Brent Labour councillors Janice Long and Lincoln Beswick MBE, have tabled a motion for debate at the Council meeting on 23 January condemning the decision by Boris Johnson and his colleagues on the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) to privatise the 999 Control Room Function.
Labour says that the decision puts residents lives at risk due to lack of any risk assessment being carried out and having the service carried out by a private company whose overriding motivation is making profits for its shareholders.
Councillor Janice Long, said: “Public safety should not be sacrificed on the altar of private profit”.
The Council will also vote on motions from Councillor Tayo Oladapo (Kilburn), Councillor Roxanne Mashari (Welsh Harp), Councillor Krupesh Hirani (Dudden Hill) and Councillor James Powney (Kensal Green).
Councillor Oladapo’s motion condemns cuts in benefits to disabled people, which even the right wing Daily Mail has condemned as “singularly the most reprehensible attack on our vulnerable – our disabled – that this country has witnessed in many years”.
Councillor Mashari’s motion condemns government cuts in legal aid, which will deny access to legal aid to many lower income groups.
Councillor Hirani has a motion condemning the cuts in government support to local authorities.
Finally, Councillor James Powney has a motion congratulating the Labour administration on achieving ‘Fair Trade’ status for Brent Council, something which former Mayor Rev Peter Lemmon first campaigned for when he was the Brent Mayor 2003-04.Other news from Brent Labour