Feb 21 2013 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
A NEIGHBOURHOOD Champion is backing our campaign for a fair grant.
Prashant Sanghani volunteers to improve his community in Stanmore, helping to tackle street level nuisances by informing the council about litter, graffiti, fly-tipping and broken street lamps, and keeping neighbours informed.
Harrow Observer and Harrow Council have teamed up to call on the government to give the borough a fair grant for essential local services, and Mr Sanghani will be signing our petition.
He said: “I wholeheartedly support this campaign. The makeup of Harrow has changed over the years and this should be reflected in our grant.
“I will be signing the petition and will encourage my neighbours to do the same.”
The Campaign for Fair Grant is the people of Harrow’s chance to persuade the government to improve the borough’s share of grant funding which is allocated to local authorities each year.
The financial situation is worse in Harrow than in most other authorities, as it has one of the lowest government grants in London.
The council is proposing to raise council tax from April 1 by 46p per week because they want to protect the services that are most valued by neighbours.
If the council received a fair grant it would be able to freeze council tax for the fourth successive year, or even reduce it.
We have been really impressed with the response we have received so far, with signed coupons backing our campaign arriving in the Observer daily, and we thanks all of our readers who have got involved already.
Nearly 800 people have signed the petition since it launched a month ago and there is still time to have your say, so send off the coupon on this page, or sign the petition online at www.harrow.gov.uk/fairgrant.