A LEADING politician in Harrow is supporting the Observer campaign to get the borough a fair deal.
Navin Shah, assembly member for Brent and Harrow, said our Campaign for Fair Grant, run in partnership with Harrow Council, was about improving the borough and party politics should not get in the way.
The former council leader launched a similar campaign almost 10 years ago to petition the then-Labour government to reconsider Harrow’s allocation of the grant from central government.
He said: “We have suffered for a long, long time from Harrow’s demographic not being quite understood by the government and it is time our funding reflected our local needs.
“This goes back a long time ago. When I was leader of Harrow Council in 2005, we were fighting in a similar vein for justice and we went to the government so they could listen to us and give us our fair share of the grant. We lobbied but, unfortunately, there wasn’t an outcome.
“It is important we continue our pursuit of government, regardless of political complexion.”
Although the Labour government of 2005 did not change the allocation, the current emphasis on localism from the coalition government means they have a duty to local communities,” Mr Shah said.
“I don’t believe it is about which government is in power, it is about commitment to local democracy,” he said. “This is what our focus is and if this government is serious about localism, Harrow should be a perfect example of putting their money where their mouth is.”
The assembly member said there are areas in Harrow which are in need of attention and if more money is not found then they will not get the support they need.
He said: “There are health inequalities in the borough and there are areas which are deprived and in those areas we require a better level of support, whether it is to do with social or health care or better school facilities. We need to think about children’s facilities as well and these are priorities which Harrow has.”
He also called on community groups and charities to get behind the campaign.
? You can get involved by signing the petition on this page and sending it to us (details on page two) or add your name online at www.harrow.gov.uk/fairgrant .