Author Archives: Mike Katz

John Rolfe

The sad death of former Kilburn councillor John Rolfe has come as a real shock for us all. He started his political activism as a tenants’ leader, and it is fitting that he was still showing his zeal and commitment to tenants in Camden, particularly the north-west of the borough, as Chair of Hampstead District […]

Response to Police & Crime Plan

Given the concerns many residents have expressed about aspects of Boris’s plans to cut police numbers and close police stations front counters, I’ve responded to the consultation on the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s Crime and Police Plan 2013-17. (Health warning: it’s long, but there was a lot to respond to!) Don’t forget that […]

Concerns on closing West Hampstead police station

As you may well be aware – we’re facing a multiple threat to our local emergency services in Kilburn and West Hampstead, thanks to Tory Mayor Boris Johnson’s disastrous budgeting decisions. A massive reorganisation of community policing and a decision to close West Hampstead police station in Hillfield Road to the public risks a severe […]

The Osborne effect: serving up a triple-dip?

An excellently succinct post on Labour List today used the depressing news of negative growth to underline the disasterous stewardship of the economy by this economy. The latest figures show the economy has shrunk by 0.3% in the last quarter of 2012.  As we are one more quarter of negatvie growth away from experiencing the […]

We want your views on childcare

Hampstead and Kilburn Labour Party is seeking local parents’ views on the pressing issue of childcare, at a meeting on Sunday 17 February. As regular readers of this blog will know, I’ve spent a fair amount of time campaigning (successfully!) to address the deficit of primary school places in NW6. As night follows day, it […]

Next Kilburn Area Action Group on 23rd Jan

The next Kilburn Area Action Group is on 23 Jan, at Kilburn Library from 7-9pm.  We’ll be discussing transport and road improvements, particularly to the High Road, and also the Camden Plan, which sets out the council’s vision for the next five years. Do come along – it’s open to all residents, and gives local […]

Picturing the reaility of Tories’ benefit freeze

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – so rather than writing about today’s Benefit Uprating Bill, I thought I would post two images which pretty much say everything that needs saying on the issue: most people on benefits are in work, not feckless, idle or fraudulent when the Tories say “we’re all […]

2013 MP and councillor advice surgeries

Please find below details for drop-in advice surgeries run by Glenda Jackson MP and by your three councillors in Kilburn ward in Camden. Glenda can help with a whole range of issues  – including benefits, NHS and immigration issues – for anyone who lives in the Hampstead & Kilburn constituency (which covers both Camden and […]

Camden proud to pay a living wage

This week is London Living Wage (LLW) week, which gives me the opportunity to promote the fantastic news that Camden, under a Labour administration (of course!) is now a LLW council. In fact (and this shows up my tardiness in blogging about it) Camden was only the third council in the country to become nationally […]

NW6 tops housing benefit claimant table

A while ago I blogged here on the disproportionate impact of housing benefit reform on the north-west of Camden – which highlighted the importance of it (specifically Local Housing Allowance or LHA) to people as an in-work benefit, especially in areas like our where private rents are sky-high. Camden has recently produced an really interesting […]