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A lean Christmas this year as Brent Council cuts costs

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The leaders of Brent Council will tonight propose cutting children’s social workers as part of a bid to save an additional £18.8m over the next three years. The cuts will be part of a wide range of measures launched at a 14th December meeting at Brent Civic Centre. These will include: cutting one in five jobs in the 'Community Services' department, charging residents more for waste removal and setting up pay-as-you-go WiFi hotspots on lamp-posts and rooftops. These £18.8m savings are in addition to a previously agreed package of £28.3m savings. This means over the next three years, the council will make cost-saving measures worth £47.1m. Cllr. Mohammed Butt, the Labour leader of Brent Council, said: "The proposals we're publishing today try to squeeze the very last penny o
Keeping London’s libraries open

Keeping London’s libraries open

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Public libraries are closing across London due to cutbacks in local government funding. Cristiana Ferrauti Twitter: @Cristiana16492 meets a volunteer who aims to keep a library open. Sub-editor: Sonal Gupta  Paul Lorber, Liberal Democrat leader at Brent Council, is director of the Friends of Barham Library  - charity trust for bringing back the community library. The Crabbs House, in Barham Park, was the building hosting the local library. It opened in 1952 and has been active until October 2011, when Brent Council closed it as part of the Libraries Transformation Project  During Saturday afternoon, Lorber volunteers at the temporary shop premises in Wembley High Road. It is a library and second hand bookshop opening three times a week.   In 2013, another voluntee