter from the Cabinet Member responsible will not cool our planet, action is needed for that.

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Coronavirus Update (5th June 2020)

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Our update for the 5th June includes:

  1. Haringey & London Response Update
    1. Fighting racial inequality and supporting Black Lives Matter - Our Statement
    2. Controlled Parking Zone enforcement update
    3. Beware of bogus callers
    4. One-off green waste collection
    5. Safer streets for walking and cycling could be coming to Haringey - Have your say!
    6. Haringey businesses - discretionary grant fund update
    7. Changes to the Freedom Pass
    8. Restore Free Travel for Under 18s in London
    9. Celebrating Haringey's unsung Heroes
    10. Haringey in Bloom competition
    11. Support for those with learning disabilities during COVID-19
    12. Local Food Banks still require urgent donations
    13. Volunteering opportunities for local residents
    14. Telephone befriending service
  2. Our Haringey Giving appeal
  3. How you can contact us
  4. National Response Update
    1. Easing of restrictions - what can you do that you couldn't do before?
    2. Extremely vulnerable people who have been "shielding" are now able to spend time outdoors
    3. Facemasks compulsory on public transport from June 15
    4. Changes to furlough and self-employment schemes
    5. Retail businesses start to re-open
    6. Dental practices can reopen from June 8
    7. NHS Test and Trace launched
    8. NHS calling for recovered Covid-19 patients for national plasma trial
    9. Changes to the EU Settlement Scheme and the EU
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Fighting racial inequality and supporting Black Lives Matter

Like many of you we were horrified by the news of George Floyd's murder at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis last week.

His death has sparked international uproar and the rebirth of the Black Lives Matter movement. But the reality is this movement never went away because the injustices never went away for black people, whether in the US or across the world.

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