Last month, the Barnet Press ran a story about Cllr Lynne Hillan’s proposal to make savage cuts to the warden service for those living in sheltered accommodation. The predictable public outrage was heightened when the newspaper revealed that Cllr Hillan’s mother was recently moved into a home which will be unaffected by the cuts. We are happy to point out that Cllr Hillan has denied any impropriety whatsoever.
On Sunday, BBC London featured this story on their early evening news programme which included an interview with Cllr Hillan, who said: “We will be targeting all the support to the people who actually need it, whereas there’s an awful lot of people in sheltered accommodation that don’t actually need that support.”
Barnet Council is now undertaking a public consultation about its proposals, details of which can be found on its web site.
You can also let the council know your views by completing the online questionnaire which can be found at: http://snaponline.snapsurveys.com/surveylogin.asp?k=123494868473
All comments must be received by 5pm on 31st March 2009.
The Council hopes to save £950,000 by eliminating the warden service. Cllr Hillan recently voted herself a 14% rise in her allowances from £34,559 to £39,397 a year.