Budget cuts aren’t a happy topic, but it was good to share our views with the Council, writes Emma Robinson, PBHA’s Supported Housing Manager.

Following an invitation from PBHA, Councillor Andy Hull came over to Legard Works on January 22, to meet with a group of tenants as part of Islington Council’s ‘Tough Choices’ budget cuts consultation. He told the Finsbury Park-based tenants how much money the council needs to save in the coming financial year, and how it will make these savings.

Attendees heard which services will be affected, which will change and which have been protected from cuts. A lively political discussion followed, with all minds focused on the forthcoming General Election and the changes it may bring.

Tenants took the opportunity at the end of the hour long-session to ask questions and express concerns about the Finsbury Park redevelopment, the condition of the pavements and empty properties falling into disrepair.

Although budget cuts are not a particularly happy topic, everyone who attended agreed it had been really informative, positive and very useful.