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Hounslow hosts prostitution and human trafficking summit

Posted by Sue Sampson on February 26, 2016 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hounslow Council, police and charity Eaves partner up in The Not for Sale summit to be held on Wednesday.


Hounslow council Cabinet member for domestic violence Councillor Sue Sampson


A debate on prostitution and human trafficking is being hosted in Hounslow on Wednesday (October 14).

 

Led by a panel of experts on the subjects, The Not for Sale summit, in support of No Prostitution Day, UK Anti-Slavery Day and EU Trafficking Day, is free and will be held at the Civic Centre at 8pm.

 

The discussion will be chaired by Hounslow councillor Sue Sampson, cabinet member for domestic violence, whose sister was murdered by her estranged husband.

 

Ms Sampson said: “We’re proud to be taking a stand against prostitution and human trafficking, as well as all other forms of abuse against women.

 

"We will not tolerate it in Hounslow; we will support legal action wherever possible, we will protect vulnerable women and their families and we will do whatever possible to ensure survivors of any form of abuse can live their lives free of fear.”

 

The Not for Sale debate is part of a two-year partnership programme between Hounslow Council and various partners, including Hounslow police operations Kerb Safe and Pathway team tackling the exploitation of women; and Eaves, a charity supporting women who have experienced or are experiencing violence to enable them to recover and regain independence.

 

According to the police, in the past 12 months, seven men have been arrested and around 40 have been sent letters warning them they may be prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

 

Charity Eaves has supported around 20 women who have been referred to the partnership since it was set up a year ago.



Drop-in service for victims of gender-based violence given new home in Hounslow

Posted by Sue Sampson on February 26, 2016 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Confidential advice and support is available for those facing domestic violence, FGM, forced marriage and other forms of abuse


 

Councillor Sue Sampson launches the new drop-in service


Victims of gender-based violence can seek help at weekly drop-in service, which has moved to a new home in Hounslow .

 

Confidential advice and support for those facing abuse will be on offer at the One Stop Shop every Wednesday, from 10am to midday, at Route 36, in Bath Road, Hounslow.

 

The service was launched by Councillor Sue Sampson, Hounslow Council 's cabinet member for communities, whose sister was murdered by her estranged husband in 1976.

 

"The One Stop Shop is there for those who are experiencing gender based violence that is causing them to be scared and fearing for their life and safety and that of their families," she said.

 

"We want the One Stop Shop to be a place both women and men can come to in confidence, knowing that they will get the help and advice they need and most importantly, to know they are not alone, there is someone who can help them get out of a difficult situation they may be in."


 

The drop-in service will run every Wednesday, from 10am-midday, at its new home

The service is there for people of either sex, including those who are facing domestic violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) or forced marriage.

 

Trained staff and advisors from a team of agencies will provide face-to-face guidance on issues ranging from personal safety and accommodation to legal and child care matters. They can also direct people to support available outside usual opening hours.

 

One woman who previously sought help but asked to remain anonymous, said: "I was so scared, the police officer gave me details about the One Stop Shop and I went there.

 

"I was nervous but left with a better idea of what I should do and I can go back there as many times as I want."

 

Hounslow Council was last year awarded White Ribbon status in recognition of its efforts to end violence against women and girls. It is one of only three London councils to achieve this accolade.

 

The One Stop Shop is funded by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, and run by the council's Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Outreach Service. People should always dial 999 in an emergency.

 

Route 36, which also houses a rehabilitation service for addicts, is just west of Hounslow High Street, opposite a council car park.



Hounslow stands up to female genital mutilation

Posted by Sue Sampson on February 26, 2016 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Hounslow council and charity FORWARD host free event to encourage people to learn more about how to help tackle female genital mutilation



Hounslow Council has joined the fight against FGM


Stand up to female genital mutilation (FGM) and spread the message with Hounslow Council and charity FORWARD on Saturday (February 6).

 

People in Hounslow are being urged to join the council and the leading anti-FGM organisation to mark International Day of Zero Tolerance against FGM at Isleworth Public Hall.

 

The free event will give people a chance to find out what’s being done locally to tackle FGM, women most likely to be at risk, and how people can get involved in raising awareness of the issue and the fight to erase it from society.

 

There will be speeches, live music and free food and drink at the event which runs from 4pm to 7pm.

 

READ MORE: March planned as London's only under-18s FGM clinic closes.

 

Councillor Sue Sampson, Hounslow council’s cabinet member for communities, recently launched a weekly drop-in service for victims of gender based violence to seek help , in Hounslow.

 

She said: “I urge residents from across the borough to join us on Saturday for this event.

 

“The more we make everyone aware that this illegal practice is going on, the more we can do to tackle it.

 

“FGM is acknowledged in the UK as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It has been a taboo subject, hidden from general society, for far too long.

 

“With more public awareness, with events like this, we can make sure that it won’t remain hidden any longer and we can end it happening in all cultures for good.”

 

READ MORE: More than 750 reports of FGM in London in three months.

 

Last year, Hounslow council became a 'White Ribbon' borough, and together with FORWARD (Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development), who are funded by the council to raise awareness of and prevent FGM, hosted the first Hounslow Against FGM Community event.

 

The event takes place at Isleworth Public Hall, South Street, TW7 7BG, from 4pm to 7pm on Saturday (February 6).


UK should copy French ban on stores throwing away food, says Hounslow Councillor

Posted by Sue Sampson on February 26, 2016 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Isleworth ward councillor Sue Sampson says the amount of food currently going to waste is 'outrageous'

Councillor Sue Sampson has called for Britain to follow France's tough new laws on food waste

A Hounslow councillor has urged Britain to follow suit after France banned supermarkets from throwing away or spoiling unsold food.

 

The law requiring larger grocery stores to donate unwanted food to charities or food banks was passed unanimously by the French senate on Wednesday, February 3.

 

Companies caught flouting the ban will now face a fine of up to 3,750 Euros.

sleworth ward councillor Sue Sampson has launched a petition on the campaigning website Change to get a similar law introduced on this side of the Channel.

 

"It's outrageous how much food is going to landfill when we have people starving in this country," she said.

 

"All stores should be required to donate unwanted food to charities and to food banks."

 

Cllr Sampson, who is a supporter of Hounslow Community FoodBox, said it and other food banks currently suffered from a shortage of fresh food, like meat, fruit and vegetables, which the measure could help address.

 

The French ban came about following reports of supermarkets pouring bleach over discarded food or locking it up to prevent foragers.

 

The charity Wrap estimates that the UK retail and wholesale industry wastes around 0.2 million tonnes of food each year , though this is dwarfed by the seven million tonnes it says are thrown away in households across the country each year.

 




Housing: Fraud Success and Tackling Voids

Posted by David Hughes on November 19, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The current edition of Hounslow Homes News that goes to Council tenants and leaseholders in the borough has two welcome pieces of news.

 

Over the last two years since the Tenancy Fraud Initiative was launched, 96 Council Homes have been recovered by Hounslow Homes, 18 through the courts and 78 where tenants handed the keys back once proceedings to terminate the tenancy have been started.

 

It's a good result, and shows that the additional investment in staff to take action has more than paid its way by freeing up more much-needed homes to those in housing need. Information about suspected fraudulent tenancies come from a variety of sources, but neighbours raising concerns can be key to an investigation being initiated.

 

 

Secondly, it's good to see the Void times finally starting to improve. Lead members, myself and then Steve Curran, have been pushing Hounslow Homes and the Council teams to work more closely together to get systems in place to cut down the time taken to re-let homes. It's not rocket science, but needed some "lean" thinking to get the avoidable glitches out of the system, and I'm glad that work is now seeing results.

Posted by Ruth Cadbury

RIP ALAN KEEN MP

Posted by Sue Sampson on November 22, 2011 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (1)

I am sad to report that today is the funeral for our Labour MP Alan Keen who passed away on 10th November. He was 73. He is survived by his wife Ann, our former MP for Brentford and Isleworth. Alan was the Labour MP for Feltham and Heston from 1992 onwards. Our thoughts  are with Ann and the Keen family as this very sad time.

Thames Water attending Housing & Environment Scrutinty Panel 30.09.2010 Re: Flooding In Isleworth & Brentford

Posted by Sue Sampson on September 29, 2010 at 10:41 AM Comments comments (2)

August and September saw residents of Isleworth and Brentford wake up to floods in their area.

These Floods were attributed to burst water mains operated by Thames Water.

The Lampton Road area was not spared flooding, which lead to the evacuation of the Civic Center.

Thames Water has been invited to this meeting to discuss the publics concerns at the recent events in Hounslow.

Labour proud of The Lampton Park Conference Centre

Posted by David Hughes on September 24, 2010 at 4:34 PM Comments comments (1)

 

Councillor Ruth Cadbury, Deputy Leader of the Labour Group said:

“The Conservative Group have always been ideologically opposed to the Lampton Park Conference Centre, and mothballed the building whilst they were in the Administration, thereby denying the Council four years of income for letting out the venue. It is not possible to put an exact amount on the money they have wasted in doing this, but it is fair to say that the Council have lost revenue through the Conservative’s failure to use the Conference Centre in the way it was intended.

The Lampton Park Conference Centre is the only venue in the Borough of Hounslow able to seat up to 1,000 people, and it is ideally located because of excellent transport links that makes it the perfect site for conferences, weddings, community events, celebrations, and business and civic functions. It is also fully fitted out and equipped, and there have been expressions of interest by both private and business users about it. Developers of other sites in the Borough are considering incorporating a community facility in their plans, and we already have a brilliant facility that is up and running

Not to market this building to maximise its use, and therefore its income, is a total waste of taxpayer’s money, and we will do everything we can to ensure that the wonderful venue is fully available for all residents of the Borough to use”

Labour anger over Cllr Bowens waste of tax payers money

Posted by David Hughes on September 24, 2010 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (2)

 

Councillor Ruth Cadbury, Deputy Leader of the Council said:

'In calling a Special Council Meeting on 21st September, the Conservative Group have not only wasted the time of busy Councillors, but also approximately £4,000 of Council Tax Payers' money. This is an extremely irresponsible action when they are very well aware of the critical financial position the Council may be in later in the Autumn.

Far from 'drastically reducing' the number of Borough Council meetings, we have actually increased the number from six to eight. Cllr. Bowen seems to forget that several Borough Council meetings were cancelled by Peter Thompson during the time the Conservatives were in power.  In fact, we will probably have the same number of full Council meetings this year.

Cllr. Bowen knows full well that the meeting was unnecessary. One item should have been referred to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee rather than Borough Council, and the remaining items, although important, were not of an urgent nature, and could have been submitted to the scheduled meeting of Borough Council on 12th October. Cllr. Bowen also knows he has the right to refer any matter to Scrutiny, and this demonstrates a lack of understanding on how the scrutiny process works in holding the Executive to account'.

Help needed for Pakistan and Niger crises

Posted by David Hughes on September 23, 2010 at 10:14 AM Comments comments (0)

Local MP urges local people in Hounslow to join aid efforts for Pakistan and Niger crises

Alan Keen, MP for Feltham and Heston has echoed the calls of Brendan Gormley, the Chief Executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in thanking local people for their “incredible” generosity to the Pakistan Floods Appeal, and urging those who haven’t yet given to do so – as the disaster tragically continues to unfold in slow motion.

The DEC is the umbrella group for Britain’s leading aid and relief charities including Oxfam, Save the Children and Christian Aid – and has already raised an incredible £29 million to support relief efforts.

Over 20 million people in Pakistan are now affected by the devastating floods, and agencies like UNICEF are warning of the increasing threat to survivors from water-borne diseases.

At the same time the West African country of Niger is facing what Oxfam has called a ‘double disaster’ of flooding and a food crisis. In the capital, Niamey, the River Niger has reached its highest level in more than 80 years, and thousands of people have lost their homes and rice fields after the river burst its banks.

The UN estimates that more than 110,000 people have been affected by flooding in Niger, many of whom are among the almost eight million already facing severe hunger.

Local MP, Alan Keen said:

“The response by people across Britain to the floods in Pakistan has been incredible, and I am proud that thousands of local people in Hounslow have joined the ever growing numbers doing their bit for the nearly 20 million people affected by this terrible disaster

“I was so delighted to hear that Hounslow Council and the local community will be holding an event at the Civic Centre to raise funds for the flood victims. This event has my wholehearted support.

“This crisis is sadly unfolding in deadly slow motion with the floods still spreading and a real risk of water-borne diseases now affecting millions of women, men and children.

“I would therefore urge anyone who hasn’t already done so, to consider donating to the DEC appeal. You can make a donation in all the usual ways, such as calling 0370 60 60 900 – and even donate £5 by texting the word GIVE to 70707.

“Receiving much less attention, but in no less need of support, the crisis in Niger is also affecting millions – hit by a double disaster of both food shortages and now flooding.

“I wrote to the Prime Minister two weeks ago asking for his Government to commit more funds to help the people of Pakistan. I was glad to see that the Government has recently doubled the amount of aid it is providing for people affected by the floods in Pakistan.

“Local people can support efforts to help people there by donating to agencies working there, such as Oxfam, by calling them on 0300 200 1300.”

Notes to Editors:

• A summary of DEC Member Agency efforts in Pakistan can be found at: http://www.dec.org.uk/item/442 The DEC consists of: Action Aid, Age UK, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund, World Vision.

• To make a donation to the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal call the 24 hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, visit http://www.dec.org.uk or donate over the counter at any post office or high street bank, or send a cheque. You can also donate £5 by texting the word GIVE to 70707 – see details below. To make a postal donation make cheques payable to ‘DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal’ and mail to ‘PO Box 999, London, EC3A 3AA’.

• Donations to Oxfam’s Niger appeal can be made by visiting www.oxfam.org.uk or calling 0300 200 1300