Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Has Barnet Council screwed up distribution of postal votes for the Mayoral Elections

Just received this Twitter DM from Barnet Council

Hello. Apologies you have not received your postal vote. If you direct message me with your name and postal address I will ask the relevant team to investigate this for you.
Thanks

Followed by this one

Hello . Apologies I direct messaged you in error. it should have been sent to the tweeter below your message.

You couldn't make it up could you?

So the question is. Have Barnet made a cock up on sending Postal Votes out or is this a one off error. Please let me know ASAP if you have had a problem. Tweet to @Barneteye


Hillsborough Remembered - A poem by Rog T

On Friday at The Midland Arms, I gave a world premier to my poem "Hillsborough Remembered", prior to my Band, The False Dots, Football song Saturday. 

The band have a strong love of football. We believe that the beautiful game is a force for good and should always be something that brings people together. Think of the football truces in the first world war. Hillsborough was a tradedy for everyone. The way the authorities covered up the truth was a disgrace. The reaction of the Sun was disgusting. In light of former mayor of Barnet Brian Colemans comments after the enquiry, we felt it was important to send a message of solidarity to the people of Liverpool from the sane, rational caring people in Barnet. We did this on Friday.   This was recorded for posterity. Hope you enjoy it. (We've got some really exciting news about this song. Keep watching this space.)

Apologies for the sound quality, Clare recorded it on her mobile phone.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Mayoral Election commentary - Hobsons choice - Khan or Goldsmith?

The fight of the Century - Not!
On Thursday residents of Barnet vote in the Mayoral and GLA elections. It is fair to say that this is the dullest and most uninspiring Mayoral election since Tony Blair created the role.

Lets start by a little recap on the story of the London Mayor so far.

The history of the Mayoralty is quite interesting. For the 2000 election, Ken Livingstone stood as an independent and swept the board.

The Labour party had  performed a good old fashioned stitch up to exclude him from winning. He responded by standing as an independent. He was kicked out of the Labour party, but Londoners saw through the stitch up and reacted with fury. Labours Frank Dobson was thrashed. Livinstones first term was stunningly successful as an independent. He stuck out to be inclusive and appointed both Lib Dems and Greens as deputies. He brought in some innovative and very successful ideas, such as the congenstion charge and the Oyster card. He also managed to avoid upsetting people. Being an independent with no party base, clearly he had to manage his affairs in a sensible manner. Before the 2004 election, Tony Blair, keen not to be embarrassed by another loss, bent the rules and had Livingstone readmitted. Livingstone swept the board again, with the power of the abour machine behind him. It is fair to say that his second term wasn't the success of the first term. With the party in line and behind him, he seemed to feel he was invincible. A series of truly awful blunders followed, but the perceived wisdom was that Livingstone was untouchable. Despite some notable success, such as securing the Olympics, against all the odds and a truly dignified response in the light of 2005 7/7 atrocity, by the end of his second term Livingstone had lost some of his lustre.

In 2008, Boris Johnson threw his hat into the ring. At first this was perceived as almost a comedy challenge. Boris had been a dismal failure as an MP and the only thing he seemed to be good at was playingthe self depreciating Tory fool on Have I Got News For You. What Boris had spotted, that no one else had noticed, least of all most of his Tory colleagues, was that Livingstone was percieved as unpleasant and autocratic and that he was there for the taking with the right sort of campaign. Boris seized on the fact that Livingstone had several highly unpopular schemes in various stages of planning. Many of these had been rejected in consulations by the residents they were meant to serve. The western congestion charge zone was one. The West London Tram scheme was another. Livingstone also had been caught on microphone making remarks which were percieved as highly offensive by the Jewish community.

Boris also recognised that Londoners were unhappy with some of Kens innovations. He railed against bendy buses, promising a new routemaster. He made hay with the fact he was a cyclist and promised a revolution in cycling in London. Londoners liked the fact Boris had a sense of humour. In contrast, Ken seemed austere and past his sell by date. Boris won. Many on the Labour benches buried their heads in the sand and simply decided that Londons electorate had got it wrong. In 2012, they ran exactly the same campaign as in 2008 and got the same result. Many Labour activists sat scratching their heads afterwards, complaining that the electorate had got it wrong. What was incredible about the 2012 election was that Team Boris made gaffe after gaffe, but the Labour simply couldn't be bothered to get off their backsides and shout about them. One such example was when Team Boris PR chief Lynton Crosby said he was going to "blitz Barnet". Can you imagine the field day Zac Goldsmiths team would have if Sadiq Khan said that?

 Zac Goldsmith

So here we are in 2016. We have no Boris and no Ken. Instead we are left to choose between Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith. I was having a chat with a friend in the Mill Hill Tandoori last night and he joked that it was a choice between anti semitism or islamaphobia. It is quite hilarious that both campaigns have played these cards. Is  Zac Goldsmith Islamaphobic? I for one strongly doubt it given that his sisters former husband and still great friend is Imran Khan, who is now a Pakistani politician with radical islamic connections. Imran is always welcome in Zacs gaffe. I for one think that this is a very good thing, should Zac end up Mayor. As for Khan, everyone in the Tory party knows he's about as far from a radical islamist as you can get. The Daily Mirror reported
"Life-long Tory and Daily Mail columnist Peter Oborne told the BBC's Sunday Politics programme: " Sadiq Khan is as mainstream as they come. He fights anti-Semitism. He backs same-sex marriage. He's against extremism, and he's being portrayed as some radical in the literature of Zac Goldsmith He added: "It's very important that Londoners vote out Zac Goldsmith and his disgusting campaign."."
Wheras both Ken and Boris had a vision for London and a set of easily identifable plans, (Oyster cards, congestion charges, Boris bikes, Boris buses, etc), Goldsmith and Khan seem to be policy free zones.  I had a look at both candidates plans. Lets discuss Zac's first

Start fixing London’s housing crisis by:

Doubling home building to 50,000 a year by 2020 and ensuring development is in keeping with the local area.
Giving Londoners the first chance to buy new homes built in London
Ensuring a significant proportion of all new homes are only for rent and not for sale

Improve the capacity and reliability of London’s transport system by:


Ensuring the Night Tube goes ahead, starting Crossrail 2, and growing the rail network
Bringing suburban rail services under the Mayor’s control to increase and improve the service
Protecting the Freedom Pass

Improve London’s living environment by:

Protecting the green belt from developmentTackling air pollution with tougher rules on HGVs, and encouraging greener vehicles and safer cycling
Creating more green spaces and cleaning up local parks so they are safe to visit and enjoy

Make London’s streets safer by:

Protecting neighbourhood police teams and keeping them on the street
Tackling the root causes of crime in local communities
Putting more police on public transport at night

All paid for without increasing Mayoral council tax.


This is perhaps the most stale, lacklustre and dull plan imaginable. It is quite clear that it is all waffle and guff. Lets have a look at the plan in detail

Start fixing London’s housing crisis by:
It is quite clear that Zac Goldsmith isn't going to build council houses. The 50,000 "homes" wll doubtless be luxury flats for rich foregners, like most of the developments in Mill Hill and the rest of Barnet. This is obvious as Goldsmith makes no commitment to affordability. He states that Londoners will get the first chance to buy property, but if they can't afford them this is meaningless. He claims that "a significant proportion will be for rent not sale". It is telling that he doesn't assign a number. As these won't be built by Councils, what he means is he's going to line the pockets of landlords, developers and buy to let speculators.


Improve the capacity and reliability of London’s transport system by:

 Goldsmith here simply reiterates plans already in progress, such as Crossrail2 and the plans for TFL to take over suburban services. He talks about growing the rail network. What new lines? This is simply waffle unless he states what he's going to do. As for protecting the Freedom Pass, this is arch hypocricy, given that his man in Barnet, Dan Thomas, has presided over a regime which has removed it without notice from many local disabled people.



Improve London’s living environment by:

Again this is all guff. Ken was putting strict levels for pollution in place. Boris suspended and abolished them. As for creating new green spaces, does anyone seriously believe that you Zac will knoc down flats and houses to create new spaces? Especially with his commitment to build 50,000 homes a year. These can only be built if greenspaces in London are destroyed. It is highly dishonest to claim other wise.


Make London’s streets safer by:

Every mayoral candidate always claims they'll cut crime and tackle the causes. They always claim they'll put more bobbies on the beat. Then they get elected and nothing happens. Under Boris, we've seen a massive scaling back of community engagement. If Zac thinks Boris is wrong to do this, say so and explain how to reverse his policies.

All paid for without increasing Mayoral council tax.

This is the one commitment I 100% expect Goldsmith to keep. London can burn so long as the rich pay no more tax. That is why he wants to become Mayor. But I do expect all sorts of other, indirect taxes to go up. Tube fairs, congestion charge, parking costs. Zac like every other politician has to balance the books. Like every other politician, he is dishonest in how he'll do it.

And so we move on to Sadiq Khan. He has put a fair bit more detail into what he plans. Like Goldsmith, much of it is deeply unexciting. I suspect that both think "London is tired of big characters". I suspect both are wrong in this view. London is the Capital of the world and needs a larger than life Mayor. So what does Sadiq say?

Here are his themes.

Too many people in our city don’t have a job, or get paid less than they need to survive. With my programme for business and the economy I will change that.

  • Create a Business Advisory Board – made up of experts, not of political allies – to provide me with guidance and insight to find the solutions to London’s growth challenges and to feedback on my policy.
  • Involve business in decision making on key issues of policy and planning, from skills and housing costs, to transport infrastructure and business space.
  • Establish Skills for Londoners, working with business to ensure Londoners have the skills they need to grow.

Too many Londoners can’t afford to buy their own home or are trapped paying extortionate rents to sub-standard landlords. My plan for housing will change that.

  • Homes for first-time buyers to ‘part-buy part-rent’, where on mayoral and other public land my aim is to cut their cost and give first dibs to Londoners who have been stuck renting for over five years – especially in outer London where the biggest falls in homeownership have been seen.
  • Homes to buy where we can give Londoners first dibs – building on brownfield public land and using the Mayor’s planning powers to their fullest extent.
Too many people are the victims of crime and don’t feel safe in their communities. My policies for crime and policing, and my six point plan to tackle knife crime will change that.

  • Ensure that the restoration of real neighbourhood policing is the top priority for the Met, maintaining the role of officers as a visible local presence, helping to prevent and detect crime, and as the local eyes and ears our security services need to identify the spread of extremism at its roots.
  • Commit to tackling violence against women and girls, including prioritising a greater police presence on public transport at key times to clamp down on sexual assault,  zero tolerance of domestic and sexual violence and work closely with public sector and voluntary organisations on developing better support for victims of sexual and domestic violence.
  • Develop a cyber security strategy, led by the Chief Digital Officer I will appoint, working with the police and security services to ensure Londoners and businesses have the information and resources they need to stay safe online.
  • Undertake a full review of the resources required by the London Fire Brigade, with the aim of ensuring the service is fully equipped for the challenges ahead, not only for dealing with and preventing fires but also coping with major civil contingencies such as a terrorist attack or a flood. We need to look at both frontline and control room functions, and consider the impact and effectiveness of outsourcing.
  • Support the police to do their job efficiently and effectively, and make best use of officers’ time so that they can spend more time on the front line. I will invest in new technology that enables officers to access the information and data they need at their fingertips, and to record reports and witness statements speedily without officers having to return to a police station.

Too many workers in London have to go to work on overcrowded, delayed, dirty transport. My plans for transport will change that.

  • Get Crossrail 2 off the ground, using my experience as a Minister responsible for the original Crossrail to secure the funding package, and ensure the route enables the building of thousands of new homes.
  • Plan the next major infrastructure projects for the long term – such as a potential Crossrail 3, new orbital links for outer London, DLR and tram extensions, and new river crossings for East London - while exploring additional sources of funding for major projects.
  • Work to secure the proposed Bakerloo line extension to Lewisham and beyond.
  • Freeze all TfL fares and charges for the Mayor’s cycle hire scheme for four years.
  • Introduce 'The Hopper’ – a new one hour bus ticket allowing unlimited changes within an hour, so that a £1.50 single ticket pays for a full journey.
  • Continue to support both Oyster and contactless payment card methods and ensure fare structures remain equal so that nobody is disadvantaged by choosing either payment method.
  • Guarantee the Freedom Pass and the over-60s Oyster card, along with all other existing concessionary fares schemes.
For too long Londoners have had a Tory Mayor who has been little more than a figurehead, or chief ribbon-cutter. Some of it has been fun – but it is not good enough for our city.

Our analysis.


Jobs & Business

 I'm not really sure that a "business advisory board" is the way to go. It seems that politicians who have never run a business always believe that the way to resolve the problems of business is to set up a quango. I've run a small business for 37 years and like to think I'm fairy good at it. We employ people and generate prosperity. There are plenty of simple measures that qould stimulate business. Making councils have a business friendly parking policies, compelling councils to give business a say on how business rates are spent. I'd like to see businesses given tax breaks for employing young people in sustainable jobs. The "Skills for London" idea sounds interesting, but it is vital that this includes input from small business. I'd like to see support for young entrepreneurs. TV shows such as dragons den have spurred interest in launching your own ideas, but it is noticable just how little most of the people with great ideas know about business. I hope this is an element of Sadiqs plans.

Housing

Again I am not overly impressed by the schemes. Part buy/ part rent schemes are all very well, but they simply ignore the problem that we don't have enough housing stock for ordinary people. We are obsessed with letting people buy houses. We should be obsessed with making sure people have decent places to live that are affordable. This means council housing at cheap rents for people on low income. It should also mean decent homes. I am truly astonished that Sadiq has failed to mention this. At least the Goldsmith plan recognises that renting is a big part of the solution. A Labour Mayor should be unafraid to speak up for council housing. This is Khan's biggest fail.

Policing and public safety

Unlike Goldsmiths schemes, there are well thought out and targettted. I'd give Khan 10/10 for this section. The section on sexual crime is long overdue and Khan is 100% right to make this a manifesto pledge. Two years ago I was speaking with Tory Battersea MP Jane Ellison and she told me that this was one area that has been sadly neglected and needed serious work. I expected to see Zac Goldsmith say something about it. I am surprised he's missed it. I hope Jane will support Sadiq in this if he wins.

Transport

Khan seems to have a more coherent long term view than Goldsmith. I do agree with Goldsmith that it is stupid to commit to a fares freeze. I reconise that fares have got hellishly expensive under Boris, but this could tie his hands and scupper his plans.

Conclusion

In summary I will be supporting Sadiq Khan. I am not a Labour activist and I am not a party member. I just happen to think that his plans are more coherent. I also think that Goldsmith has done himself no credit at all with his highly personal attacks on Khan. This is a trademark of the Lynton Crosby style of electioneering. Sadiq Khan is not a Muslim extremist and does not support Islamic extremists. To pretend otherwise is dishonest and unfair. There are many things which I would wish to see as qualities as the new Mayor, but ultimately I really don't want a man who tells lies and promotes outrageous smears about his opponent. London is a city with all manner of creeds and colours. Sadiq Khan strikes me as a man who can worl with all of them. Zac Goldsmith strikes me as a man who simply follows what his campaign manager tells him. He is a lightweight  with a lightweight plan. His campaign seems to be banking on scaring people into thinking Khan is in some way dodgy. For that reason alone, I hope London soundly rejects him. 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Tweets of The Week in The London Borough of Barnet - 1 May 2016

We didn't have a tweets of the week last week because to be honest, I didn't find any that were interesting enough to justify a blog! This week is a totally different matter. It seems that Barnet has suddenly become more exciting than the Wild West, Paris and

1. It seems that the Railway in Mill Hill has become Barnets equivalent of the OK Corral (actually one of the regulars said someone fired a starter pistol, but hey ho). Funnily enough I usually got for a pint there on a Friday night if I've nothing better to do, but I had a gig in Hendon so missed all the fun


Shots fired during late-night street brawl outside pub in Mill Hill
2. Then there is the French market coming to Mill Hill. Mark Richards is getting very excited about it!


Looking for a market to visit in in May then try this one in for a taste of France Enjoy



3. And Colindale has some great music coming up!

The second edition of our fantastic new music evening!

4. Our local Conservative GLA candidate Dan Thomas is most excited that first time buyers are "roaring back to West Hendon and Dollis Valley" - interestingly the picture that accompanies the tweet shows a house for sale in Dan's native homeland of Wales? Has he got confused. It is also interesting that the link he gives to City AM mentions nothing about these areas? Oh well, I suppose he has to tweet something


This is true in Barnet: a third of sales in West Hendon and Dollis Valley regen estates are to first time buyers http://www.cityam.com/239948/first-time-home-buyers-come-roaring-back-despite-investor-surge-in-march


Photo published for First-time buyers come roaring back
 
5. Great picture from Rob Baker of the demolition of the Gaumont in Finchley

The Gaumont Finchley opened in 1937 and was demolished fifty years later in 1987.























6. Barnet_rebel has been doing some excinting Trainspotting on the Northern Line in Finchley. A few sites you don't see every day!

With some rail track drainage work taking place north of Finchley Central too....
 7.  Heaven!

Cricklewood Hops starting to sprout (this is Northern Brewer). We are growing 10 types this year for Sept Harvest



8. Love This tweet from Marcus Bonfanti

Recording the guitars for the new album. Where? In Cricklewood (Green) of course...



9.  Happy Easter to all our Greek readers!


Xristos Anesti from Agia Ekaterini church in Whetstone.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Ken Livingstones comments - Who are the real Nazi?

Firstly, lets have a quick look at Ken Livingstones comments. The Labour Party was 100% correct to suspend him for making such awful comments. Hitler didn't "go mad". He was an evil, dangerous bigot from day 1. You simply can't excuse anti semitism or seek to justify it.

That said, lets just remember one thing. The Nazis were disgusting. Who were their first victims? Who were they murdering when Livingstone thought Hitler was sane? The answer is the disabled. Sadly there is no one getting sacked for attacks on the the disabled. This blog uncovered a terrible scandal where Barnet Council have cancelled disabled peoples freedom passes without telling them, meaning they've been kicked off buses and tubes and publicly humiliated. My fellow blogger Mrs Angry did some digging. What she found is even worse. The deputy leader of Barnet Council, Dan Thomas is seeking election to the GLA. What has he done to sort this out? Nothing, despite many opportunities. It seems that we haven't learned the lesson of history and the disabled are still the first target. The Nazi's had numerous groups they attacked. Sadly some are still considered fair game for discrimination and public humiliation.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Come down and see The False Dots live at The Midland Hotel tomorrow (Friday 29th April)

The False Dots are playing at the Midland Hotel in Hendon tomorrow night (Friday 29th April). Pease come down and say hi. Admission is free and there is also great music from Tell The Others. This is a taste of what we sound like. A song from our forthcoming album "Songs of love and war"

As certain rather discredited Barnet Ex Politician has been bringing disgrace to  the Borough with obscenely ignorant comments about Hillsborough, I will be giving a world debut to my poem 'Hillsborough remembered' at the concert. Please come along to show Barnets solidarity with the people of Liverpool. We will be videoing this event for posterity


All are welcome. 


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The ghost of Christmas past returns to haunt the Tories as Brian Coleman rises from the dead

Today is  a dark day for the London Conservatives. No one in Barnet is too surprised when the gobby ar$e, also known as former Tory Mayor of Barnet and GLA member Brian Coleman, chooses to be obnoxious in a way designed to upset as many people as possible.  He takes great delight in taunting me because I have prostate cancer (not that I really give a flying f**K as it isnt life threatening and has been treated). He's tweeted disrespectful messages when Peaches Geldolf, Ronnie Corbett, David Bowie and Prince died (to name but a few). Today he was at it again. In response to the verdict in the Hillsborough inquest he tweeted the following

this whole expensive farce and a split jury delivering a pointless verdict .Sadly accidents happen people need to move on

Clearly the rather badly educated Brian Coleman doesn't realise that the verdict of unlawful killing categorically proves that this wasn't an accident. Accidents are unavoidable. The jury found that there were mutiple failures which caused this terrible tragedy.  It was entirely avoidable.

Whilst any sane and caring person would clearly be offended by Mr Colemans guff, there is a far more serious matter to consider. Brian Coleman was appointed by Boris to be the chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning authority (a post with a huge salary). Coleman only lost the post when the electorate of Barnet and Camden sacked him in the 2012 GLA election. Brian Coleman was a central part of the Conservative party machine. (After losing the GLA election, Coleman disgraced himself further and was charged with assaulting Helen Michael in the street.  He  spent six months lying to the police about it, before he was exposed as a liar by CCTV footage in open court. The local Conservatives refused to suspend his membership when he was charged. It was only when head office got wind and acted that he was forced out). Brian Coleman was the man chosen by Boris to implement his cost cutting agenda for the services that protect London.

I find Colemans  comments even more distateful given the fact that he was in charge of emergency planning in London. It shows just how little consideration the Conservatives have for the population. When Coleman was running Londons emergency planning, his main policy was one of running down the fire brigade, shutting fire stations, getting rid of fire engines and waging war on the staff. It is no surprise therefore that Coleman sees a massive corporate failure of badly managed emergency services in South Yorkshire as an "accident". It is clear that when people die as a result of the cuts Coleman initiated, he will just excuse this failure as a "sad accident".

Brian Coleman has done us a big service just before the election. He has taken the opportunity to remind us what the attitude of Boris Johnson, Zac Goldsmith and the rest of the London Conservatives is to the issue of emergency planning. They cynically excuse avoidable tragedy as unavoidable accidents. Although Coleman wentfrom the role in 2012, Boris has made no attempt to reverse his disasterous cuts. Zac Goldsmith has never said that he would reverse the cuts. In fact the Tories have sought more cuts from the emergency services budgets.

In Barnet & Camden Dan Thomas is currently trying to pick up the £50K a year job as local GLA rep for the Tories. He is a man with close ties to Brian Coleman. They both sat in the Barnet Council cabinet together (until Tory HQ forced them to suspend Coleman). Despite Brian Coleman lying to the Police for six months and only changing his plea to guilty in court, when the evidence was compelling, Dan Thomas has never apologised to cafe Helen Michael, who Coleman attacked for the support he and his Tory colleagues gave Coleman.

Thomas is a close confidant of Coleman and the two often swap warm, self congratulatory tweets. Here is one recent example.

In reply to

Dan Thomas knows exactly what Coleman is like. He was in the Cabinet of Barnet Council for years with Coleman, as Coleman lost charge after charge for bring the Council into disrepute. He clearly wishes to be publicly associated with this insensitive, convicted criminal. Of course the people of Barnet and Camden are free to vote for Mr Thomas if they want, but I'd rather hope that most would hold their nose and give the flag bearer for Coleman politics a wide berth.

The London Conservatives have a record of running down emergency services. They make ever more wild accusations about Sadiq Khan and are doing their best to smear him with charges that he poses a threat to London. You don't have to be a genius to realise that by scrapping fire engines and shutting fire stations, there is a real threat. One which Zac Goldsmith and Dan Thomas will simply write off as efficiency. My father was an accident investigation officer for the RAF in 1944-46. He once told me that he'd never seen a plane crash that was "simply an accident". There was always a chain of events and a number of failures which together cause the accident. Serious fires and accidents will happen, but the amount of pain, damage and death they cause is directly affected by the response times of emergency services. That is why London needs people running it who understand that corporate failure in emergency planning results in tragedy. I sincerely thank Brian Coleman for reminding us so vividly that the Tories in London just don't understand this. The inquest wasn't a farce. It was necessary to help prevent such failures occurring again. It is beyond comprehension that Boris and the Tories let a man preside over Londons emeregency services who simply dosn't understand this.

How Barnet Council treats disabled people - Part 2



 I am sharing this email with personal details redacted. I am happy to set up a meeting if any of our councillors are genuinely interested in helping. I note that the Mayor still has a limo. I won't comment at this time, beyond saying my disgust is unbounded.
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From: *********** *******
 Sent: 25 April 2016 16:13
To: roger
Subject: Disabled Freedom Passes being cancelled by LBB without warning

Dear Roger
Many thanks for responding to my daughters Twit, to obtain your contact email.
I am emailing your in response to a letter you posted on your blog, regarding a disabled young man having his Freedom Travel Pass cancelled by the LBB without any warning.
The very same thing has just happened to my disabled daughter.
This what I sent to The Hendon Times.
Story:
My disabled daughter received a letter informing her that she now does now does not fit the criteria for a Freedom Pass. She has had had it since the age of 10 she is now 19.
The letter stated that she had 30 days to appeal. 10 days since receiving the letter, she boards a bus to come home and is informed that her Freedom Pass has been cancelled. Leaving her to panic and have a meltdown. Thankfully I was able to be contacted to collect her and return her home.
Barnet gave her no notice that the pass had been cancelled and the letter did not state that the pass would be cancelled.
Surely under Safeguarding the vulnerable Barnet Council have failed. Do Barnet not have a duty of care to their vulnerable people. Are they not picking on the ones with the least understanding and ability to fight their corner, all to save money.
How do Barnet Council sleep at night.
So now I have a 19 year old Autistic daughter with mobility issues, unable to go our, until either her Freedom Pass is reactivated or we obtain an Oyster Cards.
Are other boroughs being as nasty, I think not.

The letter that ****** was sent stated that she did not fit the criteria as stated by Transport for London.
I wanted to appeal, I had 30 days from the receipt of the letter to send in a written appeal. If no appeal was sent in then I could re apply for consideration in 6 months.
The letter was dated **/04/16  ten days later my disabled daughter is in Burnt Oak, she tried to get on a bus to Edgware only to find the pass has been cancelled. Thankfully the bus driver allows her to travel to Edgware
Being Autistic she gets very anxious about now being stranded in Edgware as she does not believe the next bus driver will let her one, so she calls me in a state. Thankfully I was at home.
The letter gave no indication as to when the pass would be cancelled, surely to God you at least wait the 30 days to see if an appeal is lodged.
My daughter attends Oak Lodge Special School and has so since she was 11.
Barnet Council are now going to have a fight on their hands as they are picking on the most vulnerable and the ones with no voice to fight back.
Your daughters might remember ******** from *********.
You will also know my parents****  and ***** ********.
I am cross beyond words as all I seem to be doing is fighting ******** corner  but I will continue to do so.
Anyway I just wanted to pint out that the young man who wrote in, is probably one of many.
I truly believe that this is something only Barnet borough are doing
I will stop ranting, thank you for taking the time to read this

Best wishes
Mrs ******** *********