The council is again running a Community Advice Day in the Civic Suite on Wandsworth High Street.
The day sees a range of people from within the council, other public sector organisations and charities come together to provide information and advice to local residents. Much of the focus this year is on income maximisation and ways to save you money as well as ensure that you are getting any benefits to which you are entitled.
The event is, of course, free and open from 10:00 until 15:00 today.
It will be a short on this week, for a few reasons. First, a lot of my time has been spent on those routine meetings that take up a lot of time. Second, I have managed to injure my back, which severely restricted my movement, especially at the beginning of the week. Please direct all sympathy via the comments (and even as I type that I know I’ll get none)!
Having said that there are a few parts of the week that really stand out.
Unfortunately this stuck out for all the wrong reasons and last night’s news that Maleha Masud has passed away highlights the seriousness of the incident. The police are leading on the investigation, but all the local partners are working hard not just to bring the perpetrators to justice, but also to provide reassurance to the local community although obviously, first and foremost, our thoughts and sympathies are with the Masud family.
Community Advice Day
I also popped along to the Community Advice Day the council hosted, mainly to thank those officers within my portfolio manning the stands, but I also took the time to have a look around. It was impressive to see so many stands, not only from the council, but also from our partners offering advice. They were certainly kept busy and there was a steady stream of visitors while I was there.
Regeneration and Community Safety Overview and Scrutiny Committee
This was another big part of the week. I wrote a couple of blog posts about two of the issues that came up: Tooting crime and Wandsworth’s casino policy. Given that this gives me a chance to say a little more it was a fascinating meeting, and councillors on the committee did a fantastic job of scrutinising the items on the agenda – Wandsworth has some very talented and able councillors, at all levels and (much as I would like to pretend otherwise) on both sides of the political divide.
There’s plenty I missed. I’m really sorry I couldn’t get along to the unveiling of our first green plaque, for Clement Attlee, in Portinscale Road this morning. And will, unfortunately, be missing tomorrow’s commemoration of Armed Forces Day in Battersea Park tomorrow – have a great time if you go along.