Council Services

Enfield Council has found partners for two "community libraries" in the east of the borough.  The builders are currently in at Ponders End Library, making room for the charity Age UK Enfield, which will be moving its headquarters to the library.  Work is also under way at Enfield Highway Library, which will be sharing with a "public health services department". Ponders End Library - and the new HQ of Age UK EnfieldTransforming the majority of the its libraries into community libraries.......
We reported a while back about the call from the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS - formerly the WRVS) for new volunteers to deliver library books to homes - a replacement for the mobile library service. The RVS volunteers will deliver books and audio materials to older and disabled people who find it difficult to visit a library.  Volunteers will need their own transport and will be required for approximately four hours a week.  However,  if you don't have your own car there will.......
One of Enfield's future "community libraries" has reportedly found a partner organisation.  Ridge Avenue Library at Bush Hill Parade will be partnering with West Lea School, a specialist sports school situated in the Haselbury area of Edmonton. © Copyright N Chadwick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons LicenceWe've written several times about Enfield Council's plans to turn most of the borough's libraries into "community libraries", each of which would share its.......
The Friends of Broomfield Park have written to Enfield councillors to express serious concerns about the impact of budget cuts on the management and upkeep of parks in the borough and on Broomfield Park in particular - "one of the jewels in the borough's crown". The letter from the Friends, sent ahead of last week's full meeting of the Council, listed some of the impacts which the proposed cuts would have:  reductions in grass cutting in parks, use of volunteers to pick up litter after.......
The budget approved by the full meeting of Enfield Council on 24th February includes an increase in Council Tax of 1.99 per cent.  However, because of a reduction in the contribution to the Greater London Authority the effective increase will be smaller - 1.78 per cent. The paperwork for the budget debate is available at this link.  This describes the background to the budget and medium-term financial plan and the cuts which will be made to various council services.  To access.......
Date: 24 Feb 2016 - 10:00 to 12:00 Location: Main Hall, Park Avenue Disability Resource Centre, 65C Park Avenue, Enfield, EN1 2HL Enfield Council are currently developing their Health & Adult Social Care Market Position Statement. The production of a Market Position Statement (MPS) is a requirement of the Care Act. The purpose of the MPS is to: set out the Council’s direction of travel in relation to Health & Adult Social Care Services including strategic and legislative.......
In response to cuts resulting from the government's austerity programme, Enfield Council has begun implementing its Libraries Strategy:  bringing in volunteer librarians in place of professional information specialists;  creating four "flagship" libraries while downsizing and leasing out the remainder as "community libraries";  and setting up a volunteer-run home delivery service to replace mobile libraries. Volunteer librarians required Recruitment and training of volunteer.......
The Care Act introduces the most significant changes over the last 60 years.  If you are a carer, receiving attendance allowance, disability allowance, personal payments then you really need to come along to the Ruth Winston Centre and listen to Michael Sprosson, Health Housing and Adult Social Care Team at Enfield Council to find out how it affects you.  There will be a Q&A session after his talk. The talk starts at 11am at the Ruth Winston Centre in the Davies Room on Friday.......
Seven-day opening of Palmers Green Library is one of the innovations that will be introduced if Enfield Council agrees to a proposed Library Development Strategy for 2015 to 2018. The Strategy will be among the subjects to be discussed at this week's meeting of Enfield's Cabinet.  If agreed by the Cabinet, it will be presented to the full Council for its approval later this year. Palmers Green Library as it will look when it reopens later this year. Under the new strategy it will be open.......
In a letter published in last weekend's Observer, the Chairman of the Local Government Association makes a strong plea for the government to suspend its programme of reductions in funding of local government.  Councillor David Sparks writes that "Local authorities have made £20bn savings since 2010 following reductions in government funding of 40%. Councils have worked hard to shield residents from the impact. However, efficiencies cannot be remade or buildings resold. Further local.......
Research carried out by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability shows that Enfield Council is failing to fulfil its obligation to provide timely help to disabled people who need to make adjustments to their flats or houses. Under a 1996 law all councils are obliged  to provide Disabled Facilities Grants to all people who apply and are are qualified within twelve months.  In Enfield there are currently 155 people who are waiting for a disabled-friendly home - which will either require.......
Enfield Council is to start looking for suitable partners to take over the majority of the borough's libraries.  These libraries would become "community libraries", offering a restricted range of library services, and would be co-located with other types of service provided by the chosen partners.  However, despite the use of "community" in the designation, a recent document suggests that chosen partners might include the commercial sector.. The libraries affected include Winchmore.......