Protect Character of Libraries in Change

broadway logoRead the article in Broadway Ham and High by Kathryn Dean entitled ‘Protect Character of Libraries in Change’ on page 14  Click Here

 

 

A consultation is being carried out by Haringey Council on a proposed relocation of Muswell Hill Library.

Friends of Muswell Hill Library recommend that residents should strongly agree with the option to stay in the present building and strongly disagree with the proposed relocation.

For a copy of their report as sent to the council two months ago  Click Here   This explains why.

 



June Meeting and report of May meeting

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‘What is happening in our local libraries?’

  Mark Taylor, Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals

Time and date: WEDNESDAY 1.30 pm June 15th 2016

Venue: Hornsey Parish Church Hall,

Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park. Served by buses W7 W3 144 stop nearby.

Doors open from 1pm.

The talk on May 18th was

“The EU Referendum: what is it all about?”

Speakers  were:  Angela Pollitzer who had  worked for 22 years at the European Commission and Steve Jefferys, Emeritus Professor in Employment Relations


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A well attended meeting at Hornsey Parish Church Hall

 

Angela Pollitzer began by briefing us on how to vote on June 23rd; this is only 5 weeks away. One can register to vote by midnight of June 7th, and request a postal vote by 5pm on June 8th.

There is only one ballot paper, on which we put a cross beside ‘Remain a member of EU’, OR beside ‘Leave the EU’

She brought a large number of booklets; these covered all aspects of how the EU affects our lives such as over fifties, families etc.  The main one was ’How the European Union works’ that is very comprehensive and includes contact details for getting in touch with the EU.

A summary sheet was also provided to explain terms and organisations. It included the historical origins; in 1950 France and Germany wanted economic collaboration to establish peaceful relations and in 1951 six founding nations signed the Treaty of Paris. The current European Union has 28 Member States. The summary sheet is included with the newsletter.

Angela pinned a map on the wall showing the current Member States of the EU.

Six years ago, the Coalition government launched consultations with interest groups, experts, business communities; the published report covered every aspect of the EU (2013-14).  This was called the UK Government’s Balance of Competences Review.

The review did not recommend transfer of competences to the national level

 

Angela Pollitzer - speaking at the May 18 meeting

Angela Pollitzer – speaking at the May 18 meeting

Angela explained the procedure if the UK leaves the EU. A period of 2 years is available to negotiate a “Withdrawal agreement”.

If a Member State leaves, it would need to reapply as if for the 1st time, if it changes its mind

Essential issues to negotiate include Security (especially for Ireland), Single Market, Acquired rights of nationals

The European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland,  Liechtenstein) would have to agree whether to admit a new member.

The following information was not included in her talk.

Angela’s personal experience was several years as a Social Worker in Personnel for staff problems, then 13 years as a Desk Officer in ECHO, EU’s Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department. ECHO aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.

Find out more at ec.europa.eu/echo/index_en.htm  – Daily Flash, Press Releases, Fact Sheets, Field Blogs, Funding Decisions

Emergency Toolbox – Epidemics, Small-scale Response, Support to IFRC (Int. Fed. of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies) DREF (Disaster Relief Emergency Fund)

In 2014 EU provided emergency assistance for 121 million people in over 80 countries via EUR 1.2 million (less than 1% total EU budget)

Angela answered questions that included:

The European Court of Justice- this has a judge from each Member State,

Financial aspects– UK contributions are small compared with what we get back in the form of environmental and regional support,

Democratic balance– the European Parliament can now question all prospective Commissioners, approving or disapproving of their nomination, and can even dissolve the whole Commission” .

Steve Jefferys was the next speaker; his research has focussed on employment relations. His talk examined how the EU has been affecting employment patterns and what would change if the UK left. He used slides; ask if you would like these.

Referring to the title, “The EU Referendum: what is it all about?”, Steve indicated that a pledge to hold a referendum on EU membership was in the Conservative manifesto in order to fend off political challenge from UKIP.  He suggested the issue of migration is the underlying issue.

Data on the movement of people shows that over the last five years more UK citizens emigrating than those coming in. One million UK citizens now live in Spain. Steve examined various impacts of migration.

About 16% of those in employment are now immigrants. What is their impact on low-skilled workers’ wages? Steve’s scattergrams showed that the effect on UK low-skilled varied according to county, but net effect was not significant.

Steve examined various impacts of migration.

About 16% of those in employment are now immigrants.

What is their impact on low-skilled workers’ wages? Steve’s scattergrams showed that the effect on UK low-skilled varied according to county, but net effect was not significant.

His data showed that migrants are mostly working in low-skilled jobs in food processing, domestic service, clothing, restaurants, accommodation,  buildings and security, but also in high-skilled jobs in air transport, research and computers. Migrants are more likely to live in private rented accommodation than British-born workers. Extreme rises in property   values was not associated with large proportions of EU migrants.

Steve considered that leaving the EU would not abate overall immigration levels, but it could remove some protection given by the Health & Safety directives and Discrimination directives for workers. The European Convention on Human Rights could also be lost and with it the right to form and join a trade union

Steve answered questions on democratic transparency, freedom of speech, unfair treatment of refugees, and possible effects if the UK left the EU.

There was enthusiastic thanks for Angela and Steve. They also helped with the raffle and joined us for  refreshments and further informal discussion.

 

For supplementary information on the EU please  CLICK HERE 

Click here for more information

 

 



June 15 meeting

‘What is happening in our local libraries?’

Mark Taylor,

Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals

Time and date: WEDNESDAY 1.30 pm June 15th 2016

Venue: Hornsey Parish Church Hall,

Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park. Served by buses W7 W3 144 stop nearby.

Doors open from 1pm.



May 2016 Meeting

“The EU Referendum: what is it all about?”

Steve Jefferys
Emeritus Professor in Employment Relations
Angela Pollitzer
Angela worked for 22 years at the European Commission

Time and date: WEDNESDAY 1.30 pm May 18th 2016
Venue: Hornsey Parish Church Hall,
Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park. Served by buses W7 W3 144 stop nearby.
Doors open from 1pm.



March meeting

HORNSEY PENSIONERS

www.hornseypensionersactiongroup.org.uk

Hornsey PAG serves pensioners within Hornsey & Wood
Green and other neighbouring parliamentary constituencies

“Are you eating well?”

Olivia Shakespear

Olivia is a Nutritional Therapist and will advise on a healthy diet for older people

Anita Selby
Anita will tell us about Tower Hamlets Meals on Wheels Service

Hear about Wiltshire Farm Foods
Followed by a tasting of samples

Time and date: WEDNESDAY 1.30 pm March 16th 2016
Venue: Hornsey Parish Church Hall,
Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH
Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park.
Buses W7 W3 144 stop nearby
Doors open from 1pm.

Next meetings:
April 11th North London hustings for the
London Mayor, Islington Town Hall 2—4pm.
April 20th & May 18th sll to be arranged.

Contacts:
Ann Anderson 020 8340 8335,
Pamela Jefferys 020 8444 0732 & Janet Shapiro
020 8883 9571 janet.rmshapiro@gmail.com

A brief summary of the AGM on February 17th. Full minutes can be obtained on request.
The meeng began with a minute’s silence to respect members Esther Singer, Beryl Wayne, and Vera
Zissimos who had died recently. Esther was a founder member of our group, unl recently a
commi4ee member in charge of refreshments, always busy for the group. She will be sorely missed.
A5er introducons and apologies, reports were given on the year’s acvies, membership, the group
funds and the progress of the Lo4ery Fund that is helping with publicity.
Officers and commi4ee were elected as follows: Honorary presidents—Bob Co>ngham and He4y
Bechler, Convenor/Secretary—Janet Shapiro, Membership Secretary—Ann Anderson, Treasurer—Clive
Evers, Refreshments coordinator—Barbara Ryan, Social Secretary—Celia Bower,
Panel of chairs—Ann Anderson, Lauritz Hansen-Bay & Clive Evers, Commi4ee members—Ann, Janet,
Pamela Jefferys, Lauritz, Celia Bower, Sylvia Roberts, Kathryn Dean and Clive Evers.
Janet & Sylvia are delegates to GLR NPC and we seek a delegate to GLPA.
Moons for the GLR NPC AGM on March 31st were approved, and a peon to save the post offices at
Muswell Hill and Crouch End was passed round for signing.