Subject tag: Local democracy

16 October 2020

The latest webinar published in the GlobalNet21 YouTube channel is an interview with Councillors Dinah Barry (Winchmore Hill) and Derek Levy (Southgate), two of four councillors who have this year left the Labour Party because they disapprove of the way the Labour Party Group in Enfield is being run.

02 October 2020

Thanks for more support from local advertisers, the October Enfield Dispatch has 20 pages instead of 16.

30 September 2020

Southgate Green councillor Daniel Anderson's appeal against a finding that he bullied council officers has been dismissed by Enfield Council's Conduct Committee, which met on 23rd September.

03 September 2020

The September issue of Enfield Dispatch has been published. You can read it online or pick it up at one of the many distribution points in the borough.

05 August 2020

The top story in August's Enfield Dispatch is the indefinite postponement of long-awaiting upgrades to the Tube and rail services.

05 August 2020

Southgate Green councillor Daniel Anderson today became the third Labour member on Enfield Council to leave the party. He joins fellow former Labour councillors Derek Levy (Southgate) and Dinah Barry (Winchmore Hill) in the new Community First group on the council. All three have stated that they remain committed to the Labour values that they were elected on, but can no longer work with council leader Nesil Caliskan.

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05 August 2020

The chair of London Councils and mayor of London have written to the prime minister expressing their 'great surprise' at press reports that the government held a critical planning exercise in which a major resurgence of Covid-19 in London was a central scenario. 'Our surprise is that such far reaching contingency plans have been discussed and tested without the involvement or awareness of London's government. This is clearly totally unacceptable and an affront to London and Londoners'.

02 August 2020

Two Enfield councillors who quit the Labour Party to become independent members have given an interview to the Enfield Dispatch. Derek Levy, a councillor in Southgate ward, and Dinah Barry, from Winchmore Hill ward, left Labour earlier this year, and now form the Community First group.

22 July 2020

Amid continuing criticism from some civil society groups, Enfield Council has issued a defence of the abolition of separate consultative panels covering green belt issues, conservation and public transport and their merging into a new Environment Forum

20 July 2020

Tributes have been appearing on social media to Chris Bond, a Labour councillor in Enfield for 34 years and former cabinet member for the environment

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14 July 2020

The list of 2020/21 Enfield Council committees and panels and their membership - taken from list amended on 13 July 2020.

11 July 2020

Ever since the news slipped out in March that the museum and local studies service would be losing their current accommodation in the Dugdale Centre, the Enfield Society has been seeking information and reassurances about their future location and accessibility. A letter to the council leader has gone unanswered, and the Society is now asking members and other residents to write to the leader, council officers and local councillors.

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08 July 2020

Enfield Council's Annual Meeting - the first ever to be held online - saw a council-wide welcome for the appointment of Cllr Sabri Ozaydin as Mayor of Enfield. However, when debate turned to changes to committee structures and scrutiny arrangements there was dissent - not just from Conservatives and the new Community First group, but also from within the controlling Labour Party ranks. There was also disagreement over an increase in the number of councillors who will receive special responsibility allowances.

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01 July 2020

An investigation by two local journalists has revealed that, despite a pledge by health secretary Matt Hancock, care homes in Enfield were refused Covid-19 tests for symptomatic residents at the peak of the pandemic.

04 June 2020

The leading story in June's Enfield Dispatch is a warning about a crisis in the borough's care homes.

17 May 2020

Enfield Dispatch will be among the news providers to benefit from grants from the European Journalism Covid-19 Support Fund, which is being provided jointly by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) and Facebook Journalism Project. In contrast, the UK government has neglected the plight of the country's independent news outlets.

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05 May 2020

The May issue of Enfield Dispatch is now available in print or online. The prospects for the paper surviving the coronavirus pandemic are looking brighter.

01 May 2020

Hidden behind the front window blinds of a house in a Palmers Green street is the centre of a discussion network that is international in scope, but never forgets that global issues are always felt locally.

22 April 2020

Last week the government launched a public health campaign by taking out advertisements in hundreds of national and local news outlets, which will help them weather the financial storm caused by coronavirus - but they did not include the many small independent and non-commercial publications that fulfil a vital role in many parts of the country, including Enfield. One of the publications left in the lurch is Enfield Dispatch, which has lost at least half of its advertising revenue because of the vi

07 April 2020

The financial security of the borough's community newspaper, Enfield Dispatch, is being seriously undermined by the Covid crisis and, like independent news providers across the country, and the social enterprise (Socent) sector more generally, it is falling between the cracks in the government schemes designed to support business during the lockdown. Despite this, its publisher, Social Spider CIC, says it is committed to continuing to print 10,000 copies a month

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