Petition to: stop the cuts forced upon them by the Government. Hounslow Council budget cuts will cost jobs and cut services to the Borough’s most vulnerable residents. Education, Social Services and Libraries are amongst the areas most threatened. We call upon the Council to stand up to the Government and refuse to implement these draconian cuts.

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Hounslow Council to stop the cuts forced upon them by the Government. Hounslow Council budget cuts will cost jobs and cut services to the Borough’s most vulnerable residents. Education, Social Services and Libraries are amongst the areas most threatened. We call upon the Council to stand up to the Government and refuse to implement these draconian cuts.

Petition update 5 from the council, 28 June 2011

The Mayor invited Ms Margery Thoroughgood of the National Union of Teachers to address Members in relation to her petition. She advised that whilst the Councillors had been applauded for announcing previously that they would not be closing libraries and other services as part of its budgetary decisions to be made later on the agenda, she noted that they had merely been delayed. She saw uniform concern about
proposed cuts across the Borough as evidenced by the large number of signatures supporting each library in Hounslow.

The cuts of £60 million over the four year life of the Council would affect public services and therefore all residents very badly. She regretted the number of jobs already lost in the Council and argued that this affected both the post holder and the users of the service. She expressed her view that the cuts were being imposed by the Government with the intention of destroying local authorities and to damage the fabric of society and she urged Members to fight the Government or to face extinction.

The Mayor then invited Councillor Jagdish Sharma, the Leader of the Council to speak. Councillor Sharma explained that the Borough had undertaken an extensive consultation exercise and had received a significant response from residents. He appreciated the views of
the community and stated that the Administration had given much consideration to the views expressed, and also to emails and petitions. Members appreciated the involvement of residents and he concluded by hoping that the public would again get involved in similar exercises in the future as these would need to take place again in the light of the financial constraints.

The Mayor then put the recommendations to the vote and it was
RESOLVED –

• That the petitions that had been submitted to the Council which related to the budget be noted;
• That it be noted that these petitions had all previously been submitted into the Council’s budget consultation process which informs the Council’s decision making in relation to the setting of the budget (except where provided too late to do so)
• To bear the requests of the petitioners in mind when coming to a decision on the budget matters which were to be considered as part of other items on this agenda.

Petition update 4 from the council, 03 March 2011

An additional 500 paper signatures were recieved in paper format on 1/3/11 and have been added to this on-line petition. The petition was dealt with by Borough Council on 1/3/11.

Petition update 3 from the council, 02 March 2011

This petition did not not meet the minimum 10 (ten) signatures required for it to be be presneted to Borough Council. As a result no further action will be taken.

Petition update 2 from the council, 10 February 2011, while petition was still open

Tuesday 1st February 2011 - PRESS RELEASE

Council works with residents to minimise
cuts to services


- Majority of youth services to be retained
- Street cleansing services to be fully maintained
- Library savings postponed
- Community halls savings also postponed to develop plan

Hounslow Council has announced it intends to minimise cuts to frontline services after residents offered their views in the public budget consultation. Nearly 7,000 residents completed the consultation, which offered people in Hounslow the opportunity to share their views on the council services they felt needed saving the most after central government cut funding to the borough by £60m over four years.

As a result of public views, the council’s Executive has put forward revised proposals that would ensure youth centre activities in Hanworth, Hogarth, Southville and the Hub will remain open and fully functional, with scaled-down savings taken from administrative roles instead. Street cleansing services will also be retained in their entirety after residents declared how much they valued these services, with 58% disagreeing with the proposal to reduce levels.

The public response to libraries was also positive, with 57% of residents wanting to retain all the sites. As a result of the public budget consultation, Hounslow Council has proposed that immediate savings can be delivered by deferring some book purchases, minimising the risk of library closure. In the meantime, a more specific library consultation is underway which will inform the longer term strategy.
Following the consultation, the Executive also recommended that cuts to community halls were delayed. This will allow detailed options for transferring the halls to community groups to be developed.

The full list of proposals, including the revised options, will be put forward to the meeting of executive members on 8 February at the Civic Centre in Hounslow, with the final budget decision being made by all councillors on 1 March.

Cllr Jagdish Sharma, leader of Hounslow Council said: “The near 7,000 responses we received were vital in helping us to make the tough choices about where we can save money after central government cut £60 million from our budget over the next four years.

"The strong responses offered about a number of the necessary savings proposals have shown us areas where our residents simply don’t want to see cuts or a reduction in services. We are committed to listening to the people of Hounslow and making sure your views are heard and these services are protected as much as possible.

“I wish we didn’t have to make these cuts to services, but the response we have received from residents has been staggering. I would like to thank each and every person who returned the form and let you know your views have been heard and we are trying our hardest to protect the services which clearly matter to you.

“We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable residents in Hounslow, and with the public’s help I believe we can do this, despite the huge cuts to government funding we are faced with.”

Petition update 1 from the council, 10 February 2011, while petition was still open

This petition will be presented to the Borough Council on 1/3/11.

Current signatories

Ms M Bater, the petition creator, joined by:

  • John Russell
  • mrs.araxie pilikian
  • nadeem siddique
  • Stella Hawkins
  • Stephanie Stewart
  • 500 offline signatures