Feb 7 2013 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
MORE than 500 people have joined our campaign by signing a petition calling on the government to give the borough a fair grant.
The Observer teamed up with Harrow Council to launch the Campaign for Fair Grant last week to urge central government to improve Harrow’s share of grant funding that is allocated to local authorities each year.
Harrow receives one of the lowest government grants in London – £1,608 per resident, compared with Brent Council which receives £3,317 because it is an inner London borough.
Harrow has been historically regarded as a suburban borough, but it has inner London problems and we want the grant to reflect that. Latest census data has revealed the population of the borough has grown by 15 per cent over 10 years and the council must invest in services to support a 33 per cent rise in the number of children up to age four and 1,000 more people over the age of 80.
Harrow Council’s portfolio holder for finance, councillor Sachin Shah, said: “I’m so pleased that we have had so many signatures in just one week. However, we still need more and I urge all of our residents to sign the petition. The people of Harrow deserve a fair deal, and I’m so pleased the Harrow Observer is working with us on this campaign, showing a real commitment to the people of Harrow.”
Observer news editor Mhairi Macfarlane said: “We have received many signatures already and have had readers calling us to stress how much they are behind this campaign. These are difficult times for most people, so anything the government can do to ease this can only be a good thing.”
n To sign the petition go to www.harrow.gov.uk/fairgrant or post the coupon on this page to Campaign for Fair Grant, Harrow Observer, Gazette House, 28 Bakers Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1RG.