My highs and lows of 2017…in pictures

  In January, over two thirds of the 80 homeless families who live in the Nightingale Square shelter – the largest homeless shelter in the borough – signed a petition asking for some play facilities for their children on a small area of disused tarmac. In January there were 113 children living in Nightingale Square…

2,588 Wandsworth children will be homeless this Christmas

This Christmas there will be 2,588 homeless children in Wandsworth, an increase of almost 400 on last Christmas, according to figures released by Wandsworth Council. As well as homelessness, foodbank use in the borough is also increasing. Wandsworth Foodbank described it as “sad beyond words” that on December 15 more households visited their Battersea St…

“Confidentially agreements, untruths, shifting sands, tall walls, guard dogs were all put in place to ensure the Council, not its residents, would be calling the shots”, speech by Cllr Candida Jones to Council

Last night, I went to a public meeting in Putney about the impact of government cuts to schools budgets which will mean schools in this borough will be worse off by over £9m over the next 3 years. Not a single Tory cllr was there. Justine Greening, MP for Putney and Secretary of State for…

Wandsworth; a disconnected Council that’s forgotten how to listen

The sad spectacle of Chestnut Avenue has touched everyone in our community. Just today I spoke to two local Tory voters on the avenue, both of whom vowed never to vote Tory again. The beautiful chestnut trees are gone but what has replaced them feels like a permanent rebuke from a Council that no longer…

Brexit, conference and Chestnut Avenue: My Ward Report September 2017

In my first report since June when I covered the GE2017, I will focus on 3 topics (so not an exhaustive report of all activities!) The selection of Furzedown ward council candidates. I was very honoured to have been automatically reselected as a Furzedown ward Council candidate and I am very grateful to everyone who…

Showing leadership on tackling funeral poverty

Last year, the amount owed by people who could not afford to pay for their funerals in the UK was £147m, rising this year to an estimated £160m. Of those unable to pay for their funerals, an average of £1,318 was owed in 2016, rising to £1,601 last year. Funerals are expensive. The average cost…

Thank you, Furzedown ward, for selecting me!

Last week, Furzedown Labour Ward members voted to automatically reselect me as one of their three candidates at the next local elections, and I was touched and honoured that they did. Thank you! I believe that good local councillors should work to build communities and empower their residents, which is why I have organised many…