Expect even dirtier streets this week as cleaners strike in protest at poor pay

Street cleaners and drivers employed by Continental Landscapes will this week hold two day walk-outs over pay after Wandsworth Council ignored requests to pay them the London Living Wage. According to the GMB which represents the striking workers, cleaning and driving staff employed by Continental are currently paid £7.50 an hour. The London Living Wage…

Screening of I, Daniel Blake in Furzedown raises £300 for local foodbank

Last night Furzedown Labour organised a powerful screening of Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake, at Seely Hall. The event, which was sold out, raised £300 for the local foodbank. I was privileged to speak after the event on housing, homelessness and poverty in Wandsworth, alongside Rev Sue Clarke, the vicar of St Paul’s church,…

Furzedown’s panto: “A Thriving Community”

The Furzedown panto this year was a typically enjoyable, diverse and inclusive Furzedown community event that I was privileged to have been a part of. The show involved people from every corner of Furzedown’s community, from Di Berry, MBE, the former head of music at Graveney School, to Hope Arvanitakis, a 7 year-old student at…

The rise and rise of foodbank use in Wandsworth

Foodbank use in Wandsworth in December last year was up 34% on December 2015 and up 77% on December the previous year, according to data just released by the Trussell Trust. The data shows that benefit delays was the most common reason cited, followed closely by low income. Almost half of those who received food…

Wandsworth’s Tory councillors refuse to oppose Trump’s travel ban

Last week’s Full Council meeting witnessed the surprising spectacle of all but one Tory councillor* opposing a Motion asking the Council to write to the US Ambassador setting out its opposition to Trump’s travel ban. Justifying his party’s refusal to publically criticise the ban in this way, the Tory Leader, Ravi Govindia, said that councillors…