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Merton marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

NEW News from Merton Council - 17 May, 2019 - 11:41

The colourful LGBT freedom flag can be seen flying over the Merton Civic Centre today to mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Janice Howard and members of Merton’s LGBT+ Forum joined council and community representatives to mark IDAHOBIT, an event celebrated in 60 countries across the world. This year’s worldwide theme is Justice and Protection for All, which aims to raise awareness of violence, discrimination and the repression of LGBTQ+ communities across the world. A minute’s silence followed the flag raising to remember all those who are affected by Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

Cabinet Member for Women and Equalities, Councillor Laxmi Attawar said: “We are proud to celebrate IDAHOBIT by flying the LGBT freedom flag outside the civic centre and working closely with Merton’s LGBT+ Forum to raise awareness of the stigma people can face because of who they are.

“The forum has been working hard to raise awareness of hate crime and to encourage victims to come forward and report it. We want people to know support is available and our police colleagues can take action against those who perpetrate hate crimes.

“Merton continues to be one of the safest and welcoming London boroughs and so I am asking everyone to show their rainbow colours and support for LGBTQ+ people”.

Patrick Lyster-Todd, from Merton LGBT Forum, said:  “One of the things that I’m proudest about, as a resident in Merton, is the cultural diversity of the borough and the emphasis on community cohesion. This is something that we are really good at and demonstrates its an area in which we can all come together. IDAHOBIT marks our joint approach within the borough to address all forms of hate crime, of inequality and division. We are all so much better together and achieve so much more. By respecting our differences and learning and sharing from this process then we can rise above any challenge. In that way we can all own IDAHOBIT”

To find out more about Merton’s LGBT+ Forum, visit: mertonlgbtforum.org.uk or for information about Hate Crime and how to report it, visit https://www2.merton.gov.uk/community-living/communitysafety/hatecrime.htm

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Council Leader announces cabinet reshuffle

NEW News from Merton Council - 15 May, 2019 - 21:11

Two new cabinet members have been appointed by the Leader of the Council, it was announced at the Council meeting on Wednesday 22 May.

Councillor Stephen Alambritis has also made some changes to portfolios as part of a cabinet reshuffle.

Councillor Laxmi Attawar and Councillor Eleanor Stringer have joined the Cabinet. 

The new cabinet is:

  • Leader of the Council – Councillor Stephen Alambritis
  • Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance – Councillor Mark Allison
  • Cabinet Member for Women and Equalities – Councillor Laxmi Attawar
  • Cabinet Member for Children’s Services – Councillor Kelly Braund
  • Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and the Environment – Councillor Tobin Byers
  • Cabinet Member for Commerce, Leisure and Culture – Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah
  • Cabinet Member for Voluntary Sector Partnerships and Community Safety – Councillor Edith Macauley
  • Cabinet Member for Schools and Adult Education – Councillor Eleanor Stringer
  • Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Housing and Transport – Councillor Martin Whelton

A full list of each cabinet member’s responsibilities can be found on the council’s website.

Councillor Alambritis said: “When I first became a cabinet member, I had the Equalities portfolio, and have previously been a Commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, so establishing this new role was very important to me. Laxmi is well known across the community as a great advocate for equality, and I am delighted she has agreed to take the role.

“Over the past two years, Merton’s schools have been the best in the country for the progress our children make, and education is every parent’s top priority, so it’s great to be able to appoint Eleanor to the cabinet. She brings a wealth of professional experience in education to her new role, having worked on projects in hundreds of schools across England with a particular focus on raising standards for disadvantaged children.

“I want to thank Councillor Mike Brunt and Councillor Nick Draper for their hard work and service during their time in the cabinet. Theirs will be very hard shoes to fill.”

Councillor Attawar said: “Merton is an incredibly diverse and welcoming borough and the council is committed to ensuring that there are equal opportunities for everyone. I am looking forward to working with all our local communities, faith groups and others to help bridge the gap to make our borough a place where everyone can thrive.”

Cllr Stringer said: “More parents than ever are choosing to send their children to Merton’s schools because they are among the best performing in the country. Education has been my passion for many years and I want to ensure that every pupil at school in our borough has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Merton is a great place for families, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

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New Mayor for Merton elected

NEW News from Merton Council - 15 May, 2019 - 21:04

Wimbledon Park Councillor Janice Howard was unanimously elected to serve as the next Mayor of Merton at a special Mayor Making ceremony on Wednesday 15 May.

The new Mayor took over the role from Lower Morden ward representative, Councillor Mary Curtin who served as Mayor of Merton for the past year.

Councillor Howard, who was elected to Merton Council in 2010, has lived in the borough since 1990. The mum-of-two,  who served on the borough’s Health and Wellbeing Board for the past year is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles to improve the lives of residents.

Councillor Howard, said: “I feel greatly honoured and immensely proud to be able to serve as the Mayor of Merton and follow in the footsteps of the great many Mayors before me.

I hope, during the coming year, to be able to continue to spread the messages on how a few simple lifestyle changes can really impact positively on everyone’s quality of life.

I am also really looking forward to visiting and meeting residents across all the different parts of the borough. Ever since I first arrived in Merton I have been really impressed by the generosity of local people to get involved with voluntary work,  to help the most vulnerable in our community.”

During her long career in corporate conference and events management, Councillor Howard also successfully studied for, and achieved a Master’s degree in operations management.

She said: “I didn’t go to University as a youngster but studied later when I was a working mum so I am passionate about spreading the word that it is never too late to learn new things.”

The new Mayor will be supported in the forthcoming year by her Deputy Mayor, Councillor Edward Foley and her consorts will be her husband Andrew Howard, supported by a their two grown up children Benedict and Isabella Howard. Councillor Howard’s two charities for the coming year are to be Macmillan Cancer Support and Faith in Action.

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Cannon Hill Ward by-election announced

NEW News from Merton Council - 15 May, 2019 - 16:15

A by-election for Cannon Hill Ward will take place on Thursday 20 June, following the resignation of Councillor Mark Kenny.

The nomination process for candidates opens tomorrow. and the deadline is at 4pm on Thursday 23 May. The candidates will be announced on Friday 24 May.

To be able to vote, residents must be registered to do so. Applications to register to vote in this by-election must be received by midnight on Tuesday 4 June.

For residents unable to visit a polling station, postal voting application forms are available to download from the council’s website or by contacting the council on 020 8545 4901. Applications to vote by post must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 5 June.

Residents who want to apply to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf must do this by 5pm on Wednesday 12 June.

Merton Council’s Chief Executive and Returning Officer Ged Curran said: “Following the resignation of Councillor Mark Kenny, I have been asked by the local government electors to hold a by-election for Cannon Hill Ward so that the electorate can vote for a new Cannon Hill councillor. As returning officer, I can announce that a Cannon Hill by-election will take place on Thursday 20 June.”

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Merton pledges to provide more sanctuary for vulnerable child refugees

NEW News from Merton Council - 10 May, 2019 - 09:57

Merton Council is to provide a future for two lone children to end their ordeal in refugee camps and has pledged to provide sanctuary for 50 unaccompanied child refugees, for a planned humanitarian scheme.

The council is backing the Our Turn Campaign, run by, independent charity Safe Passage, which is working to end the tragedy of children trapped in appalling and dangerous refugee camps across Europe.  Under a new proposed resettlement plan, Merton Council, could accommodate 50 unaccompanied children over 10 years, subject Government funding.

In response to a specific request made by Safe Passage, Merton Council has also pledged to immediately welcome two children under Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, known as ‘the Dubs amendment’, legislation which provides for unaccompanied refugee children from other countries in Europe to be relocated to the United Kingdom.  The Council made the pledges at the South London Citizens Accountability Assembly held in Southwark Cathedral on Tuesday.

Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cllr Kelly Braund, said: “We are delighted to announce that Merton Council has pledged to provide safe homes for 50 children as part of Safe Passage’s Our Turn campaign. We passionately believe every child deserves to have the chance to build a bright future and so we are keen to do our part to make that a reality.  We are 100 per cent behind Safe Passage’s tireless work to secure safe, legal routes for some of the most vulnerable youngsters trapped in appalling and dangerous conditions in refugee camps. No child should have to suffer in the pursuit of sanctuary in the UK. The vital work of Safe Passage needs to expand if all of the children who are eligible for resettlement are to reach safety.”

Eleanor Harrison OBE, the Interim Chief Executive Officer at Safe Passage, said; “We are delighted that Merton Council will soon be welcoming two refugee children, who are waiting to travel to the UK from Europe under the Dubs resettlement scheme. After years in limbo, these children will finally be able to start rebuilding their childhoods in safety, as part of the Merton community.”

EDITORS NOTE:  Safe Passage is an independent charity that combines strategic litigation, case work, community organising and advocacy to open safe, legal routes for children and young people those seeking sanctuary.   For more information see www.safepassage.org.ukontinue

 

 

 

 

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Could you be a foster carer?

NEW News from Merton Council - 8 May, 2019 - 13:52

A series of roadshow events are being held across Merton during Foster Care Fortnight (13-26 May) to recruit more foster carers, particularly for siblings, teenagers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Each event will be an informal way to find out more about fostering from the council’s fostering team, who will provide information about the application process and the comprehensive support provided to foster carers by the council. A foster carer will also be at every roadshow to talk about their experiences of fostering and answer questions.

The Foster Care Fortnight roadshows will be held at the following locations:

  • 13 May 6pm – 8pm Pizza Express, High Street, Wimbledon
  • 15 May 10am -1pm Sainsbury’s, Morden
  • 18 May 10.30am – 1.30pm Wimbledon Piazza
  • 20 May 11am – 12.30pm Coco Beanz, Morden
  • 22 May 6pm -7.30pm Morden Baptist Church
  • 24 May 10.30am-1.30pm Sainsbury’s, Colliers Wood

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Kelly Braund, said: “In Merton, we believe that foster families change futures. Our foster carers come from a whole range of backgrounds, but what unites them all is a desire and ability to help children and young people in care to fulfil their potential.

“During Foster Care Fortnight, our foster care team have drop-in events for people to find out more about fostering and the support that the council offers to our foster families. So if you’re curious about how fostering works, are thinking about fostering in the future or have already decided you would like to foster – we’d be delighted to meet you.”

Anyone can foster a child, provided they are aged 21-years-old or over, have experience with children and young people, a spare bedroom and enough time, patience, resilience and understanding to take on the role.

Applications are welcomed from people from all backgrounds, regardless of whether they have their own children; their educational background, marital status or sexual orientation. Foster carers can own their own home or live in rented accommodation; work part-time or be in receipt of benefits and still be eligible to be paid as a foster carer.

To find out more about fostering a child, visit: http://www.merton.gov.uk/fostering call 0800 073 0874 or 020 8545 4070 or email: fostering@merton.gov.uk

 

 

 

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Community leaders to host event on tackling knife crime

NEW News from Merton Council - 7 May, 2019 - 17:13

Community leaders are holding an event to provide reassurance to residents about knife crime. The event also aims to raise awareness of the work being done to tackle knife crime and what support systems are in place for people affected by it.

So far, the police, Crimestoppers, Victim Support, Unique Talent and the council’s youth offending team have all confirmed they will be attending. Local businesses are being encouraged to join them and where possible, make pledges on action they will take to combat knife crime.

As well as presentations and networking, there will be a marketplace with a range of stalls run by organisations which are engaged in the prevention and detection of knife crime.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Engagement and Equalities, Councillor Edith Macauley, said: “Although Merton is one of the safest boroughs in London, we are aware that our residents are affected by knife crime and the fear of crime is a key concern for them.

“The council is working closely with our partners to ensure residents stay safe. This event is an opportunity to find out what organisations are doing to prevent knife crime, support victims and bring perpetrators to justice.”

The event will be held in Morden Baptist Church in Crown Lane, Morden, on Saturday 18 May between 9.30am and 12.30pm.
The event is open to all and attendees are asked to register in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/communities-and-knife-crime-working-together-to-keep-merton-safe-tickets-59824104507

  • If you have information about a crime that has taken place in your local area, contact the anonymous crime reporting service Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
    If you have been affected by a crime and require help, support, or advice, you can speak to the charity Victim Support confidentially on 020 7801 1777.
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