MORE than 1,000 people have so far joined our fight to get a fairer government grant for the borough.

The Observer has teamed up with Harrow Council to try and persuade the government to increase its financial support and we have now got 1,100 supporters.

The council’s finance portfolio holder, councillor Sachin Shah, and the council leader, councillor Thaya Idaikkadar, spent a day in St George’s Shopping centre in Harrow last week encouraging shoppers to sign up and recruited more than 100 people.

Mr Idaikkadar, said: “I really enjoyed getting out there and speaking to Harrow’s residents face to face about the campaign.

“Some of the stories I heard really stuck with me and solidified my belief in the campaign.

“We are in this campaign together and it is up to us as a community to fight for a fair grant for Harrow.

“I’m delighted that we have passed the 1,000 signatures mark and I can’t wait to pass the next milestone.”

The campaign urges the government to improve Harrow’s share of the money which is allocated to local authorities for each financial year.

The campaign has been launched because the financial situation is worse in Harrow than in most other authorities, and the borough has one of the lowest government grants in London. Harrow receives £1,608 per person, whereas neighbouring boroughs get £3,317.

The borough has grown from 206,814 residents in 2001 to 239,056 in 2011 – an increase of 15 per cent over 10 years.

The Observer’s deputy editor, Suzy Talbot, said: “We are delighted that so many people are supporting this campaign.

“It’s only right that people who live and work in Harrow get a fair share of the pot. If the people impacted by these decisions don’t make a stand, no one else will do it for us.”

Mr Idaikkadar added: “Our residents deserve better and I urge everyone in the borough, including our MPs, to sign-up today.”

To sign up to the campaign, visit or fill in the coupon on this page and send it to: Campaign for Fair Grant, Harrow Observer, Gazette House, 28 Bakers Road, Uxbridge UB8 1RG.