26 – 30 November
This week's blog is by Deputy Leader, Cllr Lily Bath.
You will have read in last week’s blog that the Leader is away for a few days, so I’ll be keeping his seat warm until he returns to the office next week.
It’s National Carers Day today, a day that bring organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to. If you, or someone you know, are caring for someone and would like to find out more, come along to our Hounslow Carers Day event held here at the Civic Centre today (Friday 29), 1.30pm – 5pm. The event will focus on supporting people to prepare for the future through the national theme ‘Caring for Your Future’.
We recently launched our pledge to build 5000 new homes for local people and in doing so, we also pledge to support people to buy their first home as well as crack down on rogue landlords. Look out for our roadshow early next year where our housing staff will be out and about the borough to give you more information on proposed plans for development. It’ll also provide the opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have around the pledge.
This week, I attended Borough Council where I put forward a motion calling on the government to urgently fund faster access to mental health support for young people. Despite greater public awareness and some new funding since 2015, it remains far too difficult for young people to get the help they need. Less than one in ten young people who look for mental health support find it easy to get the help they need and that’s telling us something. Seventy six percent of parents whose children have looked for support said their child’s mental health deteriorated while waiting for help to come. I’m pleased to say the motion was passed and we’ll keep you updated with further progress.
I also attended Cabinet Question Time, this is a monthly event where residents can challenge the council on issues that matter to them. There were some very interesting questions raised and I hope the residents who were in attendance found the event valuable. The next Cabinet Question Time event will resume in January – we hope to see you there.
As we head into the colder months, we’re working hard to ensure we can support as many homeless people as possible off the streets and into temporary accommodation. This week I joined a large team of volunteers made up of council staff, St Mungo’s colleagues and the police, for our overnight rough sleepers count. Many local authorities across London conduct the count to gain a snapshot of the number of homeless people in the borough.
Over the course of the count, we were able to identify how many people were sleeping rough and provide emergency accommodation. I’d like to say a big thank you to the volunteers for their support throughout the night. If you, or someone you know, may be at risk of homelessness, find out more about how the council can support you.
Another year seems to have flown by and the festive season has crept up on us! I’d like to wish you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.