Securing action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Fixed Odds Betting TerminalPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

I am very pleased to report that my amendment on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, which sought to toughen the council’s stance against their spread and improve its own signposting to gambling charities, was passed at last night’s council meeting.  This was a rarity – an occasion where we were able to put party politics to one side and agree what is absolutely needed on this issue, which is a united front from both sides of the council chamber.

It came at the end of a long council meeting which I’ve given a whistle-stop tour below. Continue reading Securing action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

So what’s Scrutiny all about?

Woolwich Town HallPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

As I have blogged previously, I rashly made a promise to myself after the election to use this blog after significant council meetings to help open up, in some small way, the workings of our local democracy to more public scrutiny. Scrutiny is in fact the theme of this update, after a week in which I have dipped my toes in the waters of a (to me) new, under-reported yet important side of council business… Continue reading So what’s Scrutiny all about?