Dear Barnet Borough Council,

Please can you provide me with a list of all pledges made to the barnet pledgebank, including those which you decided not to publish.You should include in your response the number of people who signed up to the pledge (if any) and the reason for rejection of a pledge (if the pledge was not published)

Please can you also how much the pledgebank cost to set up. And for each financial year since it was established the costs associated with running it.
how much is budgeted to cost in the year 2011/12.
You should include relevant associated costs such as publicity and promotional campaigns and estimates of officer time / cost.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Perry

Schroder, Johnathan, Barnet Borough Council

Dear Mr Perry

Thank you for your request received by us on 3 August 2011 for the
following information:

Please can you provide me with a list of all pledges made to the
barnet pledgebank, including those which you decided not to
publish.You should include in your response the number of people
who signed up to the pledge (if any) and the reason for rejection
of a pledge (if the pledge was not published)

Please can you also how much the pledgebank cost to set up. And for
each financial year since it was established the costs associated
with running it.
how much is budgeted to cost in the year 2011/12.
You should include relevant associated costs such as publicity and
promotional campaigns and estimates of officer time / cost.

We are processing your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

You are entitled to a prompt response which in any event should be sent
within 20 working days from the date of receipt.

The Act defines a limited set of exemptions from the right to know. If
we decide to withhold information we will tell you why, will state which
exemption we are relying on and will explain how you can appeal.

Please contact me if you wish to discuss your request.

Kind regards

John.

Johnathan Schroder
Internal Communications Manager
Chief Executive's Service
London Borough of Barnet, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road
South, London N11 1NP
Tel: 020 8359 7954
[mobile number]
Barnet Online: www.barnet.gov.uk
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CES FOI, Barnet Borough Council

Dear Mr Perry

 

Request for Information under FOIA

 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by
Barnet Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

In response to your questions:

 Please see below for a list of pledges, whether or not they were
fulfilled (ie. they achieved the required number of people signing up) and
whether or not it was treated as a pledge.

Pledge Is it a
pledge?
Barnet Council will provide 6 computers with internet access Yes - on live
and a training room at Hendon Library but only if 2 local site.
residents will volunteer to provide an hour's I.T. training Fulfilled.
each week.
"I will pledge to give up 4 hours of my time every month to Under
scrutinise and challenge all invoices over £10,000 to help consideration.
the Council reduce unnecessary spending so long as five other
people will make a similar time commitment to sit on the panel
and that Barnet Council will genuinely participate in the
process and listen to the advice and opinions given."
Regarding the above initiative, where there is a pledge from Not a pledge -
Barnet to provide computers to a library if a number of comments taken
volunteers can be found for IT training: Wouldn't it be more on board.
helpful if guidance was given as to the period of commitment
being sought from the volunteers? I imagine it would be easiest
to find someone to volunteer for a month, or a school term, or
a year, but the open-ended commitment being sought might put
people off: What if the volunteer goes on holiday? What if they
only want to do it for 6 months? Are council employees
available as stand-ins in case of sickness etc.
"As long as my fellow bloggers do the same, I will continue Not a pledge.
faithfully to monitor the activities of Barnet Council, and
report them as fully and as accurately as possible to the
residents of this borough, hopefully in a manner that is both
entertaining and informative.
I will not expect any allowance or payment for this civic
service.
(1) I would pledge to organise a team of volunteers to clear a Yes - only got
patch of land opposite the Green Man Community Centre of litter 5 out of 6
and debris, if the Council could liaise with Transport for signatures.
London and arrange for the overgrown vegetation to be trimmed
back.

The patch of land lays between the Green Man Community Centre
and the High Road, trimming back the vegetation would greatly
improve the appearance of the area and improve access to the
centre.

This would benefit the Green Man Community Centre, it's users
and local residents and tenants from the Strawberry Vale
Estate.

(2) I also pledge to organise quarterly "Local Community Days"
at the Green Man Community Centre and provide light
refreshments if enough people pledge to come along and get
involved.

The purpose of these days, are to bring local residents
together, to get to know each other and identify local issues
that need to be resolved. The objective would be to encourage
and empower local people to do what can be done, and refer
tasks that can't be done to other authorities. For example - we
may be able to clear debris from a piece of land, but need the
council to support the removal of larger items.
Picking up litter in my road (King Edward Rd EN5) once a month Yes - on live
if 3 other people will do the same. that way it would be done site.
once a week.
2 signatures.
Before the bad weather, the local papers carried a mention of Comments
Barnet's proposal for gritting footways. If local residents rather than a
were to volunteer to spread grit in their immediate vicinity, pledge.
they would be granted a key to the communal grit bin that would Reviewed by
be suitably placed for the purpose. I wrote to the Ward Service to
Councillor and Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator to volunteer to provide a grit
grit outside my own house and those of the four nearest bin this
neighbours each of whom are either elderly or lacking in Autumn.
physical capacity.
The snow has come and gone. As has been the case with my other
dealings with the Council, nothing has happened. It's not just
that my offer was ignored (hence no key being given to me
personally), the whole scheme failed because the Council never
even bothered to install the grit bins in the first place.
Comments please.
I would like to organise a team of 20 NEETs from within Barnet Under
borough to gain practical skills in building and decoration consideration.
work by refurbing Cherry Tree Park Pavilion which has been Building needs
disused since 2006. considerable
http://www.barnet.gov.uk/lettings-cherry... refurbishing
I will like the council to provide the premises which will be work.
used for this project and share the cost of the materials
required to refurb the building.
I would like to see salt /grit box provided by council in Yes - on live
Wychereley Crescent. site.
last snow fall took a long time to clear and residents cars
were stuck and paths dangerous for those trying to walk. 4 signatures.
I suggest residents could use it to clear the road and save
council time gritting.
I am happy to monitor and inform council when it needs filling.
Am happy to grip for older residents who may need help.
Barnet council should issue a document to say all expense Not a pledge.
fiddling is dishonest and any use of council property for
private use is thieving whether it is a thousand pounds,
or a
paper-clip. Anything purchased by the council tax payer or
tax
payer in fact. Any authorisation to use council property,
even
for a phone call home, should be paid for by the person
giving
the authority.

The council should pledge to cease all stealing of tax
payers
money.
I pledge to pick litter from the streets and dispose of it Not a pledge.
BUT
only if you stop taking council tax off me. PledgeBank is
a
con!
I will take my own rubbish to the dump - but ONLY IF you Not a pledge.
cut my
council tax. Pledgebank is a con!
I will take meals on wheels to local residents once a week Not a pledge.
-
but ONLY IF you cut my council tax. Pledgebank is a con!
I will sweep my street once a week - but ONLY IF you cut Not a pledge.
my
council tax. Pledgebank is a con!
I will pick litter every weekend - but ONLY IF you cut my Not a pledge.
council tax. Pledgebank is a con!
Keep Barnet Museum open it has been run entirely by Not a pledge.
volunteers
since 1938.
The Valley Centre is a Church Run, non profit community Not a pledge.
Centre
on the Dollis Valley Estate. We plan to run a Community
Fun
Day to celebrate our 20th anniversary on Saturday 25th
June
2011 on the Dollis Valley Estate. We would appreciate the
support of local people to make this a huge success. Help
could
include: delivering leaflets, providing prizes for a
tombola,
erecting gazebos etc on the day. Any other ideas welcome
I will attend every demonstration and march against 'Easy Not a pledge.
Council' and cuts in services and jobs if 10 people also
join
me.
I will pick up all the litter (including broken glass) Yes - work in
from Stream Lane, if two people volunteer to help me. progress.
HBGHZ volunteers will be delivering 400 home energy check Not a pledge -
forms see below.
by mid Jan to 10th February 2011 and offering free
follow-up
home visit to help advise on reducing home energy
consumption
and there by also bills!
Clearing of snow on Grange Avenue. I will clear snow only if 5 Yes - on live
people with spades join me to clear my street and make a site until
walkable path on the street. 30th April
Please keep our North Finchley sure start childrens Not a pledge.
centre
open.
I would like people to come together to fight against the Not a pledge.
council cuts
I will fight tooth and nail to stop the council raising Not a pledge.
allotment rents by 200% even if no one else writes to
their
councillor.
I will receive a polite letter from Brian Coleman if it Not a pledge.
kills
me. If everyone else writes a letter to him to maybe just
one
of us will succeed
I would be happy to provide basic computer/web skills Yes - under
training consideration.
for anyone interested but I saw your 'Provide computer
training' pledge is closed. Do you think there'd be
opportunity to help out with this at all? With the
internet
offering so much, I see it as a great shame that people
miss
out on it thanks to a lack of knowledge.
I pledge to help make Barnet allotments part of a thriving Not a pledge.
community for healthy eating and activity by encouraging
all
Barnet Councillors to join in my vision.
I wish to offer my services in helping charities and other non Not a pledge,
profit organisations help adults, faced with the prospect of passed to
looking after an elderly parent or relative, or those who are Service.
currently supporting and caring for the elderly. I am
especially keen to support those looking after a person with a
dementia.

This offer is free of any fees or obligation.

In short, if I knew then what I know now, I would have saved
myself and others a lot of stress and ultimately provided
better care for my mother who is now in the latter, withdrawal
stages of Alzheimers. THIS EMAIL HAS MORE TEXT - TOO LONG TO
INCLUDE IN THIS SPREADSHEET.
I pledge to pay my council tax if Barnet Council Not a pledge.
undertakes to
keep providing the services residents of the borough are
paying
for.
get a team to work for 1 ,2 hrs to clear area of rubbish Yes - pledge
and not fulfilled.
trim up trees at front of martin primary field east
finchley
I will apply the lessons from Gene Sharp's Not a pledge.
"Self-Liberation" to
campaigns in Barnet if some other true democrats will do
the
same http://www.aeinstein.org/selfLiberation....
If the Council will follow Her Majesty's Secretary of Currently
State for against
Communities instruction and welcome journalists and council policy
citizen - pending a
journalists to film and record meetings of the Council, I relevant
will decision from
form a rota of people to ensure that every meeting is General
filmed Functions
and broadcast online at no cost to the public purse. Committee. To
be reviewed
after
Committee.
Any socially-minded dog owners prepared to clear up the Not a pledge.
mess
left by dogs belonging to the more ignorant dog owners of
barnet?
I, Gordon Miller of Falkland Road, High Barnet, will raise Yes - chased
awareness about environmental issues - by putting leaflets for response
through residents' doors in High Barnet - if 3 others will 5.4.11. Said
join that not
me. leafleting as
too late now.
Will discuss
with group
another
pledge.
I would like suggest a lamp post built on Brunswick Park Pursue with
Basketball court. We have many people coming there green spaces
regularly
and it is shame that people have to stop playing
basketball
because it gets dark or someone gets injured because of
the
lack of light on the court. 1 post in the middle of the
court
facing the basket is all that is required and myself and
others
would be more then happy to help with this project.
We, Under
pledge that we will meet monthly to promote community on consideration
our
street, by a monthly organisation meeting to share hobbies
with
other people on Church Hill Rd once a week,if two other
families pledge to work together on this project by the
end of
April.
I will organise a republican picnic on 29th April but only No -
if 3 political
or more households get involved.
Why don't you send out a challenge to all the schools in no -
Barnet suggestion
to pledge to do something with the children and parents to
improve the area around their school.
I happened across this by accident and as the deputy of a
Barnet school we could be a real catalyst to get this
initiative established across the borough.

Not a pledge but a suggestion.
I have noticed that Hendon Park is littered with rubbish sent to
and Greenspaces
bins are not emptied regularly, and when they are they are for thoughts
overflowing. It would be a good idea for a group of local
residents (say 4-6) to organise a litter picking group at
least
once a week during the summer months. I would be happy to
organise such a group provided at least 5 more people join
the
group.
I will help residents, No
businesses, schools, churches and other organizations to
reduce
energy bills, generate income, improve property value and
the
environmental well being of the borough, if Barnet Council
will
help me.
Barnet Council will provide a household budgeting workshop but Yes
only if 5 residents will come along to an information event
about fostering. Barnet Council Finance Team will provide the No signatures
household budgeting workshop. so far.

Events are held at evenings and weekends and give residents an
obligation-free opportunity to learn about fostering.

In addition, 54 street parties for the Royal Wedding were organised
through Pledgebank and 5 street parties for the Big Lunch.

Costs:

Pledgebank is part of a suite of work undertaken by MySociety for Barnet
Council. This includes running Fix My Street, Planning Alerts, bin alerts,
an e-petitions website and other public information services. The total
cost of that contract is approximately £100,000, £65,000 of which
was in the form of grants from the DCLG and NESTA.

Costs of the advertising campaign for Pledgebank were: £1,680 for
design. £1,829 for print.

Running costs for 2011/12 are absorbed into council officers' day to day
roles.

 

We trust this satisfies your request.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review by writing to the FOI Officer at: The
London Borough of Barnet, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South,
London, N11 1NP (email [email address]).

 

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Cheshire, SK9 5AF (telephone: 08456 306060 or 01625 545745; website:
www.ico.gov.uk).

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

Johnathan Schroder

Internal Communications Manager

Chief Executive's Service

London Borough of Barnet, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South,
London N11 1NP

Tel: 020 8359 7954

[mobile number]

Barnet Online: www.barnet.gov.uk

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