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    • Disability Action Haringey
    • Disability Action Haringey are keen to increase the number of Personal Carers for Direct Payment Holders in Haringey. A Direct Payment holder is someone who receives funds from the local authority to pay for care and support. This is called getting direct payments. DAH are looking to match potential Personal Care Assistants across Haringey and beyond to create independence and social inclusion of the deaf and disabled residents in receipt of direct payments in the borough. Disability Action Haringey is delivering Information workshops throughout July 2022 for residents to learn about the opportunity to become a Personal (Care) Assistant for Haringey's Direct Payment holders. We are keen to encourage members of the community to register directly by emailing us at emailProtector.addCloakedMailto("ep_fb455444", 0); to be allocated a spot on one of our several workshops held throughout the month.The pay rate is £11.05 per hour for Personal Care Assistants. The Direct Payment holder normally covers the cost of DBS clearance checks and may carry out relevant pre-employment checks at their discretion.
    • In Other Subjects / Community Groups and Community Events
    • Author Disability Action Haringey
    • Yesterday 10:56
    • How dare the Federation of Enfield Residents speak...
    • I’ve found myself commenting before, including to our local press, about FERAA taking their agenda and wrapping it in a, “speaking for the people” wrapper. I suspect it doesn’t do themselves, or those remaining member associations, much good. In this one, I was most touched by, “inefficient loss-making public transport services” when referring to TfL. Personally I often find our inefficient loss making private rail service a complete nightmare, not least when compared to the train-a -minute Victoria Line, or the resilience built into the main London TfL tube, bus and overground routes. A forced change over to London’s public sector element, be it tube or bus, is not so unusual in trying to get home when using our private sector line. More buses and better train services, especially in the suburbs would be appreciated, but compared to much of Europe where a public service transport system is actually seen as a public good and not simply a vehicle to knock the opposition mayor would certainly be a good place for the government to start. Indeed, actually having a functioning government at this time wouldn’t go amiss. Worth mentioning the private rail network is now...
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 04 Jul 2022 11:22
    • How dare the Federation of Enfield Residents speak...
    • The vice president of the Federation of Enfield Residents did not speak on behalf of this particular resident when he wrote to Enfield Dispatch criticising the proposal to extend the ultra-low emissions zone (ULEZ) to the whole of Greater London. Nor, I suspect, on behalf of residents living near the A406 and A10 in Enfield, currently exposed to high levels of toxic pollution from vehicles that do not meet the ULEZ emissions limits. And certainly not on behalf of the very high proportion of residents of Edmonton who do not drive but have to contend with the fumes created by drivers from leafier parts of the borough passing through their streets. How can Peter Gibbs say with a straight face that the "benefits are hard to measure" when in recent years one report after another has told us how bad the air pollution problem is in England, especially in urban areas, and how harmful it is to people's health? The current ULEZ was not "imposed" on us, it was thoroughly consulted on. It is people making excessive use of cars - especially huge SUVs - that are imposing pollution (noise pollution as well as atmospheric) and danger on everyone along the routes they take, and the people worst...
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Basil Clarke
    • 03 Jul 2022 16:06
    • PG author launches second novel this month
    • "Using a magic mirror to cast light on reality" - Stephen Cox, interviewed here by Francis Sealey, on why his two novels, which aim to entertain while dealing with real-world issues, use science fiction. He also points out that the invention of mobile phones has created problems for authors! .
    • In Other Subjects / Miscellaneous
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 02 Jul 2022 23:07
    • 'Think it over!' Anti-incineration protesters sere...
    • A splendid lead vocalist, perhaps best enjoyed towards the end of the 19 minute public meeting before the CCTV plug was pulled camden.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/669792 The deputation, which kicked off these proceedings, angled in on the inappropriateness of re-electing the NLWA chair for a 14th (fourteenth) consecutive term; and we had one councillor highlighting the succession issue of board members. Such key items have previously been raised on PGC. The recorded session ended with one councillor making a claim – via a question – that the NLWA board were more accountable than equivalent commercial incinerator operators. (The new incinerator is expected to be the UK’s only one run by a public body.) I reflected and consider that view as highly suspect: - If accountable to commercial shareholders, would the cataclysmic failure of the Pinkham Way attempt, with its costs of circa £40m; a related £50m goodwill issue, which remains outstanding over a decade later (and is a major cause of the ongoing audit hold ups); plus related loans of which have been rolled over into the 2050’s and 2060’s been nodded through and also left the leadership team...
    • In Other Subjects / Environmental Issues
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 26 Jun 2022 10:41
    • 'Think it over!' Anti-incineration protesters sere...
    • "Think it over!" At the waste authority's annual general meeting today, anti-incineration protesters serenaded the NLWA board members, who subsequently moved their meeting to another room. More information on what went on and more videos on this Twitter thread posted by local democracy reporter Josh Mellor: Josh Mellor @jshmellor Following a failed attempt to re-enter the meeting, which ended with the lead singer sitting on the floor, members… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 23 Jun 2022 15:31 7 Retweets 15 favorites Reply Retweet Favorites
    • In Other Subjects / Environmental Issues
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 23 Jun 2022 23:48
    • What future for e-scooters in London?
    • There's a very comprehensive and informative article about the pros and cons of e-scooters and other forms of "micro-mobility" on the , beginning Reading the article reveals quite how complex the issues are. It seems the UK is the last country in Europe where riding an e-scooter is illegal (apart from the trial areas), but licensing conditions vary from country to country. In the UK trial areas users have to have a driving licence or provisional licence. E-scooters are only one of a whole range of novel motorised forms of transport, ranging from electric roller skates at the smallest end to quadricycles - tiny cars and vans - at the largest end (none of which can be used on UK roads or pavements). Issues concerning safety are similarly complex. While e-scooters clearly create hazards, The view of Living Streets quoted in the article is that under no circumstances should e-scooters be allowed on pavements, while acknowledging the the current state of the UK's roads and the behaviour of some drivers means that the road can be hazardous for e-scooter riders. Living Streets also does not want to see e-scooting replacing walking, which is safer and healthier.
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Basil Clarke
    • 17 Jun 2022 19:54
    • What future for e-scooters in London?
    • But they do look like a lot of fun. Subject to all the appropriate rules and regulation I can see them being a useful part of the active travel mix. The idea of popping along to the GP, or up the hill to ASDA for a small something or calling on a friend a mile or so away, quickly and with minimal trouble seems brill to me. More generally, we do seem to be moving into a transition zone where there’s ever more non-car travel about, but the highways are frequently deemed unsafe by lots of those travellers, hence it often ends up on the pavement (and park paths as nearly got me this morning). That’s no good. £1.80+ a litre petrol may have one-part silver lining.
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 10 Jun 2022 14:16
    • What future for e-scooters in London?
    • Hi, I agree with all your points and thanks for adding some context but I don't think they are a replacement for cars in any shape or form unlike bikes. You cannot carry anything them and they are not designed to transport anything or can be adapted such as the way cargo bikes have evolved. They also have quite a limited range or so I thought until I saw youtube videos of them being ridden on motorways.
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Neil Littman
    • 09 Jun 2022 09:15
    • What future for e-scooters in London?
    • E-scooters are in principle regulated pretty tightly but the regulation is not being enforced. The government only allows trial usage of hired e-scooters in selected locations around the country and they have to conform to specified technical parameters, which I think is a sensible approach to their introduction. Any e-scooters that we encounter in Enfield are being ridden illegally and many of them probably don't meet the specified safety standards. The policemen who took part in the webinar says that they may not even have proper brakes. Many of them are not speed limited. They should not be on the road and if our government provided local authorities and police with adequate resources these rules could be enforced. However, the current government seems reluctant to provide the means to enforce any rules unless they are rules that crack down on historic democratic freedoms, such as voting rights and the right to protest and demonstrate. While personally I'd prefer it if e-scooters didn't exist and people rode bikes instead, we can't uninvent them, and they will undoubtedly help with the essential task of drastically reducing the number of cars on the road (essential because of...
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Basil Clarke
    • 08 Jun 2022 16:23

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