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Alarming new figures have revealed that 11,000 children are living in severe poverty in Brent, and 7,000 in Harrow - which can include going without food, clothing or heating. TARA BRADY reports.
FOR the first time, Save the Children, has provided a local authority breakdown showing the number of children living in severe poverty.
on Friday, March 25, 2011 - 15:14
Cllr Zaffar Van Kalwala warns that Brent is losing out on vital Government funding because its population is under counted
A councillor is urging residents to fill in the census as he warns that Brent is losing out on an estimated £20milion a year in Government grants because its population has been underestimated.
Cllr Zaffar Van Kalwala (Lab: Stonebridge), says that in the current climate of...
on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 01:00
PARTNERSHIP & PLACE OVERVIEW & SCRUTINY COMMITTEE:
CRIME, POLICING AND BRENT FIRE SERVICE
Safer Neighbourhood Teams:
Brent is currently 4 PCSOs and approximately 10 PCs short.
Borough Commander has put a freeze on all transfers to ensure there are no further reductions in Police numbers.
on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 20:30
on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 19:03
The Rotary Club and schoolchildren from Stonebridge Primary School planted purple crocus bulbs across Stonebridge to raise awareness of polio.
As well as adding a splash of colour to Brent the crocus bulbs also symbolise the purple dye used on a young person’s finger to indicate they have been immunised
Polio can be a fatal and crippling disease, and although rare in western countries...
on Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 20:32
Cllr. Zaffar Van Kalwala has helped save Stonebridge Boxing Club (SBC) which was on the verge of closing down due to financial problems.
The club, which was facing an uncertain future, will stay open thanks to Cllr. Zaffar Van Kalwala who led the campaign along with SBC’s Aamir Ali and Sharon Bennet to keep the club open.
on Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 20:40
After months of uncertainty, Stonebridge Boxing Club has been given a lifeline by their local Tesco store.
Tesco Extra Wembley (formerly known as Tesco Brent Park) have stepped in to donate all the equipment for a brand new Computer Room for the Club, including desktop PCs and monitors, a projector, software and even new chairs. The new facility will enable the Club to run the...
on Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 20:45
Lib-Con Government proposals to cut housing benefit will hit more than 18,000 Brent households, with fears that parts of the borough could turn into ‘ghettos.’
A recent report to the council’s Budget and Finance Committee show that upto one in five families will be worse off when plans to cap housing benefit come into effect in April next year. The report also states that...
on Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 20:57
on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 16:56
on Friday, January 14, 2011 - 17:10
Children as young as eight will be monitored for “signs of gang behaviour” following warnings that a generation of Londoners could be lost to street violence.
This “early intervention” forms part of an initiative in Brent — one of the boroughs that piloted the Met's Operation Trident in 1998 to tackle gun crime in the black community.
on Friday, January 7, 2011 - 21:08
THE FOUNDERS of a childrens’ playcentre that is facing closure have been named in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list. Douglas and Glynis Lee have been awarded an MBE for their services to the community which includes them taking care of hundreds of children in and around the Stonebridge area in the last 30 years. The pair established Brent Play Association which runs...
on Friday, December 31, 2010 - 16:00
A GROUP has been set up by Brent Council to investigate gangs in the borough.
The group, which has cross party support, will look at how and why young people get involved in gangs, what can be done about the issue and how to divert people away from joining one.
The investigation will also look at the Americanisation of Brent gangs where groups are linked with colours, the exploitation and...
on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 01:00
Cllr. Zaffar Van Kalwala joined thousands of people to attend the annual Diwali Celebrations at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Stonebridge.
Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the most important celebrations for the Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities. The festival celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. It also marks the start of the traditional...
on Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 21:19
Diwali – one of the most auspicious occasions in the Hindu calendar – was celebrated with great devotion and splendour at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, on Friday 5 November 2010.
It is traditionally the day when business owners close existing account books and open new ones in preparation for the year ahead. The ceremony – called Sharada Pujan or Chopda Pujan – is also a time...
on Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 01:00
on Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 22:00
A GROUP of parents and teachers concerned over the standard of state education are planning to set-up what could be Brent’s first free school.
Frustrated at underachieving and violence amongst the youth, the group, based in Stonebridge and Harlesden, plan to provide a safe and holistic environment for them to learn and grow.
On a Friday night, the lead committee met in a shop in Harlesden...
on Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 13:10
An MP was accused of turning her back on the Caribbean community as an unpopular airplane tax she campaigned against is set to rise.
Sarah Teather, Lib Dem MP for Brent Central, led a high profile petition against the Airplane Passenger Duty (APD) labelling it unfair and unacceptable.
But six months after the Lib Dem-Conservative coalition entered government, the fees are set to increase from...
on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 16:17
A COMMUNITY boxing club is to offer troubled teenagers a GCSE in the sport.
Stonebridge Boxing Club will be one of the first clubs in the country to provide the course and the first in Brent.
It will be aimed at young people who have struggled in mainstream education.
At a recent meeting, representatives from Brent community groups, Pupil Referral Units and the Youth Offender Team expressed...
on Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 17:54
A COMMUNITY boxing club under threat of closure could put dozens of young people back on the streets with nothing to do, writes Glenn McMahon.
Not-for-profit Stonebridge Boxing Club, in Winchelsea Road, Stonebridge, officially opened in January to provide an affordable place to train and box.
But the low fees and lack of sponsors have left management struggling to cover the running costs.
on Friday, June 11, 2010 - 12:49